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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

On This Day

Quote of the Day
"And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
-- Marianne Williamson

Today in History
1348 – In Zurich, Switzerland, Jews are accused of poisoning wells.
1451 - Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a badge.
1776 – Great fire in NY.
1780 - Benedict Arnold gives the British the plans to West Point.
1784 – Penns Packet and General Advisor becomes the first daily newspaper in America.
1792 – The first French Republic is declared.
1863 - Union forces retreat to Chattanooga after their defeat at Chickamauga.
1872 - John Henry Conyers of SC becomes the first Black student at Annapolis.
1893 - Frank Duryea drives the first U.S.-made gas propelled car.
1895 – The first auto manufacturer (Duryea Motor Wagon Company) opens.
1913 – The first aerobatic maneuver, sustained inverted flight, is performed in France.
1922 - President Warren G. Harding signs a joint resolution to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
1930 - Johann Ostermeyer patents the flashbulb.
1931 - Britain goes off the gold standard.
1934 – A typhoon strikes Honshu Island in Japan, killing 4,000.
1937 - J.R.R. Tolkien publishes "The Hobbit."
1938 – A hurricane with 183 m.p.h. hits New England, killing 700.
1949 – The Federal Republic of (West) Germany is created; the People's Republic of China is proclaimed.
1954 – The Nuclear submarine "Nautilus" is commissioned.
1957 - "Perry Mason" premiers on CBS-TV.
1964 - Malta gains independence from Britain.
1970 - "Monday Night Football" premiers on ABC (the Browns beat the Jets); Luna-16 leaves the Moon.
1972 – Marcos declares martial law in the Philippines.
1974 – The U.S.’s Mariner-10 makes its second fly-by of Mercury.
1981 - Belize gains independence from Britain; Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first female Supreme Court Justice.
1982 - Cable cars in San Francisco cease operations for two years of repairs.
1984 - NASA launches Galaxy-C.
1989 - Poland's National Assembly approves prime minister Mazowiecki.

1415 - Frederick III, German Emperor (1440-1493)
1756 - John Loudon McAdam, created macadam road surface (asphalt)
1788 - Margaret Smith Taylor, 1st lady
1866 - Charles Jean Henri Nicolle, bacteriologist, Nobel Prize winner (1928); H(erbert) G(eorge) Wells, author (War of the Worlds)
1909 - Kwame Nkrumah, President of Ghana (1958-66)
1912 - Chuck Jones, animator (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck)
1931 - Larry Hagman, actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas)
1940 - Bill Kurtis, newscaster (The American Parade)
1950 - Bill Murray, comedian, actor (SNL, Stripes)
1955 - Richard J. Hieb, astronaut (STS 39, Sk:STS 49)

– King Edward II of England
1776 - Nathan Hale, American spy, hanged by the British
1956 - Anastasio Somoza, Nicaraguan dictator, assassinated
1957 – King Haakon VII of Norway
1961 - Earle Dickson, inventor (Band-aid)

Reported Missing in Action
Ammon, Glendon L., USAF (IN); F105D shot down (pilot), remains returned August, 1978

Bauder, James R., USN (CA); F4B shot down (pilot, w/Mills)

Mills, James B., USN (CA); F4B shot down (Naval Fighter Officer, w/Bauder)

Kien, Nguyen Thai, Commando (Vietnam); released September, 1984 – alive and well as of 1998
Judge, Mark W., USMC (CA); KIA, remains recovered

Plumadore, Kenneth L., USMC (NY); DIC, remains recovered

Vescelius, Milton J., USN (MI); RF8J shot down (pilot), remains recovered August, 1985

Cecil, Alan B., US Army SF (OK); KIA, body not recovered

Jackson, James W., Jr., USMC (GA); reportedly disappeared from hospital

Carroll, Roger W., Jr., USAF (MO); F4D shot down (pilot, w/Cook), DIC, remains returned June, 1994 – ID’d October, 1995

Cook, Dwight W., USAF (IA); F4D shot down (weapons/systems officer, w/Carrol), remains returned June, 1994 – ID’d June, 1995
Judge allows statement in England court-martial
09/21/05 10:16 AM, EDT
A military judge has ruled that prosecutors may use a statement Army Pfc. Lynndie England gave to investigators implicating herself in the abuse of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

My Hero...

Megan says...

This is a picture of my brother Tim ------ who is being deployed in November. The second picture is him and his unit the 142nd A of Bentonville Arkansas.

