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5/21/2013 2:23:00 PM
World Almanac for May 21

Today is the 141st day of 2013 and the 63rd day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1881, the American Red Cross was established.

In 1901, Connecticut became the first state to enact a speed-limit law, limiting motor vehicle speeds to 12 miles per hour in the city and 15 mph on country roads.

In 1979, former San Francisco city supervisor Dan White was convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Alexander Pope (1688-1744), poet; Henri Rousseau (1844-1910), artist; Fats Waller (1904-1943), pianist/songwriter; Raymond Burr (1917-1993), actor; Andrei Sakharov (1921-1989), physicist/Russian dissident; Al Franken (1951- ), politician/comedian; Laurence "Mr. T" Tureaud (1952- ), actor; Lisa Edelstein (1967- ), actress; Josh Hamilton (1981- ), baseball player.

TODAY'S FACT: Within one month of the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, the American Red Cross had raised $255 million for the relief and recovery effort.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1978, 21-year-old rookie professional golfer Nancy Lopez won her first Coca-Cola Classic, defeating Joanne Carter on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "The learned is happy, nature to explore; the fool is happy, that he knows no more." -- Alexander Pope

TODAY'S NUMBER: 456 -- height (in feet) of Kingda Ka, the world's tallest roller coaster. The ride opened at the Six Flags Great Adventure theme park in Jackson, N.J., on this day in 2005.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (May 17) and full moon (May 24).

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