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home : columns : world almanac August 18, 2017

   
6/8/2017 9:22:00 AM
World Almanac

Today is the 159th day of 2017 and the 81st day of spring. 

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1789, James Madison, then a member of the House of Representatives, proposed the Bill of Rights to Congress. 

In 1949, George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" was published. 

In 1968, James Earl Ray, who was suspected of assassinating Martin Luther King Jr., was arrested in London. 

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan became the first U.S. president to address a joint session of the British Parliament. 

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Robert Schumann (1810-1856), composer; Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), architect; Francis Crick (1916-2004), biophysicist; Barbara Bush (1925- ), U.S. first lady; Jerry Stiller (1927- ), comedian/actor; Joan Rivers (1933-2014), comedian/actress; Tim Berners-Lee (1955- ), World Wide Web inventor; Scott Adams (1957- ), cartoonist; Julianna Margulies (1966- ), actress; Kanye West (1977- ), rapper/producer; Maria Menounos (1978- ), actress/TV personality. 

TODAY'S FACT: George Orwell died just seven months after "Nineteen Eighty-Four" was published, due to complications from tuberculosis. 

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1966, the National Football League and the American Football League announced their merger as the NFL, with American and National conferences. 

TODAY'S QUOTE: "A free America, democratic in the sense that our forefathers intended it to be, means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call 'democracy' is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it." -- Frank Lloyd Wright, "The Future of Architecture" 

TODAY'S NUMBER: 65 -- seats in the first session of the House of Representatives (1789-1791). 

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




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