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1/25/2018 11:19:00 AM
World Almanac

Today is the 25th day of 2018 and the 36th day of winter.  

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1533, King Henry VIII of England secretly married Anne Boleyn. 

In 1787, Shays' Rebellion forces failed in an attempt to overtake the U.S. arsenal in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

In 1915, Alexander Graham Bell made the first transcontinental telephone call from New York to San Francisco. 

In 1961, a few days after his inauguration, President John F. Kennedy held the first televised presidential news conference. 

In 2004, NASA's Opportunity rover landed on the surface of Mars.  

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Robert Burns (1759-1796), poet; W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965), author/playwright; Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), author/essayist; Etta James (1938-2012), singer-songwriter; Tobe Hooper (1943-2017), filmmaker; Paul Nurse (1949- ), biochemist/Nobel laureate; Steve Prefontaine (1951-1975), runner; Jenifer Lewis (1957- ), actress; Alicia Keys (1981- ), singer-songwriter; Patrick Willis (1985- ), football player.  

TODAY'S FACT: The Mars Opportunity rover continues to make scientific observations and report back to Earth in 2018, more than 13 years beyond the duration of activity for which it was designed.  

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games began in Chamonix, France.  

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Now the world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger." -- W. Somerset Maugham, "Great Novelists and Their Novels"  

TODAY'S NUMBER: 6 -- wives of King Henry VIII. He ordered two, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, executed by beheading.  

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Jan. 24) and full moon (Jan. 31).

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