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Friday, March 02, 2007

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alvin Anyiah removes snow from fast attack submarine USS Philadelphia at Submarine Base New London, Conn., Feb. 26, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by John Narewski

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Woman Gunner Helps Protect Security Detachment

U.S. Army Pfc. Evelyn Williams

By Spc. Courtney Marulli
2nd Brigade Combat Team
2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs

FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq, March 1, 2007 — Women throughout history have faced many barriers such as not being able to vote, get a secondary education, hold a government position or work in combat arms. But with time, many of these restrictions have crumbled because women are willing to go the extra mile.

One such woman is Pfc. Evelyn Williams of Temple Hills, Md., the only woman in the Personal Security Detachment for the command group of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

Her role isn't one of support, but rather one of combat, as Williams is a 7.62 mm machine gun operator. This role isn't something that surprised Williams, as she would have been a gunner if she had stayed with her military police company.

She sits in the turret of the lead vehicle and takes her position seriously. She must keep a sharp eye for snipers, grenade attacks, suicide bombers, and improvised explosive devices.

"Basically, I feel if something happened, I would be responsible because I am the eyes for all the vehicles," Williams said.

Even though she keeps a sharp eye and had safe ventures into sector, Williams still gets nervous when she goes on a mission because she knows it's her responsibility to keep everyone safe.

"If I don't see an IED or call it and it hits another vehicle, I would feel responsible," she said.

If her eye catches even the smallest thing that seems suspicious, she calls down to her noncommissioned officers, because it may be something serious. With the abundance of litter and debris lining the sides of the roads and alley ways, Williams said it can be difficult to notice a serious threat from regular garbage.

She is grateful for the support she has received from her team.

Fellow soldiers took her in as one of their own, Williams said. She hasn't had any problems being the only woman, and was accepted immediately.

"I enjoy being the only female," she said. "If I hear 'only female,' I feel special."

Although, Williams is manning a deadly weapon, going out of the wire also appeals to her softer side.

Seeing Iraqi youth while on patrol is her favorite part of leaving the wire, which she does on an almost daily basis. She also enjoys seeing the Iraqi people do their part to help such as clearing paths or helping direct people to the sides so the vehicles can go through.

Joining the Army was something Williams always wanted to do and choosing her job was natural, as she wanted to be a police officer in the civilian world. In college, she was taking college courses in criminal justice and passed the test to become a police officer.

However, she was required to wait six months while background checks were conducted, and that was just too long a wait, so she joined the Army.

Her desire to be in law enforcement stems from her desire to help children, stop domestic abuse, and combat drugs. She is also passionate about stopping people from drinking and driving.

Williams, who has been in the Army for 13 months, enjoys her work but looks forward to returning to her husband and two children.

"I have kids," she said. "They need me."

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Eric Zimmerman (kneeling), Staff Sgt. Edward Tompkins and Mitchell Manzo (on ladder), comprising the Elmendorf Air Force Base snow sculpting team, work late into the night Feb. 23 carving out a pirate ship during the Anchorage, Alaska, Fur Rendezvous snow sculpture competition. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Garrett Hothan

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Release Date: 3/1/2007
Release Number: 07-01-03P

Description: YUSUFIYAH, Iraq — Multi-National Division – Baghdad troops found and seized a massive weapons cache along one of Baghdad’s main highways Feb. 28.

Soldiers from Company A, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment “Golden Dragons,” 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) discovered the cache while conducting a combat patrol along Mulla Fayad Highway, west of Yusufiyah.

The cache consisted of two Sanger missiles with launch tubes, 200 meters of fuse, 1000 12.7mm Dishka rounds, two 122mm rockets, 18 60mm mortar rounds, 80 hand grenades, six rocket stabilizers, 10 120mm mortar tail fins, 100 60mm mortar fuses, five 106mm artillery rounds, one 57mm rocket, one rocket-propelled grenade, one 57mm anti-aircraft round, two RPG-9s, 60 120mm mortars, two unknown mortar rounds, one RPG launcher, one 60mm mortar illumination round, one Dishka heavy machinegun receiver, 20 canisters, 10 cylinders of homemade explosives, 2000 7.62mm rounds, 14 57mm rockets, 40 pounds of homemade explosives and 200 ZPU-1 anti-aircraft rounds.
(emphasis mine -- Pam)

“The (find) will put a dent in the terrorists’ ability to make improvised explosive devices,” said Maj. Brock Jones, the executive officer with the Golden Dragons and a native of Lakewood, Ohio. “The Soldiers did well today – their familiarity with the area of operations allowed them to locate the cache”

The battalion continues to search the area for more caches. The cache was destroyed during a controlled detonation conducted by an explosive ordnance team.

