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Friday, February 17, 2006

Breaking news from Fox

Cheney Shooting Victim to Give Brief Statement
Friday, February 17, 2006

WASHINGTON — The hunter shot by Vice President Dick Cheney is expected to give a brief statement at 1 p.m. EST Friday outside Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial in Texas.

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Group Sews Globally for Wounded Troops

From left, Air Force Maj. Sandra Edens, Diane Sward and MeAe Wosika modify clothes for wounded troops at their weekly gathering in Alexandria, Va., Feb. 14. These ladies are members of "Sew Much Comfort," a group modifying clothes to fit wounded servicemembers as they recover. Courtesy photo

Air Force Maj. Sandra Edens holds up modified fleece pants at a recent sewing event in Alexandria, Va., near Washington. Edens is the area's regional director for "Sew Much Comfort," a group modifying clothes to fit wounded troops as they recover. Courtesy photo

By Paul X. Rutz / American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2006 - The Information Age has helped give birth to a global sewing circle creating unique clothing to fit America's wounded troops as they heal.

With an executive director in Ohio, a president in Minnesota, and over 300 seamstresses scattered throughout the world, the members of "Sew Much Comfort" have learned to work together from a distance.

"Without the electronic age, this could not have happened," said Virginia "Ginger" Dosedel, the group's founder and executive director. "I could not find enough people to support this otherwise."

Dosedel started the group here in December 2004, managing a small group of women as they sewed pants, shirts and underwear to accommodate the braces and other devices the troops wore as they recuperated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here.

In June 2005, Dosedel joined her husband in his reassignment to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

But her group didn't miss a beat, she said. The effort continued to grow as members coordinated logistical operations and weekly sewing events through e-mails, phone calls and Web site postings with programs such as America Supports You, a Defense Department initiative facilitating grassroots and corporate support for the nation's servicemembers.

While sewing is at the heart of the effort, a lot has to happen to keep providing wounded troops with this custom-modified clothing not available from retail outlets or medical suppliers, Dosedel said.

From the beginning, Michelle Cuppy and DeDee Galligan, both living in Minneapolis, Minn., have taken care of many financial and communications issues.

Research and one-on-one interaction also play a big role, Dosedel said. The group has 12 "ambassadors" -- women who go into military hospitals to speak with the troops and hand out clothing. The relationships these women foster with servicemembers have turned into a vital part of the group's routine.

"It gives us a more personal touch," she said. "We can find out a little more about what they like, what they don't like ... whether there's anything that we need to change.... I do the inventory control from my house, and (the ambassadors) give me a really good feel for what the soldiers are using."

The ambassadors also help get pro sports team sponsorship.

"When they get to know soldiers, they can also tell me things like what NFL team they really like," Dosedel said. "That enables me to contact that NFL team, and we've had a lot of really good response from the professional sports teams -- baseball and football -- supplying us with clothing that we can then adapt and give to the soldiers."

Although e-mail and phone calls keep the network together, the actual sewing happens on a local level. She said that coordination is accomplished by regional directors, such as Air Force Maj. Sandra Edens, who volunteers as this area's Sew Much Comfort representative when not at work as a personnel officer at the Pentagon.

"I do a bit of everything," Edens said. She organizes area volunteers, coordinates local clothing drives, runs fundraisers, hosts sewing nights at her home, and regularly takes her place behind a sewing machine.

Edens said soon the group hopes to have designated regional directors and ambassadors throughout the U.S., as well as in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, and at forward-deployed hospitals near the fighting.

Calling the effort a "labor of love," Edens acknowledged that sometimes keeping all the program's moving parts in order has been "somewhat of a challenge," but helping the servicemembers recover has been more than worth it.

"These guys are amazing, and it's such an experience to go and interact with them. ... Thank goodness for e-mail," she said.

You can view their website here.
by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Larson
February 15, 2006

Pfc. Derek Castro, from the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, points out to curious Iraqi youngsters in Taji, some new civil affairs construction projects, including schools, housing and irrigation systems.

This. Is. Disgusting.

Gettysburg is one of my favorite places. I participated in the 135th Anniversary re-enactment some years back. I've been there a few times, and will likely go several more. This just makes me sick.

