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       TODAY'S ALMANAC- Thursday, September 21, 2006
    "The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life" 
 
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Today is Thursday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2006 with 101 
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:

Louis Joliet, French-Canadian explorer of the Mississippi 
River, in 1645; 

Author and historian H.G. Wells in 1866; 

Composer Gustav Holst in 1874; 

British publisher Allen Lane, who introduced the low-priced
paperback book, in 1902; 

Animator Chuck Jones (Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote) 
in 1912; 

Actors Larry Hagman in 1931 (age 75) and Henry Gibson in 
1935 (age 71); 

Comedian Fanny Flagg in 1944 (age 62); 

Author Stephen King in 1947 (age 59); 

Comedian Bill Murray in 1950 (age 56); 

Ethan Coen, one of the filmmaking Coen brothers, in 1957 
(age 49); 

Actors Nancy Travis in 1961 (age 45), Rob Morrow in 1962 
(age 44); 

Ricki Lake in 1968 (age 38).

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On this date in history:

In 1792, the Legislative Assembly of revolutionary France 
voted to abolish the monarchy and establish the First 
Republic, stripping King Louis XVI of most of his power.

In 1893, the first successful American-made, gasoline-
operated motorcar appeared on the streets of Springfield, 
Mass. It was designed and built by Charles and Frank Duryea.

In 1921, following the sex scandal caused by the arrest of 
comedian Fatty Arbuckle, Universal announced it would 
require its actors to sign a "morality clause" in their 
contracts.

In 1938, an estimated 600 people were killed by a hurricane 
that battered the coast of New England.

In 1985, Western intelligence estimates said the Iran-Iraq 
war in five years had cost nearly 1 million lives.

In 1991, Armenia became the 12th Soviet republic to declare 
independence.

In 1993, Russian President Boris Yeltsin suspended the 
parliament and announced parliamentary elections would be in 
December.

In 1996, U.S. President Bill Clinton signed into law the 
Defense of Marriage Act, which allows states to disregard 
"same sex marriages" that might be official in other places.

And in 1996, John F. Kennedy, Jr., son of the late U.S. 
president and described by tabloids as the world's most 
eligible bachelor, wed Carolyn Bessette.

In 1998, U.S. President Bill Clinton's videotaped grand jury 
testimony, during which he admitted to an inappropriate
relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, 
was shown on television. It ran more than four hours.

Also in 1998, Hurricane Georges began its deadly rampage 
through the Caribbean, killing more than 600 people.

In 1999, at least 2,300 people were killed when an earth-
quake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck Taiwan.

In 2001, a telecast by top movie stars and musicians raised 
more than $500 million for survivors of the victims of the 
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In 2002, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon reportedly told 
the Bush administration Israel would strike back if attacked 
by Iraq.

In 2003, the spacecraft Galileo approached the fringes of 
Jupiter's atmosphere and then was directed to destroy itself 
in a high-speed plunge.

In 2004, two U.S. hostages were reported executed by suspect-
ed Iraqi insurgents within a day of each other. Jack Hensley 
and Eugene Armstrong, contractors working for a United Arab 
Emirates-based firm, were kidnapped from their Baghdad home.

In 2005, Texas coastal residents were ordered to evacuate, 
creating a mass exodus from the Houston and Galveston area 
as Hurricane Rita became the third-most intense hurricane on 
record in the Atlantic Basin. Top sustained winds were near 
165 mph over the Gulf of Mexico.


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