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By United Press International  |  Nov. 2, 2013 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Saturday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2013 with 59 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars and Mercury. The evening stars are Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include frontiersman Daniel Boone in 1734; Marie Antoinette, queen of France, in 1755; U.S. President James Polk in 1795; U.S. President Warren G. Harding in 1865; astronomer Harlow Shapley, a pioneer in studies of the Milky Way, in 1885; jazz trumpeter Bunny Berigan in 1908; actors Burt Lancaster in 1913 and Ray Walston in 1914; Australian tennis Hall of Fame member Ken Rosewall in 1934 (age 79); columnist, commentator and GOP presidential candidate Pat Buchanan in 1938 (age 75); author Shere Hite and actor Stefanie Powers, both in 1942 (age 73); country-rock singer-songwriter J.D. Souther in 1945 (age 68); author Dale Brown in 1956 (age 57); singer k.d. lang in 1961 (age 52); actor David Schwimmer in 1966 (age 47); and rapper Nelly, born Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., in 1974 (age 39).

On this date in history:

In 1889, North and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states of the union.

In 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour proposed a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Israel became a reality 31 years later.

In 1920, in the first significant news broadcast, KDKA in Pittsburgh reported the U.S. presidential election results for Warren G. Harding and James Cox.

In 1947, Howard Hughes built and piloted the world's largest airplane, the 200-ton flying boat Spruce Goose, on its only flight, at Long Beach, Calif. The Goose remained airborne for just less than 1 mile.

In 1959, Charles Van Doren told a U.S. congressional investigation he had been given questions and answers in advance of appearances on a television game show.

In 1962, U.S. President John Kennedy announced that Soviet missile bases in Cuba were being dismantled.

In 1983, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed the bill establishing a national holiday to mark the birthday anniversary of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1992, legendary filmmaker Hal Roach died at age 100. He was credited with discovering the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy and producing the "Our Gang" comedies.

In 1996, Britain announced a plan to ban ownership of large-caliber handguns.

In 2001, the U.S. Labor Department announced that October unemployment jumped to 5.4 percent, highest in five years and that 415,000 non-farm jobs had been lost, highest monthly figure since 1980.

In 2004, U.S. President George W. Bush was re-elected in a close race with Democrat John Kerry.

In 2008, Rupiah Banda was elected president of the African nation of Zambia.

In 2012, the U.S. Labor Department said the unemployment rate ticked up from 7.8 to 7.9 percent but 171,000 jobs were added in October, a higher number than expected.

A thought for the day: After winning the 1997 Masters tournament, golfer Tiger Woods said: ''I'm the first [African-American winner] but I wasn't the pioneer. Charlie Sifford, Lee Elder, Teddy Rhodes, those guys paved the way for me to be here. I thank them."

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