CMN Almanac

Today is Sunday, February 10th, the 41st day of the year. There are 324

Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES American Heart Month,

Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Children’s Dental Health Month, National Cherry Month

National Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month,

Umbrella Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Alex Haley

Alex Haley

Leontyne Price, 92, opera soprano

Roberta Flack, 80, singer

Ty Law, 45, football player

Tina Thompson, 44, basketball player

Don Omar, 40, rapper

Justin Gatlin, 37, sprinter

Orlando Skandrick, 36, football player

K.C. Jones

K.C. Jones

Misha Bryan, 25, singer

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

DEATHS

Alexander S. Pushkin, 1837, writer (b. 1800)

Alex Haley, 1992, author (Roots) (b. 1922)

J Dilla, 2006, rapper/producer (b. 1974)

ON THIS DATE IN…

Bill White

Bill White

1957 – Southern Christian Leadership Conference forms.

1971 – Bill White becomes 1st African American baseball announcer

(NY Yankees).

1989 – Celtic K.C. Jones & Cavalier Lenny Wilkens elected to NBA Hall

of Fame.

1989 – Ron Brown chosen 1st African American chairman of a major U.S.

party (Democrats).

Ron Brown

Ron Brown

1990 – South African President de Klerk announces Nelson Mandela will

be freed on Feb 11th.

1992 – Mike Tyson convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indiana.

1993 – “Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah Winfrey” airs on ABC & drew

an astounding 39.3 rating/56 share, 90 million people.

1997 – O.J. Simpson jury reaches decision on $25M in punitive damages.

HOROSCOPE

Being an Aquarius born on February 10th, your impulsiveness and charm are amongst your most defining qualities. In all aspects of your life, you struggle to keep interest. As a result, you have amassed a wide variety of hobbies, interest and relationships. Although you may a bit erratic at times, this has not lost you any friends, because of your innate charms. You have noticed that people seem to be drawn into your warm and mysterious nature. You would be surprised to know how many people have struggled to discover the depths of your personality.

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Today is Saturday, February 9th,  the 40th day of the year. There are 325

Alice Walker

Alice Walker

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Cherry Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month,

National Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Barbara Lewis, 76, singer (Hello Stranger)

Alice Walker, 75, novelist (Color Purple)

Bruce Bruce

Bruce Bruce

Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, 68, saxophonist (Kool & Gang)

Mookie Wilson, 67, baseball player

Chris Gardner, 64, entrepreneur

Phil Ford, 63, basketball player

Bruce Bruce, 53, comedian

Jimmy Smith, 50, football player

Jameer Nelson, 36, basketball player

James Cleveland

James Cleveland

Michael B. Jordan, 32, actor

Camille Winbush, 29, actress

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Major Harris, 72, singer (Love won’t Let me wait) (d. 2012)

DEATHS

Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1906, poet (b. 1873)

James Cleveland, 1991, gospel singer (b. 1932)

ON THIS DATE IN…

Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige

1940 – Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title.

1959 – Coasters’s “Charlie Brown” peaks at #2.

1963 – Martin Luther King Jr. meets with Pres. Johnson to discuss Black

voting rights.

1964 – Arthur Ashe becomes the first Black on U.S. Davis Cup team.

1971 – Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball

Hall of Fame.

1992 – 42nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 153-113 at Orlando

HOROSCOPE

As an Aquarius born on February 9th, your personality is defined by your charming, romantic and impulsive nature. People seem to gravitate to your personality, as you are mysterious and warm. Your many admirers is perfect for your romantic nature, as you greatly enjoy being in love and receiving affection. Your relationships may be short-lived however, as you are quite impulsive. In all aspects of life, you can look to explore new and varying interests at a whims notice.

