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6/18/2013 12:42:00 PM
World Almanac for June 18, 2013

Today is the 169th day of 2013 and the 91st day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1812, President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain.

In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte's Imperial French army was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo.

In 1948, Columbia Records revealed the new 12-inch, 33 1/3 revolutions per minute, long-playing record.

In 1983, astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Kay Kyser (1905-1985), bandleader; Sammy Cahn (1913-1993), songwriter; George Mikan (1924-2005), basketball player; Lou Brock (1939- ), baseball player; Roger Ebert (1942-2013), film critic; Paul McCartney (1942- ), musician/songwriter; Isabella Rossellini (1952- ), actress/model; Ray LaMontagne (1973- ), singer-songwriter; Blake Shelton (1976- ), singer-songwriter.

TODAY'S FACT: Napoleon Bonaparte amassed the largest army ever in Europe for his invasion of Russia. He lost more than 25,000 troops in the Battle of Waterloo alone.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2000, golfer Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open by a record 15 strokes, the largest margin of victory in a major.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "The popular song is America's greatest ambassador." -- Sammy Cahn

TODAY'S NUMBER: 23 -- minutes of music per side the first commercial LPs were formatted to play.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (June 16) and full moon (June 23).

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