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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 4, 2008.
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UPI almanac for Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007.
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The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2006, with 361 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2005, with 361 to follow.
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Today is Sunday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2004, with 362 to follow.
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Campaign to rename Senate structure builds

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Civil rights activist Dick Gregory's campaign to rename a U.S. Senate office building is reportedly gaining steam.

What price, Pax Iraqi?

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The cost in human lives of the continuing conflict in Iraq occupies headlines on a daily basis. As it rightly should. The hallmark of America's military operati
BOB BARR, A UPI Outside View commentary

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2003, with 361 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2002, with 361 to follow.
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Everett Dirksen
Demonstrators heckle as President Nixon’s car reaches the District Building during the Inaugural Parade on January 20, 1969. At the window of the car facing the jeering crowd is Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois. The Nixons are seated behind him, their faced turned away from the middle finger waving demonstrators. See-through sign at left calling Nixon "#1 War Criminal" is shown from the back. (UPI Photo/Files)
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Everett McKinley Dirksen (January 4, 1896 – September 7, 1969) was a Republican U.S. Congressman and Senator from Pekin, Illinois. As Republican Senate leader he played a highly visible and key role in the politics of the 1960s, including helping to write and pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Open Housing Act of 1968, both landmarks of Civil Rights legislation. He was one of the Senate's strongest supporters of the Vietnam War.

Dirksen was born to Johann Friedrich Dirksen and his wife Antje Conrady, German immigrants who lived in Pekin, Illinois, a small city near Peoria, Illinois. Everett had a fraternal twin, Thomas Dirksen. Dirksen grew up on his parents' farm on Pekin's outskirts. He attended the local schools and then entered the University of Minnesota. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. However, he dropped out during World War I to enlist in the U.S. Army, serving as a second lieutenant in a field artillery battery. After the war, he went into private business. His political career began in 1927, when he was elected to the Pekin city council.

After losing in the 1930 Republican primary, Dirksen won the nomination and the congressional seat in 1932, and was re-elected seven times. His support for many New Deal programs marked him as a moderate, pragmatic Republican. During World War II, he lobbied successfully for an expansion of congressional staff resources to eliminate the practice under which House and Senate committees borrowed executive branch personnel to accomplish legislative work. Dirksen was able to secure the passage of an amendment to the Lend-Lease bill by introducing a resolution while 65 of the House's Democrats were at a luncheon. The amendment provided that the Senate and the House could, by a simple majority in a concurrent resolution, revoke the powers granted to the President.

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