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Today is Wednesday, May 25, the 145th day of 2005 with 220 to follow.
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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 22, the 266th day of 2004 with 100 to follow.
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Today is Tuesday, May 25, the 146th day of 2004 with 220 to follow.
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Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2003 with 100 to follow.
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Racing's ghosts haunt modern Fair Grounds

NEW ORLEANS, June 3 (UPI) -- The Fair Grounds Race Course is inhabited by so many ghosts and oddities and legends that I can't walk onto the property without being a little awestruck.
JOE BOB BRIGGS

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Today is Sunday, May 25, the 145th day of 2003 with 220 to follow.
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A Blast from the Past

The British hanged the American Revolutionary War hero and patriot Nathan Hale on this day in 1776. His famous last words, although often misquoted, were: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Hale had been caught spying behind
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Today is Sunday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2002 with 100 to follow.
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A Blast from the Past

The weekly Blast from the Past report for Sept. 16-22.
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Today is Saturday, May 25, the 145th day of 2002 with 220 to follow.
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Analysis: ID issue stalls election bill

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- That Bush is the president is no longer disputed. What is open to discussion are the potential modifications to the federal election process to insure that last fall's long count never happens again. But therein lies the initial problem; No one can agree
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst

Irving Berlin's 'God Bless America'

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- On Irving Berlin's 80th birthday, Ed Sullivan staged a televised tribute from his theater on Broadway, and America's most famous songwriter actually SANG, despi
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James Joseph "Gene" Tunney (May 25, 1897 – November 7, 1978) was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1926-1928 who defeated Jack Dempsey twice, first in 1926 and then in 1927. Tunney's successful title defense against Dempsey is one of the most famous bouts in boxing history and is known as The Long Count Fight. Tunney retired as an undefeated heavyweight after his victory over Tom Heeney in 1928.

Mary Lydon from Culleen House,Gorthgarve, Kiltimagh, Ireland, emigrated to the United States after the Irish potato famine. She settled in New York City where she met John Tunney, also from Cill Aodain, Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland. They married after a short courtship. The Tunneys had seven children; one son was killed in a homicide around 1920, another was a NYPD Detective from 1924 to 1951, dying in 1971, while Gene would become famous as World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.

Tunney fought some 68 official professional fights, losing only one, to Harry Greb, while fighting as a light heavyweight. He reported that he lost a second fight during World War I, a 10 round decision, to Tommy Loughran, as a Marine before he began his professional boxing career. Tunney was regarded as an extremely skillful boxer who excelled in defense. In addition to beating Dempsey, the most famous fighter of his era, Tunney defeated Tommy Gibbons, Georges Carpentier, and many other fine boxers.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Gene Tunney."
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