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Today is Friday, February 8th, the 39th day of the year. There are 326

Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Mourning

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Cherry Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month,

National Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month,

Boy Scout Day, Kite Flying Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Malorie Blackman, 57, author

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

Alonzo Mourning, 49, basketball player

Marcus Pollard, 47, football player

Project Pat, 46, rapper

Kimbo Slice, 45, mixed martial artist

Pooch Hall, 42, actor

Klay Thompson, 29, basketball player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Gary Coleman, 51, actor (Diff’rent Strokes) (d. 2010)

Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey

DEATHS

Derrick Thomas, 2000, football player (b. 1967)

Jimmy Smith, 2005, jazz musician (b. 1925)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1865 – 1st black major in U.S. Army appointed during Civil war –

Martin Robison Delany.

1894 – Enforcement Act repealed, making it easier to disenfranchise

blacks.

Bill Russell

Bill Russell

1925 – Marcus Garvey enters federal prison in Atlanta.

1944 – 1st black reporter accredited to White House, Harry McAlpin.

1960 – Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds

in a game (51).

1965 – Supremes release “Stop In the Name of Love”.

1968 – Three South Carolina State students are killed during segregation

protests in Orangeburg.

John Legend

John Legend

1972 – Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame.

1974 – “Good Times” debuts on CBS TV.

1986 – 5′ 7″ Spud Webb of Atlanta Hawks wins NBA Slam Dunk

Competition.

1990 – “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for

racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine.

2006 – 48th Grammy Awards: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams,

John Legend wins

HOROSCOPE

Being an Aquarius born on February 8th, your personality is characterized by imagination and honesty. You have a very active mind, which allows you to see possibilities that others fail to imagine. In demanding situations, this quality allows you to be an effective problem solver. Socially, your whit and intriguing communication has made you a highly sought after companion. While your friends and family appreciate your imagination, they may admire your honest nature the most. In all your dealings, social and professional, you value truthfulness and straightforwardness above all else.

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Today is Thursday, February 7th, the 38th day of the year. There are 327

Chris Rock

Chris Rock

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Cherry Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month,

National Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month,

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Juwan Howard

Juwan Howard

Chris Rock, 53, comedian

Stanley Roberts, 49, basketball player

Juwan Howard, 46, basketball player

Essence Atkins, 46, actress

Tim Bowens, 46, football player

Isaiah Thomas, 29, basketball player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Eubie Blake, 132, ragtime composer/pianist (d. 1983)

King Curtis, 85, singer (Memphis Soul Stew) (d. 1971)

DEATHS

Cheikh Anta Diop, 1986, historian (b. 1923)

Big Pun, 2000, rapper (b. 1971)

Patricia Stephens Due, 2012, civil rights activist (b. 1940)

ON THIS DATE IN…

Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie

1867 – Fredrick Douglass & Black delegation called on Pres. Johnson.

1872 – Alcorn A & M College opens.

1926 – Negro History Week, originated by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, is observed for the first time.

1964 – Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam, becomes a Muslim and

changes his name to Muhammad Ali.

1974 – Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles” opens in movie theaters.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

1990 – Lisa Leslie of Morningside HS in Inglewood California scores

101 in 1st half, South Torrance HS decides not to play 2nd half &

loses 102-24

1993 – Pebbles Flintstone & Bamm Bamm Rubble wed.

1994 – 21st American Music Award: Whitney Houston wins.

HOROSCOPE

As an Aquarius born on February 7th, your personality is characterized by openness, honesty and imagination. While you have noticed people that take to mind games, you are not one of them. In all your social and professional dealings, you display an honest and truthful demeanor. While your friends, family and coworkers appreciate your straightforward nature, you may be most admired for your imagination. Your active mind allows you to excel at creative expression, but it also makes you an engaging communicator. You would be surprised to know how many friends your mind has earned!

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Today is Wednesday, February 6th, the 37th day of the year. There are 328

Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Cherry Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month,

National Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month,

Lame Duck Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Robert Townsend

Robert Townsend

Walter Fauntroy, 86, congressman/civil rights leader

Robert Townsend, 62, comedian/actor

Shawn Respert, 47, basketball player

Kris Humphries, 34, basketball player

Darren Bent, 34, soccer player

Jermaine Kearse, 28, football player

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Bob Marley, 74, reggae musician/singer/songwriter (d. 1981)

Natalie Cole, 69, singer (d. 2016)

DEATHS

Arthur Ashe, 1993, tennis legend (b. 1944)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1820 – 1st organized emigration of blacks back to Africa

(NY to Sierra Leone).

