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Carol Burnett wins Mark Twain Prize for Humor

Carol Burnett wins Mark Twain Prize for Humor

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- The 16th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor will be presented to television icon Carol Burnett at a ceremony in Washington this fall.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 12, 2013.
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Grading Obama's first 100 days into second term

Grading Obama's first 100 days into second term

President Obama passed the 100-day mark of his second term vowing to soldier on for his agenda while recognizing the limitations of working within a divided government.

Couple take advice on cross-country trip

DALLAS, April 16 (UPI) -- A couple who set off on a cross-country trek in Florida said their website allows family, friends and fans to help them pick upcoming destinations.
Funny man Jonathan Winters dead at 87

Funny man Jonathan Winters dead at 87

MONTECITO, Calif., April 12 (UPI) -- Comedian Jonathan Winters has died of natural causes at his home in Montecito, Calif., his official website reported. He was 87.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, March 30, 2013.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.
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Texas writer Larry King dies at 83

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Playwright Larry King, who wrote the musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," has died in Washington of emphysema, his wife said. He was 83.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 10, 2012
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.
By United Press International
School fired woman for calling book racist

School fired woman for calling book racist

DUBUQUE, Iowa, July 16 (UPI) -- An Iowa teacher's aide was fired for allegedly disrupting classes to tell students Mark Twain's novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is racist.
Merkel says 'nein'

Merkel says 'nein'

PARIS, June 4 (UPI) -- It cannot be much fun being Angela Merkel these days as she tries to protect German interests during the European financial woes.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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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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