Gettysburg monuments vandalized for 3rd time

February 17, 2006

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Vandals damaged monuments and removed parts of sculpture at the Gettysburg National Military Park in the third such incident in a little more than a year.

Two bronze sculptures honoring New York and Pennsylvania soldiers were dragged from their places, and a sword is missing from a sculpture honoring Massachusetts infantry, park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon said Thursday.

The bronze head of an artilleryman figure was removed at the New York monument, she said. The vandalism happened late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Let me tell you, if this was my kid doing this, they'd better hope the police caught them before I did.

Read the rest of the story at the Chicago Sun-Times.
San Diego (Feb. 15, 2006) - Family and friends wave goodbye to crew members stationed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), as they depart for a scheduled deployment. More than 3,000 Sailors and Marines are deploying as part of Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG-3). U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class S. C. Irwin

'Peace Mom' greeted by protests at St. Xavier

February 17, 2006
MARK J. KONKOL Staff Reporter

You'd think that a woman with such an Irish-sounding name would have gotten a better reception down in Mount Greenwood.

But Cindy "Peace Mom" Sheehan, known for protesting the Iraq war, was greeted at St. Xavier University on the Southwest Side with, well, protests.

Sheehan was hired by the university's student activities board to give a speech titled "One person can make a difference, not one more," aimed at getting people involved in the peace movement.

She's credited for re-energizing the anti-war movement by protesting outside President Bush's Texas ranch -- an effort to get him to meet with her.

Before her talk, dozens of bikers and blue collar workers gathered outside the field house, in the freezing rain, carrying signs that read: "Support Our Troops."

It's a beautiful thing.

Read the rest of the story at the Chicago Sun-Times.

The tail fin of an F/A-18D Hornet belonging to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533, Marine Aircraft Group 16 (Reinforced), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, exhibits the unit's emblem. The Hawks' aircraft arrived at Al Asad Air Base Feb. 9, as part of the transfer of authority between VMFA(AW)-533 and VMFA(AW)-332, MAG-31, 2nd MAW. The Hawks will provide close air support to friendly ground forces in Iraq.Photo by: Cpl. Jonathan K. Teslevich

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With Friends Like These...

...who needs enemies??

Italian Court Upholds Terrorism Acquittals

By MARIA SANMINIATELLI, Associated Press Writer
Thu Feb 16, 9:47 PM ET

ROME - A panel of Italian judges upheld the November acquittals of three North Africans on international terror charges, ruling that recruiting suicide bombers to fight against U.S. soldiers is not terrorism, a lawyer said Thursday.

The verdict by the Milan judges, released Wednesday, echoes an earlier one in the case when a lower court judge ruled the actions of the three men were those of guerrillas, not terrorists.

In fairness to the sometimes unpredictable Italian government, their Justice Minister did condem the ruling and issue an apology to the victims of the terrorsts.

Apparently, liberal activist hug-a-terrorist judges arent' just a U.S. issue.

Read the rest of the story, from the Associated Press.
San Diego (Feb. 15, 2006) – The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN 758) underway conducting high-speed surface drills off the coast of Southern California. Asheville is assigned to Submarine Squadron Eleven homeported at Naval Base Point Loma, Calif. U.S. Navy photo by photographer's Mate 2nd Class Scott Taylor

Matt of BlackFive Valentine's Day Tribute to Patti of Soldiers' Angels

This Valentine's Day message is about a different kind of love story. It's about a woman named Patti Patton-Bader, who started an organization called Soldiers' Angels.

Patti's son Brandon was part of the Iraq invasion in April of 2003. He knew of many soldiers who never received a letter from home. So Patti began a program for ordinary Americans to "adopt" a soldier. It was a huge success. Patti's organization blossomed and became the umbrella non-profit for many other smaller groups. Possibly, the most amazing aspect of Soldiers' Angels is their ability to help our wounded recover. Bear with me for a minute and I'll explain...

Read the rest at National Review Online (scroll about halfway down the article)

Patti, you rock!

Thanks to Sara and Joyce for the heads up.