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Fighting Falcons
Two F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 332nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron sit on the ramp Feb. 26, after recently arriving in Balad Air Base, Iraq. The F-16s are deployed from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 148th Fighter Wing along with roughly 400 guardsmen in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Julie M. Tomaska

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Take that, Hippie!

Violators of Military Hoaxes Act Could Receive Fines, Prison Time

Feb 28, 2007
BY U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Army News Service, Feb. 28, 2007) - Persons making false or misleading statements to families about the death, injury, capture or disappearance of a servicemember during war could be fined, imprisoned or both.

According to the Stop Terrorist and Military Hoaxes Act of 2004, it's a criminal offense to convey false or misleading information about the status of a servicemember during a time of armed conflict. In addition to fines, violators can face up to five years in jail. When serious injury occurs as a result of a hoax, possible jail time increases to 20 years, and life imprisonment is possible if the hoax results in death.

Individuals in anti-war and anti-government groups may prey on family members as an act of rebellion to Soldiers actively engaged in conflict, said Capt. Anthony Adolph, judge advocate, Headquarters, 3d Military Police Group (Criminal Investigations Command).

"Soldiers and their family members are easy targets for such groups who tend to prey on individuals with loved ones serving in combat," Adolph said. "Victims of this scam should know that in the case of injury notifications, the Soldier will be asked to personally call the family. If unable to do so, the call will come from the Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Center at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command or the hospital where the Soldier is recovering."

According to Col. Pat Gawkins, CMAOC director, if a Soldier dies in theater or while recovering in a medical facility, a casualty notification officer will make an in-person notification.

"Unfortunately, there have been circumstances beyond our control when we have had to make notifications by telephone," Gawkins said. "These calls are followed up immediately by a Soldier who will extend condolences.

"We have had issues of the Record of Emergency Data (DD93) not having current addresses or incomplete next-of-kin information, which have caused us to make telephonic notification," he added. "In these cases, by simply trying to verify an address, or one next-of-kin calling another while their casualty notification officer was present, we have made notification. Again, this happens in very few cases, but it does happen."

In addition to the personal visit, Adolph said a casualty assistance officer will provide immediate support for the family member whenever and wherever necessary to help the family through their crisis.

The 2004 Hoax Act is meant to not only protect the victims of a hoax, but responders as well.

"The civil action portion of the statute means that in addition to criminal penalties, a person who violates the statute may be required to pay for the cost of any expenses that an emergency response or investigative agency incurs while responding to their hoax," Stephens said. "Hoaxes distract federal, state and local law enforcement criminal investigators and emergency responders from a real crises and threats, resulting in a risk to public safety and national security."

CID special agents recommend that family members who receive calls concerning the medical status of loved ones deployed to a combat zone note the name and telephone number of the caller, if possible, and contact the local Casualty Office or the American Red Cross to confirm. If the call is determined to be a hoax, immediately report the crime to the local CID office.

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KIRKUK PATROL – A U.S. soldier patrols near the Abassi police station as he waits for the Iraqi police to join their mounted patrol of the village in the providence of Kirkuk, Feb. 21. U.S. soldiers are with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, Bravo Company. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Maria J. Bare

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In Today's News - Friday, March 2, 2007

Quote of the Day
"I ask you to look into your hearts
and recognize that there is no room
for neutrality on the issue of terrorism.
You're either with civilization or with terrorists."

- Rudolph Giuliani, then Mayor of New York
in an address to the United Nations, October 1, 2001

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraqi boy turns in terrorist dad (Video)
Dozens of explosions rock Baghdad
Dozens of al Qaeda killed in Anbar: Iraq police
Democrats want troops out if goals unmet
Bombing in Iraq targets Shiite cleric
False Stories Abound in Chaos of Iraq

Operation Enduring Freedom
Senior Taliban leader held in Pakistan: sources - Video
Opium trade undermines Afghan democracy, U.S. says

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Aussie 'Taliban' to Face Terror Charges in U.S.
Australia's Hicks alleges U.S. abuse at Guantanamo

Troops on Trial
Second arraignment for Marine in Hamdania killing

Other Military News
Japan PM: No Proof of WWII Sex Slaves (Japan is claiming they were willing prostitutes...)
Army Fires Walter Reed Commander
Panel slams treatment of Guard, Reserves

Worldwide Wackos
U.S. sees progress on new Iran sanctions: official (What a surprise)
Iran says wants atom talks - Video
Seeking aid, N. Korea vows to stop nukes (Suuuuuuuure.....)

