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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.
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Azerbaijan faces oil industry strike

WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- On June 12, 1,000 workers employed by the Caspian Shipyard Co. Ltd. in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, went on strike over poor wages and discrimination against Azeri laborers. The workers ceased their action the next day after giving CSC management a week to address their grievances before returning to industrial action. The action has ominous historical precedents.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007.
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The Almanac

UPI almanac for Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006.
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2005 with 15 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Dec. 16, the 351st day of 2004 with 15 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2003 with 15 to follow.
By United Press International

Deja vu all over again?

WASHINGTON, April 10 (UPI) -- The famed American philosopher Yogi Berra once said, "You can observe a lot by watching." For a baseball catcher, the remark is quite astute, especially in light of the United States Supreme Court's decision in Virginia vs. Black.
HORACE COOPER, A UPI Outside View Commentary

Think tanks wrap-up III

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events, and position statements released by various think tanks.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2002 with 15 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2001 with 15 to follow.
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Thinking about life: Chances in affairs

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Driving into Boston recently to attend a conference on "Changing and Unchanging Values in the World of the Future," I noticed a billboard advertising not the la
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George Santayana (born Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás in Madrid, December 16, 1863; died September 26, 1952, in Rome) was a Spanish American philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. A lifelong Spanish citizen, Santayana was raised and educated in the United States, wrote in English and is generally considered an American man of letters. Santayana is perhaps best known today for his remark that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it", and the line "only the dead have seen the end of war"—the latter often falsely attributed to Plato. The philosophical system of Santayana is broadly considered Pragmatist due to having similar concerns as his fellow Harvard University associates William James and Josiah Royce, but he did not accept this label for his writing and eschewed any association with a philosophical school; he declared that he stood in philosophy "exactly where in daily life."

Born Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás on December 16, 1863 in Madrid, he spent his early childhood in Ávila. His mother Josefina Borrás was the daughter of a Spanish official in the Philippines and Jorge was the only child of his mother's second marriage. She had previously been the widow of George Sturgis, a Boston merchant with whom she had five children, two of whom died in infancy. She lived in Boston following her husband's death in 1857, but in 1861 went with her three surviving children to live in Madrid. There she encountered Agustín Ruiz de Santayana, an old friend from her years in the Philippines, and married him in 1862. Ruiz de Santayana was a colonial civil servant, painter, and minor intellectual.

The family lived in Madrid and Ávila until 1869, when Santayana's mother returned to Boston with her three Sturgis children, leaving Jorge with his father in Spain. Jorge and his father followed her in 1872, but his father, finding neither Boston nor his wife's attitude to his liking, soon returned alone to Ávila, where he remained for the rest of his life. Jorge did not see him again until summer vacations while he was a student at Harvard University. Sometime during this period, Jorge's first name became George, the English equivalent.

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