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       TODAY'S ALMANAC- Wednesday, September 20, 2006
    "The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life" 
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      American preacher, physician and suffragist Anna 
      Howard Shaw said, "It is better to be true to what 
      you believe, though that be wrong, than to be false 
      to what you believe, even if that belief is correct."

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 20th, the 263rd day of 2006 with 
102 to follow. The moon is waning. The morning stars are 
Mars and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Jupiter, 
Uranus, Neptune, Venus and Pluto.


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

Australian nurse Sister Elizabeth Kenny, who pioneered the 
care of polio victims, in 1886; 

Novelist Upton Sinclair in 1878; Basketball Hall of Fame 
Coach Arnold Jacob "Red" Auerbach in 1917 (age 89); 

Fashion designer James Galanos in 1925 (age 81); 

Actress Anne Meara in 1929 (age 77); 

Actresses Sophia Loren in 1934 (age 72) and Kristen Johnson 
in 1967 (age 39).

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On this date in history:

In 1519, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan began a 
voyage to find a western passage to the East Indies.

In 1873, financial chaos forced the New York Stock Exchange 
to close. It remained closed for 10 days.

In 1946, the first Cannes Film Festival opened on the French 
Riviera. An earlier attempt to begin the international movie
showcase in 1939 was halted by the outbreak of World War II.

In 1966, Britain's Queen Elizabeth launched the Cunard liner 
QE II, eventually becoming the only ocean liner on the once 
thriving trans-Atlantic route.

In 1984, Muslim terrorists bombed the U.S. Embassy annex in 
Lebanon, killing 23 people, including two Americans. It was 
the third terrorist attack on U.S. installations in Beirut 
in 17 months.

In 1990, a military court convicted Nicu Ceausescu, 39, 
youngest son of executed former Romanian dictator Nicolae 
Ceausescu, of murder.

In 1991, the Cambodian government and three rebel factions 
agreed on a form of future U.N.-supervised elections.

In 1992, four Dade County, Fla., circuit court judges went 
on trial in Miami on bribery and extortion charges.

In 1993, leaders of the three factions fighting in Bosnia 
broke off negotiations aboard a British aircraft carrier in
the Adriatic Sea.

In 1999, a jury in Bryan, Texas, convicted a second white 
man in the 1998 dragging death of a black man.

In 2000, the six-year Whitewater investigation of U.S. 
President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton 
ended without any indictments being issued. Independent 
Counsel Robert Ray said there was insufficient evidence to 
establish any criminal wrongdoing.

In 2001, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge was named to head the 
new Office of Homeland Security.

In 2002, Israeli forces demolished all but one building of 
the office compound of Palestinian chief Yasser Arafat after 
a suicide bomber killed seven aboard a Tel Aviv bus.

In 2003, armies of technicians in the mid-Atlantic states 
worked to restore power to 2.5 million customers still in 
the dark from Hurricane Isabel. The storm left at least 25 
dead in seven states.

In 2004, CBS News said it regretted broadcasting a 
controversial report about U.S. President George Bush's 
military service duty, saying its source had misled the 

In 2005, Hurricane Rita quickly strengthened from a tropical 
storm to a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph winds between 
Cuba and the Florida Keys. Forecasters upgraded the storm to 
a potentially catastrophic category 5 by the next day.

Also in 2005, the Bush administration's disapproval rating 
reached a reported all-time high of 58 percent in a new USA 
Today/CNN/Gallup Poll.

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