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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
Alabama church group pulls billboard quoting Hitler

Alabama church group pulls billboard quoting Hitler

AUBURN, Ala., June 3 (UPI) --Life-Savers Ministries used an Adolf Hitler quote on a Louisiana billboard promoting children's education.
Kate Stanton
President Obama visits city in Arkansas hit by tornado

President Obama visits city in Arkansas hit by tornado

VILONIA, Ark., May 7 (UPI) -- President Obama visited the small city of Vilonia, Ark., on Wednesday to meet first responders and people who lost family members in last week's deadly tornado.
Frances Burns

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.
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Obama directs Cabinet to renew efforts for more efficient government

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- Efforts to make government smarter and more user-friendly for the U.S. public, first tackled during his first term, are being redoubled, President Obama said.
George W. Bush dedicates library with faith in future of country

George W. Bush dedicates library with faith in future of country

DALLAS, April 25 (UPI) -- Five current and past U.S. presidents spoke at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library that Bush dedicated with faith in the country's future.

America's historical amnesia

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- Understanding of history might make dealing with the dangers of today and the uncertainties of tomorrow a little easier. Historical amnesia is not the answer.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.
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Obama, Romney playfully roast each other [VIDEO]

Obama, Romney playfully roast each other [VIDEO]

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney poked fun at themselves and each other at a white-tie charity fundraiser in New York's Waldorf Astoria.

Man killed in Pa. helicopter crash

TINICUM TOWNSHIP, Pa., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Douglas Brigham, a retired Pennsylvania State Police corporal, was killed in a helicopter crash Wednesday southwest of Philadelphia, police said.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.
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Making lemonade from lemons

Making lemonade from lemons

No love ... A party invitation ... Endurance, not experience, necessary ... PAC-ing it in ... A first on the first day of the DNC ...
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
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Laurence Maroney, Minnesota's standout running back, smiles with a relative after it was announced he was selected 21st overall in the NFL Draft and will be playing for the New England Patroits, during a party at the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club in St. Louis on April 29, 2006. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964) was the 31st President of the United States (1929–1933). Hoover was originally a professional mining engineer and author. As the United States Secretary of Commerce in the 1920s under Presidents Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge, he promoted partnerships between government and business under the rubric "economic modernization". In the presidential election of 1928, Hoover easily won the Republican nomination, despite having no previous elected office experience. To date, Hoover is the last cabinet secretary to be directly elected President of the United States, as well as one of only two Presidents (along with William Howard Taft) to have been elected without previous electoral experience or high military rank. America was prosperous and optimistic at the time, leading to a landslide victory for Hoover over Democrat Al Smith.

Hoover, a trained engineer, deeply believed in the Efficiency Movement, which held that government and the economy were riddled with inefficiency and waste, and could be improved by experts who could identify the problems and solve them. When the Wall Street Crash of 1929 struck less than eight months after he took office, Hoover tried to combat the ensuing Great Depression with volunteer efforts, none of which produced economic recovery during his term. The consensus among historians is that Hoover's defeat in the 1932 election was caused primarily by failure to end the downward economic spiral. As a result of these factors, Hoover is ranked poorly among former US Presidents.

Hoover was born on August 10, 1874, in West Branch, Iowa. He was the first president born west of the Mississippi River and remains the only Iowan President. His father, Jessie Hoover, was a blacksmith and farm implement store owner who was of German (Pfautz, Wehmeyer) and German-Swiss (Huber, Burkhart) descent. Hoover's mother, Hulda Minthorn Hoover (1849–1883), was born in Norwich, Ontario, Canada, of English and Irish (probably Scots-Irish) descent. Both were Quakers.

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