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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Today in History - April 6th

0648 BC - Earliest total solar eclipse; chronicled by Greeks
0402 - Battle at Pollentia - Roman army under Stilicho beats Visigoten
0610 - Lailat-ul Qadar, the night the Koran descended to Earth
1106 - Fire in Venice
1652 - Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by John of Riebeeck
1663 - King Charles II signs Carolina Charter
1664 - France & Saksen sign alliance
1672 - France declares war on Netherlands
1712 - Slave revolt in New York
1722 - Peter the Great ends tax on men with beards
1724 - Duke of Newcastle becomes English minister of Foreign Affairs
1727 - Denmark signs Covenant of Hannover
1757 - English king George II fires minister William Pitt Sr
1789 - 1st US Congress begins regular sessions, Federal Hall, New York NY
1815 - English militia shoots prisoners, 100's killed
1830 - Joseph Smith & 5 others organize Mormon church in Seneca County, New York
1848 - Jews of Prussia granted equality
1859 - US recognizes Liberal government in México's War of the Reform
1862 - Battle of Shiloh, Union defeats Confederacy in SW Tennessee
1865 - Battle of Sayler's Creek, 1/3rd of Lee's army cut off
1866 - G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) is established
1868 - Brigham Young marries his 27th & final wife
1869 - 1st plastic, Celluloid, patented
1886 - Declaration of Berlin neutralizes Tonga
1889 - George Eastman places Kodak Camera on sale for 1st time
1890 - French troops under Captain Archinard occupy Segu, West-Sudan
1893 - Mormon temple in Salt Lake City dedicated
1896 - 1st modern Olympic games begin in Athens Greece; American, James Connolly, wins 1st Olympic gold medal in modern history
1906 - 1st animated cartoon copyrighted
1909 - 1st credit union established in US; North Pole reached by Americans Robert Peary & Matthew Henson
1912 - Electric starter 1st appeared in cars
1916 - German parliament OKs unrestricted submarine warfare
1917 - US declares war on Germany, enters World War I
1920 - French troop attacks Main/Darmstadt/Hanau
1924 - 4 planes leave Seattle on 1st successful around-the-world flight; Italian fascists receive 65% of vote of parliament; Völkische Block (Nazi's) receives 17.8% of vote in Bayern
1925 - 1st film shown on an airplane (British Air)
1930 - 1st transcontinental glider tow completed; Hostess Twinkies invented by bakery executive James Dewar
1936 - Tornado kills 203 & injures 1,800 in Gainesville GA
1938 - Teflon invented by Roy J Plunkett
1939 - US & UK agree on joint control of Canton & Enderbury Islands (Pacific); Great Britain & Poland sign military pact
1941 - Italian-held Addis Ababa capitulates to British & Ethiopian forces; Beginning of 3 day bombardment of Belgrade (17,000 die); British General Gambier-Parry caught in North Africa; German bombardment on Piraeus (munitions ship explodes)
1943 - British & US offensive at Wadi Akarit, South-Tunisia; Lou Jansen, leader of illegal Dutch political party (CPN) arrested
1944 - Jewish nursery at Izieu-Ain France overrun by Nazis
1945 - Coevorden freed from Nazis; Japanese giant battleship Yamato heads to Okinawa; Massive kamikaze-attack on US battle fleet near Okinawa; US Marines explore Tsugen Shima near Okinawa
1950 - John F Dulles becomes advisor to US Secretary of State Dean Acheson
1954 - TV Dinner is 1st put on sale by Swanson & Sons
1955 - Yemen failed coup by Abdullah Seif el-Islam
1956 - Polish communist Gomulka freed from prison
1957 - NYC ends trolley car service
1964 - Egypt & Belgium restore diplomatic relations
1965 - Intelsat 1 ("Early Bird") 1st commercial geosynchronous communications satellite
1967 - Premier Pompidou forms new French government
1968 - 94.5% of East German voters approve new socialist constitution; Gunpowder stock at a sporting-goods store explodes, killing 43 (Virginia)
1972 - Egypt drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
1973 - Indies troops invade Sikkim; US launches Pioneer 11 to Jupiter & Saturn
1981 - Yugoslav government sends troops to Kosovo
1984 - 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41-C)- Challenger 5 is launched; 1st time 11 people in space
1985 - Sudan suspends constitution after coup under General Swarreddahab
1988 - North pole explorer Matthew Henson buried next to Robert Peary in Arlington
1992 - Microsoft announced Windows 3.1, upgrading Windows 3.0; Serbian troops begin siege of Sarajevo; US Supreme Court rules a Nebraska farmer was entrapped by postal agents into buying mail-order child pornography
1993 - 1st test flight of Ilyushin IL-96M (Moscow)
1994 - Liberal Supreme Court Justice Blackmun (Roe vs Wade) resigns; Palestinian suicide bomber kills 7 Israelis & himself
1997 - Progress M-34 Launch (Russia)

