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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

For Crying Out Loud, Cindy - Give it a Rest!!!

Mother Moonbat is continuing to stretch her fifteen minutes of fame. It's been a busy couple of weeks for her. First consorting with Communists, and now it's back to the slammer again...

Activist Cindy Sheehan Arrested at Capitol (from the AP)

WASHINGTON - Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq who reinvigorated the anti-war movement, was taken into custody by police in the House gallery Tuesday night just before President Bush's State of the Union address.

Police escorted Sheehan from the visitors' gallery above the House chamber after she caused a disruption, said a Capitol Police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the incident were sketchy.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey D-Calif., had invited Sheehan to the address as her guest.

Read the rest

"reinvigorating the anti-war movement"??? Good grief.

Woolsey's no stranger to the realm of the Moonbat, though. To let her know what you think of her inviting Mother Moonbat to the Capitol, and all her other anti-war, pro-tail-turning efforts, go here.

Oscar and the Hug-a-Terrorist Crowd

Blink, and you might have missed it. In case you did, here's a little information on where Hollywood's head is at these days...

These are this year's Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Film:

"Don't Tell," Italy

"Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)," France

"Paradise Now," Palestine

"Sophie Scholl — The Final Days," Germany

"Tsotsi," South Africa

See, "Paradise Now" isn't just a Palestinian film. It's a film by the Palestinian Authority.

And here's part of the synopsis:
"The next morning, as scheduled, Said and Khaled are given neat haircuts and suits. They each make a video explaining to their families why they've chosen this path. Explosives are strapped on, and they are warned that trying to remove the belts themselves will result in detonation. When they're brought to a hole in the fence surrounding Nablus, they are intercepted by Israeli troops."
This movie was "a hit on the festival circuit," and was included in the Lincoln Center's 2005 New York Film Festival!

There have only been rare points in my life that I've been left speechless.

This is one of them.

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – A Marine with 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion prepares to jump out of a helicopter onto Drop Zone Plover here Jan. 30. Several of the battalion’s Marines and sailors practiced jumping out of a helicopter while wearing the SF10-A parachute, a model that replaced the older MT11 and features superior maneuverability along with a slower rate of descent.

Flight 93

I wasn't sure if I was going to watch it.

But I did.

In retrospect, I'm not exactly sure why. Maybe I wanted to know those heroes. Maybe I needed to remember the evil shown that day - needed a reminder of who the enemy is.

If any of those were the reason, I got that and more.

I remember that day so clearly - the way people of my grandparents' generation remember Pearl Harbor; the way my mother remembers JFK's assassination. Before 9/11, the closest thing my generation had was the Challenger disaster - and though I can still remember hearing about that, coming back from lunch in my senior year of high school, there is nothing that can compare to that awful day in September.

I could feel my heart speeding up at the initial scenes of travellers in the airport. As someone who flies regularly for business, 9/11 is always at the back of my mind. I now watch other passengers more - I'm far more aware of who's on my plane and what they're doing.

When the scenes of the Trade Center being hit were on the TV, it only got worse. I remembered the conversation with my husband that morning.

"Hey, hon - have you got the radio on?"

I didn't - usually I did, but for some reason, I hadn't put it on that morning. "No, why?"

"A plane just hit the World Trade Center. They think it's a Cessna or something."

"Are you kidding me?"

"No. I just heard it on the radio." He paused for a brief moment. "Yeah, they just said it again. I don't know what those air traffic controllers are doing..."

"No..." A sickening feeling was beginning to take over my stomach. "Brian, if they were headed to JFK...they'd be able to see where they's a clear day and JFK is right there."

"Now they're saying it might be a big plane. You have a TV there, don't you?"

"Yeah...I'll go turn it on now."

I went to turn the TV on, and the horror began. I'd grabbed the cordless phone, too, and almost dropped it. The image on the TV was unbelievable. Flame, smoke...they were talking with a terrorism expert. He was saying that he thought we were watching a terrorist attack, that this didn't look like an accident to him. And the anchors were asking what made him think that.

And then the second plane went in.

