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Lefties unite: It's International Left-handers Day

Lefties unite: It's International Left-handers Day

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) --Lefties are celebrating for the 22nd annual International Left-handers Day on Aug. 13, an event meant to celebrate their unique way of handling life.
Aileen Graef
UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
By United Press International
Nixon's resignation, forty years later

Nixon's resignation, forty years later

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) --Forty years ago today in Washington came the unprecedented resignation of a U.S. president.
Ed Adamczyk
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 16, 2014
By United Press International
Boehner: 'I disagree' with calls to impeach Obama

Boehner: 'I disagree' with calls to impeach Obama

WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) --Speaker John Boehner squashed new rumblings from corners of his party to impeach President Obama over his executive actions, including his immigration policies.
Gabrielle Levy
Boehner says he'll sue Obama over executive actions

Boehner says he'll sue Obama over executive actions

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) --House Speaker John Boehner said he planned to take the Obama administration to court over the president's use of executive actions to bypass Congress.
Gabrielle Levy
Former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger dies

Former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger dies

March 27 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger died Thursday at a Baltimore hospital after becoming ill with pneumonia.
Frances Burns

Retired U.S. diplomats call for end to political ambassador appointees

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A group of retired U.S. foreign service officers has called for an end to the practice of appointing political contributors and supporters as ambassadors.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.
By United Press International

Larry Speakes, Reagan's spokesman, dies

CLEVELAND, Miss., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Larry Speakes, who served as U.S. President Ronald Reagan's deputy press secretary and chief spokesman for six years, has died. He was 74.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.
By United Press International

Richard Williamson, who lost Senate race to Carol Moseley Braun, dies

CHICAGO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Richard Williamson, a Chicago lawyer who served as a foreign policy expert and diplomat to Republican presidents, has died. He was 64.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
By United Press International
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Gerald Ford
President Gerald Ford, shown in a 1932 file photo, died at the age of 93 at his home in Rancho Mirage, California on December 26, 2006. (UPI Photo/Gerald R. Ford Library).
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Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and the 40th Vice President of the United States serving from 1973 to 1974. As the first person appointed to the vice-presidency under the terms of the 25th Amendment (after Spiro Agnew had resigned), when he became President upon Richard Nixon's resignation on August 9, 1974, he became the only President of the United States who was never elected President nor Vice-President by the Electoral College. Before ascending to the vice-presidency, Ford served nearly 25 years as the Representative from Michigan's 5th congressional district, eight of them as the Republican Minority Leader.

As President, Ford signed the Helsinki Accords, marking a move toward détente in the Cold War. With the conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam nine months into his presidency, U.S. involvement in Vietnam essentially ended. Domestically, Ford presided over arguably the worst economy since the Great Depression, with growing inflation and a recession during his tenure. One of his more controversial acts was to grant a presidential pardon to President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. During Ford's incumbency, foreign policy was characterized in procedural terms by the increased role Congress began to play, and by the corresponding curb on the powers of the President. In 1976, Ford narrowly defeated Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination, but lost the presidential election to Democrat Jimmy Carter.

Following his years as president, Ford remained active in the Republican Party. After experiencing health problems and being admitted to the hospital four times in 2006, Ford died in his home on December 26, 2006. He lived longer than any other U.S. president, dying at 93 years and 165 days.

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