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home : columns : world almanac August 18, 2017

   
7/12/2017 9:14:00 AM
World Almanac

Today is the 193rd day of 2017 and the 23rd day of summer. 

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law a measure creating the U.S. Army Medal of Honor. 

In 1871, rioting between Irish Catholics and Protestants in New York City left more than 50 dead. 

In 1984, Democratic Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York became the first female vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket. 

In 2006, Hezbollah guerrillas raided northern Israel, marking the beginning of a 33-day conflict. 

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), author/philosopher; Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), architect; Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960), lyricist; Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), poet; Milton Berle (1908-2002), comedian; Richard Simmons (1948- ), fitness trainer; Julio Cesar Chavez (1962- ), boxer; Brock Lesnar (1977- ), wrestler/mixed martial artist; Topher Grace (1978- ), actor; Michelle Rodriguez (1978- ), actress. 

TODAY'S FACT: Mary Edwards Walker, who served as a surgeon for the Union Army during the Civil War, is the only female recipient of the U.S. Army Medal of Honor. 

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1979, rioting during the Chicago White Sox's "Disco Demolition Night" promotion, in which an explosive-rigged dumpster filled with disco records was destroyed between games of a planned doubleheader, led to 39 arrests and caused the team to forfeit the second game against the Detroit Tigers. 

TODAY'S QUOTE: "I hear beyond the range of sound, / I see beyond the range of sight, / New earths and skies and seas around, / And in my day the sun doth pale his light." -- Henry David Thoreau, "Inspiration" 

TODAY'S NUMBER: 270 -- stacked height (in feet) of Buckminster Fuller's "Dymaxion Chronofile," a systematic record of personal notes and ephemera that he kept from 1920 until his death. 

TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (July 8) and last quarter moon (July 16). 




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