As my mind tried feebly to comprehend what it was seeing, the terrorism expert said. "There's no doubt now."

And I started crying as my blood ran cold.

I had been scheduled to meet my friend and colleague that day, to work on a project. I called my husband quickly to tell him what was going on. "A second plane went's a terrorist attack..."

I drove the 20 minutes to meet my friend, the radio on, trying to reach her on the cell phone, but service in Connecticut was disrupted. When I finally reached my friend, she explained what had kept her - I had forgotten something.

Her brother was a pilot. Flying, as a rule, the Newark to San Francisco route. She told me they were trying to figure out if her brother was flying that day - if he had just gone into the Trade Center. She'd be there when she could.

She arrived a while later - they still didn't know about her brother. We sat and watched the Towers fall, and she turned to me and said, "There's no more World Trade Center. It's gone."

And there was the Pentagon - and that field in Pennsylvania. All was chaos and absolute, unspeakable horror. We were both in tears. And it wasn't until about 1:30 that she found out that her brother had not been flying that day.

It wasn't until late that evening that we found out that a highschool friend of my husband's, who had worked in an office in the Trade Center, was now in a different office.

I can remember how quiet the skies were - we were used to planes frequently overhead, and now there were none. No planes, little traffic, everyone with a stunned expression. It was incomprehensible.

And once the fear left, there was the rage, and the grief. I remember sitting in a parking lot listening to the President's speech. I remember finding comfort in it, clinging to the words delivered with calm resolve.

I was on a plane shortly after flights resumed. I had made the decision to fly again, despite my fear. I had been booked on a business trip to Las Vegas - they asked me if I was still willing to fly. When they first asked, I honestly didn't know. I made the decision to get on a plane again, because in the end, I was not going to let terrorists decide how I lived my life. It was my very small way of fighting back.

Vegas was eerie - there was no one there. No one in line at the buffets, no one at the nickel slots, no one at the shows. No one. And security was intense. Everyone was incredibly anxious.

And watching this movie, it all came flooding back. The fear, the rage, the resolve.

I've often told my anti-war acquaintances, when they ask me if I've ever thought about why I support our actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, that yes, I do - every day. Every time I write to a hero, every time I post the news, the photos, the stories, the names, I re-evaluate my feelings on what we're doing. Every day I ask myself if I believe we should be in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And every time I come to the same decision - Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

Never again can we wait to be attacked. Never again can we allow those who support terrorists to strike us first. Never again should we be ambushed. Never can we forget exactly who these people are.

They are the people who did this:

and this:

and this:

Never, EVER again.

I will never forget.

And neither will they:

To find out more the A&E's movie, "Flight 93," go here. It's on again tonight.

To donate to the Flight 93 memorial, visit this page

by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon II
January 31, 2006
Spc. Francis Young, from 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, mans a 50-caliber machine gun while on patrol in Tal Afar, Iraq. The regiment is home-based at Fort Carson, Colo.

Al Qaim, Iraq (Jan. 29, 2006) - Darrin Wagoner, right, a civilian contractor working for the Marine Corps explains to Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter, the operation and capabilities of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Scan Eagle. SECNAV is visiting the Middle East to see first-hand the conditions, morale, and equipment being used by Navy and Marine Corps personnel deployed to the region. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Journalist Craig P. Strawser

2 young angels meet soldier they befriended

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Two young Madison "angels" and the soldier they befriended by mail while she was stationed in Iraq recently met face to face for the first time.

Olivia and Sarah Hartung became pen pals with Army Capt. Latonya Walker through Soldiers Angels, a program that invites Americans to show their support to deployed soldiers by sending them letters, cards and gifts.

Read the rest at The Huntsville Times

Red Flag in Flight

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFPN) -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon heads out to the ranges here Jan. 30, during Red Flag 06-1, held Jan. 21 through Feb. 18. Red Flag tests aircrews' war-fighting skills in realistic combat situations. More than 85 aircraft, including B-2 Spirit bombers are involved. The aircraft are flying missions day and night to the nearby Nevada Test and Training Range where they simulate air war. Along with the Air Force, units from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, United Kingdom and Australia are participating. The F-16 is from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

New Documentary Showcases Unique Military Career Opportunities

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2006 – A new documentary launched today will help to educate the American public about military service and clear up misconceptions, the Defense Department's top personnel official said.

