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5/23/2017 11:16:00 AM
World Almanac

Today is the 143rd day of 2017 and the 65th day of spring. 

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1788, South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 

In 1846, Mexican President Mariano Paredes issued a manifesto unofficially declaring war on the United States. 

In 1934, outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were fatally shot by police officers in Black Lake, Louisiana. 

In 1949, the Federal Republic of Germany was established. 

In 1960, a tsunami killed 61 people in Hilo, Hawaii. 

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), botanist; Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), writer/feminist; Douglas Fairbanks (1883-1939), actor/filmmaker; Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952), author; Artie Shaw (1910-2004), bandleader; Rosemary Clooney (1928-2002), singer/actress; Joan Collins (1933- ), actress/author; John Newcombe (1944- ), tennis player; Marvin Hagler (1954- ), boxer; Mitch Albom (1958- ), journalist/author; Drew Carey (1958- ), comedian/TV personality; Melissa McBride (1965- ), actress; Jewel (1974- ), singer-songwriter; Ryan Coogler (1986- ), filmmaker. 

TODAY'S FACT: The Hawaiian tsunami on this day in 1960 was triggered by a massive 8.5-magnitude earthquake off the Chilean coast that had killed thousands the day before. 

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1895, the Louisville Colonels forfeited a home game to the Brooklyn Bridegrooms in the third inning because they ran out of baseballs. 

TODAY'S QUOTE: "All that happens when your dream comes true is a slow, melting realization that it wasn't what you thought." -- Mitch Albom, "For One More Day" 

TODAY'S NUMBER: 48 million -- worldwide sales of Margaret Wise Brown's "Goodnight Moon" in various formats since it was first published in 1947. 

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (May 18) and new moon (May 25). 

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