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3/6/2013 9:42:00 AM
World Almanac for Mar. 6, 2013

Today is the 65th day of 2013 and the 76th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1836, the Alamo mission and fortress compound in Texas fell to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege.

In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that slaves were property in Dred Scott v. Sandford.

In 1899, the German pharmaceutical company Friedrich Bayer & Co. patented aspirin.

In 1981, Walter Cronkite signed off for the last time as "CBS Evening News" anchor, a post he had held for 19 years.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Michelangelo (1475-1564), painter/sculptor/architect; Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655), soldier/writer; Lou Costello (1906-1959), actor/comedian; Will Eisner (1917-2005), cartoonist; Ed McMahon (1923-2009), TV personality; Alan Greenspan (1926- ), economist; Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927- ), novelist; Rob Reiner (1947- ), actor/director; Connie Britton (1967- ), actress; Shaquille O'Neal (1972- ), basketball player.

TODAY'S FACT: The median age for an American man getting married for the first time in 2011 was 28.9 years old. The median age for women was 26.9.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1964, world heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay announced that his spiritual mentor, Elijah Muhammad, had given him the new name Muhammad Ali.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams." -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

TODAY'S NUMBER: 25 cents -- price for 1 pound of Oreo cookies in a novelty can when the cookie was introduced by the National Biscuit Co. (today known as Nabisco) on this day in 1912.

.TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (March 4) and new moon (March 11).

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