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By United Press International   |   Nov. 3, 2013 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Sunday, Nov. 3, the 307th day of 2013 with 58 to follow.

Daylight saving time ends in the United States.

The moon is new. 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 Italian artist Benvenuto Cellini in 1500; early Texas leader Stephen Austin, for whom the state capital is named, in 1793; poet William Cullen Bryant in 1794; Chicago Bears legend Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski in 1908; baseball Hall of Fame member Bob Feller in 1918; actors Charles Bronson in 1921 and Jeremy Brett in 1933; conductor/composer John Barry in 1933: entertainer Ken Berry and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, also in 1933 (age 80); British pop singer Lulu, born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, in 1948 (age 65); comedian Roseanne Barr in 1952 (age 61); comedian Dennis Miller and actor Kate Capshaw, both in 1953 (age 60); actors Kathy Kinney in 1954 (age 59) and Dolph Lundgren in 1957 (age 56); and model and actor Gemma Ward in 1987 (age 26).

On this date in history:

In 1783, with American independence established, Congress ordered the Continental Army demobilized.

In 1803, Panama, with the support of the U.S. government, issued a declaration of independence from Colombia.

In 1928, Mickey Mouse appeared for the first time, with Walt Disney doing the voice of his soon-to-be-famous creation, in "Steamboat Willie," the first fully synchronized sound cartoon produced.

In 1948, the Chicago Daily Tribune printed the famously premature (and incorrect) headline, "Dewey defeats Truman."

In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first animal into space -- a dog named Laika -- aboard the Sputnik 2 spacecraft.

In 1964, Lyndon Johnson was elected U.S. president with a margin larger than in any previous election, defeating Republican Barry Goldwater.

In 1976, former Democratic Gov. Jimmy Carter of Georgia was elected the 39th U.S. president, defeating Republican incumbent Gerald Ford.

In 1979, five members of the Communist Workers Party, participating in a "Death to the Klan" rally in Greensboro, N.C., were shot to death by a group of Klansmen and neo-Nazis. Seven others were wounded.

In 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton, the governor of Arkansas, defeated incumbent U.S. Republican President George H.W. Bush for the U.S. presidency.

In 1995, Typhoon Angela killed more than 700 people in the northern Philippines.

In 2001, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in a taped message, called the U.S.-led attack on Afghanistan a war against Islam.

In 2004, Hamid Karzai was officially declared the winner in Afghanistan's first presidential election.

In 2006, Katharine Jefferts Schori was installed as the first female presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church.

In 2008, Afghan officials said a U.S. airstrike hit a wedding party in the southern province of Kandahar, killing 40 civilians and wounding 30 others.

In 2009, Maine voters overturned a law allowing same-sex marriage.

In 2011, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou helped clear the way for his country to get a $178 billion EU bailout when he dropped his call for a referendum on the issue.

In 2012, hundreds of people, many dressed as Big Bird, marched in Washington to show support for the U.S. Public Broadcasting System.

A thought for the day: "Government is not the problem and government is not the solution," U.S. President Bill Clinton said in his second inaugural address. "We, the American people, we are the solution."

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