11/18/2013 12:59:00 PM World Almanac for November 18, 2013
Today is the 322nd day of 2013 and the 58th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1883, American and Canadian railroads instituted five standard continental time zones.
In 1928, the first cartoon with sound, Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie," premiered.
In 1963, the first push-button telephones were test-marketed in Carnegie and Greensburg, Pa.
In 1966, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops eliminated the rule against eating meat on Fridays.
In 1985, the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" made its first newspaper appearance.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826), composer; Louis Daguerre (1787-1851), inventor; George Gallup (1901-1984), pollster; Klaus Mann (1906-1949), publicist/dramatist; Johnny Mercer (1909-1976), lyricist; Alan Shepard (1923-1998), astronaut; Margaret Atwood (1939- ), writer; Alan Dean Foster (1946- ), author; Alan Moore (1953- ), author; Elizabeth Perkins (1960- ), actress; Owen Wilson (1968- ), actor; Chloe Sevigny (1974- ), actress; David Ortiz (1975- ), baseball player.
TODAY'S FACT: The average American consumes 62 pounds of beef and 86 pounds of chicken every year.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1985, New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor sacked Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann during a Monday Night Football game. Theissman suffered a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula in his right leg on the play, an injury that resulted in his retirement from football.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Memories are made of peculiar stuff, elusive and yet compelling, powerful and fleet. You cannot trust your reminiscences, and yet there is no reality except the one we remember." -- Klaus Mann
TODAY'S NUMBER: 4 -- number of major league no-hitters pitched by Sandy Koufax during his career. Koufax, who retired on this day in 1966, is second only to Nolan Ryan (seven) on the all-time no-hitters list.
TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Nov. 17) and last quarter moon (Nov. 25).