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4/19/2013 2:49:00 PM
World Almanac for April 19, 2013

Today is the 109th day of 2013 and the 31st day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1775, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War were fought at Lexington and Concord, Mass.

In 1943, an uprising began in the Warsaw Ghetto in German-occupied Poland.

In 1995, a truck bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168.

In 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope; he selected the pontifical name Benedict XVI.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Eliot Ness (1903-1957), law enforcement agent; Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967), actress; Dudley Moore (1935-2002), actor; Tim Curry (1946- ), actor; Al Unser Jr. (1962- ), auto racer; Ashley Judd (1968- ), actress; James Franco (1978- ), actor; Kate Hudson (1979- ), actress; Troy Polamalu (1981- ), football player; Maria Sharapova (1987- ), tennis player.

TODAY'S FACT: More than 14 percent of the world's population speaks Mandarin Chinese as a first language. Five percent of the world's population speaks English as a first language.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1897, New Yorker John J. McDermott won the first Boston Marathon with a time of 2:55:10.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 175 -- days in orbit for Salyut 1, the first space station, launched by the Soviet Union on this day in 1971.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "I will only be the supreme pontiff of the Catholic Church until 8 p.m. and then no longer. I will simply be a pilgrim who is starting the last phase of his pilgrimage on this earth." -- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, during his last public appearance as Pope on Feb. 28, 2013

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (April 18) and full moon (April 25).

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