February 15, 2020 - 3:00 AM EST
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The Almanac
Today is Saturday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2020 with 320 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include: Italian astronomer/physicist Galileo Galilei in 1564; French King Louis XV in 1710; jeweler Charles Tiffany in 1812; feminist pioneer Susan B. Anthony in 1820; British philosopher/mathematician Alfred North Whitehead in 1861; actor John Barrymore in 1882; illustrator Lillian Disney in 1899; songwriter Harold Arlen in 1905; actor Cesar Romero in 1907; Miep Gies, born Heroine Santruschitz, who helped hide Anne Frank and her family, in 1909; actor Harvey Korman in 1927; actor Claire Bloom in 1931 (age 89); astronaut Roger Chaffee in 1935; football Hall of Fame member John Hadl in 1940 (age 80); actor Marisa Berenson in 1947 (age 73); actor Jane Seymour in 1951 (age 69); singer Melissa Manchester in 1951 (age 69); Simpsons cartoonist Matt Groening in 1954 (age 66); model/TV personality Janice Dickinson in 1955 (age 65); musician Ali Campbell in 1959 (age 61); comedian Chris Farley in 1964; astronaut Leland Devon Melvin in 1964 (age 56); actor Renee O'Connor in 1971 (age 49); actor Alex Borstein in 1971 (age 49); filmmaker Miranda July in 1974 (age 46); musician Brandon Boyd in 1976 (age 44); musician Conor Oberst in 1980 (40); filmmaker Matt Duffer in 1984 (age 36); filmmaker Ross Duffer in 1984 (age 36); actor/singer Amber Riley in 1986 (age 34). On this date in history:

In 1764, the city of St. Louis was founded along the Mississippi River.

In 1898, the U.S. battleship Maine exploded in Havana harbor, killing 260 crewmen and leading to a U.S. declaration of war against Spain.

In 1933, U.S. President-elect Franklin Roosevelt narrowly escaped assassination in Miami when several shots were fired at him, fatally wounding Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak.

In 1942, the British bastion of Singapore surrendered to the Japanese army.

In 1961, all 18 members of the U.S. figure skating team were killed when their plane crashed in Belgium during their trip to an international meet in Prague. Among the dead were reigning U.S. champion Laurence Owen, 16, her mother, nine-time U.S. champion Maribel Vinson Owen, and her sister, pairs champion Maribel Owen, 20.

In 1965, Canada adopted a new national flag featuring a maple leaf emblem.

In 1982, the oil-drilling rig Ocean Ranger capsized and sank in a storm off Newfoundland. All 84 people aboard were lost.

In 1989, Radio Moscow announced the last Soviet soldier had left Kabul, Afghanistan.

In 1992, a jury found Jeffrey Dahmer to be sane and guilty of killing 15 young men and boys, condemning him to life in prison.

In 1996, a Liberian-registered oil tanker, the Sea Empress, ran aground off the coast of Wales, spilling 72,000 tons of crude oil into the sea.

In 1997, Tara Lipinski, 14, defeated defending women's champion Michelle Kwan to become the youngest U.S. figure skating champion.

In 2002, discovery of a human skull in a wooded area near a crematory in Georgia led investigators to remains of more than 300 bodies that were to have been cremated but instead were stacked in sheds and in the woods.

In 2005, a U.S. appeals court in Washington ruled that journalists have no First Amendment privilege to protect confidential sources.

In 2008, Steve Fossett, the 63-year-old millionaire commodities trader turned record-breaking aviator, was declared legally dead five months after he vanished while flying in Nevada.

In 2012, fire broke out in an overcrowded Honduras prison, killing a reported 359 inmates and a visiting wife, one of the worst prison fire death tolls in history. One of the convicts was suspected of starting the fast-moving conflagration by setting his mattress on fire.

In 2013, Russian officials said a hail of meteorite fragments hit the Chelyabinsk region, injuring more than 1,000 people, most of the victims hit by glass from shattered windows.

In 2019, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border to divert billions of federal dollars to wall construction.

A thought for the day: The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. -- Indian politician Mahatma Gandhi

Source: United Press International (February 15, 2020 - 3:00 AM EST)

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