Welcome home
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AFPN) -- Capt. Steve Raspet kisses his daughter, Razzie, upon his return home Feb. 10 as his wife, Lynne, watches. Captain Raspet is an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 354th Fighter Squadron. He was deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alesia Goosic) Full Story

In Today's News - Friday, February 17, 2006

Quote of the Day
"What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army. These are not our reliance against a resumption of tyranny in our fair land. All of them may be turned against our liberties, without making us stronger or weaker for the struggle. Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, every where. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. "
-- Abraham Lincoln

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Patriot Act Renewal Likely
U.S. unit wins praise for tactics against fighters in Iraqi town
Iran calls on UK troops to pull out of Basra
Gunmen Kidnap Iraqi Bank Boss, His Son
Second Bird Flu Fatality Eyed in Iraq
Iraq Death Squad Probed- Video: Iraq Update

Operation Enduring Freedom
Iraq-style guerrilla tactics surface in Afghanistan, raising red flags

Abu Ghraib Recycled
Iraqi Government Condemns Abu Ghraib Abuse

Troops on Trial
Coast Guard senior cadet charged with rape

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Lawmakers Object to UAE Firm's Plan to Run 6 US Ports
U.N.: Close Down Gitmo
White House spurns call in U.N. report to close Guantánamo Bay center

Cartooning Muhammad
Riot Roundup
Iran Renames Danish Pastries
Anger in Asia as cartoon protests flare
Cartoon Protesters Arrested in Pakistan
Pope approves of peaceful cartoon protests
Why people are dying over cartoons, where to view them
Mixed rules on free speech in Europe
What Muslims see in prophet's image
Boycotts over cartoons costing Danish companies millions

Other Military News
U.S. Army Gives Away Last MASH Unit to Pakistan
TV's "Hawkeye" salutes end of real MASH
Authorities: Cocaine boat tried to ram Navy frigate (Bad decisions of the century, #32)
Coast Guard Seizes Ton of Cocaine
Construction Begins on Air Force Memorial

NSA Eavesdropping
Intel Chairman Claims Progress in Wiretap Law Fix- Gov't Ordered to Produce Docs
Senate panel won't investigate NSA

Hamas Rising
Israel to impose tougher sanctions on Palestinians
Russia Wants Hamas to Join Peace Process
Turks, Hamas meet; Israel voices concern

Worldwide Wackos
Japanese firms searched over N.Korean bio weapon link
US pursues "inoculation" strategy to curb Chavez
Chavez Calls U.S. Foreign Policy 'Crazy' (A little bit of the pot calling the kettle black, don't you think?)
France Accuses Iran of Making Nuclear Arms (OK, how bad do you have to be when France is fed up with you? Maybe I don't want to know...)
Lawmakers seek info on cheap Venezuela oil
Pageantry, politics on Kim's birthday

Homegrown Moonbats
Wis. referendums call for troop withdrawal

VP Shooting Accident
President Approves of Cheney Explanation

Other Political News
Bush requests more war, hurricane emergency money
Gonzales won't step aside in Abramoff case
'MASH' actor supports former Ill. governor
Wisconsin becomes 1st state to try to ban 'intelligent design'
Maryland comptroller, 84, ogles 'pretty girl' (This one cracks me up)

U.N. News
Bolton Launches Talks on Replacing Annan

XX Winter Olympics
American Brings Home Gold
Full Olympics Coverage
Russian Olympian Busted
Bodie 'Could Give Up Tomorrow'
Doping rocks Games
Snowboard cross brings Nascar to the slope

Well, it's easy to get them to hold still...
Singer's body exhumed 39 years after death
Australia trials tiger poo in fight against pests
Cops: Burglary victim was burglar too (Ah, sweet irony)
Family ties: Mom, daughter become grandma, mother within 90 minutes
Man obsessed with doorknobs going to jail
Man in animal case argues he shouldn't have to register as sex offender
100 acceptance letters sent by mistake

Other News of Note
Post office to reissue Reagan stamp

Fox News
Northern Plains Expects Chill
Entwistle Pleads Not Guilty
Powerball Record: $365M
Stocks to Watch, Feb. 17
Pelosi Wants Ethics Probe into Budget Bill
Lawyer: No Charges Likely for Gretzky, Wife
Landslide Blankets Philippines Village - 10 Confirmed Dead
Greenland Glaciers Losing Ice at Faster Rate

