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       TODAY'S ALMANAC -Monday, January 16, 2006
    "The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life" 
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     *------------ Thought of the Day ---------------*
     In the film "Tomorrow Never Dies," James Bond said,
    "The distance between insanity and genius is
     measured only by success."
Today is Monday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2006 with 349 to go.
This is a U.S. federal holiday observed as Martin Luther King 
Jr.'s birthday.   The moon is waning. The morning stars are 
Mercury, Jupiter, Pluto, Venus and Saturn. The evening stars 
are Mars, Uranus and Neptune.

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Those born on today under the of Capricorn include:

German philosopher Franz Brentano in 1838; 

Andre Michelin, the French industrialist who first 
mass-produced rubber automobile tires, in 1853; 

Canadian poet Robert Service in 1874; 

Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1901; 

singer Ethel Merman in 1909; 

baseball pitcher Jay "Dizzy" Dean in 1911; 

singer Eartha Kitt in 1928 (age 78); 

opera singer Marilyn Horne in 1934 (age 72); 

race car driver A.J. Foyt in 1935 (age 71); 

country singer Ronnie Milsap in 1946 (age 60); 

director John Carpenter in 1948 (age 58); 

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On this date in history:

In 1883, the U.S. Congress passed a bill creating the civil 

In 1919, the United States went legally "dry" as prohibition 
of alcoholic beverages took effect under the 18th amendment 
to the Constitution. The amendment was repealed in 1933.
In 1925, Leon Trotsky was dismissed as chairman of the 
Russian Revolution Military Council.
In 1942, screen star Carole Lombard, her mother and 20 other 
people were killed in a plane crash near Las Vegas. Lombard 
was the wife of actor Clark Gable.
In 1944, U.S. Army Gen. Dwight Eisenhower arrived in London 
to assume command of the Supreme Headquarters Allied 
Expeditionary Forces in Europe.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan called for "peaceful 
competition" with Moscow. He authorized research and 
development on space-age weapons capable of destroying 
incoming nuclear missiles, the program known as "Star Wars."
In 1986, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Libya would 
train, arm and protect Arab guerrillas for Palestinian 
"suicide and terrorist missions," his first explicit 
endorsement of terrorism.
In 1987, China's No. 2 leader, Hu Yaobang, 71, was forced 
to resign as Communist Party chief for failing to curb 
student demonstrations for more democracy. 
In 1990, Moscow rushed 11,000 more troops to Azerbaijan and 
Armenia to reinforce soldiers trying to quell ethnic violence.
In 1991, the Persian Gulf War began with the allied bombing 
of Baghdad.
In 1993, Windsor Castle was reopened just two months after 
a fire swept through the British landmark. 
In 1994, at a news conference in Geneva with President 
Bill Clinton, Syrian President Hafez Assad indicated a 
willingness to negotiate a peace treaty with Israel.
In 1997, a bomb exploded at an Atlanta building housing an 
abortion clinic. An hour later, after investigators and others 
had come to the scene, a second bomb went off, injuring six 
Also in 1997, Ennis Cosby, the son of entertainer Bill 
Cosby, was shot to death while changing a tire on a freeway 
exit ramp in Los Angeles.
In 1998, investigators for special counsel Kenneth Starr 
questioned former White House intern Monica Lewinsky about 
allegations that she had an affair with President Bill Clinton.
In 2000, British drugmaker Glaxo Wellcome agreed to buy 
SmithKline Beecham for $76 billion, creating the world's 
largest pharmaceutical company.
In 2001, President Laurent Kabila of the Democratic 
Republic of the Congo was shot to death, reportedly by one 
of his bodyguards, who in turn was killed by other bodyguards.
In 2003, President George W. Bush called the Michigan 
affirmative action program unconstitutional.
In 2004, NASA announced plans to cancel space shuttle 
missions to repair and upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope, 
an act that would condemn the Hubble to mechanical failure 
in the next two years.
In 2005, President George W. Bush said his re-election was 
a ratification of what he did in Iraq and there was no 
reason to hold any administration official accountable.
Also in 2005, the mother of Army Spec. Charles Graner Jr., 
who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in Abu 
Ghraib prison scandal in Iraq, said her son had been sent 
to prison "for something he was told to do."
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