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       TODAY'S ALMANAC-  Friday, October 13, 2006
    "The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life" 
 
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       French playwright Pierre Corneille said, "To win 
       without risk is to triumph without glory."

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Today is Friday, Oct. 13, the 286th day of 2006 with 79 to 
follow. The moon is waning. The morning stars are Venus and 
Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus, 
Neptune, Mars and Pluto.

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Those born on this date under the sign of Libra include:

American Revolutionary War heroine Molly Pitcher in 1754; 

Actress Lillie Langtry in 1853; actor Cornel Wilde in 1915; 

Puppeteer Burr Tillstrom in 1917; 

Actor/singer Yves Montand in 1921; 

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1925 (age 
81); 

Comedian Lenny Bruce also in 1925; 

Jesse L. Brown, the first black American naval aviator, in 
1926; 

Actress Melinda Dillon in 1939 (age 67); 

Singer/songwriter Paul Simon in 1941 (age 65); 

Rocker Sammy Hagar in 1947 (age 59); 

Chris Carter, creator of "The X-Files," in 1956 (age 50); 

Entertainer Marie Osmond in 1959 (age 47); 

Actress Kelly Preston in 1962 (age 44); and 

Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan in 1969 (age 37).

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On this date in history:

In 54, the Roman Emperor Claudius was poisoned by his fourth 
wife, Agrippina.
 
In 1775, the Continental Congress ordered construction of 
America's first naval fleet.

In 1792, the cornerstone to the White House was laid. It 
would be November 1800 before the first presidential family 
(that of John Adams) moved in.

In 1903, the Boston Red Sox beat the Pittsburgh Pirates to 
win the first World Series, five games to three.

In 1943, conquered by the Allies, Italy declared war on 
Germany, its former Axis partner.

In 1972, more than 170 people were killed when a Soviet 
airliner crashed near the Moscow airport.

In 1977, four Palestinians hijacked a Lufthansa airliner in 
an unsuccessful attempt to force release of 11 imprisoned 
members of German terrorists called the Red Army Faction.

In 1987, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez was 
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize -- the first winner from 
Central America -- for his Central American peace treaty.

In 1990, Lebanese Christian military leader Michel Aoun 
ended his 2-year mutiny, ordered his forces to surrender, 
and sought refuge in the French Embassy in Beirut after 
Syrian-backed Lebanese government troops attacked his head-
quarters.

In 1991, the Group of Seven industrialized democracies 
agreed to formulate a Soviet economic reform program with 
Moscow.

In 1992, the first pig liver transplant patient died in a 
Los Angeles hospital 30 hours after surgery and just hours 
before she was to get a human organ.

In 1993, the U.N. Security Council voted to reinstate an oil 
and arms embargo against Haiti after its military leaders 
refused to step down as promised.

Also in 1993, the Bell Atlantic Corporation and Tele-
Communications announced plans for a merger; the deal was 
worth $33 billion.

In 1994, two months after the Irish Republican Army 
announced a cease-fire, Protestant paramilitaries in North-
ern Ireland did the same.

In 1999, the Senate rejected a treaty signed by the United 
States that banned all underground nuclear testing. Despite 
that, U.S. President Bill Clinton pledged to abide by the 
treaty's provisions.

Also in 1999, a grand jury in Boulder, Colo., announced it 
had insufficient evidence to charge anyone in the Dec. 26, 
1996, slaying of 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey.

In 2002, historian Stephen Ambrose, author of numerous books 
on World War II, American presidents and America's early 
westward expansion, died of lung cancer. He was 66.

In 2003, jockey Bill Shoemaker, one of horse racing's most 
renowned figures who won nearly 9,000 races, died at his 
home in San Marino, Calif. He was 72.

In 2004, investigators reported unearthing a mass grave in 
northern Iraq containing hundreds of bodies of women and 
children believed killed in the 1980s.

In 2005, about 128 people were killed in clashes between 
Islamic militants and law enforcement officers in the south-
ern Russian town of Nalchik.

Also in 2005, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued 
a subpoena ordering U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist,
R-Tenn., to hand over records and documents.
  

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