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

Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo. They include English author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in 1797; civil rights leader Roy Wilkins in 1901; actor Fred MacMurray in 1908; baseball Hall of Fame member Ted Williams in 1918; businessman Warren Buffett in 1930 (age 90); U.S. astronaut Jack Swigert in 1931; musician John Phillips in 1935; actor Elizabeth Ashley in 1939 (age 81); French Olympic champion skier Jean-Claude Killy in 1943 (age 77); cartoonist Robert Crumb in 1943 (age 77); newspaper columnist Molly Ivins in 1944; actor Peggy Lipton in 1946; comedian Lewis Black in 1948 (age 72); actor Timothy Bottoms in 1951 (age 69); basketball Hall of Fame member Robert Parish in 1953 (age 67); Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in 1954 (age 66); actor Michael Chiklis in 1963 (age 57); actor Michael Michele in 1966 (age 54); actor Cameron Diaz in 1972 (age 48); journalist Lisa Ling in 1973 (age 47); tennis player Andy Roddick in 1982 (age 38); actor Michael Grant Terry in 1984 (age 36); singer Bebe Rexha in 1989 (age 31); actor/singer Trevor Jackson in 1996 (age 24); actor Raffey Cassidy in 2001 (age 19).

In 30 B.C., Cleopatra, queen of Egypt and lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, killed herself following the defeat of her forces by Octavian, the future first emperor of Rome.

In 1780, Gen. Benedict Arnold betrayed the United States when he promised secretly to surrender the fort at West Point to the British army. He fled to England and died in poverty.

In 1918, Fanta Kaplan, a member of the Socialist Revolutionary Party, attempted to assassinate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Lenin, shooting him twice. He survived wounds to each shoulder, one of which pierced his lung.

In 1945, Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed in Japan to oversee the country’s formal surrender at the end of World War II. MacArthur told United Press Japan’s “punishment for her sins, which is just beginning, will be long and bitter.”

In 1954, Hurricane Carol prompted evacuations along the North Carolina coast. The storm later battered states along the northern eastern seaboard and killed 72 people.

In 1967, the nomination of Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court was confirmed. Marshall was the first African American to sit on the court.

In 1994, the Lockheed and Martin Marietta corporations agreed to a merger that would create the largest U.S. defense contractor.

In 2003, more than 120 people, including prominent Shiite cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim, were killed in a bomb attack on Iraq’s Imam Ali Mosque.

In 2011, two senior U.S. Justice Department officials charged with overseeing the failed government gun-smuggling “sting” operation dubbed “Fast and Furious” were replaced amid bitter congressional criticism of the mission. The plan was to pass thousands of weapons to suspected Mexican gun smugglers and trace them to drug leaders, but hundreds of firearms were lost, some showing up at crime scenes, including the 2010 slaying of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

In 2019, conservationists downgraded the outlook for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from “poor” to “very poor.”

A thought for the day: “Honesty is a very expensive gift, Don’t expect it from cheap people.” — American businessman Warren Buffett


World news – GB – UPI Almanac for Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020

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