|Posted: August 31, 2006, 10:27 am - IP Logged|
Today is Thursday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2006 with 122
to follow. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Saturn,
Mercury, Venus and Uranus. The evening stars are Neptune,
Mars, Jupiter and Pluto.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo include:
Italian educator Maria Montessori in 1870;
actor Fredric March in 1897;
entertainer Arthur Godfrey in 1903;
writer William Saroyan in 1908;
astronomer Alfred Bernard Lovell in 1913;
journalist Daniel Schorr in 1916 (age 90);
lyricist Alan Jay Lerner in 1918;
comedian Buddy Hackett in 1924;
actor James Coburn in 1928;
baseball star/manager Frank Robinson, first black to manage
a major league team, in 1935 (age 65);
black militant Eldridge Cleaver, also in 1935;
violinist Itzhak Perlman and rock singer Van Morrison,
both in 1945 (age 61);
actor Richard Gere in 1949 (age 57);
Olympian track athlete Edwin Moses in 1955 (age 51);
and singer/actress Debbie Gibson in 1970 (age 36).
On this date in history:
In 1897, Thomas Edison was awarded a patent for his movie
camera, the Kinetograph.
In 1888, prostitute Mary Ann Nichols became the first victim
of the notorious London serial killer known as "Jack the
In 1903, a Packard automobile completed a 52-day journey
from San Francisco to New York, becoming the first car to
cross the nation under its own power.
In 1986, an Aeromexico DC-9 collided with a single-engine
plane over Cerritos, Calif., killing 82 people, including
15 on the ground.
In 1991, the Soviet republics of Uzbekistan and Kirghizia
declared independence, leaving five republics in the
Also in 1991, Serbia accepted a European Community
proposal that included international observers to oversee
a cease-fire in Croatia.
In 1992, white separatist Randy Weaver surrendered, ending
an 11-day siege of his Idaho mountain cabin that cost the
lives of his wife, teenage son and a U.S. marshal.
In 1993, the Israeli government agreed in principle a
plan for interim Palestinian self-rule of the Gaza Strip
and the West Bank town of Jericho.
In 1994, the Irish Republican Army declared a cease-fire
following six months of secret talks with Britain.
In 1997, Britain's Princess Diana died of injuries a few
hours after a car accident in Paris that killed her
companion, Dodi Fayed, and their driver. A bodyguard
survived although seriously injured.
In 2003, a Russian K-159 nuclear-powered submarine was
lost in the Barents Sea, claiming the lives of nine of
its 10-member crew. Russian authorities blamed negligence
by navy officials.
Also in 2003, U.S. and Iraqi officials began laying plans
to form an Iraqi paramilitary force of several thousand
to help secure the country.
In 2004, in the first major attack inside Israel in
nearly six months, Palestinian suicide bombers blew up
two buses almost simultaneously in Beersheba, killing
at least 16 passengers and themselves and wounding more
In 2005, close to 1,000 people, largely Shiite pilgrims,
died in a stampede and the partial collapse of a bridge
over the Tigris River in northern Baghdad. Hundreds more
were reported injured.
Also in 2005, the White House decided to release some of
the 700 million barrels of crude oil it keeps against
And in New Orleans, martial law was declared amid
reports of looters running wild, food and drinking
water dwindling, and bodies floating in the floodwaters.
Apparently poor coordination of federal, state and city
officials led to a different kind of flood, of anger
and delay, with many critics blaming the Federal
Emergency Management Agency for sluggish handling of
the rescue and relief effort.