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Edwin1961 Sep 6, '06 4:39 pm

Today In History
 
Today is Wednesday, Sept. 6, the 249th day of 2006. There are 116 days left in the year.


Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 6, 1901,
President William McKinley was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. McKinley died eight days later; he was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

On this date:
In 1837
, the Oberlin Collegiate Institute of Ohio went co-educational.

In 1909, American explorer Robert Peary sent word that he had reached the North Pole five months earlier.

In 1916, the first self-serve grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, was opened in Memphis, Tenn., by Clarence Saunders. (The store was set up to allow customers to hand-pick their groceries, rather than request them from a clerk standing behind a counter.)

In 1939, South Africa declared war on Germany.

In 1941, Jews over the age of 6 in German-occupied areas were ordered to wear yellow Stars of David.

In 1948, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands was coronated.

In 1952, Canadian television broadcasting began in Montreal.

In 1966, South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd was stabbed to death by a deranged page during a parliamentary session in Cape Town.

In 1970, Palestinian guerrillas seized control of three jetliners which were later blown up on the ground in Jordan after the passengers and crews were evacuated.

In 1997, Britain bade farewell to Princess Diana with a funeral service at Westminster Abbey. Weeping masses gathered in Calcutta, India, to pay homage to Mother Teresa, who had died the day before at age 87.

Ten years ago: The death toll from Hurricane Fran rose to 17 in Virginia, West Virginia and the Carolinas.

Five years ago: In a dramatic shift, the Bush administration abandoned the Clinton-era effort to break up Microsoft. Mexican President Vicente Fox addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress, urging greater trust between the neighboring countries as the basis for "a new partnership in North America." Barry Bonds became the fifth player in baseball history to hit 60 home runs in a season, connecting in the second inning of San Francisco's game against Arizona. The NFL referees' union rejected the league's latest contract offer (replacement officials worked the opening weekend of the regular season).

One year ago: The California Legislature became the first legislative body in the nation to approve same-sex marriages, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger later vetoed the bill. President Bush and Congress pledged to open separate investigations into the sluggish federal response to Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans' broken levees.

Today's Birthdays: Comedian JoAnne Worley is 69. Country singer David Allen Coe is 67. Country singer Mel McDaniel is 64. Rock singer-musician Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) is 63. Actress Swoosie Kurtz is 62. Comedian-actress Jane Curtin is 59. Country singer-songwriter Buddy Miller is 54. Country musician Joe Smyth (Sawyer Brown) is 49. Actor-comedian Jeff Foxworthy is 48. Actor-comedian Michael Winslow is 48. Rock musician Perry Bamonte is 46. Actor Steven Eckholdt is 45. Pop musician Pal Waaktaar (a-ha) is 45. Rock musician Kevin Miller is 44. ABC News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas is 44. Country singer Mark Chesnutt is 43. Actress Rosie Perez is 42. Singer CeCe Peniston is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Darryl Anthony (Az Yet) is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Macy Gray is 36. Rock singer Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) is 35. Actor Justin Whalin is 32. Actress Naomie Harris is 30. Rapper Noreaga is 29. Rock singer Nina Persson (The Cardigans) is 32. Rapper Foxy Brown is 27.

Thought for Today: "The happiness of most people we know is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things." Ernest Dimnet, French priest, lecturer and author (1866-1954).

Little Mary Sep 6, '06 6:49 pm

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Interesing! No offense to Ms. Worley, but I thought she'd be older than 69...:o

Today in history? Our beloved forums came back!!

Edwin1961 Sep 7, '06 2:39 am

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I find the info from The Assoicated Press, so they are the ones who put the erroneous data.

Edwin1961 Sep 7, '06 2:42 am

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-- Today is Thursday, Sept. 7, the 250th day of 2006. There are 115 days left in the year.


Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 7, 1825,
the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, bade farewell to President John Quincy Adams at the White House.

On this date:
In 1822, Brazil declared its independence from Portugal.

In 1901, the Peace of Beijing ended the Boxer Rebellion in China.

In 1927, American television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth, 21, succeeded in transmitting the image of a line through purely electronic means with a device called an "image dissector."

In 1936, rock legend Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, Texas.

In 1940, Nazi Germany began its initial blitz on London during World War II.

In 1963, the National Professional Football Hall of Fame was dedicated in Canton, Ohio.

In 1969, Senate Republican leader Everett M. Dirksen died in Washington, D.C.

In 1977, the Panama Canal treaties, calling for the U.S. to eventually turn over control of the waterway to Panama, were signed in Washington.

In 1979, the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) made its cable TV debut.

In 1986, Desmond Tutu was installed as the first black to lead the Anglican Church in southern Africa.

