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       TODAY'S ALMANAC- Friday Dec 22, 2006
    "The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life" 
 

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      *------------ Thought of the Day ---------------*
   
       James Dewar has been quoted as saying, "Minds 
       are like parachutes. They only function when 
       they are open."

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Today is Friday, Dec. 22, the 356th day of 2006 with nine to 
follow. And only a couple till Christmas. Which reminds me 
there will be no issue on Mon 12/25.  But I will send you 
a video on Sun 12/24 so take a quick look. 

Hope you all have a safe and Happy Holiday. 

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:


opera composer Giacomo Puccini in 1858; 

Philadelphia A's Manager Connie Mack, the "Dean of Baseball," 
in 1862; 

former first lady Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson in 1912 (age 94); 

TV game show host Gene Rayburn in 1917; 

actress Barbara Billingsley in 1922 (age 84); 

actor Hector Elizondo in 1936 (age 70); 

TV journalist Diane Sawyer in 1945 (age 61); 

Robin Gibb (age 57) and twin brother Maurice Gibb in 1949, 
members of the Bee Gees pop group; 

and actor Ralph Fiennes in 1962 (age 44)


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On this date in history:


In 1785, the American Continental Navy fleet was organized, 
consisting of two frigates, two brigs and three schooners. 
Sailors were paid $8 a month.
  
In 1864, Union Gen. William T. Sherman sent U.S. President 
Abraham Lincoln this message: "I beg to present you as a 
Christmas present the city of Savannah."
  
In 1894, French Capt. Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason 
by a military court-martial on flimsy evidence in a highly 
irregular trial and sentenced to life in prison for his 
alleged crime of passing military secrets to the Germans.
  
In 1944, ordered to surrender by Nazi troops who had his 
unit trapped during the Battle of the Bulge, Gen. Anthony 
McAuliffe of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division replied with 
one word: "Nuts!"
  
In 1956, the first gorilla to be born in captivity arrived 
into the world at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio.
  
In 1971, the U.N. General Assembly chose Austrian diplomat 
Kurt Waldheim to lead the United Nations.
  
In 1972, 5,000 people died when a series of earthquakes 
left the Nicaraguan capital of Managua in ruins.
  
In 1984, "subway vigilante" Bernard Goetz shot and wounded 
four would-be hold-up men on a New York City subway. He 
ended up serving eight months in prison for carrying an 
illegal weapon but was cleared of assault and attempted 
murder charges.
  
In 1986, political dissident and Nobel laureate Andrei 
Sakharov and his wife, Yelena Bonner, were allowed to 
return to Moscow after seven years of internal exile.
 
In 1989, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, the last 
hard-line communist holdout against East Bloc reforms, 
fell from power in the face of continuing massive 
demonstrations.
  
In 1992, all 158 people aboard a Libyan Boeing 727 died 
when the jetliner crashed, apparently following an in-air 
collision with a military plane.
  
In 1993, the daughter of Cuban President Fidel Castro was 
granted political asylum in the United States.
  
Also in 1993, South Africa's Parliament gave a strong 
endorsement to an interim constitution that ended 
centuries of white-minority rule.
  
In 1994, North Korea released the body of the slain U.S. 
helicopter pilot it had shot down five days earlier.
  
Also in 1994, Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi 
resigned after seven months in office, following 
corruption charges against him.
  
In 1996, the hostage standoff at the Japanese Embassy 
in Lima, Peru, continued, although 200 hostages were 
released.
  
In 1997, members of a pro-government militia attacked 
the village of Chenalh, Mexico, killing 45 people, 
including a number of children.
  
In 2001, American Airlines passengers and attendants 
overpowered a man trying to light a match to detonate 
powerful explosives hidden in his sneakers on a flight 
from Paris to Miami.
  
In 2003, the White House urged Americans to be vigilant 
over the holidays but not to curtail travel or other 
plans because of the high-risk terrorist threat.
  
In 2004, 13 U.S. soldiers and nine others were killed 
in a suicide bomber attack on a U.S. military dining 
hall near Mosul, Iraq.
  
Also in 2004, the White House was reported to be 
seeking an investigation into allegations of widespread 
abuse of prisoners by the U.S. military.
  
In 2005, Wal-Mart was ordered to pay more than 100,000 
California employees $172 million for depriving them
of breaks to eat.
  

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