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11/13/2017 11:05:00 AM
World Almanac

Today is the 317th day of 2017 and the 53rd day of autumn.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1887, "Bloody Sunday" took place in London, as violent clashes broke out between mostly Irish demonstrators and British police.

In 1956, the Supreme Court ruled that bus segregation in Alabama was illegal.

In 1970, the Bhola cyclone in Bangladesh killed an estimated 500,000 people.

In 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.

In 2015, a series of coordinated terror attacks in Paris killed 130 people and injured 368 others.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), writer; Louis Brandeis (1856-1941), U.S. Supreme Court justice; Buck O'Neil (1911-2006), baseball player; Jack Elam (1920-2003), actor; Garry Marshall (1934-2016), filmmaker; Joe Mantegna (1947- ), actor; Whoopi Goldberg (1955- ), actress/talk show host; Jimmy Kimmel (1967- ), comedian/TV host; Steve Zahn (1967- ), actor; Gerard Butler (1969- ), actor.

TODAY'S FACT: The Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba was established in 1903, when a stipulation in the Cuban-American Treaty designated the Guantanamo Bay area to be perpetually leased to the United States.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1985, Lynette Woodard made her debut as the first female member of the Harlem Globetrotters.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be a gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy." -- Robert Louis Stevenson, "Old Mortality"

TODAY'S NUMBER: 8,310 -- Broadway performances of Disney's "The Lion King" since its debut on this day in 1997, making the musical the third-longest-running show in Broadway history (as of Oct. 29, 2017).

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Nov. 10) and new moon (Nov. 18).

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