Reuters: Top News
Two China ships sink, 57 missing
H5N1 virus likely in Hungary swans: vet institute
"Happy Hooker" Hollander says she won't fade away
Battered northern Uganda backs calls for change
Bone marrow transplant disease predictable: study
CSL encouraged by small-dose bird flu vaccine test
VNU settles U.S. antitrust suit, sees 2005 charge
Time Warner CEO says looking at Univision: report
Toyota market cap passes Wal-Mart as shares rise
LSE doubles cash return in defence against bid
Schwarz 2005 loss widens, sees breakeven in 2006
Lagardere boosts TV presence with Vivendi deal
Mack-Cali in deal for New Jersey real estate rival
Community Bank Shares of Indiana to buy Bancshares
Tele2 profit falls in Q4, split-up talk revived
Agfa shares revisit January highs on price rises
HP shares surge to five-year high on strong profit
Grocer Wild Oats posts profit; shares jump
US stocks jump on HP, JC Penney; Dell slips late Video
Rising costs at XM Satellite
Tips for dual-nest snowbirds
Virus attacking Apple Macintosh PCs found: experts
Toshiba to boost HD-DVD

AP World News
Experts Locate Sunken Egyptian Ferry
Haitians See Hope in Preval's Election Win
77 Ecuadoreans Rescued Off El Salvador
Greek Hiker Finds 6,500-Year-Old Pendant
Child Fatally Stabbed on Street in Japan
Few Mexican Migrants Seek Absentee Ballots
German Girl Rescued After Dropping Notes

The Seattle Times
NY police shoot woman in stabbing incident
Search for wayward whippet called off
Feds end investigation of Spokane mayor
Where the buffalo fall: Montana resumes hunts
Clot-dissolving technique may improve stroke recovery
Gym teacher accused of taking bribes
Mountain of problems faces Haiti's new leader
China paper to resume, but without top editors

Chicago Sun-Times
Parents of teen missing in Aruba sue man
Downstate toddler drives through car wash, into house
Firefighters idly watch as blaze destroys non-member's property
Haiti's poor have high hopes Preval will cure ails
Taiwan telling wrongdoers they must play for their crimes

Boston Globe: World
Concern mounts as bird flu spreads to a 5th EU nation
Rice says genocide continuing in Darfur
Japan town strict about saving fuel
Architects meet in Rotterdam on New Orleans
Bad Publicity Puts Pentagon on Defensive
End to Pay Disparity
Navy, Marines $7 Billion Short in '07

Department of Defense
Military Needs Flexibility to Fight Terror - Story
Iraqis Conducting More Independent Ops - Story - Video
Iraqi, U.S. Forces Detain 106, Find Weapons - Story
Casey: Certification Critical to Iraq’s Future - Commentary

10th Mountain Troops Join 'Team Paktika' - Story

Cadets First Graduates of Year-Long Training

Bagram’s New Hospital Nears Completion
Pacemaker Engineers Train Afghan Army

Deployed Fuels Flight Makes Airlift Delivery
UAV Flies Home After 4,000 Combat Hours

Engineer Helps Rebuild Iraq - Story

'Apprentice' Winner Credits Military - Story
Cooks Sizzle Up Steaks for Troops
Rockie Lynne's ASY Musical Tribute

4 Insurgents Killed, 16 Detained
Images Could Harm U.S. Troops
Air Strike Destroys Bunker
Ambassador Welcomes Certification
Terrorists Kill Iraqi Officer, Son
Iraqi Navy Protects Oil Platforms
Forces Capture, Kill Insurgents
Iraqi Army Leads Operation
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

Afghan Engineers Attend Workshop
IED Kills 4 U.S. Troops
Afghans Evacuated for Treatment
Afghanistan Update

Army Modernizes to Win Long War
'Gitmo' Detainees Being Held Legally
Rice Topic: Spreading Democracy
U.N. Inspectors Declined Gitmo Visit
Rumsfeld Thanks Morocco
Low Possibility Al Qaeda in N. Africa
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Program Provides Financial Tools
Guard Transformation 'Remarkable'
Carrier Roosevelt Wraps Up Mission
Insurance Program Helps Wounded
More Health Screening for Troops
Reimbursement Policy Updated
Reservists Support Customs Mission
National Guard, Reserve Update

