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home : columns : world almanac January 17, 2018

   
11/10/2017 11:27:00 AM
World Almanac

Today is the 314th day of 2017 and the 50th day of autumn.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1775, the Continental Congress created the U.S. Marine Corps.

In 1954, the USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima memorial) was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetary.

In 1969, "Sesame Street" premiered on PBS.

In 1977, a human was conceived through in-vitro fertilization for the first time.

In 2001, China was approved for membership in the World Trade Organization.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Martin Luther (1483-1546), leader of the Protestant Reformation; William Hogarth (1697-1764), painter/engraver; Claude Rains (1889-1967), actor; Richard Burton (1925-1984), actor; Ennio Morricone (1928- ), composer; Tim Rice (1944- ), lyricist; Les Miles (1953- ), football coach; Neil Gaiman (1960- ), author; Tracy Morgan (1968- ), actor/comedian; Ellen Pompeo (1969- ), actress; Walton Goggins (1971- ), actor; Brittany Murphy (1977-2009), actress; Miranda Lambert (1983- ), singer; Taron Egerton (1989- ), actor.

TODAY'S FACT: In 2016, the U.S.-China trade deficit was $347 billion, down 5.5 percent from the 2015 deficit of $367.3 billion.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1990, the NBA's Phoenix Suns scored a record 107 first-half points in their 173-143 win over the Denver Nuggets, just three days after the Nuggets had set the record with 90 first-half points against the San Antonio Spurs.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before." -- Neil Gaiman

TODAY'S NUMBER: 1 -- China's rank in the World Trade Organization's 2016 list of the leading exporters in world merchandise trade, with a 13.2 percent share. The United States was No. 2, with 9.1 percent.

TODAY'S MOON: Last quarter moon (Nov. 10).





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