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6/30/2017 10:47:00 AM
World Almanac

Today is the 181st day of 2017 and the 11th day of summer. 

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1934, the "Night of the Long Knives," a series of murders ordered by Adolf Hitler to eliminate his political rivals, began in Germany. 

In 1936, Margaret Mitchell's "Gone With the Wind" was published. 

In 1966, the National Organization for Women was formed. 

In 1982, the proposed Equal Rights Amendment, designed to guarantee equal rights for women, failed when its ratification deadline passed. 

In 2007, an SUV loaded with propane canisters exploded in a terrorist attack at Glasgow airport in Scotland. 

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Czeslaw Milosz (1911-2004), poet/essayist; Lena Horne (1917-2010), singer; Paul Berg (1926- ), biochemist; Robert Ballard (1942- ), oceanographer; David Alan Grier (1956- ), actor; Vincent D'Onofrio (1959- ), actor; Mike Tyson (1966- ), boxer; Monica Potter (1971- ), actress; Matisyahu (1979- ), rapper; Lizzy Caplan (1982- ), actress; Michael Phelps (1985- ), Olympic swimmer. 

TODAY'S FACT: In 1953, the first Chevrolet Corvette was produced at the General Motors plant in Flint, Michigan. 

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1994, Tonya Harding was stripped of the national figure skating championship title and banned for life from the sport for planning an attack that injured rival skater Nancy Kerrigan. 

TODAY'S QUOTE: "It is impossible to communicate to people who have not experienced it the undefinable menace of total rationalism." -- Czeslaw Milosz, "The Captive Mind" 

TODAY'S NUMBER: 999 -- telephone number of the world's oldest emergency call service, which was introduced in London on this day in 1937. 

TODAY'S MOON: First quarter moon (June 30). 

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