Today is Monday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2019 with 78 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include King James II of England in 1633; William Penn, the English Quaker who founded Pennsylvania, in 1644; Dwight D. Eisenhower, World War II military leader/34th president of the United States, in 1890; poet E.E. Cummings in 1894; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Le Duc Tho in 1911; former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop in 1916; actor Roger Moore in 1927; Watergate figure/author/lecturer John Dean in 1938 (age 81); fashion designer Ralph Lauren in 1939 (age 80); British pop singer Cliff Richard in 1940 (age 79); actor Harry Anderson in 1952; actor Greg Evigan in 1953 (age 66); golf Hall of Fame member Beth Daniel in 1956 (age 63); musician Thomas Dolby in 1958 (age 61); sports talk show host Jim Rome in 1964 (age 55); actor Steve Coogan in 1965 (age 54); actor Jon Seda in 1970 (age 49); country music singer Natalie Maines in 1974 (age 45); singer/actor Usher Raymond IV in 1978 (age 41); wrestler Stacy Keibler in 1979 (age 40); actor Ben Whishaw in 1980 (age 39); actor/comedian Jay Pharoah in 1987 (age 32); actor Max Thieriot in 1988 (age 31); actor Rowan Blanchard in 2001 (age 18).
On this date in history:
In 1322, Scotland's Robert the Bruce defeats King Edward II of England at Old Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland's independence.
In 1884, George Eastman received his first "film" patent No. US306594 A for negative paper. While this was a paper film, not the transparent film that many who were taking photographs prior to the advent of the iPhone might remember, it was not met with much success. It was, however, an important step in the development process and its improved versions were incorporated into Kodak's first camera which was introduced in 1888.
In 1912, former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, campaigning for a return to office, was shot in Milwaukee. He refused to have the wound treated until he finished his speech. Speaking later with his surgeon, Roosevelt would joke, "They will have to use higher caliber lead than that if they want to get me. It would take a Howitzer to kill a bull moose.
In 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Chuck Yeager, 24, flying a Bell X-1, became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.
In 2012, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the sound barrier without the protection or propulsion of a vehicle.
In 2017, a truck bomb exploded in a busy intersection of Mogadishu, Somalia, killing more than 500 people and destroying nearby buildings. The militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility.
A thought for the day: U.S. Gen. George S. Patton said, "Do more than is required of you."