Today is Thursday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2018 with 144 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this day are under the sign of Leo. They include French architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant, designer of the District of Columbia, in 1754; American Indian engineer Mary G. Ross in 1908; English actor/playwright Robert Shaw in 1927; basketball Hall of Fame member Bob Cousy in 1928 (age 90); Australian tennis star Rod Laver in 1938 (age 80); comedian David Steinberg in 1942 (age 76); heavyweight boxer Ken Norton in 1943; actor Sam Elliott in 1944 (age 74); actor Melanie Griffith in 1957 (age 61); actor Amanda Bearse in 1958 (age 60); fashion designer Michael Kors in 1959 (age 59); pop singer Whitney Houston in 1963; hockey Hall of Fame member Brett Hull in 1964 (age 54); TV host Hoda Kotb in 1964 (age 54); football Hall of Fame member Deion Sanders in 1967 (age 51); actor Gillian Anderson in 1968 (age 50); actor Eric Bana in 1968 (age 50); actor Kevin McKidd in 1973 (age 45); actor Jessica Capshaw in 1976 (age 42); actor Ashley Johnson in 1983 (age 35); actor Anna Kendrick in 1985 (age 33); actor Adelaide Kane in 1990 (age 28); actor Bill Skarsgard in 1990 (age 28).
On this date in history:
In 1483, the Sistine Chapel opens in the Vatican.
In 1854, Walden was published by Henry David Thoreau.
In 1936, American track star Jesse Owens won his fourth Olympic gold medal in Berlin.
In 1945, a U.S. B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb nicknamed "Fat Man" on the Japanese city of Nagasaki three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Three weeks later, Japan formally surrendered, ending World War II.
In 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush announced he would allow federal funding for limited stem cell research using human embryos.
In 2014, a white police officer shot and killed a black youth, Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Mo., touching off weeks of protests.
In 2017, the North Korean military threatened a missile strike near the U.S. territory of Guam, saying a recent bomber flight based from the island "may provoke a dangerous conflict."
A thought for the day: Elvis Presley said, "I get lonesome right in the middle of a crowd."