1483 - Raphael [Raffaello Sanzio] Urbino, painter/master builder (Madonna Sistina)
1806 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet (Sonnets from the Portuguese)/Mrs Robert Browning
1823 - Joseph Medill, newspaper editor (Chicago Tribune)
1828 - Charles William Field, Confederate Major General
1866 - Butch Cassidy [Robert Parker], US desperado (Wild Bunch Passage)
1890 - Anthony Herman Gerard Fokker, aircraft pioneer (Spider)
1892 - Donald Wills Douglas, aircraft pioneer (McConnell Douglas)
1903 - Harold Edgerton, foremost high-speed photographer
1910 - Desmond Dreyer, British Admiral
1925 - John Knox, British supreme court justice; Marcus Worsley Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire
1926 - Ian Paisley, clergyman/MP
1928 - James Dewey Watson, chemist (co-discovered structure of DNA)
1929 - "Crazy" Joe Gallo, mobster
1940 - Anne Campbell, MP
1946 - Paul Beresford, MP
1947 - Jan Kees Wiebenga, Dutch MP (VVD)
1950 - Dennis E Eckart (Representative-OH)

1199 - Richard I the Lion-hearted, King of England (1189-99), dies at 41
1362 - Jacques de Bourbon, Count of Marche, killed in battle
1489 - Hans Waldmann, Swiss military/mayor (Zurich), beheaded
1490 - Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary
1590 - Francis Walsingham English Secretary of State, dies at about 57
1593 - Henry Barrow English puritian/Congressionalist, hanged; John Greenwood English Congressionalist, hanged
1838 - José B de Andrada e Silva, Premier of Brazil (1822-23), dies at 74
1854 - William Strickland, US architect
1862 - Adley Hogan Gladden, Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 51; Albert Sidney Johnston Confederate General, dies in battle at 59
1865 - John Austin Wharton, Confederate General-Major, dies at 36; Reuben B. Boston, Confederate cavalry Colonel, dies in battle
1926 - Giovanni Amendola, antifascist/editor-in-chief (Il Mondo), dies at 43
1945 - Benjamin M. Telders, president (Dutch Liberal States Party), dies at 42
1961 - Jules J. B. V. Bordet, Belgian bacteriologist (Nobel 1919), dies at 90
1968 - Bobby Hutton, US Black Panther leader, shot to death
1972 - Heinrich Lübke West German President (1959-69), dies at 77
1983 - Ana Maria Salvador guerilla leader, murdered
1990 - Ronald E. Evans, astronaut (Apollo 17), dies of a heart attack at 57
1993 - Hedi Amira Nouira, PM of Tunisia (1970-80)
1994 - Agatha Uwilingiyimana, Rwanda/1st female PM in Africa, assassinated; Cyprian Niayamira, President of Burundi (1993-94), assassinated; Juvénal Habayarimana President of Rwanda (1973), assassinated
1995 - Vieno J. Sukselainen, PM of Finland (1959-61)

Reported Missing in Action
Cook, Dennis P., USN (CA); A4E crashed in water shortly after launch, Killed, BNR