David S.C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said the one-hour film, "Today's Military: Extraordinary People; Extraordinary Opportunities," takes viewers around the country and overseas. The documentary features 11 active- and reserve-component servicemembers who share experiences that shed light on opportunities available in the military.

"This film offers a glimpse into the lives of 11 extraordinary men and women who have achieved extraordinary success," Chu told a Pentagon audience at the film's first screening, Jan 26.

The servicemembers featured, who represent all branches of the service, including the Coast Guard, showcase jobs many people don't associate with military service. The participants include a journalist, a motion picture liaison, a musician, an animal-care specialist and a language instructor.

Other participants help show the excitement of some military careers, including that of a combat helicopter pilot, a coxswain, a joint terminal attack controller and instructors who teach aviation pararescue and surfman skills.

Through their personal stories, the featured servicemembers share their satisfaction with military life and the doors it has opened in their careers.

"I just can't picture myself doing anything else," said Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Andrew Canfield, a pararescue instructor for the Oregon Air National Guard, who describes the adrenaline rush of his job and the gratification of saving lives.

Marine Staff Sgt. Stephen Giove, a placement director and conductor for the Marine Corps Music Program at Parris Island, S.C., explained that the music makes listeners stand a little taller and take pride in what they do. "It brings out the best in people," he said.

Army Cpl. Mary Simms, a broadcast journalist deployed to Afghanistan, said her job gives her the opportunity "to really get our there and work with people" and to experience firsthand the military's vast operations around the world.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Frank Lofton, a joint terminal attack controller at Fort Irwin, Calif., told of the fulfillment of helping save the lives of Army Special Forces troops during an ambush in Afghanistan that left them outnumbered three-to-one. Controllers direct the action of combat aircraft engaged in close-air support and other offensive air operations.
Joining the military was "the greatest decision I've ever made," said Navy Reserve Lt. j.g. Fernando Rivero, a Hollywood liaison for the Navy. "Being in the military grounds me and gives a sense of contributing to something bigger than myself," he said.

"I can't think of anything else I could do that would make me as happy," Army Sgt. Chet Stugus said of his job as a medical animal-care specialist for military working dogs at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. "I'm doing a job I love."

Coast Guard Reserve Petty Officer 2nd Class Trish Carroll, a coxswain for the Department of Homeland Security, described the challenges she faces as one of the first female tactical law enforcement officers and the thrill she gets sharing stories about her job.
Air Force Master Sgt. John Holsonback, a Russian linguist instructor at the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, Calif., told about the gratification of helping provide a bridge between two cultures.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Marcus Dingle shared the excitement of teaching survival skills to air crew members and the satisfaction he gets from knowing he's helping save lives.

"I love doing what we do, and I love being around it," Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class William Armstrong said of his career as a surfman instructor.

Marine Capt. Vernice Armour, a combat AH-1 Cobra helicopter pilot, shared insights into her job of providing life support for Marines on the ground and the thrill of knowing she's "making a difference."

Besides, Armour asks in the video, "Who wants to be average?"

Matt Boehmer, program manager for the Joint Advertising, Market Research and Studies program, called the documentary a powerful way to capture the spirit of the men and women in uniform. The finished project makes a strong statement in communicating the message that "today's military is an extraordinary place to be," he said.

DoD will use the new documentary to help educate "adult influencers" - parents, teachers, guidance counselors and coaches who play an important part in young people's career decisions - about opportunities in the military, Chu said at the premier screening.

"We have discovered in the Department of Defense that most Americans have limited understanding of the military, and also misconceptions," he said. Chu expressed hope that the film will help clear them up and set the record straight. "We want them to know about the opportunities in the military," he said.

