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5/3/2013 12:46:00 PM
World Almanac for May 3, 2013

Today is the 123rd day of 2013 and the 45th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1802, Washington, D.C., was incorporated as a city.

In 1921, West Virginia approved the first state sales tax.

In 1973, construction was completed on Chicago's Sears Tower (later renamed the Willis Tower), the tallest building in the world at the time.

In 2006, Zacarias Moussaoui, convicted of conspiracy in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was sentenced to life in prison.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), statesman/philosopher; Golda Meir (1898-1978), Israeli prime minister; Bing Crosby (1903-1977), singer/actor; Pete Seeger (1919- ), singer; Sugar Ray Robinson (1921-1989), boxer; James Brown (1933-2006), singer; Frankie Valli (1934- ), singer; Greg Gumbel (1946- ), sportscaster; Damon Dash (1971- ), entrepreneur; Christina Hendricks (1975- ), actress; Dule Hill (1975- ), actor; Cheryl Burke (1984- ), dancer.

TODAY'S FACT: Residents of Washington, D.C., did not receive the right to vote in presidential elections until the 23rd Amendment was passed in 1961.

TODAY'S SPORTS: in 1987, Julius Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers played his final game, finishing with 30,026 points, 10,525 rebounds and 5,176 assists in his professional basketball (ABA and NBA) career.

TODAY'S QUOTE: " Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." -- Pete Seeger

TODAY'S NUMBER: 23 -- hours of solitary confinement each day for prisoners at the so-called supermax prison in Florence, Colo., where Zacarias Moussaoui is imprisoned.

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (May 2) and new moon (May 9).

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