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       TODAY'S ALMANAC- Thursday Dec 21, 2006
    "The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life" 

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       Ambrose Bierce defined a bore as "a person who 
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Today is Thursday, Dec. 21, the 355th day of 2006 with 10 
to follow.  Winter begins at 7:22 p.m. EST. The moon is 
waxing. The morning stars are Mercury, Mars, Pluto, 
Jupiter and Saturn. The evening stars are Venus, Uranus 
and Neptune.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius are:

British statesman Benjamin Disraeli in 1804; 

Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in 1879; 

Austrian President Kurt Waldheim in 1918 (age 88); 

former talk show host Phil Donahue in 1935 (age 71); 

actress Jane Fonda in 1937 (age 69); 

rock musician Frank Zappa in 1940; 

Beach Boys guitarist Carl Wilson in 1946; 

actor Samuel L. Jackson in 1948 (age 58); 

former tennis star Chris Evert in 1954 (age 52); 

comedian Ray Romano in 1957 (age 49); 

track athlete Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1959; 

and actors Kiefer Sutherland in 1966 (age 40) 

and  Andy Dick in 1965 (age 39).

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On this date in history:

In 1620, the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, Mass., following 
a 63-day voyage from England aboard the Mayflower.
In 1913, the first crossword puzzle in an American newspaper 
appeared in The New York Sunday World.
In 1937, Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," 
the first full-length animated feature film, opened in Los 
In 1958, three months after a new French constitution was 
approved, Charles de Gaulle was elected the first president 
of the Fifth Republic by a sweeping majority of French voters.
In 1968, Apollo VIII, the first manned voyage to the moon, 
was launched.
In 1975, the notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal led a 
raid on a meeting of OPEC oil ministers in Vienna. German 
and Arab terrorists stormed in with machine guns, killed 
three people and took 63 others hostage, including 11 OPEC 
In 1987, in a case that highlighted racial tensions, three 
young white men were convicted of manslaughter in an attack 
on a black man in New York's predominantly white Howard 
Beach section.
In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded and crashed in Lockerbie, 
Scotland, killing everyone aboard and 11 people on the ground 
for a total death toll of 270.
In 1989, Kentuckian Larry Mahoney was convicted on 27 counts 
of manslaughter in a 1988 collision with church bus, the 
nation's deadliest drunken-driving accident.
In 1990, a boat carrying about 100 U.S. sailors involved 
in Operation Desert Shield capsized off the Israeli coast. 
Twenty-one people died.
In 1991, 11 former Soviet republics declared an end to the 
Soviet Union and forged a commonwealth that guaranteed 
In 1992, 54 people were killed when a chartered jetliner 
carrying 340 people on a holiday to southern Portugal 
crashed in bad weather.
In 1993, Hungary's parliament endorsed the nomination of 
Peter Boross as president, succeeding Jozsef Antall, who 
died in office on Dec. 12.
In 1994, more than 40 people were injured when an 
incendiary device exploded on a crowded subway in New 
York's lower Manhattan. Police later arrested one of 
the burn victims who reportedly was carrying a firebomb 
that went off.
In 1995, a commuter train rammed the rear of a passenger 
train in heavy fog near Cairo, Egypt, killing 75 people.
In 1997, a fire swept through Tokyo's Tsukji wholesale 
fish market, destroying more than 100 shops and stores.
In 1998, the shaky coalition of Israeli Prime Minister 
Benjamin Netanyahu collapsed when Israel's parliament 
voted 81-30 to dissolve the government.
In 2002, U.S. President George Bush set in motion the 
first U.S. smallpox vaccination program in three 
decades. Bush had voiced fears terrorists might use 
the virus as a biological weapon.
In 2004, U.S. President George Bush's approval rating 
slipped 6 percent to 49 percent, a CNN/USA Today/Gallup 
poll said, making Bush the first incumbent president 
to have an approval rating below 50 percent one month 
after winning re-election.
In 2005, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a $445 
million defense appropriations bill that included a
provision against torture and without a proposal for 
oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife 
Also in 2005, the trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam 
Hussein resumed in Baghdad with graphic testimony of 
government abductions, torture and executions.

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