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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.
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Friars Club to honor comedian Don Rickles

Friars Club to honor comedian Don Rickles

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- Actor/comedian Don Rickles is to be honored with the Friars Club's Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy at a gala in New York, organizers announced.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
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Van der Sloot sentenced to 28 years

Van der Sloot sentenced to 28 years

LIMA, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The Dutch suspect in the disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway received a 28-year sentence Friday in Peru for killing a young woman in Lima.

Natalee Holloway declared dead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A judge in Alabama Thursday declared Natalee Holloway dead, 6 1/2 years after she disappeared while on a school trip to Aruba.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 26, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 26, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007.
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UPI almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2006.
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Today is Monday, Dec. 26, the 360th day of 2005 with five to follow.
By United Press International

Hollywood mourned passings in 2004

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The roster of entertainment-industry notables who died in 2004 included acting icon Marlon Brando, musical genius Ray Charles, "Superman" Christopher Reeve, com
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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Today is Sunday, Dec. 26, the 361st day of 2004 with five to follow.
By United Press International

Comedian Alan King dead at 76

NEW YORK, May 9 (UPI) -- Comedian Alan King died Sunday at age 76 of lung cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Four-year high school causes more dropouts

TORONTO, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A study by a Queen's University professor in Toronto found the graduation rate at only 62 percent for the new four-year Ontario high school program.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 26, the 360th day of 2003 with five to follow.
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Alan King
Actor-comedian Alan King (right) shown with fellow actor comedian Billy Crystal in March 2002. King died on May 9, 2004 at the age of 76 from lung cancer. (UPI/Ezio Petersen)
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Alan King (December 26, 1927 – May 9, 2004) was an American actor and comedian known for his biting wit and often angry humorous rants. King became well-known as a Jewish comedian and satirist. He was also a serious actor who appeared in a number of movies and television shows. King wrote several books, produced films, and appeared in plays. In later years, he helped many philanthropic causes.

The youngest of several children, King was born Irwin Alan Kniberg in New York City, New York, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants Minnie (née Solomon) and Bernard Kniberg, a handbag cutter. He spent his first years on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Later, King's family moved to Brooklyn. King used humor to survive in the tough neighborhoods. As a child, King performed impersonations on street corners for pennies.

When he was fourteen, King performed "Brother, Can You Spare A Dime" on the radio program Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour. He lost first prize, but was invited to join a nationwide tour. At fifteen, King dropped out of high school to perform comedy at the Hotel Gradus in the Catskill Mountains. After one joke that made fun of the hotel's owner, King was fired; however, he spent the remainder of that summer and the one that followed as M.C. at Foreman's New Prospect Hotel in South Fallsburg, NY. He later worked in Canada in a burlesque house while also fighting as a professional boxer. He won twenty straight fights before losing. Nursing a broken nose, King decided to quit boxing and focus on his comedy career. King began working as a doorman at the popular nightclub Leon and Eddie's while performing comedy under the last name of the boxer who beat him, "King".

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