The almanac

By United Press International  |  Dec. 28, 2013 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Saturday, Dec. 28, the 362nd day of 2013 with three to follow.

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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, in 1856; Gen. Billy Mitchell, father of the U.S. Air Force, in 1879; jazz pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines in 1903; actor Cliff Arquette in 1905; comic book writer and character creator Stan Lee in 1922 (age 91); actors Lew Ayres in 1908, Martin Milner in 1931 (age 82), Maggie Smith in 1934 (age 79) and Denzel Washington in 1954 (age 59); entrepreneur Philip Anschutz in 1939 (age 74); rock musician Edgar Winter in 1946 (age 67); Chinese activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo in 1955 (age 58); actor Seth Meyers in 1973 (age 40); and singer John Legend in 1978 (age 35).

On this date in history:

In 1065, Westminster Abbey was consecrated.

In 1732, the Pennsylvania Gazette carried the first known advertisement for the first issue of "Poor Richard's Almanack" by Richard Saunders (Benjamin Franklin).

In 1832, John Calhoun, at odds with U.S. President Andrew Jackson, became the first U.S. vice president to resign.

In 1846, Iowa was admitted into the United States as the 29th state.

In 1865, French film pioneers Auguste and Louis Lumiere showed the first commercial motion pictures at a Paris cafe.

In 1869, a group of tailors in Philadelphia staged the first Labor Day ceremonies in the United States.

In 1908, nearly 80,000 people were killed when an earthquake struck the ancient town of Messina, Sicily.

In 1945, the U.S. Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States.

In 1950, advancing Chinese troops crossed the 38th Parallel, dividing line between North and South Korea, to help the communist North Koreans fight U.S.-led U.N. forces.

In 1985, warring Lebanese Muslim and Christian leaders signed a peace agreement backed by Syria.

In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau announced the country had a population of 281,421,906 people -- a 13.2 percent increase in 10 years.

In 2006, a Louisiana grand jury indicted seven New Orleans police officers on murder and attempted murder charges related to an alleged 2005 police ambush about one week after Hurricane Katrina struck.

In 2007, Nepal abolished its monarchy and became a federal democratic republic.

In 2011, the FBI reported that guns were among the hottest items sought by American holiday shoppers.

In 2012, a 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi died at a hospital in Singapore. The attack by six men on the woman and her boyfriend caused outrage throughout India.

A thought for the day: Benjamin Franklin said, "People who are wrapped up in themselves make small packages."

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