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1/22/2013 11:53:00 AM
World Almanac for January 22, 2013

Today is the 22nd day of 2013 and the 33rd day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1901, Britain's Queen Victoria died at age 81, after a record 63-year reign.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling on abortion in the Roe v. Wade case.

In 1997, Madeleine Albright was confirmed as the first female U.S. secretary of state.

In 1998, "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski pleaded guilty in Sacramento, Calif., and was sentenced to life without parole.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Francis Bacon (1561-1626), philosopher/essayist; Lord Byron (1788-1824), poet; August Strindberg (1849-1912), playwright; D.W. Griffith (1875-1948), film director; George Balanchine (1904-1983), choreographer; Piper Laurie (1932- ), actress; Steve Perry (1949- ), singer; Jim Jarmusch (1953- ), filmmaker; Linda Blair (1959- ), actress; Diane Lane (1965- ), actress; Ubaldo Jimenez (1984- ), baseball player.

TODAY'S FACT: The tradition of performing Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" during the holiday season began with George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet in 1954.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2006, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second-most ever scored by a single player in an NBA game.

TODAY'S QUOTE: " Remember how small the world was before I came along? I brought it all to life: I moved the whole world onto a 20-foot screen." -- D.W. Griffith

TODAY'S NUMBER: 100 -- the most points ever scored by one player in an NBA game, a feat accomplished by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Jan. 18) and full moon (Jan. 26).

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