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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 25, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 9, 2012.
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Peace Corps leader Williams leaving

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams said Tuesday he will leave his post at the U.S. volunteer agency next month, citing personal and family reasons.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.
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Clinton celebrates 50 years of Peace Corps

Clinton celebrates 50 years of Peace Corps

WASHINGTON, March 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday marked the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, honoring the legacy of President John F. Kennedy.

Sargent Shriver hospitalized

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps, was hospitalized at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., a hospital spokeswoman said Sunday night.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 25, 2008.
By United Press International

Eunice Kennedy Shriver hospitalized

MIAMI, March 26 (UPI) -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics founder and a member of one of the most prominent U.S. political families, was hospitalized in Miami.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Nov. 9, 2007.
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UPI almanac for Wednesday, July 25, 2007.

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UPI almanac for Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006.
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The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, July 25, the 206th day of 2006 with 159 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 9, the 313th day of 2005 with 52 to follow.
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Sargent Shriver
President John F. Kennedy (R) hands a pen to his brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, after signing a bill giving the Peace Corps permanent status in this September 22, 1961 file photo. Shriver was appointed the Peace Corps' first director. At center is Illinois Congressman Roman C. Pucinski. (UPI/File)
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Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr., known as Sargent Shriver, R. Sargent Shriver, or, from childhood, Sarge, (pronounced /ˈsɑrdʒənt ˈʃraɪvər/; November 9, 1915 – January 18, 2011) was an American statesman and activist. As the husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, he was part of the Kennedy family, serving in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Shriver was the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps, founded the Job Corps, Head Start and other programs as the "architect" of Johnson's "War on Poverty" and served as the United States Ambassador to France. During the 1972 U.S. presidential election, he was George McGovern's running mate as the Democratic Party's nominee for U.S. Vice President, replacing Thomas Eagleton who had resigned from the ticket.

Shriver was born in Westminster, Maryland, to Robert Sargent Shriver, Sr., and his wife Hilda Shriver. Of partial German ancestry, the Shriver (originally Schreiber) family are descendants of David Shriver, who signed the Maryland Constitution and Bill of Rights at Maryland's Constitutional Convention of 1776. He spent his high school years at Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut, which he attended on a full scholarship. He was in Canterbury's baseball, basketball, and football team, became the editor of the school's newspaper, and participated in choral and debating clubs. After he graduated in 1934, Shriver spent the summer in Germany as part of the Experiment in International Living, returning in the fall of 1934 to enter Yale University. He received his bachelor's degree in 1938, having been a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter) and the Scroll and Key Society. He was chairman of the Yale Daily News. Shriver then attended Yale Law School, earning an LL.B. degree in 1941.

An early opponent of American involvement in World War II, Shriver was a founding member of the America First Committee, an organization started in 1940 by a group of Yale law students, also including future U.S. President Gerald Ford and Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, that tried to keep the United States out of the European war. Nevertheless, Shriver volunteered for the United States Navy before the attack on Pearl Harbor, saying he had a duty to serve his country even if he disagreed with its policies. He spent five years on active duty, mostly in the South Pacific, serving aboard the USS South Dakota (BB-57), reaching the rank of lieutenant (O-3). He was awarded a Purple Heart for shrapnel wounds he received during the bombardment of Guadalcanal.

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