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World Almanac

Today is the 200th day of 2021 and the 30th day of summer.

TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1848, a seminal women’s rights con- vention opened in Seneca Falls, New York.

In 1941, Winston Churchill launched his V for Victory campaign.

In 1943, Allied forces bombed railway yards in Rome.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton announced a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue” policy for gay men and women serving in the U.S. military.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Samuel Colt (1814-1862), inventor; Edgar Degas (1834-1917), painter; Lizzie Borden (1860-1927), alleged murderer; Max Fleischer (1883-1972), animator; A.J. Cronin (1896-1981), writer; George McGovern (1922-2012), U.S. senator/presidential candidate; Ilie Nastase (1946- ), tennis player; Brian May (1947- ), musician; Stuart Scott (1965-2015), sportscaster; Jim Norton (1968- ), comedian/radio personality; Vitali Klitschko (1971- ), boxer/ politician; Benedict Cumberbatch (1976- ), actor; Jared Padalecki (1982- ), actor; LaMarcus Aldridge (1985- ), basketball player; Jon Jones (1987- ), mixed martial artist.

TODAY’S FACT: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was the first person ever named an honorary American citizen.

TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1903, Italian cyclist Maurice-Francois Garin won the inaugural Tour de France.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “Being on a plane … and hearing a baby crying. That’s the sound of life, man. Moms: Stop apologizing for your kid crying — he or she has a right to be there. I love to revel in the beauty of a baby’s cry.” — Stuart Scott, “Every Day I Fight”

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