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2/13/2013 10:28:00 AM
World Almanac for February 13, 2013

Today is the 44th day of 2013 and the 55th day of winter.                                                                                           

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1866, Jesse James held up his first bank.

In 1945, Allied aircraft began bombing the German city of Dresden.

In 1960, France successfully detonated its first atomic bomb.

In 2000, the last of Charles Schulz's original "Peanuts" comics ran in Sunday papers, one day after the cartoonist's death.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Grant Wood (1891-1942), artist; Chuck Yeager (1923- ), aviator; Kim Novak (1933- ), actress; Stockard Channing (1944- ), actress; Jerry Springer (1944- ), TV personality; Henry Rollins (1961- ), musician; Robbie Williams (1974- ), singer; Randy Moss (1977- ), football player; Mena Suvari (1979- ), actress.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1920, the Negro National League was established at a YMCA in Kansas City, Mo., becoming the first black professional baseball league.

TODAY'S FACT: The central event of author Kurt Vonnegut's celebrated novel "Slaughterhouse-Five" is the Allied bombing of the city of Dresden during World War II. Estimates of civilian casualties from the bombings range from 35,000 to 135,000.

TODAY'S QUOTE: " Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

TODAY'S NUMBER: 300 -- estimated number of nuclear weapons in France's stockpile as of December 2012.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Feb. 10) and first quarter moon (Feb. 17).


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