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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 Friday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2006 with 100 
to follow. Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown. The moon is new. 
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:

English statesman and wit Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of 
Chesterfield, in 1694; 

English chemist and physicist Michael Faraday in 1791; 

Filmmaker Eric Von Stroheim in 1885; 

Humorist Frank Sullivan in 1892; 

Actor Paul Muni in 1895; 

Producer/actor John Houseman in 1902; 

Actor Allan "Rocky" Lane, B-movie cowboy star of the 1940s 
and later the TV voice of Mr. Ed, in 1904; 

Former Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda in 1927 
(age 79); 

Actor Eugene Roche in 1928; 

Singers Debby Boone in 1956 (age 50) and Joan Jett in 1960 
(age 46); 

Actors Scott Baio, Bonnie Hunt and Catherine Oxenberg, all 
in 1961 (age 45).

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On this date in history:

In 1776, the British hanged American Revolutionary War hero 
and patriot Nathan Hale. His famous last words were, "I only 
regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."

In 1927, Jack Dempsey muffed a chance to regain the heavy-
weight championship when he knocked down Gene Tunney but 
failed to go to a neutral corner promptly, thereby delaying 
the referee's count and giving the champ time to get up.

In 1949, the U.S. nuclear monopoly ended as the Soviet Union 
detonated its first atomic bomb.

In 1975, self-proclaimed revolutionary Sara Jane Moore 
attempted to kill U.S. President Gerald Ford as he walked 
from a San Francisco hotel. A bullet she fired slightly 
wounded a man in the crowd.

In 1980, long-standing border disputes and political turmoil 
in Iran prompted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to launch an 
invasion of Iran's oil-producing province of Khuzestan, 
touching off a costly, 8-year war.

In 1985, more than 50 rock 'n' country stars, headed by 
Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, staged the 
14-hour Farm Aid concert for 78,000 rain-soaked spectators 
in Champaign, Ill., raising $10 million for debt-ridden U.S. 

In 1989, Hurricane Hugo slashed through Charleston and 
coastal South Carolina with 135-mph winds, claiming at least 
28 lives.

Also in 1989, Irving Berlin, whose long list of enduring 
songs include "God Bless America" and "White Christmas," 
died in his sleep at his home in New York City at the age of 

In 1992, two beluga whales at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium died 
shortly after being given medication for parasites. Animal 
rights groups called for a nationwide moratorium on whale 

In 1993, U.S. President Bill Clinton unveiled his healthcare 
reform package in a speech before a joint session of 

In 1999, the U.S. Justice Department sued five major U.S. 
tobacco companies and two defunct lobbying groups, charging 
they colluded to defraud the public about the addictive 
nature of tobacco products.

In 2003, a bomb exploded outside the U.N. headquarters in 
Baghdad, killing the bomber and a guard and wounding 19. 
Three days later, the United Nations said it was withdrawing 
more staff from Iraq.

In 2004, the U.S. House of Representatives approved 
legislation removing agricultural sales barriers and student 
visitation limits to Cuba.

In 2005, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to 
recommend the nomination of John Roberts as chief justice 
of the United States, succeeding the late William Rehnquist.

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