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11/22/2017 2:50:00 PM
World Almanac

Today is the 326th day of 2017 and the 62nd day of autumn. 

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1497, explorer Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope in Africa. 

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as his replacement. 

In 1990, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher resigned. 

In 2005, Angela Merkel took office as the first female chancellor of Germany. 

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: George Eliot (1819-1880), author; Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), French president and general; Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981), composer; Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), composer; Rodney Dangerfield (1921-2004), actor/comedian; Robert Vaughn (1932-2016), actor; Billie Jean King (1943- ), tennis player; Steven Van Zandt (1950- ), actor/musician; Jamie Lee Curtis (1958- ), actress; Boris Becker (1967- ), tennis player; Mark Ruffalo (1967- ), actor; Scarlett Johansson (1984- ), actress. 

TODAY'S FACT: "Toy Story," the first full-length film to be entirely computer-generated, was released on this day in 1995. The film earned $29.1 million in its opening weekend. 

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1986, Mike Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick, becoming, at 20 years and 5 months of age, the youngest-ever heavyweight boxing champion. 

TODAY'S QUOTE: "I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same kind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear." -- George Eliot 

TODAY'S NUMBER: 12 -- Grand Slam women's singles titles won by Billie Jean King. 

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Nov. 18) and first quarter moon (Nov. 26). 

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