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11/7/2017 1:41:00 PM
World Almanac

Today is the 311th day of 2017 and the 47th day of autumn.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1917, the Russian Bolshevik Revolution occurred as Vladimir Lenin's forces overthrew Alexander Kerensky's provisional government.  In 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to a record fourth term as U.S. president.  In 2000, the outcome of the U.S. presidential election was unknown at the end of Election Day, as Al Gore and George W. Bush awaited results in New Mexico, Oregon and Florida.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Marie Curie (1867-1934), physicist/chemist; Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), Russian revolutionary; Albert Camus (1913-1960), author; Billy Graham (1918- ), evangelist; Joan Sutherland (1926-2010), opera singer; Johnny Rivers (1942- ), singer-songwriter; Joni Mitchell (1943- ), singer-songwriter; David Petraeus (1952- ), former CIA director; Keith Lockhart (1959- ), conductor; Morgan Spurlock (1970- ), filmmaker/activist; Yunjin Kim (1973- ), actress; Lorde (1996- ), singer-songwriter.

TODAY'S FACT: In 1994, WXYC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, became the first radio station to offer a 24-hour simulcast on the Internet.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1991, basketball legend Magic Johnson announced he had contracted HIV and would retire from the NBA.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Nothing is harder to understand than a symbolic work. A symbol always transcends the one who makes use of it and makes him say in reality more than he is aware of expressing." -- Albert Camus, "The Myth of Sisyphus"

TODAY'S NUMBER: 140 million -- worldwide monthly active users of the streaming radio service Spotify.

TODAY'S MOON: Between full moon (Nov. 3) and last quarter moon (Nov. 10).

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