3/13/2014 9:27:00 AM World Almanac for March 13, 2014
Today is the 72nd day of 2014 and the 83rd day of winter. TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1781, German-born astronomer William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus. In 1865, the Confederacy approved the use of slave troops against the Union armies. In 1925, a law prohibiting the teaching of evolution went into effect in Tennessee. In 1942, the U.S. Army began training dogs for the newly launched War Dog Program, also known as the K-9 Corps. TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Percival Lowell (1855-1916), astronomer; Walter Annenberg (1908-2002), publisher/philanthropist; L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986), author/Church of Scientology founder; Al Jaffee (1921- ), cartoonist; Neil Sedaka (1939- ), singer-songwriter; William H. Macy (1950- ), actor; Dana Delany (1956- ), actress; Common (1972- ), rapper/actor; Johan Santana (1979- ), baseball player; Emile Hirsch (1985- ), actor. TODAY'S FACT: The 27 known moons of Uranus are named after characters from the works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1915, Brooklyn Base Ball Club manager Wilbert Robinson was the victim of a prank when he attempted to catch a baseball dropped from an airplane during spring training in Daytona Beach, Fla. Robinson's players convinced the pilot to drop a grapefruit instead, which exploded on impact during Robinson's attempted catch. TODAY'S QUOTE: "Freedom is for honest people. No man who is not himself honest can be free -- he is his own trap." -- L. Ron Hubbard TODAY'S NUMBER: 14.5 -- length in miles of the undersea portion of the Seikan Tunnel in Japan, the longest and deepest operational rail tunnel in the world, which opened this day in 1988. TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (March 8) and full moon (March 16).