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8/10/2017 1:04:00 PM
World Almanac

Today is the 222nd day of 2017 and the 52nd day of summer.

 TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1821, Missouri was admitted as the 24th U.S. state.

In 1846, Congress officially chartered the Smithsonian Institution.

In 1949, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act, which established a consolidated Department of Defense.

In 1977, postal employee David Berkowitz of Yonkers, New York, was arrested for the "Son of Sam" killings that left six dead.

In 2006, British authorities arrested 24 people suspected of plotting attacks on airplanes with liquid bombs smuggled in shampoo and water bottles.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), 31st U.S. president; Charles Darrow (1889-1967), Monopoly game inventor; Jack Haley (1898-1979), actor; Jimmy Dean (1928-2010), singer/actor/entrepreneur; Eddie Fisher (1928-2010), singer; Rosanna Arquette (1959- ), actress; Antonio Banderas (1960- ), actor; Suzanne Collins (1962- ), author; Gus Johnson (1967- ), sportscaster; Justin Theroux (1971- ), actor/screenwriter; Angie Harmon (1972- ), actress; Kylie Jenner (1997- ), TV personality.  

TODAY'S FACT: The Smithsonian Institution estimates that about 95 percent of its collection is in storage rather than on display.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1981, Pete Rose got the 3,631st hit of his career, breaking the National League record for career hits, held by Stan Musial.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned." -- Herbert Hoover

TODAY'S NUMBER: $582.7 billion -- estimated Department of Defense budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Aug. 7) and last quarter moon (Aug. 14).

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