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Today is Thursday, October 20, the 293rd day of 2022 with 72 to go.
The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.
People born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include the English astronomer/architect Christopher Wren in 1632; French poet Arthur Rimbaud in 1854; James Robert Mann, Congressman from Illinois and author of the “White Slave Traffic Act”, also known as the “Mann Act”, in 1856; educator John Dewey in 1859; the actor Bela Lugosi in 1882; jazz composer Jelly Roll Morton in 1890; Bob Sheppard, longtime Yankee Stadium announcer in 1910; country singer Grandpa (Louis Marshall) Jones in 1913; comedian Art Buchwald in 1925; Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle in 1931; actor William Christopher in 1932; actor Jerry Orbach in 1935; singer/songwriter Wanda Jackson in 1937 (85); Juan Marichal, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937 (85 years old); poet Robert Pinsky in 1940 (82 years old); writer Lewis Grizzard in 1946; Tom Petty, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1950; director Danny Boyle in 1956 (age 66); actor Viggo Mortensen in 1958 (age 64); Canadian astronaut Julie Payette in 1963 (age 59); Vice President Kamala Harris in 1964 (age 58); actor William Zabka in 1965 (57 years old); political commentator Michelle Malkin in 1970 (age 52); singer Dannii Minogue in 1971 (age 51); rapper Snoop Dogg, born Calvin Broadus Jr., in 1971 (51 years old); actor John Krasinski in 1979 (age 43); actor Alona Tal in 1983 (39 years old); actor Jennifer Freeman in 1985 (age 37); rapper A$AP Ferg, born Darold Durard Brown Ferguson Jr., in 1988 (34 years old); actor Asante Blackk in 2001 (age 21).
On this historical date:
In 1818, the United States and Great Britain agreed to establish the 49th parallel as the official border between the United States and Canada.
In 1918, Germany agreed to US President Woodrow Wilson’s terms for ending World War I.
In 1944, American troops landed on the east coast of the island of Leyte in the Philippines. General Douglas MacArthur, forced to leave the island two years earlier, declared as he landed with great strides: “I’m back”.
In 1947, the United States House of Representatives Un-American Activities Committee opened public hearings into the alleged influence of communism in Hollywood.
In 1968, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis on the Greek island of Skorpios.
In 1973, during the Watergate scandal, US President Richard Nixon fired two officials for refusing to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. The incident became known as the “Saturday Night Massacre”.
In 1977, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, including singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines, were killed when a plane chartered by the rock band crashed in Mississippi. Twenty people survived the accident.
In 1982, up to 340 football fans were crushed to death in a stampede on icy steps in the passage of a Moscow stadium during a match between Soviet and Dutch players.
In 1994, Hollywood star Burt Lancaster died at the age of 80.
In 2004, retired General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was sworn in as Indonesia’s sixth president after winning the country’s first direct election as head of state.
In 2011, deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was killed trying to escape from his hometown hideout in the coastal city of Sirte as troops, including NATO forces, closed in . Gaddafi, 69, ousted from power in a massive uprising two months earlier, had ruled Libya for 42 years.
In 2017, Pixar coconut premiered at the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico. It was the first film with a nine-figure budget to feature an all-Latin main cast.
In 2019, Qantas’ historic 10,200-mile non-stop flight from New York to Sydney landed after 19 hours and 16 minutes.
In 2021, Barbados elected its first president, Sandra Mason, to replace Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. The island officially became a republic and Mason took office on November 30, 2021.
A thought for the day: American columnist Joyce Brothers said: “The best proof of love is trust.