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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2003 with 134 to follow.
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Today is Friday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2003 with 152 to follow.
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Today is Wednesday, May 7, the 127th day of 2003 with 238 to follow.
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A Blast from the Past

The weekly UPI Blast from the Past package for April 28-May 4.
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Today is Thursday, May 1, the 121st day of 2003 with 244 to follow.
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A Blast from the Past

In 2002, there were signs the economy was making a gradual recovery but the unemployment rate told a different story. The national jobless rate was reported on this date to have hit six per cent in April. That's the highest it had been since summer of 199
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The Almanac

Today is Monday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2003 with 324 to follow.
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Kate Webb -- Captured in Cambodia

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Kate Webb is probably unaware of the effect she has on people. Picture a brunette Princess Diana in jungle fatigues with about 40 more points of IQ, and you wil
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The Almanac

Today is Monday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2002 with 134 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2002 with 152 to follow.
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Today is Tuesday, May 7, the 127th day of 2002 with 238 to follow.
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Today is Wednesday, May 1, the 121st day of 2002 with 244 to follow. This is May Day. The moon is waning, moving toward its last quarter.
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A Blast From The Past

Today is May 1. It was on this date in 1960 that the Soviet Union shot down an American U-2 spy plane flying over the central USSR. The pilot, Francis Gary Powers, survived -- as did large parts of the aircraft.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is April 29. It was on this date in 1992 that a jury in Simi Valley, Calif., failed to convict four white Los Angeles police officers accused in the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

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Today is Sunday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2002 with 324 to follow. The moon is waning, moving toward its new phase.
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Francis Gary Powers (August 17, 1929 – August 1, 1977) was an American pilot whose Central Intelligence Agency U-2 spy plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission over Soviet Union airspace, causing the 1960 U-2 incident.

Powers was born in Jenkins, Kentucky, to Oliver and Ida Powers. He grew up in Pound, Virginia, just across the state border. Graduating from Milligan College in Tennessee, in 1950, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. After completing his training, Powers was assigned to the 468th Strategic Fighter Squadron at Turner Air Force Base, Georgia, as an F-84 Thunderjet pilot. According to his son, he did not fly combat missions during the Korean War, because he was recruited by the CIA for his outstanding record in single engine jet aircraft. By 1960, Powers was already a veteran of many covert aerial reconnaissance missions.

Powers was discharged from the Air Force in 1956 with the rank of captain. He then joined the CIA's U-2 program. U-2 pilots flew espionage missions using an aircraft that could reach altitudes above 70,000 feet, making it invulnerable to Soviet anti-aircraft weapons of the time. The U-2 was equipped with a state-of-the-art camera designed to take high-resolution photos from the edge of the stratosphere over hostile countries, including the Soviet Union. U-2 missions systematically photographed military installations and other important sites.

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