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5/24/2014 11:16:00 AM
World Almanac printed May 25, 2014
Today is the 145th day of 2014 and the 67th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1787, the Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia, with George Washington presiding.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced his plan to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
In 1977, the first "Star Wars" movie was released in American theaters.
In 2011, the final episode of Oprah Winfrey's long-running TV talk show aired.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), poet/essayist/philosopher; Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878-1949), dancer/actor; Gene Tunney (1897-1978), boxer; Robert Ludlum (1927-2001), author; Raymond Carver (1938-1988), author; Ian McKellen (1939- ), actor; Frank Oz (1944- ), puppeteer/film director; Mike Myers (1963- ), actor/comedian; Anne Heche (1969- ), actress; Miguel Tejada (1974- ), baseball player; Cillian Murphy (1976- ), actor; Brian Urlacher (1978- ), football player.

TODAY'S FACT: In 1986, an estimated 6.5 million people in the United States joined hands to form a human chain in support of the Hands Across America charity campaign. The event raised $34 million to combat hunger and homelessness.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1935, just a week before playing in his last major league game, Babe Ruth went 4-for-4 with three home runs, including his major league record 714th, in an 11-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Emerson in His Journals"

TODAY'S NUMBER: 4,561 -- episodes of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that aired during the celebrated daily talk show's 25-year run.

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (May 21) and new moon (May 28).

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