Ten years ago: Rapper Tupac Shakur was shot on the Las Vegas Strip; he died six days later. Isabel Correa became the 40th person known to have died in the presence of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, less than a day after police burst into a Michigan motel room, interrupting a meeting between Kevorkian and Correa.

Five years ago: The White House budget chief warned top congressional Republicans the Social Security surplus was on track to be tapped for other programs, prompting a hastily called meeting to discuss ways of avoiding that politically perilous scenario. Venus Williams and Serena Williams reached the finals of the U.S. Open, becoming the first sisters to play for a Grand Slam championship in more than 100 years.

One year ago: Police and soldiers went house to house in New Orleans to try to coax the last stubborn holdouts into leaving the storm-shattered city. President Bush led the nation in a final tribute to William H. Rehnquist, remembering the 16th chief justice as the Supreme Court's steady leader and a man of lifetime integrity. U.S. troops in Iraq rescued American Roy Hallums, held hostage 10 months.

Today's Birthdays: Heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey is 98. Pianist Arthur Ferrante is 85. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, is 82. Jazz musician Sonny Rollins is 76. Actor John Phillip Law is 69. Singer Alfa Anderson (Chic) is 60. Singer Gloria Gaynor is 57. Rock singer Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) is 55. Actress Julie Kavner is 55. Actor Corbin Bernsen is 52. Rock musician Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 52. Pianist Michael Feinstein is 50. Singer Margot Chapman is 49. Rock musician Leroi Moore (The Dave Matthews Band) is 45. Actor W. Earl Brown is 43. Model-actress Angie Everhart is 37. Actor Tom Everett Scott is 36. Rock musician Chad Sexton (311) is 36. Actress Diane Farr is 35. Actress Shannon Elizabeth is 33. Actor Oliver Hudson is 30. Actor Devon Sawa is 28. Actress Evan Rachel Wood is 19.

Thought for Today:[I] "It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptation." _ Walter Bagehot, English editor and economist ([/i]1826-1877).

Edwin1961 Sep 8, '06 3:14 am

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Today is Friday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2006. There are 114 days left in the year.


Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 8, 1900,
Galveston, Texas, was struck by a hurricane that killed an estimated 8,000 or more people.

On this date:
In 1664
, the Dutch surrendered New Amsterdam to the British, who renamed it New York.

In 1930, the comic strip "Blondie," created by Chic Young, was first published.

In 1934, 134 people lost their lives in a fire aboard the liner Morro Castle off the New Jersey coast.

In 1941, the 900-day Siege of Leningrad by German forces began during World War II.

In 1951, a peace treaty with Japan was signed by 48 other nations in San Francisco.

In 1966, the science-fiction TV series "Star Trek" premiered on NBC; the situation comedy "That Girl," starring Marlo Thomas, premiered on ABC.

In 1971, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opened in Washington, D.C., with a performance of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass."

In 1974, President Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former President Nixon.

In 1981, civil rights activist Roy Wilkins, former head of the NAACP, died in New York at age 80.

In 1994, a USAir Boeing 737 crashed into a ravine as it was approaching Pittsburgh International Airport, killing all 132 people on board.

Ten years ago: Okinawans voted more than 10-1 in favor of a reduction of U.S. military bases on their islands, in a referendum aimed at pressuring Washington to pull out its troops. At the U.S. Open, Pete Sampras defeated Michael Chang and Steffi Graf beat Monica Seles to win the top prizes. NBC's "Frasier" won its third consecutive Emmy for best TV comedy; "ER" was named best drama.

Five years ago: The World Conference Against Racism ended in South Africa as tumultuously as it began, with organizers calling it a success. Venus Williams won her second consecutive U.S. Open title by beating her sister Serena 6-2, 6-4 in the first prime-time women's Grand Slam final.

One year ago: Congress hastened to provide an additional $51.8 billion for relief and recovery from Hurricane Katrina; President Bush pledged to make it "easy and simple as possible" for uncounted, uprooted storm victims to collect food stamps and other government benefits. Tropical Storm Ophelia strengthened into a hurricane as it stalled 70 miles off the northeast Florida coast.

Today's Birthdays: Comedian Sid Caesar is 84. Ventriloquist Willie Tyler is 66. Actor Alan Feinstein is 65. Author Ann Beattie is 59. Cajun singer Zachary Richard is 56. Musician Will Lee ("Late Show with David Letterman") is 54. Actress Heather Thomas is 49. Singer Aimee Mann is 46. Pop musician David Steele (Fine Young Cannibals) is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Gordon (Levert) is 42. Alternative country singer Neko Case is 36. TV personality Brooke Burke is 35. Actor Martin Freeman is 35. Actor Henry Thomas is 35. Actor David Arquette is 35. Rock musician Richard Hughes (Keane) is 31. Actor Larenz Tate is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Pink is 27. Actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas is 25.

