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       TODAY'S ALMANAC-  Wednesday, October 4, 2006
    "The History, Days and Events that Shape Your Life" 
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      *------------ Thought of the Day ---------------*
       Author Damon Runyan wrote, "... always try to rub 
       up against money, for if you rub up against money 
       long enough, some of it may rub off on you."

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 4, the 277th day of 2006 with 88 
to follow. The moon is waxing. 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 Libra include:

Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th president of the United States, in 

Frederic Remington, painter of the American West, in 1861; 

Journalist/author Damon Runyan in 1884; 

Pioneer movie comedian Buster Keaton in 1895; 

Actors Charlton Heston in 1924 (age 82), Clifton Davis in 
1945 (age 61), Susan Sarandon in 1946 (age 60), Armand 
Assante in 1949 (age 57) and Liev Schreiber in 1967 (age 39); 

Authors Jackie Collins and Anne Rice, both in 1941 (age 65); 

Actresses Alicia Silverstone in 1976 (age 30) and Rachel 
Leigh Cook in 1979 (age 27).

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On this date in history:
In 1777, American forces under Gen. George Washington were 
defeated by the British in a battle at Germantown, Pa.

In 1890, Mormons in Utah renounced polygamy.

In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first man-made space 
satellite, Sputnik-1.

In 1965, Pope Paul VI arrived at Kennedy International 
Airport in New York City on the first visit by a reigning 
pope to the United States.

In 1976, Earl Butz resigned as U.S. Agriculture secretary 
with an apology for what he called the "gross indiscretion"
of uttering a racist remark.

In 1989, Art Shell was hired as head coach of the Oakland 
Raiders, the first black coach in the modern NFL.

In 1991, 24 countries, including the United States, signed 
an agreement banning mineral and oil exploration in 
Antarctica for 50 years.

In 1992, as many as 250 people were killed when an El Al 747 
cargo plane crashed into an apartment building on the 
outskirts of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Also in 1992, the Mozambique government and RENAMO rebels 
signed a historic peace accord, ending 16 years of civil war 
in the southeast African nation.

In 1993, U.S. President Bill Clinton ordered several hundred 
more U.S. troops to Somalia one day after the deaths of 
three Marines in Mogadishu.

In 1997, hundreds of thousands of Christian men gathered on 
the Mall in Washington to reaffirm their faith and to pledge 
to preserve the structure of the family.

In 2001, a Siberian Airlines jetliner exploded and plunged 
into the Black Sea, killing all 64 passengers and 12 crew-
members. The United States said evidence showed the plane 
had been hit by a missile fired during a Ukrainian military 
training exercise.

Also in 2001, the U.S. Labor Department reported 528,000 new 
claims for unemployment, a 9-year high.

And, in 2001 sports, Rickey Henderson of the San Diego 
Padres scored his 2,246th run, breaking Ty Cobb's Major 
League Baseball record.

In 2002, the so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, pleaded 
guilty to charges against him stemming from his alleged 
effort to detonate explosives hidden in his sneakers during 
a 2001 Paris-to-Miami flight.

In 2003, a suicide bomber killed herself and 19 others in an 
attack on a crowded restaurant in the northern Israeli port 
of Haifa.

In 2004, SpaceShipOne, the first, privately funded rocket to 
reach the edge of space, flew to an altitude above 62 miles 
over the California desert.

Also in 2004, Gordon Cooper, one of the first U.S. astro-
nauts, who logged more than 225 hours in space, died at his 
California home. He was 77.

In 2005, the U.S. Justice Department said it was invest-
igating claims New Orleans prison inmates were abused during 
the Hurricane Katrina evacuation.

Also in 2005, a landslide in eastern China triggered by 
Typhoon Longwang swept away a building housing 80 people, 
many of them police recruits.

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