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      TODAY'S ALMANAC- Friday Feb 09, 2007
"The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life"

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President Lyndon B. Johnson said, "Yesterday
is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours
to win or lose."


Today is Friday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2007 with 325 to
follow. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Neptune,
Jupiter, Pluto and Venus. The evening stars are Mars, Saturn,
Uranus and Mercury.

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Those born on today under the of Aquarius include:

William Henry Harrison, ninth president of the U.S., in 1773;

former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk in 1909;

exotic dancer Gypsy Rose Lee in 1914;

Irish playwright Brendan Behan in 1923;

actress Kathryn Grayson in 1923 (age 84);

television journalist Roger Mudd in 1928 (age 79);

singer Carole King in 1942 (age 65);

author Alice Walker in 1944 (age 63);

actors Joe Pesci in 1943 (age 64),

Mia Farrow in 1945 (age 62),

Judith Light in 1950 (age 57)

Charles Shaughnessy ("The Nanny") in 1955 (age 52);

country singer Travis Tritt in 1963 (age 44).

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In 1825, after no presidential candidate won the necessary
majority of Electoral College votes, the House of
Representatives elected John Quincy Adams the sixth
president of the United States.

In 1900, the solid silver trophy known as the Davis Cup
was first put up for competition when U.S. collegian Dwight
Filley Davis challenged British tennis players to come
across the Atlantic and compete against his Harvard team.

In 1943, in a major World War II strategic victory, the
Allies retook Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands from the

In 1950, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged the U.S.
State Department was infested with communists.

In 1971, an earthquake shook Los Angeles and killed 64

In 1984, Soviet President Yuri Andropov, in power 15
months, died at age 69.

In 1987, Robert McFarlane, former Reagan administration
national security adviser, was hospitalized for an
overdose of Valium just hours before he was to testify
to a presidential commission about the Iran-Contra scandal.

In 1990, the U.S. stock of Perrier water was recalled
because of levels of benzene in violation of EPA standards.
The recall was later extended worldwide.

In 1991, Lithuanians overwhelmingly voted to secede from
the Soviet Union in an independence plebiscite ruled
illegal by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

In 1992, 30 people were reported killed in Senegal in the
crash of a plane chartered by Air Senegal for Club

In 1993, violence erupted following the Dallas Cowboys'
Super Bowl victory parade. 14 people were arrested.

In 1994, in Cairo, PLO chief Yasser Arafat and Israeli
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres initialed an agreement that
resolved some contentious issues in the Middle East peace

In 1996, a bomb exploded in a London rail station,
killing two and wounding 100. The IRA announced that
the Northern Ireland cease-fire was over.

In 2001, nine people were killed when the U.S. submarine
USS Greenville collided with a Japanese fishing boat off
the coast of Hawaii. The accident took place during a
surfacing drill.

In 2003, Egypt said the upcoming Arab League summit
would not ask Iraq's Saddam Hussein to step down as
some Arab nations had urged. The Egyptian foreign
minister said he did not think any Arab country would
"interfere in Iraq's internal affairs."

In 2004, U.S. officials in Iraq said they have obtained
a 17-page letter written to senior members of al-Qaida
seeking reinforcements.

In 2005, Bush administration officials disputed reports
that the Medicare prescription drug program would cost
$1.2 trillion over the next decade, about $600 billion
above original estimates.

Also in 2005, hospitalized Pope John Paul II, recovering
from flu-related respiratory problems, missed celebrating
mass to begin Lent for the first time in 26 years.

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