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home : columns : world almanac December 11, 2018

3/19/2018 10:33:00 AM
World Almanac

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1918, the U.S. Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time.

 In 1931, the Nevada state legislature voted to legalize gambling.

 In 1953, the 25th Academy Awards were featured in the first Oscars telecast.

 In 2003, President George W. Bush announced the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: David Livingstone (1813-1873), physician/explorer; Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), lawman/gunfighter; William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), politician; Earl Warren (1891-1974), chief justice of the United States; Philip Roth (1933- ), author; Ursula Andress (1936- ), model/actress; Glenn Close (1947- ), actress; Bruce Willis (1955- ), actor; Andy Reid (1958- ), football coach; Clayton Kershaw (1988- ), baseball player.

 TODAY'S FACT: The 70th Academy Awards ceremony, broadcast in 1998, holds the record for the largest Oscars telecast audience, with 55 million viewers. The James Cameron blockbuster "Titanic" won 11 awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

 TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1995, NBA superstar Michael Jordan scored 19 points against the Indiana Pacers in his first game back with the Chicago Bulls after almost two years of retirement.

 TODAY'S QUOTE: "Turned the wrong way around, the relentless unforeseen was what we schoolchildren studied in 'History,' harmless history, where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic." -- Philip Roth, "The Plot Against America"

 TODAY'S NUMBER: $6.4 billion -- total gaming revenue for the Las Vegas Strip in 2017.

 TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (March 17) and first quarter (March 24).

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