Homegrown Moonbats Advisors: Apology Mr. Arkin?

Politics / Government
McCain Draws Fire for Iraq Comment (As well he should. He should damn well know better)
JFK Adviser Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Dies
California needs billions in bonds: Schwarzenegger
Bush acknowledges frustrations in New Orleans

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Official: Mexican Drug Runner Shot by Border Agents Smuggled More Drugs Into U.S. (I know, I know...stunning, isn't it? Whodathunkit?)

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Feds Charge Devlin With Child Porn
RAW DATA: Read the Full Devlin Indictment (pdf)
2 Questioned in 'Barbie Bandits' Case
S.D. Police Make Arrest in Case of Body Parts Strewn Across Highway
Report: Police Eye Husband in Case of Michigan Mom Tara Grant Who Vanished From Detroit Suburb
Justice Department Announces $45 Million Multi-Ton Drug Bust Targeting Mexican Organization
Officials Find 9-Year-Old Iowa Girl Missing Since 2005 Living Under False Name Created by Mother
South Carolina Middle School Teacher Accused of Having Sex With at Least 5 Underage Boys
Prosecutor: Couey Buried Lunsford Alive (And if the scumbag gets a death penalty, there are people who will call it 'cruel')
Sex with adult stepdaughter still incest: court

Science / Medicine / Technology
Scientists Discover Subterranean 'Ocean' Under Eastern Asia
Body of British Diplomat Who Died in 1919 May Help Fight Bird Flu
FDA Finds Tainted Peanut Butter Source
Canada diabetes epidemic predicts worse for world
New AIDS drugs offer hope for long-term patients
Polar year starts with worries of rising seas - Video
Twin spacecraft track solar storms, NASA says
Active hurricane season risk grows: meteorologists
Cassini spacecraft snaps new views of Saturn
Lenovo recalls 100,000 laptop batteries
Greek archaeologists find Hera statue

Mother Nature
Twisters Leave Path of Destruction Across South
Blizzard Blamed for 4 Deaths Across Plains
PHOTO ESSAY: Italy Volcano Spews Lava

It's Over! After 5 Weeks, Hiccups Stop for 15-Year-Old Girl
Florida Man: Chicken Burrito Paralyzed Me
'Mountain Boy' Lived in Wild for 8 Years
Students Make Porn Film Between Classes
Rules force man to urinate in bottle in exam - Video
Superstition sparks toilet cleaning craze - Video

Fox News
8 Haitians Dead, 44 Missing After Boat Fire
Stocks Rally in Wild Session After Early Plunge
Anna Nicole to Wear Custom Gown at Burial
Police Chief's College Degree Gives 'Paws'
Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Could Be Baseball's First Billionaire Player Because of Rock Quarry Sales of Rap Albums Take Stunning Nosedive
Pop Tarts: Britney Spears Boozes in Borrowed Bikini
McDonald's Not Amused by Prince's Remarks

Reuters: Top News
Guatemala drug slayings put pressure on government
Senegal's Wade re-elected, warns opposition
EU warns Microsoft of possible further fines
Lenovo recalls ThinkPad batteries made by Sanyo
Chechen parents cry tears of frustration for missing
S.Africa police face low pay and hardened criminals
Latest "Idol" sex scandal may be short-lived
McCartneys face-to-face in London courtroom
Markets mostly lower - Video
Stocks fall as investors shun risk
Oil rises on refinery glitches and supply worries
Dell down after the bell
Motorola stock up after Icahn files to buy shares
CEOs to investors: relax!
Easing oil prices tame green demand
Precious ETFs should help prices
Dell profit down sharply
GM's February U.S. sales rise
Boeing plane orders surge in February
Verizon kicks off cell phone TV
Sharp to build $1.7 billion LCD panel plant: paper
Biggest bond investors bet on rate cut

