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UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 21, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 21, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, April 21, 2009.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, April 21, 2008.
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UPI almanac for Saturday, April 21, 2007.
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Today is Friday, April 21, the 111th day of 2006 with 254 to follow.
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Today is Thursday, April 21, the 111th day of 2005 with 254 to follow.
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Today is Wednesday, April 21, the 112th day of 2004 with 254 to follow.
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Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2003 with 254 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Sunday, April 21, the 111th day of 2002 with 254 to follow. The moon is waxing, moving toward its full phase. There are no morning stars.
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THAT PERFECT 'PROM QUEEN' LOOK Fifty-five percent of teenage girls try on at least 10 prom dresses -- with nine percent buying more than one in search of their perfect outfit.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel (or Froebel) (German pronunciation: ; April 21, 1782 – June 21, 1852) was a German pedagogue, a student of Pestalozzi who laid the foundation for modern education based on the recognition that children have unique needs and capabilities. He developed the concept of the “kindergarten”, and also coined the word now used in German and English.

Friedrich Fröbel was born at Oberweißbach in the Principality of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt in Thuringia. His father, who died in 1802, was the pastor of the orthodox Lutheran (alt-lutherisch) parish there. The church and Lutheran Christian faith were pillars in Fröbel's own early education. Oberweißbach was a wealthy village in the Thuringian Forest and had been known centuries long for its natural herb remedies, tinctures, bitters, soaps and salves. Families had their own inherited areas of the forest where herbs and roots were grown and harvested. Each family prepared, bottled, and produced their individual products which were taken throughout Europe on trade routes passed from father to son, who were affectionately called "Buckelapotheker" or Rucksack Pharmacists. They adorned the church with art acquired from their travels, many pieces of which can still be seen in the renovated structure. The pulpit from which Fröbel heard his father preach is the largest in all Europe and can fit a pastor and 12 men, a direct reference to Christ's apostles.

Shortly after Fröbel's birth, his mother's health began to fail. She died when he was nine months old, profoundly influencing his life. In 1792, Fröbel went to live in the small town of Stadt-Ilm with his uncle, a gentle and affectionate man. At the age of 15 Fröbel, who loved nature, became the apprentice to a forester. In 1799, he decided to leave his apprenticeship and study mathematics and botany in Jena. From 1802 to 1805, he worked as a land surveyor.

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