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UPI Almanac for Monday, April 8, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 8, 2012.
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Martha's Vineyard festival honors Belushi

MARTHA'S VINEYARD, Mass., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Organizers of the inaugural Martha's Vineyard Comedy Festival have named the event's top prize after the late John Belushi.
Rumsfeld plans 'Letterman' visit

Rumsfeld plans 'Letterman' visit

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is to make his first visit to "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York, CBS announced.
Ex-U.S. defense secretary McNamara dies

Ex-U.S. defense secretary McNamara dies

WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara died in his sleep Monday at his Washington home, family members told The Washington Post. He was 93.

Report: Sato sought U.S. assurance

TOKYO, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Japan in 1965 reportedly urged the United States to retaliate with its nuclear weapons in the event it suffered a nuclear attack.

Burning smell prompts emergency landing

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A mysterious burning smell prompted a JetBlue airliner into an emergency landing Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla., officials say.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, April 8, 2008.
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Helmet personal freedom can cost taxpayer

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The personal freedom issue concerning motorcycle helmets should be balanced against the cost to society for catastrophic head injury, a U.S. doctor said.

Defense Focus: Spy sat lessons -- Part 2

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Underlying the $4 billion U.S. reconnaissance satellite fiasco lie deeper, uncomfortable truths almost never alluded to, let alone understood, by politicians of either major American political party: U.S. leaders and policymakers do not understand the science and technology available to them and have blind, childish, even magical faith in what it can do without beginning to understand how it really does work.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Defense Focus: Cinderella service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The regular forces of the U.S. Army are the Cinderella service of the U.S. armed forces. They are, as they have been so many times and so often before, the Rodney Dangerfield of Capitol Hill and the Department of Defense: They don't get enough respect.
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Wisconsin gas discount ban challenged

MADISON, Wis., June 27 (UPI) -- A libertarian law firm is challenging a Depression-era Wisconsin law that bars gas stations from offering discounts.

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UPI almanac for Sunday, April 8, 2007.
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Rumsfeld on way to breaking another record

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is on his way to surpassing Robert McNamara as the longest-serving U.S. secretary of Defense.

Young officers debate blame for Iraq

WEST POINT, N.Y., April 22 (UPI) -- Public criticism of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld by retired generals has opened debate at the U.S. Military Academy and in command posts and mess halls.
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Robert Strange McNamara (June 9, 1916 – July 6, 2009) was an American business executive and the eighth Secretary of Defense, serving under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson from 1961 to 1968, during which time he played a large role in escalating the United States involvement in the Vietnam War. Following that he served as President of the World Bank from 1968 until 1981. McNamara was responsible for the institution of systems analysis in public policy, which developed into the discipline known today as policy analysis.

Robert McNamara was born in San Francisco, California. His father was Robert James McNamara, sales manager of a wholesale shoe company. His mother was Clara Nell Strange McNamara, whose maiden name was given as her son's middle name. According to McNamara, his father's family was Irish and in about 1850, following the Great Irish Famine, had emigrated to Massachusetts and later to California. He graduated from Piedmont High School in Piedmont, California in 1933 where he was president of the Rigma Lions boys club and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1937 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with minors in mathematics and philosophy. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa his sophomore year and earned a varsity letter in crew. He was also a member of the UC Berkeley's Order of the Golden Bear which was a fellowship of students and leading faculty members formed to promote leadership within the student body. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1939.

After graduating from Harvard Business School, McNamara worked a year for the accounting firm Price Waterhouse in San Francisco. In August 1940 he returned to Harvard to teach accounting in the business school and became the highest paid and youngest assistant professor at that time. Following his involvement there in a program to teach analytical approaches used in business to officers of the United States Army Air Forces, he entered the USAAF as a captain in early 1943, serving most of World War II with its Office of Statistical Control. One major responsibility was the analysis of U.S. bombers' efficiency and effectiveness, especially the B-29 forces commanded by Major General Curtis LeMay in India, China and the Mariana Islands. McNamara established a statistical control unit for XX Bomber Command and devised schedules for B-29s doubling as transports for carrying fuel and cargo over The Hump. He left active duty in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant colonel and with a Legion of Merit.

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