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The Almanac

UPI almanac for Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006.
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The Almanac

This is Tuesday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2006 with 320 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Monday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2005 with 26 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2005 with 59 to follow.
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The Almanac

This is Monday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2005 with 320 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Dec. 5, the 340th day of 2004 with 26 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 2, the 307th day of 2004 with 59 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

This is Saturday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2004 with 321 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2003 with 26 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2003 with 59 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

This is Friday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2003 with 320 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2002 with 26 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

The legend of the Bermuda Triangle got a prominent boost on this date in 1945. Five Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers with 14 men aboard took off from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on a routine flight and vanished. Later, a rescue plane with 13 aboard, took off to lo
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A Blast from the Past

The weekly UPI Blast from the Past package for Dec. 2-8.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Nov. 2, the 306th day of 2002 with 59 to follow.
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James Knox Polk (pronounced /ˈpoʊk/ POKE; November 2, 1795 – June 15, 1849) was the 11th President of the United States (1845–1849). Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He later lived in and represented the state of Tennessee. A Democrat, Polk served as Speaker of the House (1835–1839) and Governor of Tennessee (1839–1841). Polk was the surprise ("dark horse") candidate for president in 1844, defeating Henry Clay of the rival Whig Party by promising to annex Texas. Polk was a leader of Jacksonian Democracy during the Second Party System.

Polk was the last strong pre-Civil War president and the first president whose photographs while in office still survive. Polk is noted for his foreign policy successes. He threatened war with Britain then backed away and split the ownership of the Oregon region (the Pacific Northwest) with Britain. When Mexico rejected American annexation of Texas, Polk led the nation to a sweeping victory in the Mexican–American War, followed by purchase of California, Arizona, and New Mexico. He secured passage of the Walker tariff of 1846, which had low rates that pleased his native South. He established a treasury system that lasted until 1913.

Polk oversaw the opening of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Smithsonian Institution, the groundbreaking for the Washington Monument, and the issuance of the first postage stamps in the United States.

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