Today is Wednesday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2019 with 328 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include England's Queen Anne in 1665; statesman Aaron Burr in 1756; baseball great George Herman "Babe" Ruth in 1895; former U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1911; Eva Braun, mistress of Adolf Hitler, in 1912; actor Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1917; actor Patrick Macnee in 1922; actor Rip Torn in 1931 (age 88); actor Mamie Van Doren in 1931 (age 88); French film director Francois Truffaut in 1932; actor Mike Farrell in 1939 (age 80); TV newsman Tom Brokaw in 1940 (age 79); handgun control activist Sarah Brady in 1942; singer Fabian Forte in 1943 (age 76); actor Michael Tucker in 1945 (age 74); Jamaican reggae singer/songwriter Bob Marley in 1945; singer Natalie Cole in 1950; actor Kevin Whately in 1951 (age 68); actor/director Robert Townsend in 1957 (age 62); actor Kathy Najimy in 1957 (age 62); singer W. Axl Rose in 1962 (age 57); singer Gordon Downie in 1964; singer Rick Astley in 1966 (age 53); actor Alice Eve in 1982 (age 37); actor Crystal Reed in 1985 (age 34); actor Dane DeHaan in 1986 (age 33); actor Dominic Sherwood in 1990 (age 29); singer Tinashe Kachingwe in 1993 (age 26); actor Charlie Heaton in 1994 (age 25).
On this date in history:
In 1819, Singapore was founded with the establishment of a British East India Co. trading post.
In 1865, Gen. Robert E. Lee was appointed commander in chief of the armies of the Confederacy.
In 1943, U.S. Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was named commander of Allied expeditionary forces in North Africa.
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In 1958, a British airliner crashed upon takeoff from a Munich, Germany, airport. The crash killed 23 people, including eight members of the Manchester United soccer team.
In 1987, broad no-smoking rules took effect for 890,000 employees in 6,800 U.S. federal buildings nationwide.
In 1992, a military transport plane crashed into a restaurant and hotel in Evansville, Ind., killing 16 people.
In 2001, Ariel Sharon was elected prime minister of Israel.
In 2004, a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a suitcase on a Moscow subway car, killing 39 people and injuring about 200.
In 2006, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told Congress that President George W. Bush was within his legal rights when he authorized warrantless surveillance of people in the United States by the National Security Agency.
In 2014, Jay Leno ended his 22-year stint as host of The Tonight Show. Jimmy Fallon took over hosting duties, moving the talk show from Burbank, Calif., to New York City.
In 2016, a magnitude-6.4 earthquake rocked Taiwan, leaving at least 117 dead and 550 people injured when several buildings collapsed.
In 2018, SpaceX launched the world's most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, for the first time, sending Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster -- complete with a dummy in a spacesuit listening to David Bowie's "Space Oddity" -- into space.
A thought for the day: Jay Leno said, "When you work with your hands, you learn to appreciate how easy it is to earn money talking."
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