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6/5/2017 10:46:00 AM
World Almanac June 5

Today is the 156th day of 2017 and the 78th day of spring.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1947, Secretary of State George Marshall proposed the Marshall Plan for economic aid to war-torn Europe.

In 1956, Elvis Presley gave his famous hip-shaking performance of "Hound Dog" on "The Milton Berle Show."

In 1968, U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot by Sirhan Sirhan at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

In 2004, former President Ronald Reagan died of pneumonia complicated by Alzheimer's disease at age 93.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Adam Smith (1723-1790), economist/philosopher; John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), economist; Richard Scarry (1919-1994), children's author; Bill Moyers (1934- ), TV journalist/author; Spalding Gray (1941-2004), actor/writer; Robert Kraft (1941- ), businessman; Ken Follett (1949- ), author; Suze Orman (1951- ), financial adviser/author; Kenny G (1956- ), musician; Jeff Garlin (1962- ), actor/comedian; Rick Riordan (1964- ), author; Brian McKnight (1969- ), singer-songwriter; Mark Wahlberg (1971- ), actor; Pete Wentz (1979- ), singer-songwriter/musician.

TODAY'S FACT: The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 5.5 million Americans (5.3 million of whom are age 65 or older) are living with Alzheimer's disease.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1993, Julie Krone rode Colonial Affair to victory in the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first female jockey ever to win a Triple Crown race.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "There is no harm in being sometimes wrong -- especially if one is promptly found out." -- John Maynard Keynes

TODAY'S NUMBER: 20.8 -- approximate percentage of the Israeli population that is Arab.

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

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