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       TODAY'S ALMANAC- Friday Feb 02, 2007
    "The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life" 

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      "One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, 
      never regains its original dimensions." 
      Oliver Wendell Holmes said that.


Today is Friday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2007 with 332 to 
follow. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter, 
Pluto and Venus. The evening stars are Mars, Saturn, Uranus, 
Neptune and Mercury.


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Those born on today under the of Aquarius include:

French statesman Charles de Talleyrand in 1754; 

psychologist Havelock Ellis in 1859; 

Irish novelist James Joyce in 1882; 

Charles Correll, Andy of radio's "Amos and Andy" program, in 1890; 

National Football League co-founder George Halas in 1895; 

violinist Jascha Heifetz in 1901; 

novelist Ayn Rand in 1905; 

actor Gale Gordon in 1906; 

columnist Liz Smith in 1923 (age 83); 

comedian Tom Smothers in 1937 (age 69); 

singer Graham Nash in 1942 (age 64); 

actress Farrah Fawcett in 1947 (age 59); 

model Christie Brinkley in 1953 (age 53); 

actor Michael T. Weiss ("The Pretender") in 1962 (age 44).

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In 1848, the war between the United States and Mexico 
formally ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe 
Hidalgo. It provided for Mexico's cession to the U.S. of the 
territory that became the states of New Mexico, Arizona, 
California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Colorado and Wyoming 
in exchange for $15 million.
In 1876, the National Baseball League was formed, with teams 
in Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; New York; Philadelphia; St. 
Louis; Louisville, Ky.; and Hartford, Conn.
In 1933, two days after becoming chancellor of Germany, 
Adolf Hitler ordered dissolution of the German Parliament.
In 1936, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson 
and Walter Johnson were the first inductees into the Baseball 
Hall of Fame.
In 1990, South African President F.W. de Klerk announced he 
would free Nelson Mandela and lift a 30-year ban on the 
African National Congress. Mandela was released nine days 
In 1991, allied forces in the Persian Gulf War declared they 
were in control in the air and at sea.
In 1992, one day after agreeing to withdraw its troops from 
Lithuania, Russia reached a similar agreement with Latvia and 
opened talks with Estonia.
In 1993, more than 7,500 UMW miners went on strike against 
the Peabody Coal Co., the nation's largest coal producer.
Also in 1993, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton banned 
smoking in the White House.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton submitted the first 
balanced federal budget in 29 years.
In 2002, a report requested by the board of directors of 
the troubled Enron Corporation accused top executives of 
forcing the company into bankruptcy by, among other things, 
inflating profits by almost $1 billion.
In 2003, Vaclav Havel, the playwright who became a president, 
stepped down after his second five-year term as head of the 
Czech Republic.
In 2004, the Bush administration said a bipartisan 
commission would investigate why pre-war intelligence 
reports that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction 
apparently had been wrong.
Also in 2004, President George W. Bush asked Congress for 
$2.4 trillion to fund government programs for fiscal year 
In 2005, Pope John Paul II was well enough to say mass 
with his private secretary in Rome, one day after the 
84-year-old pontiff was hospitalized with a breathing 
problem and the flu.
Also in 2005, in a wide-ranging State of the Union 
address, President Bush said that U.S. troops would 
remain in Iraq until Iraqis can provide their own 

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