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       TODAY'S ALMANAC-  Thursday, October 12, 2006
    "The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life" 
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      *------------ Thought of the Day ---------------*
      Chinese educator, writer and diplomat Tehyi Hsieh 
      said, "The key to success isn't much good until one
      discovers the right lock to insert it in."

Today is Thursday, Oct. 12, the 285h day of 2006 with 80 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:

Elmer Sperry, who devised practical uses for the gyroscope, 
in 1860; 

English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1872; 

Comedian and activist Dick Gregory in 1932 (age 74); 

Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti in 1935 (age 71); 

TV correspondent Chris Wallace in 1947 (age 59); 

Singer/actress Susan Anton in 1950 (age 56); 

Actors Adam Rich in 1968 (age 38) and Kirk Cameron in 1970 
(age 36); 

Track star Marion Jones in 1975 (age 31).

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On this date in history:

In 1492, Christopher Columbus reached America, making his 
first landing in the New World on one of the Bahamas Islands.
Columbus believed he had reached India.

In 1899, the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State 
in southern Africa declared war on the British. The Boer War 
was ended May 31, 1902, by the Treaty of Vereeniging.

In 1915, British nurse Edith Cavell, 49, was executed by a 
German firing squad in Brussels for helping Allied soldiers 
escape from German-occupied Belgium during World War I.

In 1960, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev removed one of his 
shoes and pounded it on his desk during a speech before the 
United Nations.

In 1964, the Soviet Union launched Voskhod 1 into orbit 
around Earth, with three cosmonauts aboard. It was the first
spacecraft to carry a multi-person crew and the two-day 
mission was also the first flight performed without space 

In 1973, U.S. President Richard Nixon nominated House 
Minority Leader Gerald Ford for the vice presidency to 
replace Spiro Agnew, who had resigned two days earlier.

In 1984, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escaped
injury in the bombing of a hotel in Brighton, England. Four 
people were killed in the attack, blamed on the Irish 
Republican Army.

In 1991, Iran agreed to withdraw its 1,500 Revolutionary 
Guards from Lebanon.

In 1992, more than 500 people were killed and thousands 
injured when an earthquake rocked Cairo, Egypt.

In 1993, New Delhi announced that more than 9,700 people had 
died in an earthquake the previous month in southern India.

In 1995, a cease-fire took effect in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard died, 
five days after the 21-year-old gay man was beaten, robbed 
and left tied to a fence.

In 1999, the elected government of Pakistan was overthrown 
in an apparently bloodless military coup. Prime Minister 
Nawaz Sharif and several other leaders were arrested.

In 2000, 17 sailors were killed when an explosion rocked the 
U.S.S. Cole as it refueled in Yemen. U.S. President Bill 
Clinton blamed the attack on accused terrorist Osama bin 

In 2002, the terror continued for Washington area residents 
as the weeklong death toll from a mysterious sniper reached 

Also in 2002, a bomb exploded near two crowded discos on the 
Indonesian island of Bali, killing 202 people.

In 2003, 2-year-old Egyptian twins joined at the head were 
successfully separated at Dallas Children's Medical Center.

Also in 2003, Uganda says its army rescued more than 400 
children held captive by rebels in a remote village north 
of the capital of Kampala.

In 2004, a report of the CIA's top weapons investigator said 
Saddam Hussein thought U.S. officials knew he had no weapons 
of mass destruction before the invasion.

In 2005, newly released documents charged that the Roman 
Catholic archdiocese of Los Angeles allegedly shielded 
priests accused of sexual abuse by moving them from one 
parish to another.

Also in 2005, a lynch mob of about 500 Indonesians -- on the 
third anniversary of the Bali terror bombings -- stormed the 
Denpasar prison where three convicted bombers were held but 
were turned back by police.

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