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UPI almanac for Friday, Jan. 12, 2007.
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Today is Thursday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2006 with 353 to follow.
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Authors found unfit for reading room honor

LOS ANGELES, March 18 (UPI) -- El Segundo, Calif., officials have rejected naming public library reading rooms after Agatha Christie and Jack London, The Los Angeles Times said Friday.

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Boys posing as women in e-mail arrested ... Doris Day never looked like this ... Canada agrees to prison tattoo services ... 'No Bomb' symbol stirs controversy ... The world as we know it from UPI.
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'No Bomb' symbol stirs controversy

OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Port of Oakland wanted Keba Konte to paint a shipping container, but the artist's "No-bomb" symbol is posing problem for California authorities.

Comedy film star Virginia Mayo dead at 84

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Beautiful blonde comedic actress and former vaudevillian Virginia Mayo has died in Los Angeles. She was 84.

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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2005 with 353 to follow.
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Today is Monday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2004 with 354 to follow.
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So what state's long on oil, snow and men?

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Now we know why Jack London called his novel of Alaskan life "The Call of the Wild" -- single men up there outnumber single women 114 to 100.

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Today is Sunday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2003 with 353 to follow.
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Jack London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone. He is best remembered as the author of White Fang and Call of the Wild, set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life". He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and The Sea Wolf, of the San Francisco Bay area.

London was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics such as his dystopian novel, The Iron Heel and his non-fiction exposé, The People of the Abyss.

Biographer Clarice Stasz and others believe that London's father was astrologer William Chaney. London's mother, Flora Wellman, a music teacher and spiritualist who claimed to channel the spirit of an Indian chief, was living with Chaney in San Francisco and became pregnant. Whether Wellman and Chaney were legally married is unknown. Most San Francisco civil records were destroyed by the extensive fires that followed the 1906 earthquake; it is not known with certainty what name appeared on his birth certificate. Stasz notes that in his memoirs, Chaney refers to London's mother Flora Wellman as having been his "wife" and also cites an advertisement in which Flora called herself "Florence Wellman Chaney".

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