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       TODAY'S ALMANAC-Tuesday Sep 26, 2006
    "The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life" 

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      poet T.S. Eliot said, "There never was a time 
      when those that read at all, read so many more 
      books by living authors than books by dead authors; 
      there never was a time so completely parochial, 
      so shut off from the past."


Today is Tuesday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2006 with 96 
to follow.  The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Venus 
and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus, 
Neptune, Mars and Pluto.


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Those born on this date are under the sign of Virgo include:

frontier nurseryman Johnny Appleseed Chapman in 1774; 

poet T.S. Eliot in 1888; 

German philosopher Martin Heidegger in 1889; 

actor George Raft in 1895; 

Pope Paul VI in 1897; 

composer George Gershwin in 1898; 

bandleader Ted Weems in 1901; 

country singers Marty Robbins in 1925 

and Lynn Anderson in 1947 (age 59); 

actress Mary Beth Hurt and singer Olivia Newton-John, 
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actresses Linda Hamilton in 1956 (age 50) 

and Melissa Sue Anderson in 1962 (age 44); 

and tennis star Serena Williams in 1981 (age 25).

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On this date in history:

In 1777, British troops occupied Philadelphia.
In 1950, U.N. troops took the South Korean capital of Seoul 
from North Korean forces.
In 1960, the first televised presidential debate aired from 
a Chicago TV studio. It featured presidential candidates 
John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon.
In 1983, the yacht Australia II won the America's Cup from 
the United States, ending the longest winning streak in 
sports -- 132 years.
In 1984, China and Britain initialed an accord to return 
Hong Kong to Chinese control when Britain's lease expires 
in 1997.
In 1990, the Motion Picture Association of America, under 
pressure from legitimate filmmakers, adopted the "NC-17" 
rating -- no children under 17 allowed -- to replace the 
"X" rating exploited by the porn industry.
In 1991, four men and four women entered the huge, airtight 
greenhouse Biosphere II in Arizona. They remained inside 
for two years, emerging on this date in 1993.
In 1992, retired Michigan pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian 
presided over a fifth physician-assisted suicide.
In 1994, the double murder trial of football legend O.J. 
Simpson began in Los Angeles. He eventually was acquitted.
In 1996, the space shuttle Atlantis landed, bringing 
astronaut Shannon Lucid back to Earth. Her 6-month tour 
aboard the Mir space station set a record for a woman in 
space, as well as a record stay for any U.S. astronaut.
In 2003, the U.S. Census Bureau said 1.6 million more 
people in the United States fell below the poverty line 
from 2001-02.
In 2004, Tropical Storm Jeanne moved ashore on the east 
coast of Florida, north of West Palm Beach, and headed 
inland to Georgia. The storm claimed six lives.
In 2005, emergency officials say Hurricane Rita heavily 
damaged every house in several coastal Louisiana towns. 
Flooding was widespread, with Louisiana's Cameron Parish 
near the Texas border, as much as 15 feet under water. 
Iberia Parish officials said 3,000 houses flooded. Only 
two storm-related deaths were reported.
Also in 2005, U.S. Army Pfc. Lynndie England, photographed 
in widely distributed pictures with inmates at Iraq's Abu 
Ghraib prison, was convicted of conspiracy and prisoner 
abuse. She was sentenced to three years in prison two 
days later.

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