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The Almanac

Today is Friday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2001 with 31 to follow.
By United Press International

Halloween draws nigh

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Spooks and Goblins have begun to cluster on the Internet as Halloween is upon us.
TIMOTHY K. MALOY, UPI Correspondent

News from the entertainment capital

EMMYS WILL TRY AGAIN ON NOV. 4

'Richard Pryor Place' plays in Peoria

PEORIA, Ill., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Comedian Richard Pryor will finally get his due in his hometown of Peoria.

Late news from Hollywood

'MOST WANTED' GENERATES TONS OF TIPS
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Oct. 5, the 278th day of 2001 with 87 to follow.
By United Press International

Investor's Corner:

CENTERPORT, N.Y., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- In discussing Germany's miscalculation in declaring war on the United States in 1941, historian Stephen Ambrose observed that Hitler viewed our soldiers as "the
DAN STONE, Special to UPI
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Actress Christina Applegate arrives for a program honoring 2006 Mark Twain Prize recipient Neil Simon at the Kennedy Center in Washington on October 15, 2006. (UPI Photo/Yuri Gripas)
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel."

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which became very popular and brought nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling.

He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

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