Megan, thanks for sending the pics! Tim and all in the 142nd-A - Keep your helmets on, take care, and stay safe on your deployment. Thank you for everything you do - please let us know if there's anything that Soldiers' Angels can do for you!

Thanks from a Hero

Does supporting our heroes make a difference? Just ask this Marine...

I wanted to write and say thank you to you and all the angels who have written or sent packages to me. It helps the morale of not only myself but my comrades in arms.


LCPL, thank YOU. It is an honor for all of us to be able to thank some of you personally for all that you do. Keep your helmet on, take care, and stay safe!
SUSPECT SEARCH— U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Puckett, assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, uses a shotgun to breach the door to the home of a suspected anti-Iraqi force member in Tal Afar, Iraq, Sept. 15, 2005. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.

News Headlines - Wednesday, September 21, 2005

News of Note
Hurricane Season
Hurricane Rita Gathers Force
(as of this posting, she's a Category 4. If you live in a mandatory evacuation area, heed the warnings, and get out of Dodge now)
Storm picks up speed in Gulf
Governors Suspect Gas Gouging
Experts: Expect More Hurricanes
Coastal Evacuations in Texas
Bush Praises Cleanup in Gulf Coast
Bush signs Katrina-related flood insurance bill
New Orleans pumped dry -- but watching Rita

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraqi PM to meet Britain's defense chief after raid
Roadside Bombs Wound 2 U.S. Troops in Iraq

Operation Enduring Freedom
Karzai Wants End to U.S.-Led Operations

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Coast Guard: Private Boats Hamper Terror Efforts
U.K. Bombers Cased Subways
Video: Recon Mission

Fox News
N. Korea: U.S. Planning Attack
Iraq Bomb Wounds Two GIs
Contractor Accused of Fraud
Fed Raises Rates 1/4 Point
U.N.: Vatican Helping Fugitive
Frist Defends Stock Sale
Reid to Vote Against Roberts
Al Qaeda Claims Bombings
Mistrial Declared in Gotti Case
Senate Mulls Eminent Domain

Reuters: Top News
North Korea says US using talks as pretext for attack
VIDEO: US Prepares For Rita Reckoning
VIDEO: West Bank Settlements Demolished
Russian opposition threatens EU push on Iran
Indonesia says bird flu outbreak may become epidemic

AP World News
N. Korea Accuses U.S. of Nuke Attack Plot
Pariliament Re-Elects Japan Prime Minister
Ukrainian Lawmaker Accused in Killing
U.N. Report Warns of More Terrorists
N. Korean Nuclear Accord a Coup for China
Israel Seeks Seat on U.N. Security Council
Indian Ruins Show Signs of Ancient Tsunami
Wiesenthal Lived to Pursue Nazis Worldwide
Colombian Army Discovers Huge Cocaine Lab
Iran Warns Against Sanctions Over Nukes
Ethiopian Jews on Hunger Strike to Migrate
Japan Cabinet Resigns After Election
Missing Argentine Men Sought in Antarctica
Mexican Rebel Leader on Cover of Magazine

CENTCOM: News Release

Department of Defense
Relief Work Not Diluting Terror War Effort — Story Briefing (video)
Rumsfeld: Elections Prove Critics Wrong — Story Briefing (video)

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Bring Hope to Community — Story
U.S. Troops Train Iraqi Soldiers to Save Lives — Story
Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Provide School Supplies — Story

Local Leaders, U.S. Troops Repair Iraqi Roads
Marine Battalion Ends Deployment in Al Qa'im
Kirkuk Unit Controls Iraqi Sky
Soldiers Take Pulse of Iraq With 'Atmospherics'
Paratroopers Prepare City for Election
Operation Flea Flicker Sweeps through Zafaraniya

Army Continues New Humvee Safety Upgrades

Army Veterinarian Makes Afghanistan Healthier — Story

Steakhouse Sponsors Meal for Crew — Story
YMCA Keeps Base Residents Rolling

Hurricane Katrina
Iraq Transition of Power

5 U.S. Soldiers, Diplomat Killed
Polish Troops Support School
Colleges, Schools Get Computers
Polish Soldiers Renovate Facility
Raid Disrupts Terrorists
Ramadi to Get Treatment Plant
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq

Rockets Hit Cultural Center, Home
Afghans Enjoy Successful Elections
Photos: Afghan Election Day
Forces Provide Voter Safety
Police, Army Secure Elections
Afghanistan Daily Update
Afghan Reconstruction Group Recruiting

Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Enlisted Honor Chairman, Wife
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army Casualty — Story

***Today in History, more news later ***