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UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 18, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 18, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, July 18, 2008.
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UPI almanac for Wednesday, July 18, 2007.

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Today is Tuesday, July 18, the 199th day of 2006 with 166 to follow.
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Today is Monday, July 18, the 199th day of 2005 with 166 to follow.
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Today is Sunday, July 18, the 200th day of 2004 with 166 to follow.
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Today is Friday, July 18, the 199th day of 2003 with 166 to follow.
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Book of the Week: Victorian fairy tales

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- There was a time when children used to sit and read, and dream of fairies and princes and princesses. I don't think they do that anymore. Most children spend th
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Today is Thursday, July 18, the 199th day of 2002 with 166 to follow.
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William Makepeace Thackeray ( /ˈθækəri/; 18 July 1811 – 24 December 1863) was an English novelist of the 19th century. He was famous for his satirical works, particularly Vanity Fair, a panoramic portrait of English society.

Thackeray, an only child, was born in Calcutta ( In the grounds of what is now the Armenian College & Philanthropic Academy - on the old Freeschool Street, now called Mirza Ghalib Street), India, where his father, Richmond Thackeray (1 September 1781 – 13 September 1815), held the high rank of secretary to the board of revenue in the British East India Company. His mother, Anne Becher (1792–1864) was the second daughter of Harriet and John Harman Becher who was also a secretary (writer) for the East India Company.

William's father died in 1815, which caused his mother to decide to return William to England in 1816 (she remained in India). The ship on which he traveled made a short stopover at St. Helena where the imprisoned Napoleon was pointed out to him. Once in England he was educated at schools in Southampton and Chiswick and then at Charterhouse School, where he was a close friend of John Leech. He disliked Charterhouse, parodying it in his later fiction as "Slaughterhouse." (Nevertheless Thackeray was honored in the Charterhouse Chapel with a monument after his death.) Illness in his last year there (during which he reportedly grew to his full height of 6' 3") postponed his matriculation at Trinity College, Cambridge, until February 1829. Never too keen on academic studies, he left the University in 1830, though some of his earliest writing appeared in university publications The Snob and The Gownsman.

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