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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022

On Feb. 5, 1994, white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the 1963 killing of Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

By United Press International
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Police investigate the home of Medgar Evers, field secretary for the NAACP, who was shot to death by a sniper early June 12, 1963, outside his home in Jackson, Miss. On February 5, 1994, white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the 1963 killing of Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers. UPI File Photo
Police investigate the home of Medgar Evers, field secretary for the NAACP, who was shot to death by a sniper early June 12, 1963, outside his home in Jackson, Miss. On February 5, 1994, white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the 1963 killing of Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers. UPI File Photo

Today is Sunday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2023 with 329 to follow.

The moon is full. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include former British Prime Minister Robert Peel, founder of the London Police Force, in 1788; Scotsman John Dunlop, inventor of the pneumatic tire, in 1840; French automotive pioneer Andre Citroen in 1878; U.S. statesman Adlai E. Stevenson in 1900; actor John Carradine in 1906; novelist William Burroughs in 1914; comedian/actor Red Buttons in 1919; baseball Hall of Fame member Henry "Hank" Aaron in 1934; hockey commentator Don Cherry in 1934 (age 89); financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn in 1939 (age 84); Swiss artist H.R. Giger in 1940; television writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell in 1941; Heisman Trophy winner/football Hall of Fame member Roger Staubach in 1942 (age 81); film director Michael Mann in 1943 (age 80); musician Al Kooper in 1944 (age 79); race car driver Darrell Waltrip in 1947 (age 76); writer/comedian Christopher Guest in 1948 (age 75); actor Barbara Hershey in 1948 (age 75); actor Tom Wilkinson in 1948 (age 75); actor Tim Meadows in 1961 (age 62); actor Jennifer Jason Leigh in 1962 (age 61); actor Laura Linney in 1964 (age 59); golf Hall of Fame member Jose Maria Olazabal in 1966 (age 57); singer Bobby Brown in 1969 (age 54); actor Michael Sheen in 1969 (age 54); country music singer Sara Evans in 1971 (age 52); actor Nora Zehetner in 1981 (age 42); Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in 1985 (age 38); actor Darren Criss in 1987 (age 36); actor Henry Golding in 1987 (age 36); Brazilian soccer star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior in 1992 (age 31); Trayvon Martin, unarmed teen fatally shot by a neighbor who was acquitted after claiming self defense, in 1995.

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On this date in history:

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In 1631, British clergyman Roger Williams, who founded the colony of Rhode Island, arrived in Salem, Mass., seeking religious freedom.

In 1918, a German U-boat torpedoed the SS Tuscania, sinking the liner as it transported thousands of U.S. troops to Europe. More than 200 died, the rest were rescued by other ships in the convoy.

In 1919, screen legends Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith formed United Artists.

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In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed expanding the Supreme Court to up to 15 justices, prompting accusations he was trying to "pack" the court. He dropped the plan later that year.

In 1945, U.S. troops led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur returned to Manila, liberating the Philippine capital from Japanese authority.

In 1971, Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell were on the moon for 4 hours. They were the fifth and sixth astronauts to walk on the moon since Apollo 11 in 1969.

In 1989, the last Soviet troops left Kabul, ending a nearly decadelong involvement in a war between Afghanistan's communist government and Muslim rebels. All troops left the country by within weeks of the vacating the capital.

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In 1994, white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of the 1963 killing of Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

In 2003, making a case for U.N.-endorsed military action in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell accused the Saddam Hussein regime of deceiving U.N. weapons inspectors and having ties with the al-Qaida terrorist network.

In 2007, U.S. astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak, a naval officer, was arrested on several charges, including attempted kidnapping, after she drove from Houston to Orlando, Fla., to confront another officer she viewed as a romantic rival for a fellow astronaut. Nowak eventually pleaded guilty to lesser charges, avoided prison and was forced to leave the Navy.

In 2022, American snowboarding star and three-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White confirmed his plans to retire after the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.


A thought for the day: "Just as each seed we plant has the potential to become something extraordinary, so does every child." -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama

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