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       TODAY'S ALMANAC- Thursday Jan 4, 2007
    "The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life" 

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    *------------ Thought of the Day ---------------*
     it was Frederick Douglass who wrote, "Without a 
     struggle, there can be no progress."


Today is Thursday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2007, with 361 
to follow.  The moon is waning. The morning stars are 
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.  The evening 
stars are  Uranus, and Neptune.

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

folklore and fairy tale collector Jakob Grimm in 1785; 

teacher of the blind Louis Braille in 1809; 

shorthand writing system inventor Isaac Pitman in 1813; 

Charles Stratton, the midget known as Gen. Tom Thumb, in 1838; 

Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., in 1896; 

actress Jane Wyman in 1914  

Leon McAuliffe, Western swing star and one of world's 
foremost steel guitarists, in 1917;  

Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and player Don Shula in 1930

boxer Floyd Patterson in 1935 (age 72); 

actress Dyan Cannon in 1937 (age 70); 

author and former first daughter Maureen Reagan in 1941; 

R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe in 1960 (age 47); 

and actors Dave Foley in 1963 (age 44) 

and Julia Ormond in 1965 (age 42).

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On this date in history:

In 1885, Dr. William Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed the 
first appendectomy. His patient recovered.
In 1893, President Benjamin Harrison granted amnesty to all 
persons who since Nov. 1, 1890, had abstained from practicing 
polygamy. It was part of a deal for Utah to achieve statehood.
In 1935, Bob Hope made his network radio debut in the cast 
of "The Intimate Revue."
In 1936, Billboard magazine published the first pop music 
In 1951, Chinese and North Korean forces captured the South 
Korean capital of Seoul.
In 1954, a struggling young musician who worked in a machine 
shop paid $4  to record two songs for his mother. His name: 
Elvis Presley.
In 1974, President Nixon refused to release any more of the 
500 documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
In 1985, Israel confirmed that 10,000 Ethiopian Jews had 
been flown to Israel. Ethiopia termed the operation "a gross 
interference" in its affairs.
In 1987, Spanish guitar great Andrés Segovia arrived in the 
United States for his final American tour. He died four 
months later in Madrid at the age of 94.
In 1990, deposed Panamanian Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega 
appeared in federal court in Miami.
Also in 1990, Charles Stuart, who said he and his pregnant 
wife had been shot after leaving a Boston birthing class 
in October 1989, committed suicide as police closed in to 
arrest him for the deaths of his wife and child.
In 1993, 25 people, including 18 Americans, were killed 
when their tour bus traveling on a rain-slick highway near 
Cancun, Mexico, crashed into a utility pole and burned.
In 1994, Mexican government troops were sent into the 
southeastern state of Chiapas to quell a rebellion by the 
previously unknown Zapatista National Lib.
eration Army.

Also in 1994, several Eastern European nations asked to 
join NATO.
In 1995, the 104th Congress convened with Republicans in 
control in both houses for the first time since 1953. 
Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan, became Senate Majority Leader and 
Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-Ga, was elected Speaker of the House.
Also in 1995, CBS quoted the mother of House Speaker Newt 
Gingrich, calling First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton a 
In 2000, President Clinton nominated Alan Greenspan to 
a fourth four-year term as chairman of the Federal 
In 2004, the unmanned  Mars spacecraft began relaying 
pictures of a rock-strewn plain back to earth as 
scientists looked for signs the planet once had water 
and perhaps life.
Also in 2004, a new recording attributed to al-Qaida 
leader Osama bin Laden called for or a council of 
Muslim wise men to rule Arab states.
In 2004 sports, LSU beat Oklahoma 21-14 in the game 
that was supposed to determine the national collegiate 
football champion but Southern California's 28-14 
conquest of Michigan resulted in most of the U.S. 
sports world recognizing co-champions.

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