Thought for Today: "It is more important that a proposition be interesting than that it be true." Alfred North Whitehead, English philosopher and mathematician (1861-1947).

AJV Sep 8, '06 8:33 am

Re: Today In History
 
Today (September 08- the Nativity of the BVM) was a popular Encyclical Day for the Popes of the Church-the following encyclicals being promulgated:

Marian encyclicals:

1892 - Magnae Dei Matris
1893-Laetitiae Sanctae
1894- Iucunda Semper Expectatione
1953- Fulgens Corona
1957- Le Pelerinage de Lourdes

Other Encyclicals:
1899-Depuis Le Jour (Education of Clergy)
1951-Sempiternus Rex Christus (Council of Chalcedon)
1957-Miranda Prorsus (Mass Communications)

And in 1907:
Pascendi Dominici Gregis, the famous condemnation of Modernist doctrine by Pope St. Pius X.

Edwin1961 Sep 9, '06 3:11 am

Re: Today In History
 
Today is Saturday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2006. There are 113 days left in the year.



Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept, 9, 1776,
the second Continental Congress made the term United States official, replacing United Colonies.

On this date:
In 1830
, Charles Durant flew a balloon from New York City across the Hudson River to Perth Amboy, N.J.

In 1850, California became the 31st state of the union.

In 1893, Frances Cleveland, wife of President Cleveland, gave birth to a daughter, Esther, in the White House; it was the first time a president's child was born in the executive mansion.

In 1948, the People's Democratic Republic of Korea ( North Korea) was created.

In 1956, Elvis Presley made the first of three appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1957, President Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction.

In 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, N.Y., beginning a siege that ended up claiming 43 lives.

In 1976,
Communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung died in Beijing at age 82.

In 1986, Frank Reed, director of a private school in Lebanon, was taken hostage; he was released 44 months later.

In 1997, Sinn Fein, the IRA's political ally, formally renounced violence as it took its place in talks on Northern Ireland's future.

Ten years ago: Promising safer skies, President Clinton issued orders to tighten airport security and challenged Congress to support a $1.1 billion anti-terrorism crackdown. Keeping her word not to cooperate with Whitewater prosecutors, Susan McDougal was led away to jail for contempt of court, denying she was trying to protect President Clinton with her silence.

Five years ago: Afghanistan's military opposition leader Ahmed Shah Massood was fatally wounded in a suicide attack by assassins posing as journalists. Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit three home runs against the Colorado Rockies to give him 63 for the season, passing Roger Maris' once-magical mark and moving him closer to Mark McGwire's record. Lleyton Hewitt ran down Pete Sampras to earn his first Grand Slam title, 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-1 at the U.S. Open.

One year ago: Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown, the principal target of harsh criticism of the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina, was relieved of his onsite command. A Nevada couple pleaded guilty in San Jose, Calif., to all charges related to planting a human fingertip in a bowl of Wendy's chili in a scheme to extort money from the fast food restaurant chain. Egypt's elections commission declared Hosni Mubarak winner of the nation's first contested presidential vote.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Cliff Robertson is 81. Actress Sylvia Miles is 74. Actor Topol is 71. Rhythm-and-blues singer Luther Simmons is 64. Singer Inez Foxx is 64. Singer Dee Dee Sharp is 61. Rock singer-musician Doug Ingle is 60. Country singer Freddy Weller is 59. Football commentator Joe Theismann is 57. Actor Tom Wopat is 55. Actress Angela Cartwright is 54. Musician-producer Dave Stewart is 54. Actor Hugh Grant is 46. Actor Adam Sandler is 40. Actor David Bennent is 40. Rock singer Paul Durham (Black Lab) is 38. Model Rachel Hunter is 37. Rapper Dray (Das EFX) is 36. Actor Goran Visnjic is 34. Pop-jazz singer Michael Buble' is 31. Actress Michelle Williams is 26.

Thought for Today: [I]"Nothing annoys a man as to hear a woman promising to love him 'forever' when he merely wanted her to love him for a few weeks." [/i] Helen Rowland, American writer, journalist and humorist (1876-1950)

Edwin1961 Sep 10, '06 2:47 am

Re: Today In History
 
Today is Sunday, Sept. 10, the 253rd day of 2006. There are 112 days left in the year.


Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 10, 1813
, an American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

On this date:
In 1608
, John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia.

In 1846, Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine.

In 1919, New York City welcomed home Gen. John J. Pershing and 25,000 soldiers who served in the U.S. First Division during World War I.

In 1935, Sen. Huey P. Long, "The Kingfish" of Louisiana politics, died in Baton Rouge two days after being shot.

