Today is Friday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2018 with 346 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury. Evening stars are Neptune, Venus, Mars and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include Scottish engineer James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, in 1736; Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in 1807; American short story writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe in 1809; French post-Impressionist painter Paul Cezanne in 1839; Ebony magazine founder John H. Johnson in 1918; former U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar in 1920 (age 98); actor Jean Stapleton in 1923; actor Tippi Hedren in 1930 (age 88); television newscaster Robert MacNeil in 1931 (age 87); singer Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers in 1939; British stage singer and actor Michael Crawford in 1942 (age 76); singer Janis Joplin in 1943; singer Dolly Parton in 1946 (age 72); actor Shelley Fabares in 1944 (age 74); chef Paula Deen in 1947 (age 71); singer/actor Desi Arnaz Jr. in 1953 (age 65); actor Katey Sagal in 1954 (age 64); comedian Paul Rodriguez in 1955 (63); actor Shawn Wayans in 1971 (age 47); comedian Frank Caliendo in 1974 (age 44); actor Jodie Sweetin in 1982 (age 36); U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson in 1992 (age 26); actor Logan Lerman in 1992 (age 26).
On this date in history:
In 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy.
In 1920, threats against the life of Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, because of his activities in suppressing criminal radicalism, led officials to take every precaution to guard the head of the Justice Department.
In 1938, the Spanish Nationalist air force bombed Barcelona and Valencia, killing 700 civilians and wounding hundreds more.
In 1961, President Eisenhower met with his successor, John F. Kennedy, to complete plans for the transition of power. Both met privately at first before conferring with the incoming and outgoing secretaries of State, Treasury and Defense.
In 1966, Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India.
In 1975, China published a new Constitution that adopted the precepts and policies of Mao Zedong.
In 1983, police in Bolivia arrested Klaus Barbie, the so-called Butcher of Lyons. Barbie was a Nazi Gestapo chief accused of for the capture, torture and deaths of thousands of Jewish people and French resistance workers in Lyon, France.
In 1995, Russian forces captured the presidential palace in the rebel republic of Chechnya.
In 2010, Republican Scott Brown, a little-known former state senator, scored a major political upset by winning a special Massachusetts election over a heavily favored Democrat to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Democratic legend Ted Kennedy. Brown was defeated by Elizabeth Warren in the 2012 general election.
In 2017, a high-rise in Tehran caught fire and collapsed, killing 20 firefighters.
A thought for the day: "Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave." -- Indira Gandhi