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6/7/2013 1:17:00 PM
World Almanac for June 7

Today is the 158th day of 2013 and the 80th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1776, Richard Henry Lee proposed a resolution calling for a declaration of independence to the Continental Congress.

In 1929, Vatican City became a sovereign state.

In 1942, the Battle of Midway ended in an Allied victory.

In 2006, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, was killed by a U.S. airstrike.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), painter; Jessica Tandy (1909-1994), actress; Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), poet; Dean Martin (1917-1995), singer/actor; Tom Jones (1940- ), singer; Liam Neeson (1952- ), actor; Orhan Pamuk (1952- ), novelist; Prince (1958- ), musician; Bill Hader (1978- ), actor/comedian; Anna Kournikova (1981- ), tennis player; Michael Cera (1988- ), actor.

TODAY'S FACT: About 40 people reside in the Midway Islands. Most of them are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff or their contractors.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1978, the Washington Bullets (now Wizards) won the franchise's first and only NBA championship title.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt." -- Dean Martin

TODAY'S NUMBER: 839 -- estimated population of Vatican City in 2013.

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (May 31) and new moon (June 8).

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