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On this date in 2001, a package containing a substance believed to be anthrax was opened in the personal office of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., in the Hart Senate Office Building. As many as 40 workers in the office, which handles constitue
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

The weekly Blast from the Past package for Oct. 14-20.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 7, the 219th day of 2002 with 146 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

Today is July 25.
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The Almanac

Today is Thursday, July 25, the 206th day of 2002 with 159 to follow.
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A Blast from the Past

Today is July 22.
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Hollywood Digest

What's happening in Hollywood.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Absence of absinthe turns to a resurgence

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., May 22 (UPI) -- Absinthe is a drink steeped in mystique and controversy, an exotic concoction that is both legal and illegal. Its allure long ago captured the imagination and t
RHONDA ROHRABACHER, Rootless Cosmopolitan

A Blast From The Past

Today is Oct. 15.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2001 with 77 to follow.
By United Press International
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Mata Hari was the stage name of Margaretha Geertruida "Grietje" Zelle (7 August 1876, Leeuwarden – 15 October 1917, Vincennes), a Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan, and accused spy who, although possibly innocent, was executed by firing squad in France for espionage for Germany during World War I.

Margaretha Geertruida Zelle was born in Leeuwarden, Friesland in the Netherlands, the eldest of four children of Adam Zelle (2 October 1840, Leeuwarden - 13 March 1910, Amsterdam) and first wife (m. Franeker, 4 June 1873) Antje van der Meulen (21 April 1842, Franeker - 9 May 1891, Leeuwarden). She had three brothers. Her father owned a hat store, made successful investments in the oil industry, and became affluent enough to give Margaretha a lavish early childhood. Thus, Margaretha attended only exclusive schools until age 13.

However, Margaretha's father went bankrupt in 1889, her parents divorced soon thereafter, and Margaretha's mother died in 1891. Her father remarried in Amsterdam on 9 February 1893 to Susanna Catharina ten Hoove (11 March 1844, Amsterdam - 1 December 1913, Amsterdam), with whom he had no children. The family had fallen apart and Margaretha moved to live with her godfather, Mr. Visser, in Sneek. In Leiden, she studied to be a kindergarten teacher, but when the headmaster began to flirt with her conspicuously, she was removed from the institution by her offended godfather. After only a few months, she fled to her uncle's home in The Hague.

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