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

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       Michel Eyquem de Montaigne said, "A man of 
       understanding has lost nothing, if he has himself."


Today is Tuesday, Dec. 26, the 360th day of 2006 with five 
to follow. 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 Capricorn are:

English poet Thomas Gray in 1716; 

English inventor Charles Babbage, who developed the first 
speedometer, in 1791; 

Adm. George Dewey, the U.S. naval hero of Manila, in 1837; 

writer Henry Miller in 1891; 

Mao Zedong, leader of the Chinese communist revolution, 
in 1893; 

actor Richard Widmark in 1914 (age 92); 

entertainer Steve Allen in 1921; 

comedian Alan King in 1927; 

music producer Phil Spector in 1940 (age 66); 

and sled dog racer Susan Butcher in 1954.


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On this date in history:

In 1776, American forces under Gen. George Washington, having 
crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night, defeated 
Hessian mercenary troops fighting for the British at the 
Battle of Trenton, N.J. 
In 1908, Jack Johnson became the first African-American to 
win the world heavyweight boxing title when he knocked out 
Tommy Burns in the 14th round near Sydney, Australia.
In 1917, the federal government took over operation of U.S. 
railroads for the duration of World War I.
In 1972, Harry Truman, 33rd president of the United States, 
died at age 88.
In 1974, legendary comedian Jack Benny died of cancer. 
He was 80.
In 1990, Nancy Cruzan, the focus of a right-to-die case that 
went to the U.S. Supreme Court, died in a Missouri hospital.
In 1993, members of China's Communist Party gathered in 
Beijing to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mao 
In 1996, child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, 6, was found 
slain in a basement room of her family's posh Boulder, Colo., 
In 2001, the man captured as he tried to ignite explosives 
hidden in his sneakers aboard an American Airlines jet was 
identified as Richard Reid, a 28-year-old unemployed British 
In 2003, more than 26,000 people were reported killed and 
thousands injured when an earthquake struck the ancient 
Iranian city of Bam.
Also in 2003, the death toll reached 135 in the crash of a 
Boeing 727 in Benin.
And, powerful mudslides struck southern California, killing 
at least seven.
In 2004, a powerful earthquake triggered a tsunami in South 
and Southeast Asia, with massive tidal waves, some 40 feet 
high, slamming into India, Thailand, Indonesia and several 
other countries, killing thousands of people.
Also in 2004, Ukraine opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko 
claimed victory in the court-ordered second vote in the 
country's presidential run-off. The earlier vote, which 
favored Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, was annulled 
after strong allegations of fraud.
In 2005, a report said U.S. President George Bush decided 
to skip seeking warrants for international wiretaps because 
the court that handles such matters was challenging his 
requests at an unprecedented rate.

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