Jean Schmidt is an American politician. She is a U.S.
Representative-elect of the Republican Party from the U.S. state of
Ohio who is scheduled to be sworn in at 6:30 p.m. EDT on September 6,
2005, after winning a special election on August 2 in the state's
second district to replace Rob Portman. Schmidt is the second Ohio
woman of her party to be elected to Congress without succeeding her
husband and the first woman to represent southwestern Ohio in
Congress. Schmidt is a lifelong resident of Clermont County and won an
11-candidate primary on June 14, 2005. Schmidt faced Democratic
nominee Paul Hackett, an attorney and Marine who served in the Iraq
War in the special election, in which she won by 3.5 percent amid
national attention. The narrowness of her victory in a district
accustomed to Republican landslides led many Democrats to claim a
victory for their party and forecast trouble for the Republicans in
the 2006 House election.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
: The Christian Roman Emperor Theodosius I defeated the pagan usurper
Eugenius in the Battle of Frigidus.
: The Victoria returned to SanlÃºcar de Barrameda, Spain, with Juan
SebastiÃ¡n Elcano and 17 survivors of Ferdinand Magellan's 265-man
expedition, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the globe.
: Holocaust: All Jews over the age of 6 were required to wear the Star
of David in areas controlled by Nazi Germany.
: Ethnic Greeks in Istanbul were attacked by an overwhelming Turkish
mob during the Istanbul Pogrom.
: Baltimore Oriole shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. played his 2131st
consecutive major league baseball game, breaking the 56-year old
record set by New York Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig.
Wikiquote of the day:
"No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise
tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are
fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other
kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals
are in doubt." -- Robert M. Pirsig