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5/14/2013 1:04:00 PM
World Almanac for May 14

Today is the 134th day of 2013 and the 56th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1607, the Virginia Company of London established a colony at Jamestown, Va.

In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left St. Louis and set out on their historic expedition to explore the land acquired in the Louisiana Purchase.

In 1948, the State of Israel was proclaimed during a ceremony in Tel Aviv.

In 1973, Skylab, the first American space station, was launched into orbit.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Bobby Darin (1936-1973), singer/actor; George Lucas (1944- ), filmmaker; Robert Zemeckis (1951- ), filmmaker; David Byrne (1952- ), singer/musician; Tim Roth (1961- ), actor; Cate Blanchett (1969- ), actress; Sofia Coppola (1971- ), filmmaker; Roy Halladay (1977- ), baseball player; Amber Tamblyn (1983- ), actress; Mark Zuckerberg (1984- ), programmer/entrepreneur.

TODAY'S FACT: The United States paid a total of $15 million for the entire Louisiana Purchase -- a little more than $18 per square mile.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1913, Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson ended his scoreless pitching streak at 55 and 2/3 innings, setting a record that stood for 55 years.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Learning to make films is very easy. Learning what to make films about is very hard." -- George Lucas

TODAY'S NUMBER: 108 -- Virginia Company members who set out from London to establish Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in what would become the United States.

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

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