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Today is Monday, Jan. 24, the 24th day of 2005 with 341 to follow.
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Today is Friday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2005 with 351 to follow.
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Watercooler Stories

School says Churchill was 'very naughty' ... King County, Wash., seeks MIA voters ... The Gap finds one in its own credit line ... Nicolette Sheridan 'tops' Blackwell's list ... Watercooler stories from UPI.
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School says Churchill was 'very naughty'

LONDON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Although he later helped re-map Europe, an 1883 school report says Winston Churchill was "very naughty" and weak in geography, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

Big John toilet seat ideal for Santa ... Obese U.S. tourists blamed for broken chairs ... Gamblers using laser can keep money ... Graphologists analyze historical handwriting ... The world as we know it from UPI.
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Graphologists analyze historical handwriting

LONDON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Graphologists have reportedly concluded Charles Dickens was arrogant, Winston Churchill was pigheaded and Karl Marx refused to listen during an argument.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 1, the 336th day of 2004 with 30 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 30, the 335th day of 2004 with 31 to follow.
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Prince Harry passes Army entrance test

LONDON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Prince Harry, younger son of the Prince of Wales, has passed his entrance exam to Sandhurst and is looking forward to joining the Army.

Churchill papers could have cost less

LONDON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The British government could have gotten Winston Churchill's personal papers in 1971 for a fraction of the $21.5 million paid nine years ago.

Feature: How to be like Walt

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Orlando Magic Vice President Pat Williams has written another book in his "How to Be Like" series, this one an examination of the late entertainment legend Walt
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

America's mayor rouses GOP delegates

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Ex-New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani received a hero's welcome Monday at the GOP convention lauding his success in America's second toughest job.

Gibraltar apes drew Churchill protection

LONDON, July 23 (UPI) -- A concerned Winston Churchill ordered the declining Gibraltar ape population be increased "at once" during World War II, documents show.

Historian William Manchester dead at 82

MIDDLETOWN, Conn., June 2 (UPI) -- Noted U.S. historian, author, biographer and former speechwriter for the Kennedys, William Manchester has died in Connecticut. He was 82.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, May 26, the 147th day of 2004 with 219 to follow.
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NXP661824-13 FEBRUARY 1997 - MOSCOW, USSR: Statesman Averell Harriman (c) is seen in a 1942 file photo sitting between British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (l) and Soviet strongman Josef Stalin at the Kremlin. Harriman's wife Pamela Harriman who served as the US's ambassador to France was remembered today by President Clinton in a moving ceremeony in Washington, DC. UPI cs/files
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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War (WWII). He is widely regarded as one of the great wartime leaders. He served as Prime Minister twice (1940–45 and 1951–55). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. To date, he is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and he was the first person created an honorary citizen of the United States.

Churchill was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough. His father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was a charismatic politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer; his mother, Jenny Jerome, an American socialite. As a young army officer, he saw action in British India, the Sudan and the Second Boer War. He gained fame as a war correspondent and through books he wrote about his campaigns.

At the forefront of politics for fifty years, he held many political and cabinet positions. Before WWI, he served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary and First Lord of the Admiralty as part of the Asquith Liberal government. During the war, he continued as First Lord of the Admiralty until the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign, which he had sponsored, caused his departure from government. He then served briefly on the Western Front, commanding the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He returned to government as Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War, and Secretary of State for Air. After the War, Churchill served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Conservative (Baldwin) government of 1924–29, controversially returning the pound sterling in 1925 to the gold standard at its pre-War parity, a move widely seen as creating deflationary pressure on the UK economy. Also controversial were Churchill's opposition to increased home rule for India, and his resistance to the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII.

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