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe

1820 – U.S. population announced at 9,638,453, African Americans

1,771,656 (18.4%)).

1956 – University of Alabama suspends African-American student

Autherine Lucy claiming that it can no longer provide for her safety.

1961 – “Jail, No Bail” Jail-in movement starts in Rock Hill S.C.

1967 – Muhammad Ali TKOs Ernie Terrell in 15 for heavyweight boxing

title.

Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur

1993 – Riddick Bowe TKOs Michael Dokes in 1 for heavyweight boxing

title.

1995 – Darryl Strawberry suspended from baseball for 60 days.

1995 – Rapper Tupac Shakur convicted on sexual assault charge and

sentenced to up to 4 1/2 years in prison.

HOROSCOPE

Being an Aquarius born on February 6th, you are defined by your honest, open and imaginative nature. While many people claim to adopt the mantra, “what you see is what you get,” you genuinely live up to it. In all of your dealings, social and professional, you believe in interacting with honesty and straightforwardness. This quality is appreciated by those around you, but you may be most admired for your imagination and creativity. Your mind actively explores possibilities with enthusiasm, which allows you to be creative in all aspects of your life, an effective problem solver and an engaging communicator.

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Today is Tuesday, February 5th,  the 36th day of the year. There are 329

Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Cherry Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month,

National Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month,

National Weatherman’s Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown

Hank Aaron, 85, Hall of Fame baseball player

Barrett Strong, 78, singer (Money, That’s What I Want)

Tim Meadows, 57, actor/comedian

Bobby Brown, 50, singer

Alison Hammond, 43, actress

Tiwa Savage, 38, singer

Kevin Gates, 32, rapper

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Richard Rawson, 31, rapper

Terrence Ross, 27, basketball player

Kelvin Benjamin, 27, football player

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

DEATHS

ON THIS DATE IN…

1886 – Willis Johnson patents eggbeater.

Medgar Evers

Medgar Evers

1956 – L.R. Lautiner is the first Black to be admitted to the National Press Club.

1958 – Clifton R. Wharton confirmed as 1st US black foreign minister (Romania).

1962 – Suit to bar Englewood, N.J. from “racial segregated” schools, filed.

1972 – Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame.

1977 – Sugar Ray Leonard beats Luis Vega in 6 rounds in his 1st pro fight.

1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points.

1994 – Medgar Evers’ murderer Byron De La Beckwith sentenced to life, in

Hines Ward

Hines Ward

Jackson Miss, 30 years after the crime.

1997 – O.J. Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman & Nicole

Simpson in a civil court action.

2006 – Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Seattle Seahawks, 21-10 at the

Ford Field MVP: Hines Ward, Pittsburgh, WR

HOROSCOPE

As an Aquarius born on February 5th, your personality is defined by an honest and imaginative nature. While some people may find enjoyment in playing mind games, you are really the definition of “what you see is what you get.” In all of your social and professional dealings, you value truth and straightforwardness above all. While those closest to you appreciate your honesty, they may have the most admiration for your creativity. Your quick mind allows you to see possibilities that others cannot imagine. This ability allows you to be a natural problem solver, but it also makes you an effective and engaging communicator.

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Today is Monday, February 4th,  the 35th day of the year. There are 330

Lawrence Taylor

Lawrence Taylor

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Cherry Month, National Children’s Dental Month, National

Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month, Thank a

Mailman Day

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

Florence LaRue Gordon, 75, singer (5th Dimension)

Lawrence Taylor, 60, Hall of Fame football player

Vern Fleming, 58, basketball player

Cam’ron, 43, rapper

Allen Forrest, 38, rapper

Hannibal Burress, 36, comedian

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Barbara McNair

Barbara McNair

Rosa Parks, 106, Mother of the Civil Rights Movement (d. 2005)

DEATHS

Louis Jordan, 1975, musician (b. 1908)

Barbara McNair, 2007, singer/actress (b. 1934)

Maurice White, 2016, singer/producer (Earth, Wind & Fire) (b. 1941)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1822 – Free American Blacks settle Liberia, West Africa.

