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7/14/2017 9:07:00 AM
World Almanac

Today is the 195th day of 2017 and the 25th day of summer. 

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1789, the French Revolution began with the storming of the Bastille in Paris. 

In 1881, infamous outlaw Billy the Kid was shot to death by Sheriff Pat Garrett near Fort Sumner in New Mexico. 

In 1965, NASA's Mariner 4 began its flyby of Mars, taking the first close-up photos of the planet. 

In 2015, NASA's New Horizons probe became the first spacecraft to explore Pluto. 

In 2016, a truck was driven into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, killing 86 people. 

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), painter; Woody Guthrie (1912-1967), singer-songwriter/musician; Gerald Ford (1913-2006), 38th U.S. president; Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007), screenwriter/director; Harry Dean Stanton (1926- ), actor; Jane Lynch (1960- ), actress; Matthew Fox (1966- ), actor; Brian Selznick (1966- ), writer/illustrator; Darrelle Revis (1985- ), football player; Conor McGregor (1988- ), mixed martial artist. 

TODAY'S FACT: NASA's New Horizons probe is currently more than 3.5 billion miles from Earth, traveling at 32,000 mph on its way to its next fly-by target, Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, which it will fly past on Jan. 1, 2019. 

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1999, the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference 79-61 to win the first WNBA All-Star Game. 

TODAY'S QUOTE: "'Maybe that's why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn't able to do what it was meant to do ... Maybe it's the same with people,' Hugo continued. 'If you lose your purpose ... it's like you're broken.'" -- Brian Selznick, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" 

TODAY'S NUMBER: $192.7 million -- total price fetched for four paintings by Gustav Klimt at a Christie's auction in 2006. 

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

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