In 1939, Canada declared war on Nazi Germany.

In 1945, Vidkun Quisling was sentenced to death in Norway for collaborating with the Nazis (he was executed by firing squad in October 1945).

In 1955, the long-running TV Western series "Gunsmoke," starring James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon, premiered on CBS television.

In 1963, 20 black students entered Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace.

In 1977, convicted murderer Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant, became the last person to date to be executed by the guillotine in France.

In 2003, Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, 46, was stabbed in a Stockholm department store; she died the next day.

Ten years ago: The Senate dealt a double defeat to gay-rights activists, voting to reject same-sex marriage in federal law and killing a separate bill that would have barred job discrimination against gays. Hurricane Hortense pounded Puerto Rico, causing at least 21 deaths and destroying thousands of homes. Ross Perot picked economist Pat Choate to share the Reform Party presidential ticket.

Five years ago: A Marxist militant suicide bomber blew himself up in a popular Istanbul square, killing himself and three others, including an Australian woman. Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived in Lima, Peru, to attend an Organization of American States foreign ministers meeting. Michael Jordan all but confirmed that he intended to return to play in the NBA.

One year ago: Cadaver dogs and boatloads of forensic workers fanned out across New Orleans to collect the corpses left behind by Hurricane Katrina; cleanup crews towed away abandoned cars and even began readying a hotel for reopening. Kim Clijsters won her first major title, cruising to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Mary Pierce at the U.S. Open. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, the singer and guitarist who'd built a 50-year career playing blues, country, jazz and Cajun music, died in Orange, Texas, at age 81.

Today's Birthdays: Golfer Arnold Palmer is 77. Country singer Tommy Overstreet is 69. Actor Greg Mullavey is 67. Jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers is 66. Singer Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night) is 64. Singer Jose Feliciano is 61. Actor Tom Ligon is 61. Actress Judy Geeson is 58. Rock musician Joe Perry (Aerosmith) is 56. Actress Amy Irving is 53. Country singer Rosie Flores is 50. Actress Kate Burton is 49. Movie director Chris Columbus is 48. Actor Colin Firth is 46. Rock singer-musician David Lowery (Cracker) is 46. Rock musician Robin Goodridge (Bush) is 40. Rock singer-musician Miles Zuniga (Fastball) is 40. Rapper Big Daddy Kane is 38. Movie director Guy Ritchie is 38. Actor Ryan Phillippe is 32.

Thought for Today: "No man is so methodical as a complete idler, and none so scrupulous in measuring out his time as he whose time is worth nothing." Washington Irving, American author (1783-1859)

Edwin1961 Sep 11, '06 2:52 am

Re: Today In History
 
Today is Monday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2006. There are 111 days left in the year. This is Patriot Day.


Today's Highlight in History:
Five years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, in the single worst act of terrorism committed on U.S. soil, nearly 3,000 people died when two hijacked jetliners crashed into New York's World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to fall, a commandeered jetliner smashed into the Pentagon and a fourth hijacked plane crashed in western Pennsylvania.

On this date:
In 1789
, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

In 1814, an American fleet scored a decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.

In 1941, Charles A. Lindbergh sparked charges of anti-Semitism with a speech in which he said "the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration" were trying to draw the United States into World War II.

In 1962, the Beatles made their first record for EMI, "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You," at EMI studios in London.

In 1971, former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev died at age 77.

In 1972, the troubled Munich Summer Olympics ended.

In 1973, Chilean President Salvador Allende died in a violent military coup.

In 1974, an Eastern Airlines DC-9 crashed during a landing attempt in Charlotte, N.C., killing 71 of the people on board.

In 1985, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds cracked career hit number 4,192 off Eric Show of the San Diego Padres, eclipsing the record held by Ty Cobb.

In 1985, a U.S. satellite glided through the tail of the Giacobini-Zinner comet in the first on-the-spot sampling of a comet.

Ten years ago: Two top officials with the Health and Human Services Department resigned over President Clinton's signing of the Republican welfare overhaul bill (another official had resigned the month before). Hurricane Hortense continued churning its way through the Caribbean.