1952 – 1st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY).

1974 – Patricia Hearst (19), daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, kidnapped

Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy

by Symbionese Liberation Army.

1986 – The U.S. Postal Service issues a commemorative stamp honoring

Sojourner Truth.

1999 – Unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is shot dead by four

plainclothes New York City police officers on an unrelated stake-out, inflaming

race-relations in the city.

2007 – Tony Dungy became the 1st African American head coach to win the

Super Bowl.

HOROSCOPE

Being an Aquarius born on February 4th, your personality is characterized by openness and imagination. While there are plenty of people who enjoy mind games, you are not one of them. Your friends and family appreciate the fact that you value truthfulness and straightforwardness above all else, but they may be most impressed with your imagination. You have a unique and active mind, which allows you to see angles and possibilities. In social situations, you use your intellect to engage and intrigue others.

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Today is Sunday, February 3rd,  the 34th day of the year. There are 331

Dennis Edwards

Dennis Edwards

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Cherry Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month,

National Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month,

The Day the Music Died

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Johnny "Guitar" Watson

Johnny “Guitar” Watson

Dennis Edwards, 76, singer  (Temptations)

Robert Pack, 50, basketball player

Sean Dawkins, 48, football player

Tyrone Poole, 47, football player

Julio Jones, 30, football player

Andre Ellington, 30, football player

Sean Kingston, 29, singer

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Johnny “Guitar” Watson, 84, rock guitarist (d. 1996)

DEATHS

Gwen Guthrie, 1999, singer(“Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on but the Rent”) (b. 1951)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1870 – Iowa ratifies the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution

Rod Carew

Rod Carew

allowing suffrage for all races & colors.

1920 – Negro Baseball league founded.

1947 – 1st black reporter in Congressional press gallery (Percival Prattis).

1967 – “Purple Haze” recorded by Jimi Hendrix.

1979 – Minnesota Twins trade Rod Carew to California for 4 players.

1980 – Muhammad Ali tours Africa as Pres. Carter’s envoy.

1989 – Baseball’s National League announces Yanks’ broadcaster Bill

White will be its 1st African American President.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

1990 – Darryl Strawberry voluntarily enters Smither Center for Alcohol

rehabilitation.

1993 – Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott suspended for 1 year due to

racist comments.

1993 – Federal trial of 4 police officers charged with civil rights violations

in videotaped beating of Rodney King begins in L.A., Calif.

HOROSCOPE

As an Aquarius born on February 3rd, your original personality is defined by your imagination and honesty. You have a very active, but focused mind. You use your mental agility to picture all the angles and find solutions with ease. In social situations, your imagination makes you an engaging and intriguing communicator. While your friends and family admire your mental abilities, they have the most appreciation for your honest nature. In all your dealings, personal and professional, you value openness and forthrightness above all else.

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Today is Saturday, February 2nd,  the 33rd day of the year. There are 332

Dexter Manley

Dexter Manley

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Cherry Month, National Children’s Dental health Month,

National Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month

Groundhog Day, Candlemas

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Alan McKay, 71, singer/musician (Earth Wind & Fire)

Gucci Mane

Gucci Mane

Alphonso Johnson, 68, bassist

Dexter Manley, 61, football player

Lauren Lane, 58, actress

Sean Elliott, 51, basketball player

Donald Driver, 44, football player

Gucci Mane, 39, rapper

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

DEATHS

B.B. King

B.B. King

Willie Mae Ford Smith, 1994, gospel singer/songwriter (b. 1905)

Billy Henderson, 2007, singer (The Spinners) (b. 1939)

Joe Hunter, 2007, pianist/bandleader (The Funk Brothers) (b. 1927)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1776 – George Washington answered letter from Phyllis Wheatley.

1807 – Congress legally banned the foreign slave trade.

1887 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed.

1945 – Biologist Ernest E. Just receives Spingarn Medal for research in

The Coasters

The Coasters

fertilization and cell division.

