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UPI Almanac for Sunday, July 13, 2014

UPI Almanac for Sunday, July 13, 2014

UPI Almanac for Sunday, July 13, 2014
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, July 13, 2013.
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Watch from Titanic a fake, collector says

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- A pocket watch from the Titanic owned by Anthony Marshall, convicted of conspiring to steal $60 million from his mother, Brook Astor, is fake, a collector says.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 17, 2008.
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UPI almanac for Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Writer Axel Madson dead at 76

LOS ANGELES, April 29 (UPI) -- Biographical writer Axel Madsen, who mostly worked with celebrities, has died of pancreatic cancer at age 76 at his home in Los Angeles.

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Today is Monday, July 17, the 198th day of 2006 with 167 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Sunday, July 17, the 198th day of 2005 with 167 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Saturday, July 17, the 199th day of 2004 with 167 to follow.
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Today is Thursday, July 17, the 198th day of 2003 with 167 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, July 17, the 198th day of 2002 with 167 to follow.
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Commentary: What the Titanic teaches

Early morning, April 15, 1912: the steamer Carpathia races across a dark ocean littered with ice. She is responding to signals sent by the Titanic, 58 miles awa
STEPHEN COX, Written for United Press International
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John Jacob Astor (July 17, 1763 – March 29, 1848), born Johann Jakob Astor, was a German-American businessman who was the first prominent member of the Astor family and the first multi-millionaire in the United States. He was the creator of the first trust in America, from which he made his fortune in fur trading, real estate and opium.

Astor's career began with working in Germany as assistant in his father's business as a dairy salesman. In 1779 at age 16 he emigrated to London, where his brother George was a flute maker. John Jacob then went to the United States following the American Revolutionary War and built a fur-trading empire that extended to the Great Lakes region and Canada, and later expanded into the American West and Pacific coast. In the early 19th century he diversified into New York City real estate and later became a famed patron of the arts. At the time of his death in 1848, Astor was the most opulent person in the United States, leaving an estate estimated to be worth at least $20 million. His estimated net worth, if calculated as a fraction of the U.S. gross domestic product at the time, would have been equivalent to $110.1 billion in 2006 U.S. dollars, making him the fourth richest person in American history. An estimate based on inflation from the legally set American gold standard rate of $21 per ounce in the 1850s would result in a much more conservative net worth of $1.272 billion in 2011 dollars.

John Jacob Astor's ancestors were Waldensian refugees from Savoy, and Astor remained a member of the Reformed church throughout his life. He was born in Walldorf, near Heidelberg in the old Palatinate which became part of the Duchy of Baden in 1803, Germany (now in Rhein-Neckar-Kreis in the state of Baden-Württemberg). His father, Johann Jacob Astor (July 7, 1724-April 18, 1816), was a butcher. The son, John Jacob Astor, learned English in London while working for his brother, George Astor, manufacturing musical instruments.

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