DoD is planning a broad outreach effort to reach these adult influencers. Today's Military is slated to broadcast through April in syndication in many major markets throughout the country, including San Francisco, Atlanta and Washington.

One-minute "webisodes" of the film are posted online at

Next month, DoD will mail 40,000 DVDs to guidance counselors who have requested more information for their students. In addition, a 13-minute version of the film will be shown in April during in-flight programming on domestic United Airlines flights.

The documentary is part of DoD's integrated "Get the Facts" communication plan designed to reach about 85 percent of U.S. households by April through a premiere event, online, television, airline, and educator mailings, said Air Force Maj. Rene Stockwell, marketing communications chief for the JAMRS program.

The JAMRS staff began planning the documentary in October 2004 in partnership with Northern Light Productions and Mullen Advertising.

"Our DoD market research indicated that a personally relevant emotional appeal - in this case, Today's Military - was needed to encourage adult influencers to get the facts about the military as a strong career option for recruitment-aged youth," Boehmer said.

DoD received 2,600 nominations of servicemembers to feature in the film within two weeks of seeking participants last January. The 11 servicemembers profiled were selected based on their common drive to do something exceptional with their lives, Stockwell said.

David S.C. Chu

Related Site:
Joint Advertising Market Research and Studies
CORDON AND SEARCH — U.S. Army soldiers from 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment conduct cordon and search operations in Bi'aj, Iraq, Jan. 24, 2006. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon

In Today's News - Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Quote of the Day
"No guts, no glory."
-- Major Frederick Blesse , USAF

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Woodruff, Cameraman Taken to Hospital in Germany
Blair resolute as 100th UK soldier dies in Iraq
US says will not give in to Carroll's kidnappers - Video
Hidden Bombs Biggest Fear of GIs in Iraq
Iraqi Authorities Go on Bird-Flu Alert,
Iraqis think U.S. won't leave, poll finds
New Hussein judge sets strict tone
More money needed to rebuild, report says

Operation Enduring Freedom
Envoys Vow to Maintain Afghan Support
Afghan province's problems underline challenge for U.S
Two bombs defused near the US Embassy

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Zawahiri Mocks Bush
Quartet to Hamas: Renounce Violence or Lose Financial Aid- Video: Aid Request
Palestinians Appeal for Continued Aid
Official Says Hamas Won't Be 'Blackmailed'
Technology proves ineffective at foiling tunnels under U.S.-Mexico border
Heavyweights tell Hamas to change

Military News
National Guard recruiting soars

Supreme Court
U.S. Senate set to confirm Alito to Supreme Court

Bush to Make Broad Appeals in State of the Union Address
Bush to Talk Fuel Saving- Video: Finishing Touches

The Three Stooges live!
There's venom in denim...
Rare allergy to cold keeps woman inside
Raging bull attacks spectators
Trip over shoelace dooms 3-century-old Chinese vases

Other News of Note
Coretta Scott King Dies - Widow of MLK Jr. dies at 78
Aide: Reagan Left Marines Vulnerable in Beirut

Fox News
Illinois Plane Crash Kills Four
Black History Museum Will be Built on National Mall
Enron Jury Selected
Dominatrix Acquitted in Death
Exxon Posts Record Profit
Dozens Seek to Adopt Baby Found in Brazilian Lake

Reuters: Top News
Iran says recourse to UN kills nuclear diplomacy
Enron trial set for opening arguments - Video
Global warming demands urgent solutions: scientists
Key bone marrow cells hide at edges: study
Israel holds couple in corporate espionage case
Microsoft starts selling technology to start-ups
Latest US deaths prompt more mine safety calls
Mother's milk enlisted in South Africa AIDS fight
Roche's Tamiflu gets EU nod for children
Japan farm minister says won't step down over beef
Enron trial set for opening arguments
Changes at the Fed
Stepping into history
Wall St sees steady hand at Fed under Bernanke
Fact Box: Toward transparency at the Fed
Merck profit rises slightly, hurt by charge
Altria 4th-quarter profit up, sees 2006 decline
OPEC confirms deal to retain high output
Kellogg 4th-quarter earnings rise
Ericsson Q4 a record, but outlook seen mixed
Knight Ridder profit falls, advertising sluggish
Iomai cuts IPO to 5 million shares at $7-$9 each
Weisel faces delicate dance in pricing own IPO
Goodyear falls; Napster, Sepracor up
Stock futures flat before Fed rate decision
SCA Q4 profits surprise, shares leap
Sepracor shares jump on Inet
U.S. chain store sales dropped last week: ICSC