One year ago: Weeping relatives marked the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack with prayers, solemn remembrances and heartfelt messages at the site where the World Trade Center collapsed. Japanese voters handed Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's ruling coalition a landslide victory in elections for the lower house of parliament. Roger Federer blew away Andre Agassi 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1 to capture a second straight U.S. Open and sixth Grand Slam title. Sportscaster Chris Schenkel died in Fort Wayne, Ind., at age 82.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Betsy Drake is 83. Actor Earl Holliman is 78. Movie director Brian De Palma is 66. Rock musician Mickey Hart (The Dead) is 63. Singer-musician Leo Kottke is 61. Rock singer-musician Tommy Shaw (Styx) is 53. Actor Reed Birney is 52. Musician Jon Moss (Culture Club) is 49. Actor Scott Patterson is 48. Rock musician Mick Talbot (The Style Council) is 48. Actress Roxann Dawson is 48. Actress Kristy McNichol is 44. Actress Virginia Madsen is 43. Musician-composer Moby is 41. Financial reporter Maria Bartiromo is 39. Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 39. Rock musician Bart Van Der Zeeluw is 38. Actress Laura Wright is 36. Rock musician Jeremy Popoff (Lit) is 35. Singer Brad Fischetti (LFO) is 31. Rapper Mr. Black is 29. Rock musician Jon Buckland (Coldplay) is 29. Rapper Ludacris is 29. Actor Ryan Slattery is 28. Actor Tyler Hoechlin is 19.

Thought for Today: "This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." Elmer Davis, American news commentator (1890-1958).

Edwin1961 Sep 12, '06 3:26 am

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 12, the 255th day of 2006. There are 110 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 12, 1609
, English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name.

On this date:
In 1880,
author and journalist H.L. Mencken was born in Baltimore.

In 1914, during World War I, the First Battle of the Marne ended in an Allied victory against Germany.

In 1938, Adolf Hitler demanded self-determination for the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia.

In 1943, German paratroopers took Benito Mussolini from the hotel where he was being held by the Italian government.

In 1944, the second Quebec Conference opened with President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in attendance.

In 1953, Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I.

In 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed the issue of his Roman Catholicism, telling a Protestant group in Houston, "I do not speak for my church on public matters, and the church does not speak for me."

In 1966, "The Monkees" debuted on NBC TV; the situation comedy "Family Affair" premiered on CBS.

In 1977, South African black student leader Steven Biko died while in police custody, triggering an international outcry.

In 1986, Joseph Cicippio, the acting comptroller at the American University in Beirut, was kidnapped; he was released in December 1991.

Ten years ago: Last-minute intervention by Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole led to Senate postponement of action on a treaty designed to eliminate chemical weapons. President Clinton said the agreement was threatened by "a bitter partisan debate."

Five years ago: Stunned rescue workers continued to search for bodies in the World Trade Center's smoking rubble a day after a terrorist attack that shut down the financial capital, badly damaged the Pentagon and left thousands dead. President Bush, branding the attacks in New York and Washington "acts of war," said "this will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil" and that "good will prevail."

One year ago: Officials in New Orleans reported the bodies of more than 40 mostly elderly patients were found in a flooded-out hospital. Federal Emergency Management Agency director Mike Brown resigned, three days after losing his onsite command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. At the start of his confirmation hearing, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts pledged to judge with humility and "without fear or favor" if approved as the nation's 17th chief justice.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Irene Dailey is 86. Actor Dickie Moore ("Our Gang") is 81. Actor Freddie Jones is 79. Country singer George Jones is 75. Actor Ian Holm is 75. Actress Linda Gray is 66. Singer Maria Muldaur is 63. Actor Joe Pantoliano is 55. Singer-musician Gerry Beckley (America) is 54. Rock musician Neil Peart (Rush) is 54. Actor Peter Scolari is 52. Actress Rachel Ward is 49. Actress Amy Yasbeck is 44. Rock musician Norwood Fisher (Fishbone) is 41. Actor Darren E. Burrows is 40. Rock singer-musician Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five) is 40. Rock musician Larry LaLonde (Primus) is 38. Rock singer Liam Gallagher (Oasis) is 34. Actor Paul Walker is 33. Country singer Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) is 32. Actor Benjamin McKenzie is 28. Singer Ruben Studdard ("American Idol") is 28. Singer Jennifer Hudson ("American Idol") is 25. Actress Emmy Rossum is 20.

Thought for Today: "We must be willing to pay a price for freedom, for no price that is ever asked for it is half the cost of doing without it." _ H.L. Mencken, American author and journalist (1880-1956).

Edwin1961 Sep 13, '06 2:36 am

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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2006. There are 109 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 13, 1788,
the Congress of the Confederation authorized the first national election, and declared New York City the temporary national capital.

On this date:
In 1759, during the final French and Indian War, the British defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham overlooking Quebec City.

In 1803, Commodore John Barry, considered by many the father of the American Navy, died in Philadelphia.

In 1851, American medical pioneer Walter Reed was born in Gloucester County, Va.

In 1922, the highest shade temperature on the earth's surface was recorded in El Azizia, Libya, which reached 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

In 1948, Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.

In 1971, a four-day inmates' rebellion at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York ended as police and guards stormed the prison; the ordeal and final assault claimed 43 lives.

In 1977, conductor Leopold Stokowski died in Hampshire, England, at age 95.