AP World News
Even ignoring Paris Hilton makes news
Buffett plans to hire investment manager
Baseball wants more info about Matthews
Bledsoe, Horn, Porter, McCardell let go
Trail Blazers GM Patterson resigns
For Lent, parishes lighten up fish fry
Judge gives Foxy Brown one more chance
NHL's Ducks, Kings to play in London
Bobby Brown free after he pays support
Blue Jackets goalie is out for season
Personal incomes rise, construction down
Suns' road streak against the East ends
Poll: Rudi, John, or Mitt?
NASCAR: Guardsman Gets Face Planted
DT: Brain-dead Raptors Update
Blog: SpouseBUZZ Book Club
Early Look: On Call in Hell

CENTCOM: Press Releases

New data technology makes aerial reconnaissance video available to users in the field - podcast
Congressman calls command modeling and simulation hub - podcast
Newsmakers: Navy Captains Kevin Frank and Susan Chiaravalle - podcast

Budget Requests Support Current, Future Needs - Story
Commission Reports on Strengthening Defenses - Story
Medical Review Group Holds First Meeting - Story
Walter Reed Chief Relieved of Command
Success in Long War Requires Regional Effort - Story
Official Discusses International Partnership in War - Story
Defense Department Tops Nation in Child Care - Story

More Headline News
U.S. Should Use Counterinsurgency Methods
General Cites Reconstruction Progress in Iraq
Terror, Iran, North Korea Top List of Threats

Military News
Leaders Call on Congress to Fund IED Research
Pentagon Channel Showcases Military Women
Pace Discusses Force Levels, Military Challenges

America Supports You
Presidential Meeting Inspires Homefront Support Groups - Story
Group Sends Care to Troops
President Bush Thanks Groups for Dedication, Troop Support

War on Terror
Rebuilding in Iraq Shifts to Self-Sustaining Iraqi Effort - Story
Successful Iraq Rebuilding Effort Could Come to End in 18 Months
Charge Referred Against ‘Australian Taliban’
Forces Kill 13 Insurgent, Detain 26
Two Die in Iraq; Two Previous Casualties Identified
Officials Transfer Detainees

Joint Trauma Institute Takes on National Role - Story
Squadron Tests Sniper Pod
Denmark Joins Joint Strike Team

Face of Defense
Soldier Tackles Numerous Duties
Father, Son Serve in Afghanistan

Leaders Ask for IED Research Funds - Story
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

Successful Iraq Rebuilding Effort Could Come to a Close in 18 Months - Story - Video - Bio
Bloggers' Roundtable Transcript
Reconstruction Snapshot
Bloggers' Roundtable Web Site

Air Defense ‘Family’ Returns to Afghanistan - Story
Donation ‘From The Heart’ Saves Wounded Ally - Story
Reconstruction, Security Go Hand-In-Hand - Story
Construction Continues on Children’s Hospital - Story
Turkish-U.S. Airlift Brings Supplies to Afghans - Story

Communicators Keep 1st Cavalry Connected
Army Engineers Help Deliver School Supplies
Training Mission Hones Skills of Pararescuemen
Iraqi Police Unit Bounces Back After Attack
Signal Company Keeps Brigade Talking
Maintenance Troops Supporting The Fight
Iraqi Business Restoration Progressing
Troops, Locals Celebrate Reopening of Market

Spartans Turn Over Afghan Provinces
Afghan Doctors Learn New Medical Techniques
Father, Son Paratroopers Serve in Afghanistan

Renewal In Iraq
Iraq: Security, Stability
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Weekly Reconstruction Report (PDF)
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada

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

Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama

Baler Radar Site Catanduanes Radar Site Manila

South Korea
Cheju Upper/Radar Chonju Chunchon Inch'on Kunsan Masan Mokp'o
Osan Pusan Seoul Suwon Taegu Taejon Tonghae Radar Site Ulsan Yosu