AP World News
Putin Touts Russia's Missile Capabilities
North Korea Renews Commitment to Talks
Pakistan, India to Restart Train Service
Chile's President-Elect Unveils Cabinet
'Textbook' Rescue Saves 72 Canadian Miners
Iran Begins Natural Gas Exports to Georgia
Vienna to Host Holocaust Research Center
Possible Miracle Tied to Pope John Paul II

The Seattle Times
Americans' savings rate lowest since Depression
Networks expect to see larger audience for State of the Union address
Utah townsfolk speak up for Bush
EPA, factory-style farms make deal on pollution
Nearly 8 million babies are born with genetic defects yearly, study finds
Paralysis therapy offers new hope
As world awaits big game, Detroit polishes new image
"CSI" provides killers with how-to guide
Russia, China join U.N. effort on Iran
Quake refugees like camps
3 fatally shot, 1 hurt at postal station

Chicago Sun-Times
Daley: Cameras will make us safer
Diplomats: Iran hands documents to IAEA
Barenboim leaves Berlin hospital
African slave remains found in 16th-century grave
'Baby Jessica,' now 19, marries 32-year-old man
Wisconsin county cheers for Steelers
Bounty hunter becomes the hunted

Boston Globe: World
UN council sets Iran nuclear review

CENTCOM: News Releases
US Prepares for Long Terror War
Kidnapped Reporter Makes Plea
National Guard Reports Recruiting Gains
Military Health System Transforms
QDR Speeds Navy Programs

Department of Defense
Bush: Iran Cannot Gain Nuclear Weapons - Story
Transformed Care for Wounded Saves Lives - Story
Military Health Transformation Will Improve Care
Blast South of Baghdad Kills 10 Civilians - Story

Iraqi Troops, U.S. Marines Finish Koa Canyon - Story

Video: Humanitarian Mission to Village of Agar Goof
Marine 'Banshees' Wrap Up Iraq Deployment
U.S., Iraqis Clean Up Neighborhood for Hajj

New Hospital Symbolizes Afghan Progress

Italian Pilot Deploys With U.S. Forces

Service Gives Airman Wings to Fly - Story

Employers Support La. Reservists - Story
Leaders Thanked for Troop Support
Fund Helps Military Families

News Crew Injured in IED Attack
Iraqi, U.S. Troops Engage Terrorists
Two Soldiers, One Marine Killed
Villagers Dedicate New Water Pump
Iraqi Insurgents Battle Al Qaeda
Casey: Many Opportunities Ahead
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (pdf)
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (pdf)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

New Democracies Help Each Other
More Ways to Counter WMD Sought
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

