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7/11/2014 9:45:00 AM
World Almanac for July 11, 2014

Today is the 192nd day of 2014 and the 21st day of summer.
 
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1798, the U.S. Marine Corps was re-established, having been disbanded since April 1783.
In 1804, former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton was fatally wounded in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.
In 1960, Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" was published.
In 1987, the United Nations estimated that the world's population had reached 5 billion.
 
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth U.S. president; E.B. White (1899-1985), author; Yul Brynner (1920-1985), actor; David Kelly (1929-2012), actor; Giorgio Armani (1934- ), fashion designer; Leon Spinks (1953- ), boxer; Sela Ward (1956- ), actress; Jeff Corwin (1967- ), naturalist/TV personality; Lil' Kim (1975- ), rapper; Andre Johnson (1981- ), football player.
 
TODAY'S FACT: William Howard Taft, who was sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States on this day in 1921, is the only person in history to serve as both chief justice and president of the United States.
 
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1914, Babe Ruth made his major league debut, pitching seven innings for the Boston Red Sox in a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
 
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Life's meaning has always eluded me and I guess it always will. But I love it just the same." -- E.B. White
 
TODAY'S NUMBER: 18 -- documented duels between 1798-1845 at the site known as the Heights of Weehawken in New Jersey, where the Burr-Hamilton duel took place.
 
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (July 5) and full moon (July 12).


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