UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
(DEAR SUBSCRIBERS: Effective January 21, 2013, the name of this column has been changed to "Universal Uclick Almanac.")
Today is the 21st day of 2013 and the 32nd day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1793, King Louis XVI of France went to the guillotine in Paris.
In 1861, Jefferson Davis resigned from the U.S. Senate to lead the Confederacy during the Civil War.
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter pardoned nearly all Vietnam War draft evaders.
In 2003, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that for the first time, the largest minority group in the United States was Hispanics (who may be of any race).
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863), Confederate army general; Christian Dior (1905-1957), fashion designer; Telly Savalas (1924-1994), actor; Jack Nicklaus (1940- ), golfer; Placido Domingo (1941- ), opera singer; Geena Davis (1956- ), actress; Jam Master Jay (1965-2002), musician; Cat Power (1972- ), singer.
TODAY'S FACT: Though it was primarily in use during the French Revolution, the guillotine was used for executions in France as recently as 1977. The death penalty was abolished there in 1981.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1979, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 35-31 in Super Bowl XIII to become the first NFL team to win three Super Bowls.
TODAY'S QUOTE: " The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth." -- Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
TODAY'S NUMBER: 37.6 million -- Americans who primarily speak Spanish at home (more than 10 percent of the population).
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Jan. 18) and full moon (Jan. 26).