National Guard, Reserve Update

Defense Officials Identify Casualty - Story

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar


Today in History
0314 - St Silvester I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0876 - Charles becomes king of Italy
1504 - By treaty of Lyons, French cede Naples to Ferdinand of Aragon
1531 - Kings Ferdinand of Austria/János Zápolyai of Hungary accept each other
1578 - Battle of Gembloers
1627 - Spanish government goes bankrupt
1675 - Cornelia/Dina Olfaarts found not guilty of witchcraft
1779 - Charles Messier adds M57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra) to his catalog
1804 - British Vice-Admiral William Bligh's fleet reaches Curaçao
strong>1849 - Corn Laws abolished in Britain
1851 - Gail Borden announces invention of evaporated milk
1861 - State of Louisiana takes over US Mint at New Orleans
1862 - Telescope maker Alvin Clark discovers dwarf companion of Sirius
1863 - 1st Black Civil War regiment, SC Volunteers, mustered into US army
1865 - Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (121-24)
1871 - Millions of birds fly over western San Francisco, darken the sky
1874 - Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, MO
1895 - José Martí & others leave New York City, NY for invasion of Spanish Cuba
1901 - Boer General John Smuts & De la Rey conquer Mud river, Transvaal
1905 - 1st auto to exceed 100 mph (161 kph), A G MacDonald, Daytona Beach; Carroll Wright appointed 1st US Commissioner of Labor
1915 - 1st (German) poison gas attack, against Russians
1917 - Germany notifies US that U-boats will attack neutral merchant ships
1925 - Premier Ahmed Zogu (Zogu I) becomes President of Albania
1927 - International allies military command in Germany disbands
1928 - Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company
1929 - Leon Trotsky expelled from Russia to Turkey
1930 - 1st US glider flight from a dirigible, Lakehurst New Jersey
1933 - French government of Daladier takes power; Hitler promises parliamentary democracy
1934 - FDR devalues the dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce
1936 - "Green Hornet" radio show is 1st heard on WXYZ Radio in Detroit
1940 - 40 U boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
1941 - 21 U boats sunk this month (127,000 ton); Anti-German demonstration in Haarlem Netherlands
1942 - 62 U boats sunk this month (327,000 ton)
1943 - 39 U boats sunk this month (203,100 ton); Chile breaks contact with Germany & Japan; General Friedrich von Paul surrenders to Russian troops at Stalingrad
1944 - Operation-Overlord (D-Day) postponed until June; U-592 sunk off Ireland; US forces invade Kwajalein Atoll
1945 - Eddie Slovik executed for desertion - 1st American since Civil War; US 4th Infantry division occupies Elcherrath
1946 - Yugoslavia adopts new constitution, becomes a federal republic
1948 - Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway
1949 - 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
1950 - President Truman reveals that he ordered the Atomic Energy Commission to develop the hydrogen bomb
1952 - Dutch Lutheran Church reunites after 1½ centuries; Harry Heilmann & Paul Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1953 - Princess Victoria capsizes off Stanraer Scotland, killing 133; Hurricane-like winds flood Netherlands drowning nearly 2,000
1955 - RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer
1956 - French government of Mollet forms; Juscelino Kubitschek becomes President of Brazil
1957 - Trans-Iranian oil pipe line finished
1958 - James van Allen discovers radiation belt; US launches their 1st artificial satellite, Explorer 1
1961 - Ham is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2; USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights; David Ben-Gurion resigns as premier of Israel; NATO secretary-General Paul-Henri Spaak says he'll resign
1962 - Samuel Gravely assumes command of destroyer escort USS Falgout
1962 - General Charles P. Cabell, USAF, ends term as deputy director of CIA
1964 - US report "Smoking & Health" connects smoking to lung cancer
1966 - USSR launches Luna 9 toward the Moon
1968 - Viet Cong's Tet offensive begins; Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia
1969 - Vice Admiral Rufus L. Taylor, USN, ends term as deputy director of CIA
1971 - Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands; Jake Beckley, Joe Kelley, Harry Hooper, Rube Marquard, Chick Hafey & Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
1972 - Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana; US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998); Birenda becomes leader of Nepal
1977 - Frenchman François Claustre freed, after 33 months as hostage in Chad; Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, & Al Lopez elected to baseball Hall of Fame
1978 - Israel turns 3 military outposts in West Bank into civilian settlements
1980 - Police storm occupied Spanish embassy in Guatemala City, killing 41
1982 - 10 Arabian oryx (extinct except in zoos) released in Oman
1985 - South African President PW Botha offers to free Mandela if he denounces violence
1986 - Mary Lund of Minnesota, is 1st female recipient of an artificial heart
1988 - Barge sinks near Anacortes WA, spills 70,000 gallons of oil
1990 - 1st McDonald's in Russia opens in Moscow, world's biggest McDonald's
1992 - Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires
1998 - STS 89 (Endeavour 12) lands

