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2/7/2013 8:31:00 AM
World Almanac for February 7, 2013

Today is the 38th day of 2013 and the 49th day of winter.                                                                                           

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1904, the Great Fire of Baltimore, which destroyed more than 1,500 buildings, broke out.

In 1917, a German U-boat sank the British ship California off the Irish coast.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy imposed a near-total embargo on all trade between the United States and Cuba.

In 1964, the "British Invasion" began as the Beatles arrived in New York for their first U.S. tour.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Charles Dickens (1812-1870), novelist; Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), writer; Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951), novelist; Eubie Blake (1887-1983), composer/pianist; James Spader (1960- ), actor; Garth Brooks (1962- ), singer; Eddie Izzard (1962- ), actor/comedian; Chris Rock (1965- ), actor/comedian; Steve Nash (1974- ), basketball player; Ashton Kutcher (1978- ), actor.

TODAY'S FACT: Baltimore is the 19th-largest city in the United States, with a population of 620,961 in the 2010 census.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1969, Diane Crump became the first female jockey to ride in a thoroughbred race in the United States at the Hialeah Park race track in Florida.

TODAY'S QUOTE: " Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who, with their soul, encourages another person to be brave and true." -- Charles Dickens

TODAY'S NUMBER: 106 million -- albums sold in the United States by the Beatles, as certified by the Recording Industry Association of America.

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Feb. 3) and new moon (Feb. 10).

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