1948 – President Harry Truman urges congress to adopt a civil rights

program.

1952 – B.B. King’s “3 O’Clock Blues” hits #1 on the US Billboard’s R&B hit

parade to become his first national hit.

1956 – Coasters sign with Atlantic Records.

1967 – Formation of American Basketball Association is announced.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

1980 – FBI releases details of Abscam, a sting operation that targeted 31

elected & public officials for bribes for political favors

1990 – South Africa’s Pres. F.W. de Klerk promises to free Nelson Mandela

& legalizes ANC & 60 other political organizations.

2003 – Jennifer Lopez starts a three week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles

chart with ‘All I Have’.

HOROSCOPE 

Being an Aquarius born on February 2nd, your personality is defined by your open and imaginative nature. In all your dealings, social and professional, you adopt an honest and straightforward attitude. As a result, you are a true example of the statement, “what you see is what you get.” Your family, friends and coworkers appreciate your avoidance of mind games and manipulation, almost as much as they admire your imagination. Your active mind allows you to see all the possibilities. In situations where no one can seem to come up with a solution, your imagination allows you to creatively solve problems.

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Today is Friday, February 1st, the 32nd day of the year. There are 333

Big Boi

Big Boi

days remaining until the end of the year.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES  American Heart Month,

Black History Month, Great American Pie Month, National

Cherry Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month,

National Grapefruit Month, National Weddings Month,

National Freedom Month

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Garrett Morris, 82, comedian

Walter McCarty, 45, basketball player

Big Boi, 44, musician (Outkast)

Knaan, 41, rapper

Rutina Wesley, 40, actress

Kevin Martin, 36, basketball player

Austin Jackson, 32, baseball player

Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Charles Lenox Remond, 209, orator/abolitionist (d.1873)

Henry McNeal Turner, 186, politician/1st Black Methodist

Bishop (d.1915)

Langston Hughes, 117, poet/playwright (d. 1967)

Sherman Hemsley, 80 , actor (Jeffersons) (d. 2012)

Rick James

Rick James

Rick James, 71, singer/funk musician (d. 2004)

Malik Sealy, 49, basketball player (d. 2000)

DEATHS

Dick Bass, 2006, football player (b. 1937)

Don Cornelius, 2012, TV show host (b. 1936)

ON THIS DATE IN…

1810 – 1st insurance company managed by blacks (American Insurance

Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius

Co. of Philadelphia)

1810 – U.S. Population: 7,239,881, Black population: 1,377,808 (19%).

1865 – J.S. Rock, 1st black lawyer to practice in Supreme Ct., admitted

to bar.

1871 – Jefferson Long of Georgia is 1st black to make an official speech in

House of Reps (opposing leniency to former Confederates).

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

1957 – 1st black pilot (P.H. Young) on a US scheduled passenger airline.

1958 – WFTV TV channel 9 in Orlando, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting.

1960 – 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Greensboro, N.C.

Woolworth.

1965 – Martin Luther King Jr. & 700 demonstrators arrested in Selma, Ala.

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

1978 – Harriet Tubman is 1st black woman honored on a U.S. postage

stamp.

1979 – Patricia Hearst is released from a San Francisco prison for bank

robbery.

1981 – Duke Ellington’s musical “Sophisticated Ladies,” premieres in NYC.

1992 – Barry Bonds signs baseball’s highest single year contract ($4.7 mil).

2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth’s

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard.

2004 – Janet Jackson’s breast is exposed during the half-time show of

Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in U.S. broadcasters adopting a stronger

adherence to FCC censorship guidelines.

HOROSCOPE

As an Aquarius born on February 1st, your personality is characterized by honesty and creativity. While there are plenty of people who enjoy mind games and stretching the truth, you believe that honesty really is the best policy. In all your dealings, professional and personal, you take a straightforward and open approach. Your friends and family appreciate your honesty, which is complimented with a genuine admiration of your imagination and creativity. While you may not realize it, those closest to you can recall many situations where your quick mind created ingenious solutions to problems.

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