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home : columns : world almanac September 17, 2019

6/14/2019 9:51:00 AM
World Almanac

Today is the 165th day of 2019 and the 87th day of spring.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1775, the U.S. Army was established.
In 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag.
In 1900, Hawaii became a territory of the United States.
In 1982, Argentine troops surrendered their last stronghold in the Falkland Islands to the British, ending the Falklands War.
In 2007, Palestine's Fatah-Hamas unity government was dissolved after Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), author; Alois Alzheimer (1864-1915), physician; Burl Ives (1909-1995), singer/actor; Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928-1967), revolutionary leader; Donald Trump (1946- ), 45th U.S. president; Pat Summitt (1952-2016), basketball coach; Boy George (1961- ), singer-songwriter; Steffi Graf (1969- ), tennis player; Diablo Cody (1978- ), screenwriter; Kevin McHale (1988- ), singer/actor.
TODAY'S FACT: The highest rank in the Army, General of the Armies, was created for John Pershing in 1919. The rank was awarded posthumously to George Washington in 1976.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1987, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, earning the franchise's 10th NBA Championship.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone." -- Harriet Beecher Stowe, "Little Foxes: Or, the Insignificant Little Habits Which Mar Domestic Happiness"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 2,153 -- billionaires in the world, according to a Forbes report from March 2019. The billionaires on the list have a combined net worth of $8.7 trillion.
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (June 9) and full moon (June 17).

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