Gates, James W., US Army (LA); OV1A shot down, (pilot, w/Lafayette)

Lafayette, John W.,US Army (VT); OV1A shot down (observer, w/Gates)

Hegdahl, Douglas B., USN (SD); washed overboard in Tonkin Gulf, released August, 1969 - alive and well as of 1998 ** brought back a list of over 200 POWs names which he memorized to the tune of "Old McDonald Had a Farm". **

Kustigan, Michael T., USN (MA)

Pepper, Anthony John, USMC (VA); KIA / BNR

Trimble, James M., USMC (CA); KIA / BNR

The following Civilian journalists all reported missing, believed abducted:
Arpin, Claude, (France)

Flynn, Sean L., ; British TV crew found remains May, 1991

Stone, Dana, ; British TV crew found remains May, 1991

Takagi, Yujiro, (Japan)

Klingner, Michael Lee, USAF (NE); F100D shot down, KIA / BNR

Brassfield, Andrew T., US Army SF (OH); KIA / BNR

The following USAF pesonnel reported MIA when their HH53C was shot down:
Alley, James H. (FL); remains ID'd September, 1997

Avery, Allen J. (MA); remains returned October, 1997

Call, James Henry III; remains returned October, 1997

Chapman, Peter H., (OH); remains returned October, 1997

Pearson, William R. (NH); remains returend October, 1997

Prater, Roy Dewitt (OH); remains returned October, 1997

Also reported MIA this day in 1972:
Dunlop, Thomas E., USN (FL); A7E shot down
Provincial Reconstruction Team training
Capt. Jacqueline King, right, updates Lt. Col. (Dr.) Christopher Scharenbrock of the status of simulated victims during training on Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Captain King is a physician assistant from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, and Colonel Scharenbrock is an emergency medical doctor with the 60th Medical Operations Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. They are with the multi-service provincial reconstruction team that is helping with the reconstruction, security and governing of Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jack Braden)
Full Story

Remembering a True Hero

Joe Galloway April 05, 2006
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- The word "hero" has been so debased and over-used in our modern society that it is almost meaningless when applied to the real thing.
This past week, here at the U.S.
Army home of the infantry, several hundred people gathered for the dedication of a larger-than-life bronze statue of a real American hero named Rick Rescorla.

The statue is iconic: the young infantry 2nd lieutenant platoon leader leading the way in combat, his M-16 rifle with bayonet attached ready for use. It is based largely on the photograph on the cover of the book "We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young," written by Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and me, which tells the story of the deadly battles in the Ia Drang Valley in the dawn of the
Vietnam War...

Read the rest at
MEDICAL OUTREACH — U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Elena Varela helps a local Afghan child lace his new pair of shoes donated from the U.S. Army during a medical outreach program in the village of Khakeran, Qalat Province, Afghanistan, March 18, 2006. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Leslie Angulo

In Today's News - Thursday, April 6, 2006

Quote of the Day
"You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory.
Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terrors.
Victory, however long and hard the road may be,
for without victory there is no survival."
-- Prime Minister Winston Churchill

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Military Doubts Burning Pilot Video
Iraqis Capture Major Terror, Kidnapping Suspect
Saddam Prosecutors Recall Ex-Judge for Shiite Deaths
15 dead in car bomb in Iraq's Najaf
Saddam co-defendant takes stand in trial
Saddam-Era Judge Defends Death Sentences

Operation Enduring Freedom
Mortar Lands Near U.S. Base

Homeland Security / War on Terror
DHS Official Arrested on Child Seduction Charges- Video: Sex Sting
Italy Thwarts Subway, Church Terror Attacks
Defense Asks Judge to Halt Gitmo Hearing

Other Military News
F-16 Crashes Into Ocean

Senate GOP Revise Immigration Bill
Dems withhold judgment
Task Forces to Target Immigration Fraud
Senate Set for Test Vote Over Immigration

Hamas Rising
Israeli forces detain Palestinian minister: Hamas

Grand Jury to Hear McKinney-Capitol Police Case
House votes to crack down on advocacy groups
Rice urges US-India nuclear deal in Congress
Clintons' Speeches Invite Comparison

Three Arrested, Man Shot in 'Baby Shower Gone Bad'
How would you like to meet these guys?

