UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
(DEAR SUBSCRIBERS: Effective January 21, 2013, the name of this column has been changed to "Universal Uclick Almanac.")
Today is the 24th day of 2013 and the 35th day of winter.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill, setting off the California Gold Rush.
In 1995, the O.J. Simpson murder trial began as the prosecution made its opening statement.
In 2003, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge was sworn in as the first secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
In 2011, Jared Loughner pleaded not guilty to federal charges related to the attempted assassination of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and the killing of six bystanders.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Pierre de Beaumarchais (1732-1799), playwright; Edith Wharton (1862-1937), novelist; Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), artist; Ernest Borgnine (1917-2012), actor; Oral Roberts (1918-2009), evangelist; Neil Diamond (1941- ), singer/songwriter; John Belushi (1949-1982), actor; Nastassja Kinski (1961- ), actress; Mary Lou Retton (1968- ), Olympic gymnast; Ed Helms (1974- ), actor; Mischa Barton (1986- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: Since 2007, China has produced more gold than any other country.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1980, Fred Wilpon and Nelson Doubleday bought the New York Mets for an estimated $21.1 million, at the time the most ever paid for a baseball franchise.
TODAY'S QUOTE: " Life is always a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope." -- Edith Wharton
TODAY'S NUMBER: 2,558 -- Barry Bonds' record number of career walks, more than Hank Aaron (1,402) or Babe Ruth (2,062).
TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Jan. 18) and full moon (Jan. 26).