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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2004 with 325 to follow.
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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2003 with 134 to follow.
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Today is Monday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2003 with 324 to follow.
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A Blast from the Past

U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers was returned to the United States on this date in 1962. Powers had been shot down while flying a mission over the Soviet Union -- something the Soviets didn't take kindly to. He was exchanged for Rudolf Abel, who'd been cau
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The weekly UPI Blast from the Past package for Feb. 10-16.
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A Blast from the Past

One of several incidents that eventually pulled the United States into World War I occurred on this date in 1915. As war was raging in Europe, a German U-boat torpedoed the British liner Lusitania in the Atlantic Ocean, killing hundreds of people, includi
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The Almanac

Today is Monday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2002 with 134 to follow.
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A Blast from the Past

The weekly package of A Blast from the Past for Aug. 19-25.
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Today is Sunday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2002 with 324 to follow. The moon is waning, moving toward its new phase.
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A Blast From The Past

Today is Feb. 10. U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers was returned to the United States on this date in 1962.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is Feb. 4. A year and a half earlier, he?d been acquitted of criminal charges in the killings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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Vilyam (Willie) Genrikhovich (August) Fisher (Вильям Генрихович Фишер) (July 11, 1903 — November 16, 1971) was a noted Soviet intelligence officer. He is generally better known by the alias Rudolf Abel, which he adopted on his arrest. His last name is sometimes given as Fischer; his patronymic is sometimes less exactly transliterated as Genrikovich.

He was born in England at 142 Clara Street, Benwell, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1903. His parents, ethnic Germans from Russia, had been active in the revolutionary movement in Russia, and had fled to England in 1901. His father, Genrikh (Heinrich), was a keen Bolshevik who took part in clandestine operations shipping arms and literature from the North East coast. The father, Genrikh, published a book V Rossii i v Anglii ("In Russia and in England") in 1922 detailing his life in Newcastle.

Willie grew up in Whitley Bay, to where the family moved, and attended the Whitley Bay and Monkseaton Grammar school (Now Whitley Bay High School). The family lived at several addresses, mostly in Lish Avenue. Their last residence was at No. 18. Willlie became an apprentice draughtsman at Swan Hunter Wallsend, in 1918, but attended evening classes at Rutherford College and matriculated for London University in 1920. The Fisher family left Whitley Bay, however, for the newly-established Soviet Union in 1921, where Genrikh died in 1935.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Rudolf Abel."
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