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April 19, 1997

Saint Of The Day:

Branch Davidian in Waco, Texas

This This is the fourth anniversary of the incineration of the Branch Davidian in Waco, Texas, a fire started by federal officers after a 51-day standoff between religious cultists led by David Koresh and agents from the U.S. Treasury's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Nine cultists escaped, but 86 perished, including 17 children and David Koresh himself. Probably not coincidentally, this is also the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, two years to the day after Waco. A car bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City at 9:42 a.m., killing 168 people, including 19 children. The bomb, which had been placed in a rented truck, ripped off the north face of the 9-story building, leaving a 20-foot wide crater and debris two stories high. Two men have been charged in the bombing, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nicholls, who are alleged to have been deeply disturbed by the events in Waco two years before. As you read this, the trial of McVeigh and Nicholls will be winding down, or over.

MODEL: If you, too, are pissed off over Waco, please do not plant any bombs today. Go to church, light a candle, and say a prayer for us all.

Your Birthday Today:

April 19
Day of The Control Freak Aries

Tough, Skilled, Composed

Arrogant, Repetitive, Fixated

In your grasp. If you were born on April 19, you seek control, not necessarily leadership. You have the endurance to get through anything. Your goals may seem out of reach to others, but not for you. Ruled by the number 1 and the sun, you need to know when to be aggressive and when to be passive.

Building and shaping. Molding and shaping raw materials into something worthwhile and long-lasting gives you great pleasure. This could be material things, ideas or even children. You feel most comfortable when you can build a solid career and a grounded home life.

Don't worship false idols. You are attracted to powerful people and ideas. If you don't have a strong sense of identity, you may come to worship these powerful others and fail to develop your own talents. Therefore, finding your true calling early in life is very important. Being open to change and new opportunities is also vital to your success. But you must first learn to listen to others and learn from your mistakes.

Mid-life crisis. If you handle this period of changes well and make the right move, you will be happy and content. Make the wrong move, however, and you'll be shut out from people and things you really hold dear. All that glitters is not gold. Try to keep your ultimate goals at heart and be ready to make some sacrifices.

Some advice: Let others (even children) choose their own path and learn from their own mistakes. You can't and shouldn't control everything. Don't get stuck in a rut. Be ready to take a risk when opportunities arise; they may never come back again.

Also born on this day: Glenn Seaborg (Nobel Prize, discovered plutonium) Dudley Moore (comedian, actor, pianist) Murray Perahia (pianist) James Mollison (aviator, first east-west Atlantic flight) Paloma Picasso (designer, stylist, jewelry and perfume) Al Unser, Jr. (auto racer) Jayne Mansfield (actress, sex symbol) Andrea Mead Lawrence (gold-medal skier) Don Adams (TV actor) Emma Brown (botanist, ecologist) Hugh O'Brien (actor) Anthony Bliss (head of Metropolitan Opera)