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home : columns : world almanac August 19, 2017

   
2/14/2017 1:20:00 PM
World Almanac

 TODAY'S HISTORY: 

In 1859, Oregon was admitted as the 33rd U.S. state 

In 1912, Arizona was admitted as the 48th U.S. state. 

In 1929, seven mob associates were shot and killed in a Chicago garage in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. 

In 2003, Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell, was euthanized at the age of 6. 

In 2005, the video-sharing website YouTube.com was founded. 

 TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jack Benny (1894-1974), actor/comedian; Mel Allen (1913-1996), sports broadcaster; Herbert Hauptman (1917-2011), mathematician; Florence Henderson (1934-2016), actress; Michael Bloomberg (1942- ), business magnate/politician; Gregory Hines (1946-2003), dancer/actor; Jim Kelly (1960- ), football player; Meg Tilly (1960- ), actress; Simon Pegg (1970- ), actor; Rob Thomas (1972- ), singer-songwriter; Steve McNair (1973-2009), football player; Freddie Highmore (1992- ), actor. 

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1988, Bobby Allison became the oldest driver (age 50) to win the Daytona 500, while his son Davey finished second. It was the race's first 1-2 father-son finish. 

TODAY'S QUOTE: "We are never more creative than when we are at odds with the world and there is nothing so artistically destructive as comfort." - Simon Pegg 




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