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5/10/2013 12:37:00 PM
World Almanac for May 10, 2013

Today is the 130th day of 2013 and the 52nd day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1869, a golden spike was driven in Promontory, Utah, in ceremonies marking the symbolic completion of the U.S. transcontinental railroad.

In 1940, Winston Churchill was appointed prime minister of Great Britain.

In 1994, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first post-apartheid president.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865), actor/assassin; Fred Astaire (1899-1987), dancer/actor; David O. Selznick (1902-1965), film producer; Pat Summerall (1930-2013), football player/broadcaster; Donovan Leitch (1946- ), singer; Bono (1960- ), singer; Linda Evangelista, (1965- ), model; Kenan Thompson (1978- ), actor; Odette Annable (1985- ), actress.

TODAY'S FACT: When Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's government fell in 1940, King George VI himself summoned Winston Churchill to Buckingham Palace and asked him to form a government.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1970, Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins scored the game-winning goal in sudden-death overtime to give Boston the Stanley Cup title over the St. Louis Blues.

TODAY'S QUOTE: " There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered." -- Nelson Mandela

TODAY'S NUMBER: 140,000 -- miles of freight railroad track currently in operation in the United States.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (May 9) and first quarter moon (May 17).


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