In 1989, Fay Vincent was named commissioner of Major League Baseball, succeeding the late A. Bartlett Giamatti.

In 1993, at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat shook hands after signing an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.

In 1998, former Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace died at age 79.

Ten years ago: Rapper Tupac Shakur died at a Las Vegas hospital six days after he was wounded in a drive-by shooting; he was 25.

Five years ago: Actress Dorothy McGuire died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 85.

One year ago: President Bush for the first time took responsibility for federal government mistakes in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and suggested the calamity raised broader questions about the government's ability to handle both natural disasters and terror attacks. President Bush sought China's help to stop nuclear weapons programs in North Korea and Iran and won a pledge from President Hu Jintao to step up pressure on Pyongyang.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Eileen Fulton ("As the World Turns") is 73. TV producer Fred Silverman is 69. Former White House spokesman Larry Speakes is 67. Actor Richard Kiel is 67. Rock singer David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears) is 65. Actress Jacqueline Bisset is 62. Singer Peter Cetera is 62. Singer Randy Jones (The Village People) is 54. Record producer Don Was is 54. Actress Jean Smart is 47. Country singer Bobbie Cryner is 45. Rock singer-musician Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) is 45. Radio-TV personality Tavis Smiley is 42. Rock musician Zak Starkey is 41. Actor Louis Mandylor is 40. Olympic gold medal runner Michael Johnson is 39. Rock musician Steve Perkins is 39. Actor-writer-director-producer Tyler Perry is 37. Actress Louise Lombard ("CSI") is 36. Tennis player Goran Ivanisevic is 35. Country singer Aaron Benward (Blue County) is 33. Country musician Joe Don Rooney (Rascal Flats) is 31. Actor Scott Vickaryous is 31. Singer Fiona Apple is 29. Actor Ben Savage is 26. Actor Mitch Holleman ("Reba") is 11.

Thought for Today: "Revolt and terror pay a price. Order and law have a cost." Carl Sandburg, American poet and author (1878-1967)

Edwin1961 Sep 14, '06 2:40 am

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Today is Thursday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2006. There are 108 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write his poem "The Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812.
On this date:
In 1812, the Russians set fire to Moscow in the face of an invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte's troops.

In 1901, President McKinley died in Buffalo, N.Y., of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded him.

In 1927, modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan died in Nice, France, when her scarf became entangled in a wheel of her sports car.

In 1948, a groundbreaking ceremony took place in New York at the site of the United Nations' world headquarters.

In 1959, the Soviet space probe Luna 2 became the first manmade object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface.

In 1964, Pope Paul VI opened the third session of the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, also known as "Vatican Two." (The session closed two months later.)

In 1975, Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born saint.

In 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before.

In 1982, Lebanon's president-elect, Bashir Gemayel, was killed by a bomb.

In 1985, Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon released the Rev. Benjamin Weir after holding him captive for 16 months.

Ten years ago: Bosnians went to the polls in their first national elections since the 3 1/2-year civil war that had ravaged the Balkan republic. Tara Dawn Holland of Kansas was crowned Miss America.

Five years ago: Patriotism mixed with prayer as Americans packed churches and clogged public squares on a day of remembrance for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. President Bush prayed with his Cabinet and attended services at Washington National Cathedral, then flew to New York, where he waded into the ruins of the World Trade Center and addressed rescue workers in a flag-waving, bullhorn-wielding show of resolve. Officials announced the Pentagon would call up as many as 50,000 members of the National Guard and Reserve.

One year ago: Coordinated bombings killed at least 160 in Baghdad, the deadliest attack since Iraq's new government took office in April 2005. Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. A federal judge in San Francisco declared the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional (the Bush administration has vowed to appeal). Movie director Robert Wise ("West Side Story"; "The Sound of Music") died in Los Angeles at age 91.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Zoe Caldwell is 73. Actor Harve Presnell is 73. Feminist author Kate Millett is 72. Actor Walter Koenig is 70. Actor Nicol Williamson is 68. Singer-actress Joey Heatherton is 62. Actor Sam Neill is 59. Singer Jon "Bowser" Bauman (Sha Na Na) is 59. Rock musician Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) is 51. Country singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman is 50. Actress Mary Crosby is 47. Singer Morten Harket (a-ha) is 47. Country singer John Berry is 47. Actress Melissa Leo is 46. Actress Faith Ford is 42. Actor Dan Cortese is 38. Rock musician Craig Montoya (Tri Polar) is 36. Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley is 35. Rapper Nas is 33. Country singer Danielle Peck is 28. Actor Adam Lamberg is 22.

