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6/2/2017 10:25:00 AM
World Almanac

Today is the 153rd day of 2017 and the 75th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1886, President Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom, becoming the only president to marry in a White House ceremony.

In 1924, an act of Congress granted American Indians U.S. citizenship.

In 1997, Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

In 2012, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the deaths of hundreds of protestors during a 2011 uprising.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), author/politician; Pope Pius X (1835-1914); Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), poet/novelist; Edward Elgar (1857-1934), composer; Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984), swimmer/actor; Charlie Watts (1941- ), drummer; Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012), composer; Dennis Haysbert (1954- ), actor; Wayne Brady (1972- ), actor/comedian; Zachary Quinto (1977- ), actor; Dominic Cooper (1978- ), actor; Justin Long (1978- ), actor; Morena Baccarin (1979- ), actress; Fabrizio Moretti (1980- ), musician; Abby Wambach (1980- ), soccer player.

TODAY'S FACT: The White House has hosted 17 weddings, nine of which were for children of sitting presidents.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1935, baseball legend Babe Ruth retired after 22 seasons, finishing his career with seven World Series titles and 714 home runs.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Yes; quaint and curious war is! / You shoot a fellow down / You'd treat, if met where any bar is, / Or help to half-a-crown." -- Thomas Hardy, "The Man He Killed"

TODAY'S NUMBER: 336,337 -- official American Indian population in 1920, according to the U.S. Census.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (June 1) and full moon (June 9).

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