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UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 22, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 29, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 25, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 19, 2013.
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Notable deaths during the past year

Notable deaths during the past year

A former U.S. presidential nominee, a longtime U.S. senator, the central figure in a case that led to reform of a major police department, and a number of supporting players from the Civil Rights era and the Watergate scandal, topped the list of notable deaths in 2012.
PAT NASON, United Press International
Elections, Olympics and economic concerns top stories of 2012

Elections, Olympics and economic concerns top stories of 2012

U.S. politics, the London Olympics, economic developments in the United States and Europe and the unrest in the Arab world topped the news in 2012.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.
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McGovern eulogoized as hero of common man

McGovern eulogoized as hero of common man

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern was praised for his work on behalf of social justice by speakers at his funeral in his native South Dakota.
Joe Biden remembers George McGovern at S.D. funeral

Joe Biden remembers George McGovern at S.D. funeral

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at George McGovern's funeral in Sioux Falls, S.D., said he was "mesmerized" by the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee.
Letterman reads 'October Surprises' Top 10

Letterman reads 'October Surprises' Top 10

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- David Letterman poked fun at election season on "Late Show" in New York by reading a Top 10 list called "Lame October Surprises."

Biden and Ryan schedules for Oct. 25

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden attends a service for former Sen. George McGovern in Sioux Falls, S.D., Thursday, his office said.
McGovern called man of convictions

McGovern called man of convictions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- President Obama led the tributes to former Sen. George McGovern, who died Sunday at the age of 90.

George McGovern no longer responsive

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Ex-Sen. George McGovern, who lost the 1972 presidential race to Richard Nixon, was no longer responsive at a South Dakota hospice, an official said Wednesday.
George McGovern in S.D. hospice

George McGovern in S.D. hospice

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, entered a hospice in Sioux Falls, S.D., Monday.
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Caroline Kennedy (R), daughter of the late president John F. Kennedy, chats with unidentified McGovern supporter (L) as they awaited the arrival of Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. George McGovern on October 11, 1972, at a fundraising gala at the Commonwealth Armory in Boston. (UPI Photo/Files)
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George Stanley McGovern (born July 19, 1922) is a historian, former United States Representative, Senator, and Democratic presidential nominee. McGovern lost the 1972 presidential election in a landslide to Richard Nixon. As a decorated World War II combat veteran, McGovern was known for his opposition to the Vietnam War.

Appointed in 1961 by U.S. President John F. Kennedy as the worldwide director of the Food for Peace program, he remained a longtime leader in ensuring nutrition and food security as a means to fight poverty and political instability. McGovern was appointed United Nations Ambassador on World Hunger in 2001. In 2008, he and Senator Bob Dole were named the 2008 World Food Prize Laureates for their work to promote school-feeding programs globally.

McGovern was born in the 600-person farming community of Avon, South Dakota. His father, Reverend Joseph C. McGovern (born 1868), was pastor of the local Wesleyan Methodist Church there. Joseph had once worked in mines and then been a professional baseball player in the minor leagues, but had given the latter up due to the heavy drinking, gambling, and womanizing of his teammates, and entered the seminary instead. George's mother was the former Frances McLean (born c. 1890), who had been born in Toronto, Canada; her family had later moved to Calgary and then she came to South Dakota looking for work as a secretary. George was the second oldest of four children. Joseph McGovern's salary never reached $100 per month, and he often received compensation in the form of potatoes, cabbages, or other food items. Joseph and Frances McGovern were both firm Republicans, but were not politically active or doctrinaire.

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