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       TODAY'S ALMANAC- Thursday Jan 11, 2007
    "The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life" 

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     It was Otto von Bismarck who said, "Laws are 
     like sausages, it is better not to see them 
     being made."

Today is Friday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2007 with 353 to 
follow. The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mars, 
Jupiter and Saturn. The evening stars are Venus, Mercury, 
Uranus and Neptune.


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Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn are:

British statesman Edmund Burke in 1729; 

American patriot John Hancock in 1737; 

painter John Singer Sargent in 1856; 

novelist Jack London in 1876; 

World War II Nazi leader Hermann Goering in 1893; 

western singer/actor Tex Ritter in 1905; 

champion heavyweight boxer Joe Frazier in 1944 (age 63); 

radio personalities Rush Limbaugh in 1951 (age 56) 

and Howard Stern in 1954 (age 53); 

actress Kirstie Alley in 1951 (age 56); 

and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos in 1964 (age 43).


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On this date in history:

In 1828, boundary disputes were settled between the United 
States and Mexico.
In 1932, Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, 
became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
In 1943, the U.S. wartime Office of Price Administration 
said standard frankfurters would be replaced during World 
War II by "Victory Sausages" consisting of a mixture of 
meat and soy meal.
In 1971, a U.S. grand jury indicted the Rev. Philip 
Berrigan and five other people, including a nun and two 
priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap presidential 
adviser Henry Kissinger.
In 1976, the U.N. Security Council voted 11-1 to seat the 
Palestine Liberation Organization for its debate on the 
Middle East. The United States cast the only dissenting 
In 1987, Britain's 22-year-old Prince Edward caused a stir 
by resigning from his Royal Marines training course.
In 1990, Salvadoran President Alfredo Cristiani named 
eight soldiers, including chief of the military academy, 
as suspects in the November 1989 slayings of six Jesuit 
In 1994, U.S. President Bill Clinton asked Attorney 
General Janet Reno to appoint an independent counsel 
to investigate the Whitewater land deal affair that 
involved him and the first lady.
In 1995, U.S. President Bill Clinton and congressional 
leaders agreed on a bailout package that would give 
Mexico as much as $40 billion in loan guarantees. After 
Congress filed to vote quickly on the deal, Clinton 
invoked his emergency authority to lend Mexico $20 billion.
In 2001, scientists in Oregon announced the birth of 
the first genetically engineered primate. The rhesus 
monkey had a jellyfish gene that caused jellyfish to 
glow; however, the monkey did not glow.
In 2003, as losses mounted, Steve Case, founder of 
America Online, announced he was resigning as AOL 
Also in 2003, Maurice Gibb, 53, one of three singing 
brothers who made up the Bee Gees, died of complications 
from an intestinal blockage.
In 2004, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, 
in a harshly critical new book, likened U.S. President 
George Bush in a Cabinet meeting to a "blind man in a 
roomful of deaf people."
In 2005, The Southern California death toll from rain, 
flood and mudslides rose to 19.
Also in 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that an 
alien can be deported to a country without the advance 
consent of that country's government.
And, aftershocks continued to hit northwestern 
Indonesia and the Indian Ocean basin more than two 
weeks after a giant earthquake struck the area.
In 2006, around 350 people were crushed to death by 
a stampeding crowd at the entrance to Jamarat Bridge 
in Mina, Saudi Arabia, during an annual pilgrimage 
to Mecca.
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