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home : columns : world almanac August 14, 2018

   
1/12/2018 10:11:00 AM
World Almanac

Today is the 12th day of 2018 and the 23rd day of winter.  

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1915, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote. 

In 1932, Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas became the first woman elected to the Senate. 

In 1991, a divided Congress authorized President George H.W. Bush to use force in expelling Iraq from Kuwait. 

In 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti destroyed a majority of the buildings in Port-au-Prince and left more than 100,000 dead.  

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jack London (1876-1916), author; Tex Ritter (1905-1974), singer/actor; Joe Frazier (1944-2011), boxer; Tom Dempsey (1947- ), football player; Kirstie Alley (1951- ), actress; Rush Limbaugh (1951- ), radio personality; Howard Stern (1954- ), radio personality; Christiane Amanpour (1958- ), TV journalist; Jeff Bezos (1964- ), Amazon.com founder; Rob Zombie (1965- ), singer-songwriter/director; Zack de la Rocha (1970- ), singer-songwriter; Naya Rivera (1987- ), actress; Zayn Malik (1993- ), singer-songwriter.  

TODAY'S FACT: Amazon.com opened for business online in 1995, but it didn't make a profit until 2002.  

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1969, the New York Jets fulfilled quarterback Joe Namath's guarantee of a win with a 16-7 victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.  

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Age is never so old as youth would measure it." -- Jack London, "The Wit of Porportuk"  

TODAY'S NUMBER: 21 -- women in the U.S. Senate at the start of the 115th Congress in 2017.  

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







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