Today is Saturday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2005. There are 329 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 5, 1937, President Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court; critics accused Roosevelt of attempting to "pack" the high court.
On this date:
In 1631, the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and his wife arrived in Boston from England.
In 1881, Phoenix, Ariz., was incorporated.
In 1917, Congress passed, over President Wilson's veto, an immigration act severely curtailing the influx of Asians.
In 1917, Mexico's constitution was adopted.
In 1958, Gamel Abdel Nasser was formally nominated to become the first president of the new United Arab Republic.
In 1962, French President Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria's independence.
In 1973, services were held at Arlington National Cemetery for Army Lt. Col. William B. Nolde, the last American soldier killed before the Vietnam cease-fire.
In 1981, a military jury in North Carolina convicted Marine Pfc. Robert Garwood of collaborating with the enemy while a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
In 1983, former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie, expelled from Bolivia, was brought to Lyon, France, to stand trial. (He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison - he died in 1991.)
In 1994, white separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, Miss., of murdering civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963, and was immediately sentenced to life in prison. (Beckwith died Jan. 21, 2001, at age 80.)
Ten years ago: The White House and congressional Republicans drew battle lines over President Clinton's $1.61 trillion budget, with Republicans accusing Clinton of "taking a walk" and the administration saying Clinton was cutting the deficit more than any president in history.
Five years ago: Right-wing leader Joerg Haider told a deeply divided Austria not to worry about international sanctions, saying the new governing coalition that included his Freedom Party would soon prove its democratic credentials to the world.
One year ago: CIA Director George Tenet offered a forceful defense of prewar intelligence in a speech at Georgetown University. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf pardoned the country's top nuclear scientist for leaking weapons technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea.
Today's Birthdays: Comedian-actor Red Buttons is 86. The Rev. Andrew M. Greeley is 77. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron is 71. Actor Stuart Damon is 68. Financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn is 66. Television producer-writer Stephen J. Cannell is 64. Actor David Selby is 64. Singer-songwriter Barrett Strong is 64. Football Hall-of-Famer Roger Staubach is 63. Singer Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) is 63. Movie director Michael Mann is 62. Singer Al Kooper is 61. Actress Charlotte Rampling is 59. Actress Barbara Hershey is 57. Actor Christopher Guest is 57. Actor Tom Wilkinson is 56. Actor-comedian Tim Meadows is 44. Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 43. Actress Laura Linney is 41. Rock musician Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver) is 41. Rock singer Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) is 37. Singer Bobby Brown is 36. Country singer Sara Evans is 34. Actor Jeremy Sumpter is 16.
Thought for Today: "Men do not desire to be rich, but to be richer than other men." - John Stuart Mill, English philosopher and economist (1806-1873).