The almanac

By United Press International

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2014 with 358 to follow.

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


Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the United States, in 1800; Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, who became St. Bernadette and whose visions led to the foundation of the shrine at Lourdes, France, in 1844; film executive Adolph Zukor in 1873; cartoonist Charles Addams in 1912; actors Butterfly McQueen in 1911 and Vincent Gardenia in 1920; author William Blatty ("The Exorcist") in 1928 (age 86); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Paul Revere in 1938 (age 76); Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner in 1946 (age 68); singer Kenny Loggins in 1948 (age 66); actors Erin Gray in 1950 (age 64) and David Caruso in 1956 (age 58); television personality Katie Couric in 1957 (age 57); and actors Nicolas Cage in 1964 (age 50) and Jeremy Renner in 1971 (age 43).


On this date in history:

In 1610, Galileo, using his primitive telescope, discovered the four major moons of Jupiter: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

In 1789, the first nationwide U.S. presidential election was conducted. Electors chosen by the voters unanimously picked George Washington as president and John Adams as vice president.

In 1927, commercial trans-Atlantic telephone service between New York and London was inaugurated.

In 1931, as the Great Depression was getting under way, a report to U.S. President Herbert Hoover estimated that 4 million to 5 million Americans were out of work.

In 1953, U.S. President Harry Truman announced that the United States had developed the hydrogen bomb.

In 1979, the Cambodian government of Pol Pot was overthrown.

In 1980, the U.S. government authorized $1.5 billion in loans for the Chrysler Corp.

In 1989, Japan's Emperor Hirohito died.

In 1993, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a long-awaited report that classified environmental tobacco smoke as a carcinogen.

In 1999, U.S. President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial opened in the Senate. (He was acquitted.)

In 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush proposed a tax-cut package of $670 billion over 10 years.


In 2012, the Pakistani government released 179 Indian fishermen imprisoned for violating territorial waters. The men, some of whom had been held for a year, said they sailed into Pakistani waters by mistake.

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to Georgia's ban on carrying guns into churches.

A thought for the day: "If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble." -- Bob Hope

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