Other News of Note
Homes Threatened by Weakened Dam in California
New species of parrot, mouse found in Philippines
US agency conducting criminal probe of BP: report

Fox News
French Students Protest Labor Law for Third Day
Gov't Spending Hits Record High in 2005, Watchdog Says
Vioxx Found Liable for $4.5M
Stocks to Watch: Merck
Stocks Close at Highs
Planet's Formation Cracked?
Responding to Crisis - Duke lacrosse season cancelled

Reuters: Top News
Deadly H5N1 bird flu found in dead UK swan: report - Video
Enron's Skilling set to take the witness stand
Drug industry spends millions on US states: report
Microsoft Japan sees 80 Xbox 360 games by year-end
MTV, NBA store in new PayPal mobile text deal
In Nicaragua, former US Cold War enemy eyes power
Design software weakens classic drawing skills
Vaccine thwarts drug-resistant pneumonia, meningitis
Microsoft buys 'Fable' developer's game studio
Enron's Skilling set to take the witness stand
Microsoft Japan sees 80 Xbox 360 games by year-end
American Express to restate 2005, 2004 results
Vodafone rejigs to cut costs, drive growth
Napster jumps 13 pct; Merck falls further
Stocks seen opening flat before retail data - Video
Stock futures indicate steady market open
Nobel stock slips after more bone loss worries
Japan's TOPIX marks highest close since Nov 1991
Starbucks to expand in African coffee
Blackstone says energy deals drying up

AP World News
Israeli President Taps Olmert As Next PM
Nepal Police Arrest Hundreds of Activists
Poll: Viewers Prefer Couric in the Morning
Fossil Fish Sheds Light on Transition
Changes Ordered to Pentagon Database
Iraq, Katrina May Delay BRAC Work

Department of Defense
Pace Discuses Positive, Negative News - Story
World Affairs Council Honors Servicemembers
Special Ops Leader Thanks Lawmakers - Story
Interagency Cooperation Plays Vital Role in War
Afghan, Coalition Forces Secure IEDs, Cache - Story
Wounded Troops Conquer Mountains at Clinic - Story
'Milkshake Man' Inspires Disabled, Wounded

Iraqis, U.S. Soldiers Conduct Medical Clinic - Story
Iraqis Assume Security Duties in Salah Ad Din - Story
U.S. Troops Secure Baghdad’s Route Redwing - Story
Ground Breaks For New Shibar Police Station - Story

Raider Brigade Turns In Excess Equipment
Operation Improves Baghdad Checkpoints

U.S. Navy Corpsman’s Good Works Live On
Provincial Reconstruction Teams Train for Afghanistan
Troops Celebrate Women’s History Month

Marine Follows Dad's Footsteps, Prepares to Deploy - Story


Teen Sends Tunes to Troops - Story

Forces Rescue Kidnap Victims
Bush: Elected Must 'Do Their Job'
Marine's Body Recovered
Forces Rack Up Recent Successes
Rice Expresses Confidence
Casey: Ops Pressure Terrorists
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (PDF)
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (PDF)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

Troop Deaths Investigated
Attack Kills Bomber, Injures Soldier
Forces Kill Enemy Fighter
Afghan Agency Delivers Rations
Afghanistan Update

Military, Industry Must Work Jointly
Hearings Begin for Terror Suspect
Commissions to Resume at Gitmo
Medalist Returns to Sports Clinic
More Detainee Transcripts Released
Agency Mission: Reduce WMD Threat
Iran Might Have New Torpedo
Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

America Pays Tribute to Weinberger
Medalist Returns to Sports Clinic
VA Secretary Lauds Vets’ Grit
17 Recover After Surviving Crash
No Pay System ID Theft Reported
National Guard, Reserve Update

Defense Officials Identify Casualties - Story

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

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar