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The Almanac for July 15, the 196th day of 2017

UPI News Service, 07/15/2017 

Today is Saturday, July 15, the 196th day of 2017 with 169 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning star is Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn in 1606; poet Clement Clarke Moore, author of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" ("Twas the Night Before Christmas") in 1779; Roman Catholic nun Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first U.S. citizen to be made a saint, in 1850; actor Patrick Wayne in 1939 (age 78); singer Linda Ronstadt in 1946 (age 71); Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, prime minister of United Arab Emirates, in 1949 (age 68); political commentator Arianna Huffington in 1950 (age 67); former pro wrestler/Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in 1951 (age 66); actor Terry O'Quinn in 1952 (age 65); rock musician Marky Ramone in 1956 (age 65); Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in 1956; supermodel Kim Alexis in 1960 (age 57); actor Forest Whitaker in 1961 (age 56); actor Brigitte Nielsen in 1963 (age 54); TV show host Adam Savage in 1967 (age 50); actor Eddie Griffin in 1968 (age 49); actor Brian Austin Green in 1973 (age 44); actor Diane Kruger in 1976 (age 41); actor Lana Parrilla in 1977 (age 40); comedian Gabriel Iglesias in 1976 (age 41); actor Taylor Kinney in 1981 (age 36); basketball player Damian Lillard in 1990 (age 27); actor and singer Tristan Wilds in 1989 (age 27).

On this date in history:

In 1799, the Rosetta Stone, which helped decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, was found in an Egyptian village by French soldiers.

In 1806, Zebulon Pike began an expedition to explore the American Southwest.

In 1907, three organizations -- the Publishers Press Association, the Scripps-McRae Press Association and the Scripps News Associations -- joined to form United Press, which would eventually become United Press International. The wire service started business with 460 newspaper clients, of which 400 were evening newspapers and 60 were Sunday morning newspapers.

In 1912, the U.S. Olympic team, led by all-round athlete Jim Thorpe, took more medals than any other country at the Summer Games in Stockholm, Sweden.

In 1945, Italy declared war on Japan, its former Axis partner.

In 1965, the unmanned spacecraft Mariner 4 passed over Mars at an altitude of 6,000 feet and sent the first close-up images of the planet to Earth.

In 1968, a Soviet Aeroflot jetliner landed at New York's JFK Airport, marking the beginning of direct commercial flights between the United States and the Soviet Union.

In 1971, U.S. President Richard Nixon disclosed plans to make an unprecedented visit to the People's Republic of China. He made the historic trip in February 1972.

In 1992, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton was nominated as the Democratic Party's candidate for president.

In 1997, Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot to death in front of his Miami mansion. The prime suspect was Andrew Cunanan, already wanted in four other slayings. He was found dead a week later, an apparent suicide.

In 2002, John Walker Lindh, a 21-year-old American captured by the U.S. military in Afghanistan while with Taliban forces, admitted he had fought as a soldier with them. After cooperating in the investigation of the terrorist network, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

In 2007, the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese agreed to a $600 million settlement with 508 people who said they had been sexually abused by members of the clergy.

In 2009, Caspian Airlines Flight 7908 crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran bound for Armenia. Officials said 168 people were killed.

In 2010, BP, the London energy company, announced it had capped its crippled underwater well that sent millions of barrels of crude gushing into the Gulf of Mexico over the previous three months after an offshore drilling rig explosion and fire killed 11 workers and unleashed an unchecked torrent from the depths.

In 2014, a suicide car bomber killed at least 89 people and injured dozens of others at a market in eastern Afghanistan's Paktika province.

A thought for the day: "It's far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price." -- Warren Buffett

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