1607 - James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby
1612 - Hendrik Casimir I, count of Nassau-Dietz/mayor of Frisia
1620 - Georg F. von Waldeck, German commander-in-chief
1734 - Robert Morris, merchant (signed Declaration of Independence)
1750 - Gerrit J. Pijman, Dutch minister of War (1798-1800, 1803-06)
1778 - Franz Anton graaf von Kolowrat, Austrian premier of Bohemia (1848)
1802 - Jan C.J. van Speijk, Dutch naval hero
1810 - Daniel Ruggles, Confederate Brigadier General
1812 - John Randolph Tucker, Confederate Navy Captain
1818 - William Raine Peck, Confederate Brigadier General
1830 - James Gillespie Blaine West, (Representative-R-ME 1863-76/Senator-R-ME 1876-81/Secretary of State 1889-92)
1866 - Henry Forster cricketer (Oxford blue 1887-89, later Australian Governor-General)
1868 - Theodore William Richards, chemist (atomic weights, Nobel-1914)
1869 - Henry graaf Carton de Wiart, Belgian literary/premier (1920-21)
1872 - Zane Grey, American West novelist (Riders of the Purple Sage, Spirit of the Border)
1909 - Foley Newns, British colonial administrator
1916 - Ciro D. Crown, Premier of Dutch Antilles (1968-69)
1919 - Jackie Robinson, 1st Black major league baseball player (Dodgers)
1920 - Stewart L. Udall, US Secretary of Interior (1961-69)
1922 - Michael Wilford, diplomat
1924 - Robert Gatehouse, former High Court judge
1925 - Benjamin Hooks, civil rights leader
1925 - Fred Catherwood, MP
1929 - Rudolf Mossbauer, German physicist (Nobel 1961)
1931 - Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)
1933 - Joseph D. Early (Representative-MA, 1975-1992); Walter Paulis, mineworker/pilot/Dutch MP (CDA)
1938 - Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, Queen of Netherlands; James G. Watt, US Secretary of Interior (1981-83)
1941 - George S Mickelson (Governor-SD); Richard A. Gephardt (Representative-MO, 1977-2005)
1944 - Eugene Terre Blanche, South African leader of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging
1951 - Presiley Baxendale, British QC
1956 - Trevor A. Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader

1606 - Guy Fawkes, convicted in the "Gunpowder Plot", executed at 35
1788 - [Bonnie Prince] Charles E. Stuart, English pretender, dies at 67
1828 - Alexandros Ypsilanti, Greek resistance fighter, dies at 35
1864 - Hamilton Rowan Gamble, US judge/Governor of Missouri (1861-64), dies
1945 - Eddie Slovik, 1st US soldier executed for desertion since Civil War at 25
1954 - Edwin H. Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63
1972 - Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, King of Nepal (1955-72), dies at 51
1973 - Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77
1974 - Samuel Goldwyn, Polish/English/US film magnate (MGM), dies at 91
1995 - James Johnson, English MP (Labour, 1950-83), dies at 86

Reported Missing in Action
Hamilton, Eugene David, USAF (AL); F105D shot down, presumed KIA

The following USAF personnel reported MIA when their UC123B was shot down:

Barden, Howard L. (OH)

Kubley, Roy R. (WI)

Miyazaki, Ronald K. (HI); flight mechanic

Mulhauser, Harvey (VA)

Walker, Lloyd F. (OH); pilot

Also reported MIA this day in 1967:
Bullock, Larry A., US Army (KY); drowned, body not recovered

Badua, Candido C., Civilian (Phillipines); Voice of America employee - released March, 1973

Cocheo, Richard N., Civilian; Pacific Architects and Engineers employee - taken from his house in Yinh Long (his wife was killed)

Kjome, Michael, Civilian; Pacific Architects and Engineers employee - released by PRG February, 1973 (injured) - deceased as of 1986

Lacey, Richard J., US Army (PA); disappeared from Jeep - Soldier he was with found deceased

Young, John A., US Army (IL); released by PRG March, 1973 - member of Peace Commiittee accused collaboration

Cartwright, Patrick G., USN (NV); possibly fell overboard during shift