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1/13/2018 8:54:00 AM
World Almanac

Today is the 14th day of 2018 and the 25th day of winter.  

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1784, the United States ratified the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War. 

In 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle met in Casablanca, Morocco. 

In 1952, the morning news program "Today" debuted on NBC. 

In 1954, New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio and actress Marilyn Monroe were married in San Francisco. 

In 2010, Yemen declared open war on al-Qaida.  

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Benedict Arnold (1741-1801), American soldier/traitor; Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), theologian/physician; Hal Roach (1892-1992), film and TV producer; John Dos Passos (1896-1970), author; Andy Rooney (1919-2011), writer/TV commentator; Faye Dunaway (1941- ), actress; Shannon Lucid (1943- ), astronaut; Lawrence Kasdan (1949- ), filmmaker; Steven Soderbergh (1963- ), filmmaker; Shepard Smith (1964- ), TV journalist; LL Cool J (1968- ), rapper/actor; Jason Bateman (1969- ), actor; Dave Grohl (1969- ), singer-songwriter.  

TODAY'S FACT: Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1943 meeting in Casablanca marked the first time a U.S. president traveled by airplane while in office and the first time a president left the country's soil during wartime.  

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1973, the undefeated Miami Dolphins completed the only perfect season in NFL history, defeating the Washington Redskins 14-7 in Super Bowl VII.  

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now -- always, and indeed then most truly when it seems most unsuitable to actual circumstances." -- Albert Schweitzer, "On the Edge of the Primeval Forest"  

TODAY'S NUMBER: 34 million -- estimated population of Morocco in 2017.  

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Jan. 8) and new moon (Jan. 16). 

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