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home : columns : world almanac November 19, 2018

3/1/2018 1:08:00 PM
World Almanac

Today is the 60th day of 2018 and the 71st day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1781, the Continental Congress officially adopted the Articles of Confederation. In 1803, Ohio was admitted as the 17th U.S. state. In 1867, Nebraska was admitted as the 37th U.S. state. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued an executive order establishing the Peace Corps. In 2003, Pakistani counterterrorism forces captured al-Qaida operative Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a principal planner of the 9/11 terror attacks. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that capital punishment for crimes committed before the age of 18 was unconstitutional.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), composer; Glenn Miller (1904-1944), bandleader; David Niven (1910-1983), actor; Harry Caray (1914-1998), sportscaster; Ralph Ellison (1914-1994), author; Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995), Israeli prime minister; Harry Belafonte (1927- ), singer-songwriter/actor; Roger Daltrey (1944- ), singer-songwriter; Ron Howard (1954- ), actor/director; Zack Snyder (1966- ), filmmaker; Javier Bardem (1969- ), actor; Jensen Ackles (1978- ), actor; Kesha (1987- ), singer; Justin Bieber (1994- ), singer.

TODAY'S FACT: The International Criminal Court held its inaugural session in The Hague on this day in 2003.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1969, New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle announced his retirement.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?" -- Ralph Ellison, "Invisible Man"

TODAY'S NUMBER: 5,571,036 -- English-language articles on Wikipedia.org, as of mid-February 2018. Wikipedia estimates that without images, its pages would fill 2,591 volumes of the "Encyclopaedia Britannica."

TODAY'S MOON: Full moon (March 1).





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