Today in History
0871 - Battle at Marton: Ethelred van Wessex beats Danish invasion army
1121 - Dirk VI becomes count of Holland
1458 - Hussite George van Podiebrad chosen king of Bohemia
1498 - Vasco da Gama's fleet visits Mozambique Island
1629 - English King Charles I leases house of commons
1675 - Prince William III installed as Governor of Overijssel
1776 - Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
1789 - Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances
1799 - Congress standardizes US weights & measures
1807 - Congress bans slave trade effective January 1, 1808
1819 - Territory of Arkansas organized
1819 - US passes its 1st immigration law
1824 - Interstate commerce comes under federal control
1831 - John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission
1836 - Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico
1853 - Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Territory
1855 - Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia
1858 - Frederick Cook, New Orleans, patents a cotton-bale metallic tie
1861 - Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant, Washington, DC; US Congress creates Dakota & Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska & Utah territories
1863 - Congress authorizes track width of 4'8½" for Union Pacific RR
1865 - General Early's army is defeated at Waynesborough
1866 - 1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Connecticut
1867 - Congress abolishes peonage in New Mexico; Jesse James-gang robs bank in Savannah MO, 1 dead; US Congress creates the Department of Education, passes the 1st Reconstruction Act
1876 - Rutherford B. Hayes declared President (won electoral vote by 1), despite Samuel J. Tilden (D) winning popular vote
1893 - 1st federal railroad legislation passed; required safety features
1896 - Battle of Aduwa, Abyssinia (Ethiopia) defeats invading Italians
1899 - President McKinley signs bill creating Mount Rainier National Park (5th in US)
1901 - Hawaii's 1st telegraph company opens
1904 - "Official Playing Rules of Professional Base Ball Clubs" adopted
1907 - General Louis Botha named premier of Transvaal
1909 - Great Britain, France, Germany & Italy ask Serbia to set no territorial demands
1910 - 2 trains crash in snow storm in Wellington WA, 118 die
1915 - British Vice Admiral Carden begins bombing of Dardanelles forts; Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine
1917 - Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted
1919 - 1st congress of Communist International opens at the Kremlin
1923 - "Time" magazine debuts
1925 - Japan's House of Representatives recognizes male suffrage; Nationwide road numbering system & US shield marker adopted; SDAP-Second-Faction (Dutch Socialists) of parliament demands drastic disarmament
1927 - Babe Ruth becomes highest paid baseball player ($70,000 per year)
1929 - Congress creates Court of Customs & Patent Appeals
1930 - 1st US indoor glider flight, St. Louis Terminal Building
1933 - "King Kong" premieres at Radio City Music Hall & RKO Roxy, NYC; Most powerful earthquake in 180 years hits Japan
1934 - Union Pacific tests light-weight high-speed passenger train, Omaha
1937 - Mexico nationalizes oil
1938 - Landslides & floods cause over 200 deaths (Los Angeles CA); Trials of Soviet leaders begins in the Soviet Union
1939 - Eugenio Pacelli chosen as Pope Pius XII; Mass Legislature votea to ratify the Bill of Rights; 147 years late
1940 - Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland
1942 - Admiral Helfrich departs Java for Ceylon
1943 - 1st transport from Westerbork Netherlands to Sobibor concentration camp; Sea battle in Bismarck Sea finishes, US & Australia win
1944 - Fumes from locomotive stalled in a tunnel suffocate 521 in Italy
1945 - 8th Air Force bombs Dresden; King Michael of Romania gives in to Communist government
1946 - Dutch troops land on East Bali; Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam
1946 - Kingman Douglass becomes deputy director of CIA
1949 - 1st automatic street light (New Milford CT); Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round-the-world flight at Fort Worth TX, covering 23,452-mis in 94 hours
1950 - Silly Putty invented
1955 - King Norodom Sihanukh of Cambodia succeeded by his father
1956 - Morocco tears up the Treaty of Féz, declares independence from France
1958 - 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days
1958 - Yemen announces it will join the United Arab Republic
1962 - JFK announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing
1965 - "Sound Of Music" opens
1966 - 215,000 US soldiers in Vietnam
1968 - USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world; USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit
1969 - 1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde
1970 - American Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747; Rhodesia becomes independent republic; Supreme Court ruled draft evaders can not be penalized after 5 years
1972 - Jean-Bédel Bokassa appoints himself President for life of Central African Republic
1972 - Pioneer 10 launched for Jupiter flyby
1973 - "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum
1974 - 1st class postage raised from 8¢ to 10¢; Grand jury concludes President Nixon is involved in Watergate cover-up
1976 - Walt Disney World logs its 50 millionth guest
1977 - Future Tonight Show host Jay Leno debuts with host Johnny Carson; Libya amends constitution
1978 - 1st broadcast of "Dallas" on CBS TV; Soyuz 28 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Czechoslovakian) to Salyut 6
1981 - Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists
1982 - Terror group "The Illuminated Path" frees 260 prisoners in Peru
1983 - Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
1984 - Iran offensive against Iraq fails
1985 - US approves screening test for AIDS
1986 - Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US; Dutch Liberal Party merged with SDP
1989 - 12 European nations agree to ban chlorofluorocarbon production by 2000; Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil
1991 - UN votes in favor of US resolutions for cease fire with Iraq
1994 - Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender if taped statement is broadcast; it is - he doesn't; William Natcher, (Representative-Democrat-KY), casts his 18,401 & last consecutive vote
1995 - Ferry boat sinks off Sumbe Angola, 42+ killed; Space shuttle STS-67 (Endeavour 8), launches
1997 - Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple; Soyuz TM-24 returns to Earth (Russia)

