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An Invasion of Armies

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       TODAY'S ALMANAC- Wednesday Feb 07, 2007
    "The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life" 

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     *------------ Thought of the Day ---------------*
      Victor Hugo wrote, "An invasion of armies can be 
      resisted, but not an idea whose time has come."


This is Wednesday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2007 with 327 to follow.
The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Neptune, Jupiter, 
Pluto and Venus. The evening stars are Mars, Saturn, Uranus 
and Mercury.


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Those born on today under the of Aquarius include:

English statesman and writer Thomas More in 1478; 

farm equipment manufacturer John Deere in 1804; 

English novelist Charles Dickens in 1812; 

Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleyev, who devised the periodic 
table, in 1834; 

"Little House" books author Laura Ingalls Wilder in 1867; 

ragtime composer and pianist Eubie Blake in 1883; 

novelist Sinclair Lewis in 1885; 

actor and Olympic swimming gold medalist Buster Crabbe in 1908; 

actors Miguel Ferrer in 1954 (age 52) 

and James Spader in 1960 (age 46); 

country singer Garth Brooks in 1962 (age 44); 

and comedian Chris Rock in 1966 (age 40).

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In 1904, a massive fire, possibly started by a discarded 
cigarette, struck Baltimore, burning for 31 hours and 
destroying an 80-block downtown area. Miraculously no lives 
were lost.
In 1915, D.W. Griffith's "Birth Of A Nation," a landmark in 
the history of cinema and the first American full-length 
motion picture, opened in Los Angeles and was immediately a
smash hit though many found its treatment of race offensive.
In 1940, British railroads were nationalized.
In 1956, Autherine Lucy, the first black person admitted 
to the University of Alabama, was expelled after she 
accused school officials of conspiring in the riots that 
accompanied her court-ordered enrollment.
In 1964, the Beatles arrived in the United States for the 
first time and immediately set off a frantic wave of 
In 1973, the U.S. Senate voted to set up a committee to 
investigate the break-in at the Democratic National 
Headquarters in Washington's Watergate complex.
In 1984, two U.S. shuttle astronauts made the first 
untethered space walk.
In 1986, both Ferdinand Marcos and challenger Corazon 
Aquino claimed victory in the Philippine presidential 
Also in 1986, Haiti's President-for-Life Jean-Claude 
Duvalier fled to France.
In 1989, a State Department report on international human 
rights accused Israel of mishandling the Palestinian 
uprising in the occupied territories.
In 1991, Jean-Bertrand Aristide was inaugurated as Haiti's 
first democratically elected president in 186 years.
In 1993, another 13 women accused Sen. Bob Packwood of 
improper advances, bringing the total to 23 women who have 
said the Oregon Republican harassed them with unwelcome 
sexual overtures.
In 1995, the alleged "mastermind" in the 1993 bombing of 
New York's World Trade Center, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, was 
arrested in Pakistan. He was extradited the next day.
Also in 1995, President Bill Clinton invited the two 
sides in the major league baseball strike to the White 
House in a final effort to reach an agreement. The next 
day, he announced the effort had failed and called for 
binding arbitration.
In 1998, the Winter Olympics opened in Nagano, Japan.
In 1999, King Hussein of Jordan died following a battle 
with cancer. He was 63. Hussein had ruled Jordan for 46 
In 2002, despite exchanges between Israel and the 
Palestinians that at times approached outright warfare, 
Israeli Prime Minister Sharon, after meeting with 
President George W. Bush, said he expected a Palestinian 
state to emerge from the conflict.
In 2003, the Bush administration raised the national 
terrorist threat alert level from yellow, for "elevated 
risk," to orange, or "high risk," citing increased 
"chatter" in terrorist communications.
Also in 2003, Colombian rebels were blamed for a bomb 
explosion at a Bogota social club that killed more than 
30 people and injured many others.
In 2005, President George W. Bush introduced a $2.5 
trillion budget that provided more money for the military 
and national security but eliminated scores of domestic 
Also in 2005, rescuers reported no survivors among the 
104 people aboard an Afghan airliner that crashed in the 
mountains near Kabul. It was Afghanistan's worst air 
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