Today is Wednesday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2019 with 293 to follow.

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The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Mars and Uranus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Pisces. They include English chemist Joseph Priestley, the discoverer of oxygen, in 1733; astronomer Percival Lowell in 1855; publisher Walter Annenberg in 1908; L. Ron Hubbard, science fiction writer and founder of the Church of Scientology, in 1911; former CIA Director William Casey in 1913; cartoonist Al Jaffee in 1921 (age 98); Helen "Callaghan" Candaele Saint Aubin, known as the "Ted Williams of women's baseball," in 1923; singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka in 1939 (age 80); actor William H. Macy in 1950 (age 69); political commentator Charles Krauthammer in 1950; actor Dana Delany in 1956 (age 63); musician Adam Clayton, U2 bass player, in 1960 (age 59); actor Annabeth Gish in 1971 (age 48); actor/rapper Common, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., in 1972 (age 47); actor Danny Masterson in 1976 (age 43); actor Noel Fisher in 1984 (age 35); actor Emile Hirsch in 1985 (age 34); actor Harry Melling in 1989 (age 30); journalist/model Peaches Geldof in 1989; actor Kaya Scodelario in 1992 (age 27); U.S. Olympic gold alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin in 1995 (age 24).

 

On this date in history:

In 1781, the planet Uranus was discovered by British astronomer William Herschel.

In 1868, the Republican-dominated U.S. Senate began impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Andrew Johnson, a Democrat and successor to Abraham Lincoln, climaxing a political feud following the Civil War. He was acquitted by one vote.

In 1881, Czar Alexander II, the ruler of Russia since 1855, was killed in a St. Petersburg street by a bomb thrown by a member of the revolutionary People's Will group.

In 1933, in the depths of the Great Depression, banks throughout the United States began to reopen after a weeklong bank holiday declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a successful effort to stop runs on bank assets.

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In 1933, President Roosevelt sent word to Congress calling for the immediate modification of the Volstead act to permit the manufacture and sale of beer.

In 1980, a Chicago jury sentenced John Wayne Gacy to death for the murder of 33 young men and boys. He died by lethal injection May 10, 1994.

In 1990, the Soviet Congress of People's Deputies formally ended the Communist Party's monopoly rule, establishing a presidential system and giving Mikhail Gorbachev broad new powers.

In 1992, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck northeast Turkey, killing at least 500 people and leaving some 50,000 homeless.

In 1996, a gun collector opened fire at a school in Dunblane, Scotland, killing 16 kindergarten children and their teacher, and then himself.

In 2004, opera singer Luciano Pavarotti sang his final opera at New York City's Metropolitan Opera house.

In 2005, Robert Iger is named as Michael Eisner's replacement as chief executive of the Walt Disney Company.

In 2008, gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time.

In 2011, the Dalai Lama, 75-year-old spiritual leader of Tibet, formally submitted his resignation as Tibet's political leader, a post he had held since he was 18, to the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile.

In 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, a Jesuit, became pope of the Catholic Church. He chose the name of Francis.

In 2018, President Donald Trump announced a major shakeup in his Cabinet, replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

A thought for the day: President Donald Trump said, "Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make."