1/12/2017 1:00:00 PM World Almanac printed January 12, 2017
Today is the 12th day of 2017 and the 23rd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote. In 1932, Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas became the first woman elected to the Senate. In 1991, a divided Congress authorized President George H.W. Bush to use force in expelling Iraq from Kuwait. In 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti destroyed a majority of the buildings in Port-au-Prince and left more than 100,000 dead.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jack London (1876-1916), author; Tex Ritter (1905-1974), singer/actor; Joe Frazier (1944-2011), boxer; Tom Dempsey (1947- ), football player; Kirstie Alley (1951- ), actress; Rush Limbaugh (1951- ), radio personality; Howard Stern (1954- ), radio personality; Christiane Amanpour (1958- ), TV journalist; Jeff Bezos (1964- ), Amazon.com founder; Rob Zombie (1965- ), singer-songwriter/director; Zack de la Rocha (1970- ), singer-songwriter; Naya Rivera (1987- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Amazon.com opened for business online in 1995, but it didn't make a profit until 2002.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1969, the New York Jets fulfilled quarterback Joe Namath's guarantee of a win with a 16-7 victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Don't loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don't get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it." -- Jack London
TODAY'S NUMBER: 20 -- women in the U.S. Senate at the start of the 114th Congress in 2015.