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
1370 - Battle at Rudau - Germany beats Lithuania
1568 - Holy Roman Emperor agrees to pay annual tribute to Sultan for peace
1598 - Boris Godunov chosen tsar of Russia
1621 - Miles Standish appointed 1st commander of Plymouth colony
1670 - France & Bavaria sign military assistance treaty
1676 - Kings Charles II & Louis XIV sign secret treaty
1691 - Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service
1714 - Parliament of Paris accepts Pope Clemens XI's "Unigenitus" degree
1772 - 1st partition of Poland-Russia & Prussia, joined later by Austria
1776 - 1st volume of Gibbon's "Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire" published
1791 - Messier catalogs M83 (spiral galaxy in Hydra)
1801 - House breaks electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson President over Burr
1817 - 1st US city lit by gas (Baltimore)
1818 - Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents "draisine" (early bicycle)
1836 - HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Tasmania
1848 - Toscane gets liberal Constitution
1854 - British recognize independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)
1864 - Confederate sub H.L. Hunley sinks Union ship Housatonic (1st submarine to sink an enemy ship)
1865 - Columbia, SC burns down during the Civil War (Battle of Charleston)
1867 - 1st ship passes through Suez Canal; Gyula Andressy becomes premier of Hungary
1870 - Mississippi becomes 9th state re-admitted to US after Civil War; Esther Morris appointed 1st female judge
1876 - Sardines 1st canned (Julius Wolff-Eastport, ME)
1878 - 1st telephone exchange in San Francisco opens with 18 phones
1880 - Tsar Alexander II of Russia survives an assassination attempt
1883 - A. Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
1896 - London Country Councils' Muzzling Order becomes effective
1897 - National Congress of Parents & Teachers (PTA) organizes (Washington DC)
1905 - Frances Willard becomes 1st woman honored in National Statuary Hall
1906 - Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice marries in the White House
1911 - 1st amphibian flight to & from a ship, by Glenn Curtiss, San Diego
1913 - New York Armory Show introduces Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp to US public; 1st minimum wage law in US takes effect (Oregon)
1915 - Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WWI, is mortally wounded
1926 - Avalanche buries 75 in Sap Gulch Bingham UT, 40 die
1930 - French government of Tardieu falls
1931 - 1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
1933 - 1st issue of "Newsweek" magazine published; US Senate accept Blaine Act, ending prohibition
1934 - 1st high school auto driving course offered (State College, PA)
1938 - 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
1940 - British destroyers board German Altmark off Norway
1943 - Dutch churches protest at Seyss-Inquart against persecution of Jews; General-Major Bradley flies to Washington, DC; Hitler visits field marshal von Mansteins headquarters in Zaporozje; New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio enlists in the US Army
1944 - Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins - US victory on Feb 22; US begins night bombing of Truk
1947 - "Voice of America" begins broadcasting to USSR; Dutch Roman Catholic bishops publish manifest against "godless communism"
1949 - Chaim Weizman elected 1st President of Israel
1949 - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
1950 - 31 die in a train crash in Rockville Center, New York
1953 - Baseball star/pilot Ted Williams uninjured as plane shot down in Korea
1957 - Suez Canal reopens
1958 - Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
1959 - 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg
1962 - Storm in Hamburg, kills 265
1964 - US House of Reps accept law on civil rights; US Supreme court rules 1 man 1 vote (Westberry vs Sanders)
1965 - US Ranger 8 launched, will transmit 7,137 lunar pictures; US-Japan baseball relations suspended over Masanori Murakami dispute
1966 - French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit
1967 - Kosmos 140 (Soyuz test) launches into Earth orbit
1968 - Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, MA, opens
1969 - Golda Meir sworn in as Israel's 1st female prime minister
1972 - President Nixon leaves Washington, DC for China; British Parliament votes to join European Common Market
1974 - 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
1976 - Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)
1979 - China invades Vietnam
1981 - Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in US history
1983 - Netherlands adopts constitution
1985 - 1st class postage rises from 20¢ to 22¢; 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)
1986 - 1st Francophone Summit convenes at Versailles; Johnson & Johnson announces it no longer sells capsule drugs; Libyan bombers attack N'djamena Airport in Chad
1988 - US Lieutenant Colonel William Higgins kidnapped by Lebanese terrorists & later killed
1989 - 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone "hole"
1989 - Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia & Libya form common market
1993 - Haitian ferry boat capsize in storm, 800-2,000 die
1995 - Colin Fergusson found guilty of killing 6 people on the Long Island Railroad in New York; Federal judge allows lawsuit claiming US tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive & manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked
1997 - Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Pasadena, CA
1998 - Diane Zamora, 20, Naval Academy cadet convicted of capital murder; Larry Wayne Harris & Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax

