Today is Thursday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2019 with 243 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter and Mars.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include Catherine the Great, empress of Russia, in 1729; Gen. Henry Robert, author of Robert's Rules of Order, in 1837; gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in 1885; German fighter ace Manfred "The Red Baron" von Richthofen in 1892; Broadway composer Lorenz Hart in 1895; childcare specialist Dr. Benjamin Spock in 1903; singer/actor Theodore Bikel in 1924; singer Engelbert Humperdinck, born Arnold Dorsey, in 1936 (age 83); activist/singer Bianca Jagger in 1945 (age 74); actor David Suchet in 1946 (age 73); pop singer Lesley Gore in 1946; inventor James Dyson in 1947 (age 72); country singer Larry Gatlin in 1948 (age 71); actor Christine Baranski in 1952 (age 67); fashion designer Donatella Versace in 1955 (age 64); actor/former professional wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in 1972 (age 47); soccer star David Beckham in 1975 (age 44); actor Ellie Kemper in 1980 (age 39); actor Robert Buckley in 1981 (age 38); NASCAR driver Kyle Busch in 1985 (34); singer Lily Allen in 1985 (age 34); Princess Charlotte of Cambridge in 2015 (4).
On this date in history:
In 1519, Leonardo da Vinci, Italian artist, scientist and inventor, died at age 67.
In 1611, a new translation of the Bible in England, popularly called the King James Bible after King James I, was published.
In 1863, Confederate Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson was mistakenly shot by his own soldiers. He died eight days later.
In 1913, the United States formally recognized President Yuan Shikai and his Republic of China.
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In 1941, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission approved the regular scheduling of commercial television broadcasts.
In 1972, 91 people were killed in a mine fire in Kellogg, Idaho.
In 1972, J. Edgar Hoover died at the age of 77 after nearly five decades as director of the FBI.
In 1995, the Clinton administration announced that Cuban boat people seeking asylum in the United States would be henceforth returned to Cuba.
In 2004, Nigerian Christian militants attacked the Muslim town of Yelwa with firearms and machetes. The Nigerian Red Cross put the death toll at 630.
In 2008, Tropical Cyclone Nargis, with winds up to 120 mph, slammed into densely populated southern Myanmar. The death toll was eventually raised to nearly 140,000 people.
In 2010, Greece was saved from defaulting on its debts by the International Monetary Fund and the 16 European countries of the eurozone, which agreed on a $146 billion loan package for the struggling country.
In 2014, a landslide struck a remote village in north Afghanistan, killing more than 2,000 people. An international official called the massive mud and rock collapse "absolutely devastating."
In 2018, California reported the first death associated with an E. Coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Arizona. The outbreak would go on to kill five people and sicken more than 200.
A thought for the day: "If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." -- Anatole France
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