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6/12/2013 12:30:00 PM
World Almanac for June 12

Today is the 163rd day of 2013 and the 85th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1963, civil rights leader Medgar Evers was assassinated in Jackson, Miss.

In 1978, David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam" serial killer, was sentenced to 365 years in prison.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall" in a speech delivered in divided Berlin.

In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of professional football player O.J. Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered in Los Angeles.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: George H.W. Bush (1924- ), 41st U.S. president; Anne Frank (1929-1945), diarist/Holocaust victim; Jim Nabors (1930- ), actor; Marv Albert (1941- ), sportscaster; Chick Corea (1941- ), musician; Hideki Matsui (1974- ), baseball player.

TODAY'S FACT: Assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers' brother, Charles Evers, was the first African-American since Reconstruction to be elected a mayor in Mississippi, in 1969.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1939, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, N.Y.

TODAY'S QUOTE: " I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains." -- Anne Frank

TODAY'S NUMBER: 28 -- years the Berlin Wall stood separating East and West Berlin.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (June 8) and first quarter moon (June 16).

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