7/1/2013 11:12:00 AM World Almanac for July 1, 2013 Today is the 182nd day of 2013 and the 11th day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg began. In 1908, SOS was adopted as the international distress signal. In 1968, 62 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union, signed the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. In 1997, China resumed sovereignty of Hong Kong after 156 years of British rule.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Walter White (1893-1955), NAACP leader; Estee Lauder (1906-2004), cosmetics company co-founder; Jamie Farr (1934- ), actor; Sydney Pollack (1934-2008), filmmaker; Dan Aykroyd (1952- ), actor; Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997); Carl Lewis (1961- ), Olympic athlete; Pamela Anderson (1967- ), actress; Claire Forlani (1972- ), actress; Liv Tyler (1977- ), actress; Forrest Griffin (1979- ), mixed martial artist.
TODAY'S FACT: The International Criminal Court, established on this day in 2002, is an independent institution and is not part of the United Nations.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1903, the first Tour de France bicycle race began in Paris. Of the 60 cyclists who began the nearly 2,500-kilometer race, only 21 finished, including champion Maurice Garin.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved." -- Diana, Princess of Wales
TODAY'S NUMBER: $150 -- approximate price in U.S. dollars of the first Sony Walkman portable cassette player when it went on sale for the first time, on this day in 1979.
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (June 29) and new moon (July 8).