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5/31/2017 12:43:00 PM
World Almanac May 31

Today is the 151st day of 2017 and the 73rd day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1790, President George Washington signed the first U.S. copyright law.

In 1889, the failure of the South Fork Dam on Pennsylvania's Lake Conemaugh caused a huge flood that engulfed Johnstown, Pennsylvania, claiming 2,209 lives.

In 1970, an undersea earthquake off the coast of the Ancash region of Peru caused a massive avalanche that resulted in an estimated 74,000 fatalities.

In 2005, an article in Vanity Fair magazine revealed that former FBI official W. Mark Felt was the anonymous Watergate scandal whistleblower known as "Deep Throat."

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Walt Whitman (1819-1892), poet/journalist; Pope Pius XI (1857-1939); Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993), religious leader/author; Clint Eastwood (1930- ), actor/director; Johnny Paycheck (1938-2003), singer-songwriter; Joe Namath (1943- ), football player; John Bonham (1948-1980), drummer; Tom Berenger (1949- ), actor; Lea Thompson (1961- ), actress; Brooke Shields (1965- ), actress; Archie Panjabi (1972- ), actress; Colin Farrell (1976- ), actor.

TODAY'S FACT: Copyright laws established in 1998 state that copyright protections last for the lifetime of the author, plus an additional 70 years.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1937, New York Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell's 24-game winning streak came to an end with a 10-3 loss to the Brooklyn Robins.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us." -- Walt Whitman

TODAY'S NUMBER: 2.6 -- diameter (in miles) of the widest tornado in recorded history, an EF5 tornado that struck El Reno, Oklahoma, on this day in 2013.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (May 25) and first quarter moon (June 1).

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