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       TODAY'S ALMANAC-Thursday Sep 14, 2006
    "The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life" 

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      John Kenneth Galbraith wrote that when a big 
      corporation pays a big salary to a big boss, it's 
     "not a market award for achievement. It is 
      frequently in the nature of a warm personal 
      gesture by the individual to himself."

Today is Thursday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2006 with 108 
to follow. The moon is waning. The morning stars are Saturn 
and Venus. The evening stars are Neptune, Mercury, Mars, 
Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto.


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

include Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov in 1849; 

artist and illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, "Gibson Girl" 
creator, in 1867; 

Margaret Sanger, American pioneer leader in the birth control 
movement, in 1879; 

film director/producer Hal Wallis in 1899; 

actor Clayton Moore, serial action star of the 1940s 
who later played the Lone Ranger on television, in 1914,

Walter Koenig ("Star Trek") in 1936 (age 70),

Joey Heatherton in 1944 (age 62),

Sam Neill in 1947 (age 59),

Mary Crosby in 1959 (age 47)

and Faith Ford in 1964 (age 42).

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On this date in history:

In 1628, Salem, Mass., was founded.
In 1776, the British army entered New York City after 
defeating the Americans, under Gen. George Washington, at 
the Battle of Long Island.
In 1847, Mexico City was occupied by the U.S. Army.
In 1901, U.S. President William McKinley died of wounds 
inflicted by an assassin eight days earlier. He was succeeded 
by his vice president, Theodore Roosevelt.
In 1920, the first live radio dance music was broadcast, 
carried by a Detroit station and featuring Paul Specht and 
his orchestra. The idea caught on fast.
In 1959, the Soviet probe Lunik-2 became the first Earth-
launched space vehicle to land on the moon.
In 1963, the first surviving U.S. quintuplets were born in 
Aberdeen, S.D., to Maryann and Andrew Fischer.
In 1962, Princess Grace of Monaco -- American film actress 
Grace Kelly -- was killed when her car plunged off a 
mountain road by the Cote D'Azur. She was 52.
In 1984, Joe Kittinger, 56, left Caribou, Maine, in a 
10-story-tall helium balloon to make the first solo 
trans-Atlantic balloon crossing. He reached the French 
coast on the 17th and landed in Italy the next day.
In 1990, Iraqi soldiers stormed the French, Belgian and 
Canadian diplomatic buildings in Kuwait and briefly detained 
five diplomats, including a U.S. consul.
In 1991, the South African government, ANC, Inkatha Freedom 
Party and 20 other anti-apartheid groups signed a peace 
accord to end black factional violence.
In 1992, the U.S. Senate voted to repeal the so-called 
"gag" rule prohibiting healthcare workers at federally 
financed clinics from telling pregnant patients that 
abortion is an option.
In 1996, the Bosnians elected a three-person collective 
presidency: one Muslim, one Serb and one Croat.
In 1998, WorldCom purchased MCI in the third-largest 
telecommunications merger in U.S. history.
In 2001, U.S. President George Bush proclaimed this to 
be a day of national mourning and remembrance for those 
killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The FBI 
meanwhile identified the hijackers and learned that 
several had taken flying lessons in Florida.
In 2003, an estimated 124 people were reported dead or 
missing after South Korea was struck by the most powerful 
typhoon to hit the nation in a century.
Also in 2003, Swedish voters turned thumbs down on a 
proposal to make the euro the national currency.
In 2004, a massive car bomb killed 47 people and injured 
more than 100 others in Baghdad, catching mostly conscripts 
seeking a job in the Iraqi police force. The many wounded 
were reported gravely injured.
In 2005, 12 suicide bombings in Baghdad, aimed at Shiites 
and believed to be carried out by Sunnis, killed 167 
people and injured 600.
Also in 2005, Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, 
the third and fourth largest U.S. air carriers, filed for 
bankruptcy as the industry continued to reel under record 
high jet fuel costs.

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