1490 - Charles de Bourbon officer/governor (Lombardy)
1519 - François de Guise [Balafré], French general strategist (Calais)
1723 - Tobias Mayer "method of lunars" for longitude determination
1804 - Samuel Read Anderson, Confederate Brigadier General
1817 - Frederick Douglass, famous African-American
1824 - William Farrar "Baldy" Smith, Union Major General
1837 - Francis Jay Herron, Union Major General
1854 - Friedrich A. Krupp, German arms manufacturer
1855 - Otto Liman von Sanders, German general in Turkey (WWI)
1874 - Thomas J. Watson, Sr., representative/founder (IBM)
1880 - Alvaro Obregon, General/President of Mexico (1920-24)
1884 - Arthur Vanderpoorten, Flemish minister of Internal affairs (1940)
1888 - Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Stern-Gerlach-experiment, Nobel 1943)
1889 - H(aroldson) L. Hunt, Texas oil multi-millionaire
1906 - Galo Plaza Lasso, President of Ecuador (1948-52), head of OAS (1968-75)
1914 - (Bert de) Wayne Morris, WWII-pilot/actor (Paths of Glory)
1918 - Charles A. Hayes (Representative-IL)
1929 - Yasser Arafat PLO-leader (Achille Lauro, Nobel 1994)
1933 - Craig Thomas (Representative-WY)
1938 - Mary Frances Berry, educator/head (US Commission on Civil Rights)
1942 - Huey Newton, Black Panther leader
1944 - Bernie Grant, British politician (Labour)
1945 - Willie J.L. Swildens-Rozendal, Dutch MP (PvdA)

0364 - Flavius Jovianus, Christian emperor of Rome (363-64), dies at about 32
0956 - Hugo the Great, Earl of Paris/duke of Francia, dies at about 55
1612 - Ernst of Bayern, Prince/Bishop of Luik/archbishop of Cologne, dies at 57
1688 - Reverend James Renwick, hanged in Scotland for being a Presbyterian
1874 - (Lambert) Adolphe J. Quetelet, Belgian astronomer/sociologist, dies at 77
1905 - Serge Alexandrovich, Governor-General Moscow, murdered
1912 - Aloys von Aerenthal, foreign minister (Austria-Hungary), dies at 57; L. Oates, British explorer (Antarctica)
1918 - Wilfrid Laurier, Canadian PM (1896-1911)
1934 - Albert I LCMM von Saksen-Coburg, King of Belgium (1909-34), dies at 58
1977 - Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 76
1991 - Enrique Bermudez, commandant (Contra)

Reported Missing in Action
Sooter, David W., US Army (CA); OH23G shot down - released by DRV March, 1973 - deceased, 1968

The following USN personnel reported MIA when their OP2E was shot down - remains returned 1993:
Ashby, Clayborn W., Jr. (KY)

Coons, Chester L. (ND)

Dawson, Frank A. (CA)

Donato, Paul N. (MA)

Hayden, Glenn (CA)

Kravitz, James S. (CA)

Martin, James E. (UT)

Thurman, Curtis F. (MO)

Wonn, James C. (PA)

Cutter, James D., USAF (KY); F105G shot down (w/Fraser), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Major - alive as of 1996

Fraser, Kenneth J., USAF (NY); F105G shot down (w/Cutter), released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Hawley, Edwin A., Jr., USAF (AL); F4D shot down (w/Irwin), released by DRV (injured) February, 1973

Irwin, Robert H., USAF (NY); F4D shot down (w/Hawley) - remains returned July, 1989 - ID'd November, 1989

by Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon II
February 15, 2006

Soldiers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment search for terrorists and weapons caches in Tal Afar, Iraq.