12/16/2013 1:41:00 PM World Almanac for December 16, 2013 Today is the 350th day of 2013 and the 86th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1773, patriots in Massachusetts held the infamous "Boston Tea Party." In 1835, a huge fire destroyed nearly 700 buildings in New York City. In 2000, President George W. Bush selected Colin Powell as the first African-American secretary of state.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jane Austen (1775-1817), novelist; Noel Coward (1899-1973), playwright; Margaret Mead (1901-1978), anthropologist; Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008), writer; Philip K. Dick (1928-1982), writer; Lesley Stahl (1941- ), journalist; Steven Bochco (1943- ), screenwriter/producer; Shane Black (1961- ), actor/screenwriter/director; William "The Refrigerator" Perry (1962- ), football player; Benjamin Bratt (1963- ), actor; Krysten Ritter (1981- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Margaret Mead was named "Mother of the World" by Time magazine in 1969.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1973, Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson became the first player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -- Arthur C. Clarke
TODAY'S NUMBER: $2.8 billion -- worldwide box office gross of James Cameron's "Avatar," which began its wide international release on this day in 2009. It remains the highest-grossing film of all time.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Dec. 9) and full moon (Dec. 17).