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11/23/2013 2:11:00 PM
World Almanac for November 24, 2013
Today is the 328th day of 2013 and the 64th day of autumn.

TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1639, Jeremiah Horrocks observed the first recorded transit of Venus, which occurs when Venus passes directly between the sun and the Earth and is visible as a small black disc on the sun. In 1859, Charles Darwin published his theory of natural selection in “On the Origin of Species.” In 1963, John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was fatally shot by Jack Ruby on live national television. In 1971, the hijacker known as D.B. Cooper parachuted from a plane over Washington state with $200,000 in ransom money and was never seen again.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), 12th U.S. president; Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), painter; Dale Carnegie (1888-1955), author; William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008), columnist; Oscar Robertson (1938- ), basketball player; Pete Best (1941- ), drummer; Billy Connolly (1942- ), actor/comedian; Spider Robinson (1948- ), author; Russell Watson (1966- ), singer; Stephen Merchant (1974- ), actor/comedian; Katherine Heigl (1978- ), actress.

TODAY'S FACT: In 1903, a moth with a 10-inch tongue was discovered in Madagascar, 41 years after Charles Darwin hypothesized its existence.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1960, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors set a record that still stands by grabbing 55 rebounds in one game. The Warriors lost the game to the Boston Celtics, 132-129.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it." -- Dale Carnegie, "How to Win Friends and Influence People"

TODAY'S NUMBER: 224.7 -- length, in days, of Venus' year.

TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Nov. 17) and last quarter moon (Nov. 25).

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