1316 - Robert II the Steward, King of Scotland (1371-90)
1409 - John II, French duke of Alençon/co-fighter of Jeanne d'arc
1459 - Adrian VI [Adriaan F. Boeyens], Pope (1522-23)
1769 - DeWitt Clinton (Governor/Senator-NY)
1793 - Sam[uel] Houston, 1st president of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44)
1810 - Leo XIII [Vincenzo G Pecci], 256th pope (1878-1903)
1824 - Henry Beebee Carrington, Union Brigadier General
1828 - Jefferson Columbus Davis, Union Brevet Major General
1829 - Carl Schurz, Union Major General / journalist / political reformer
1876 - Pius XII [Euhenio MGG Pacelli], 260th Pope (1939-58)
1908 - Jan Brasser Dutch resistance fighter (Witte Ko)/communist
1916 - Anne Vondeling Dutch politician (PvdA)
1917 - Desi Arnaz Santiago Cuba, singer/actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy)
1923 - Robert H.Michel (Representative-IL)
1930 - Jan van Noor,Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
1931 - Duane F.Graveline, astronaut; Mikhail S.Gorbachev Privolnoye, Soviet Secretary-General (1985-91); Tom Wolfe Richmond, journalist/author (Right Stuff)
1940 - Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Progressive Federal Party, 1979-86)
1943 - Rosa DeLauro (Representative-CT)
1946 - Brian J. Donnelly (Representative-MA)

- Lotharius King of France (954-86), dies at 44
1122 - Floris II the fat one, count of Holland
1127 - Charles the Good, Count of Vlanderen, murdered
1333 - Wladyslaw IV the Short One/Great, duke/king of Poland
1383 - Amadeus VI count of Savoy
1840 - Heinrich Olbers, German astronomer (discoverer of comets & asteroids), dies at 81
1855 - Nicholas I Pavlovitch, tsar of Russia (1825-55), dies at 58
1862 - Frederick West Lander, Union Brigadier-General/poet, dies at 40
1895 - Ismail Pasha, kedive of Egypt (1863-79), dies at 64
1916 - Elisabeth OL [Carmen Sylva], Queen of Romania, dies at 72
1973 - Cleo Noel, US ambassador to Sudan is assassinated
1979 - Mullah Mustafa Barzani, Kurdish leader, dies at 75; Sir Richard Sykes, British ambassador is assassinated in Holland
1986 - Zafer Masri, mayor of Nablus, murdered
1991 - Clark Mollenhoff, US journalist (Pulitzer Prize)
1996 - Jacobo Majluta, President of Dominican Republic (1982), dies at 61

Reported Missing in Action
Lockhart, Hayden J., USAF (OH); F100D shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998

Worst, Karl Edward, USAF (AR); O1E shot down, KIA, Body not recovered

Martin, Donald E., US Army (IN); escaped April, 1968

Widener, Larry Allen, US Army (OH); KIA, remains recovered March, 1968 - ID'd February, 1974

Bogiages, Christo C., Jr., USAF (FL); F105D shot down

Evans, William A., US Army SF (WI); KIA, Body not recovered (w/May)

May, Michael F., US Army SF (MI); KIA, Body not recovered (w/Evans)

McVey, Lavoy D., USMC (CO); fell from helicopter during attempt to search for Skibbe,presumed Killed

Skibbe, David W., USMC (IL); wounded in field, cable on rescue helicopter hoist snapped during extraction, fell and presumed Killed

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