Thought for Today:[I] "Civilizations die from philosophical calm, irony, and the sense of fair play quite as surely as they die of debauchery." [/i] Joseph Wood Krutch, American author, critic and educator (1893-1970).

Edwin1961 Sep 15, '06 2:50 am

Re: Today In History
 
Today is Friday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2006. There are 107 days left in the year.


Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 15, 1789,
the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State.

On this date:
In 1776,
British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.

In 1821, independence from Spain was proclaimed for Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

In 1857, William Howard Taft, who served as president of the United States and as U.S. chief justice, was born in Cincinnati.

In 1917, Russia was proclaimed a republic by Alexander Kerensky, the head of a provisional government.

In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship and made the swastika the official symbol of Nazi Germany.

In 1940, during the Battle of Britain in World War II, the tide turned as the Luftwaffe sustained heavy losses inflicted by the Royal Air Force.

In 1950, during the Korean conflict, United Nations forces landed at Incheon in the south and began their drive toward Seoul.

In 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev arrived in the U.S. to begin a 13-day visit.

In 1963, four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. (Three Ku Klux Klansmen were eventually convicted for their roles in the blast.)

In 1982,
Iran's former foreign minister, Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, was executed after he was convicted of plotting against the government.

Ten years ago: Defense Secretary William Perry was making the rounds among American allies in the Persian Gulf region, seeking additional support for the U.S. stance against Iraq. Bahrain agreed to play host to 26 American F-16 jet fighters.

Five years ago: President Bush ordered U.S. troops to get ready for war and braced Americans for a long, difficult assault against terrorists to avenge the Sept. 11 attacks. Beleaguered Afghans streamed out of Kabul, fearing a U.S. military strike against Taliban rulers who were harboring Osama bin Laden. Fred De Cordova, executive producer of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," died in Woodland Hills, Calif., at age 90.

One year ago: President Bush, addressing the nation from storm-ravaged New Orleans, acknowledged the government failed to respond adequately to Hurricane Katrina, and urged Congress to approve a massive reconstruction program. Hurricane Ophelia continued to lash the Outer Banks of North Carolina with rain and wind. Producer Sid Luft, who was credited with reviving the career of his then-wife, Judy Garland, died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 89.

Today's Birthdays: Bluesman Snooky Pryor is 85. Actor-director Jackie Cooper is 84. Actor Forrest Compton is 81. Comedian Norm Crosby is 79. Actor Henry Darrow is 73. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry is 68. Football Hall-of-Famer Merlin Olsen is 66. Opera singer Jessye Norman is 61. Actor Tommy Lee Jones is 60. Movie director Oliver Stone is 60. Rock musician Mitch Dorge (Crash Test Dummies) is 46. Football Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino is 45. Actor Danny Nucci is 38. Rap DJ Kay Gee is 37. Rock musician Allen Shellenberger (Lit) is 37. Actor Josh Charles is 35. Singer Ivette Sosa (Eden's Crush) is 30. Actress Amy Davidson is 27. Britain's Prince Henry of Wales is 22.

Thought for Today: "My heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill." "Fiona MacLeod" (William Sharp), Scottish author and poet (1855-1905)

Edwin1961 Sep 16, '06 5:09 am

Re: Today In History
 
Today is Saturday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2006. There are 106 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 16, 1919, the American Legion was chartered by an act of Congress.

On this date:
In 1498, Tomas de Torquemada, notorious for his role in the Spanish Inquisition, died in Avila, Spain.

In 1810, Mexico began its revolt against Spanish rule.

In 1893, more than 100,000 settlers swarmed onto a section of land in Oklahoma known as the Cherokee Strip.

In 1940, President Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history.

In 1940, Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1966, the Metropolitan Opera opened its new opera house at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

In 1974, President Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam war deserters and draft-evaders.

In 1976, the Episcopal Church, at its General Convention in Minneapolis, formally approved the ordination of women as priests and bishops.

In 1977, Maria Callas, the American-born prima donna famed for her lyric soprano and fiery temperament, died in Paris at age 53.

In 1982, the massacre of hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children by Lebanese Christian militiamen began in west Beirut's Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps.

Ten years ago: President Clinton claimed the endorsement of the nation's largest police organization, the Fraternal Order of Police, in his bid for re-election. Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off more than six weeks late on a mission to pick up NASA astronaut Shannon Lucid from the Russian space station Mir. Former national security adviser McGeorge Bundy died in Boston at age 77.

Five years ago: President Bush pledged a crusade against terrorists, saying there was "no question" Osama bin Laden was the "prime suspect" in the Sept. 11 attacks. Eight cross-country runners from the University of Wyoming were killed when their sport utility vehicle collided head-on with a pickup truck that had swerved into their lane. Movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff died in Burbank, Calif., at age 83.

One year ago: President Bush ruled out raising taxes to pay the massive costs of Gulf Coast reconstruction in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, saying other government spending had to be cut to pay for the recovery effort. Gordon Gould, a pioneer in laser technology who'd coined the word "laser," died in New York City at age 85.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Janis Paige is 84. Actress Lauren Bacall is 82. Blues singer B.B. King is 81. Clergyman-author Reverend Robert H. Schuller is 80. Actor Peter Falk is 79. Actress Anne Francis is 76. Actress Linda Miller is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer Betty Kelly (Martha & the Vandellas) is 62. Musician Kenny Jones (Small Faces; Faces; The Who) is 58. Actress Susan Ruttan is 58. Actor Ed Begley Jr. is 57. Country singer David Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 56. Country singer-songwriter Phil Lee is 55. Rock musician Ron Blair (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 54. Jazz musician Earl Klugh is 53. Actor Christopher Rich is 53. Singer Frank Reed (The Chi-Lites) is 52. TV personality Mark McEwen is 52. Actor Mickey Rourke is 50. Magician David Copperfield is 50. Country singer-songwriter Terry McBride is 48. Actress Jennifer Tilly is 48. Singer Richard Marx is 43. Comedian Molly Shannon is 42. Singer Marc Anthony is 37. Singer Musiq is 29. Actress Alexis Bledel is 25. Actress Madeline Zima is 21. Actress Kyla Pratt is 20. Rock singer Teddy Geiger is 18.

Thought for Today: [I]"You can love a person deeply and sincerely whom you do not like. You can like a person passionately whom you do not love." [/i] Robert Hugh Benson, English author and clergyman (1871-1914)

Edwin1961 Sep 17, '06 12:58 am

Re: Today In History
 
Today is Sunday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2006. There are 105 days left in the year.


Today's Highlight in History:
On Sept. 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the constitutional convention in Philadelphia.

On this date:
In 1862, Union forces hurled back a Confederate invasion of Maryland in the Civil War's Battle of Antietam.

In 1920, the American Professional Football Association _ a precursor of the National Football League _ was formed in Canton, Ohio.

In 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany had launched its assault.

In 1944, during World War II, Allied paratroopers launched Operation Market Garden, landing behind German lines in the Netherlands. The Allies, however, encountered fierce German resistance.

In 1948, the United Nations mediator for Palestine, Count Folke Bernadotte, was assassinated in Jerusalem by Jewish extremists.

In 1966, "Mission: Impossible" premiered on CBS.

In 1976, NASA publicly unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise at ceremonies in Palmdale, Calif.

In 1978, after meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty.

In 1980, former Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza was assassinated in Paraguay.

In 1986, the Senate confirmed the nomination of William H. Rehnquist to become the 16th chief justice of the United States.

Ten years ago: A nonpartisan commission recommended that Ross Perot be denied a spot in presidential debates, saying he had no realistic chance of winning the White House; Perot vowed to sue. Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew died in Berlin, Md., at age 77.

Five years ago: Six days after 9/11, stock prices nose-dived but stopped short of collapse in an emotional, flag-waving reopening of Wall Street; the Dow Jones industrial average ended the day down 684.81 at 8,920.70. President Bush said the United States wanted terrorism suspect Osama bin Laden "dead or alive." President Bush visited a mosque in Washington as he appealed to Americans to get back to everyday business and not turn against their Muslim neighbors.

One year ago: Two passengers were killed, more than 80 people injured when a Chicago commuter train derailed while changing tracks at high speed. Insurgents assassinated a Kurdish member of parliament, his brother and their driver in an ambush north of Baghdad.

Today's Birthdays: Actor David Huddleston is 76. Senate Finance Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, is 73. Actor Paul Benedict is 68. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter is 67. Singer LaMonte McLemore (The Fifth Dimension) is 67. Singer Fee Waybill is 56. Actress Cassandra Peterson ("Elvira, Mistress of the Dark") is 55. Comedian Rita Rudner is 50. Movie director Baz Luhrmann is 44. Singer BeBe Winans is 44. Actor Kyle Chandler is 41. Rapper Doug E. Fresh is 40. Actor Malik Yoba is 39. Rock musician Keith Flint (Prodigy) is 37. Actor Matthew Settle is 37. Rapper Vinnie (Naughty By Nature) is 36. Rock singer Anastacia is 33. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marcus Sanders (Hi-Five) is 33. Actress-singer Nona Gaye is 32. Pop singer Maile Misajon (Eden's Crush) is 30. Rock musician Chuck Comeau (Simple Plan) is 27. Country singer Desi Wasdin (3 of Hearts) is 23.

Thought for Today: [I]"The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love." _[/i] W. Somerset Maugham, English author and dramatist (1874-1965)


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