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Today is Sunday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2003 with 283 to follow.
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A Blast from the Past

It was on this date in 1990 that Iraq's Saddam Hussein reportedly threatened to attack Tel Aviv, Israel, if the U.S.-led Allies tried to retake Iraqi-occupied Kuwait. During "Operation Desert Storm," Hussein did in fact fire a few Scud missiles at Israel.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

The weekly UPI Blast from the Past package for Dec. 23-29.
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The Almanac

Today is Monday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2002 with 71 to follow.
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Today is Sunday, June 23, the 174th day of 2002 with 191 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Saturday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2002 with 283 to follow. The moon is waxing, moving toward its full phase.
By United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is Dec. 24.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is Dec. 24.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun (March 23, 1912 – June 16, 1977) was a German-American rocket scientist, engineer, space architect, and one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany and the United States during and after World War II. A one-time member of the Nazi party and a commissioned SS officer, von Braun would later be regarded as the preeminent rocket engineer of the 20th century in his role with the United States civilian space agency NASA.

In his 20s and early 30s, von Braun was the central figure in Germany's pre-war rocket development programme, responsible for the design and realization of the deadly V-2 combat rocket during World War II. After the war, he and some of his rocket team were taken to the U.S. as part of the then-secret Operation Paperclip. In 1955, ten years after entering the country, von Braun became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Von Braun worked on the US Army intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) program before his group was assimilated by NASA, under which he served as director of the newly-formed Marshall Space Flight Center and as the chief architect of the Saturn V launch vehicle, the superbooster that propelled the Apollo spacecraft to the Moon. According to one NASA source, he is "without doubt, the greatest rocket scientist in history. His crowning achievement ... was to lead the development of the Saturn V booster rocket that helped land the first men on the Moon in July 1969." He received the 1975 National Medal of Science.

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