UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
Today is the 224th day of 2013 and the 53rd day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1898, Spain agreed to peace protocols with the United States, bringing an end to the Spanish-American war.
In 1953, the USSR detonated its Soviet thermonuclear weapon.
In 1981, IBM announced the release of its first personal computer.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Christy Mathewson (1880-1925), baseball player; Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959), film director/producer; Cantinflas (1911-1993), entertainer; William Goldman (1931- ), novelist/screenwriter; George Hamilton (1939- ), actor; Jim Beaver (1950- ), actor; Ann Martin (1955- ), author; Peter Krause (1965- ), actor; Pete Sampras (1971- ), tennis player; Casey Affleck (1975- ), actor; Plaxico Burress (1977- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: The United States lost more troops suppressing the Philippines (ceded to the U.S. by Spain in the 1898 armistice) than in the entire Spanish-American War.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1994, Major League Baseball players began a 232-day strike that resulted in the first cancellation of the World Series since 1904.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Now, public libraries are most admirable institutions, but they have one irritating custom. They want their books back." -- Cecil B. DeMille
TODAY'S NUMBER: 64,000 -- bytes (62.5 kilobytes) of memory available in the "typical system for home and school" offered in IBM's 1981 press release announcing the personal computer. The system retailed for $3,005.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Aug. 6) and first quarter moon (Aug. 14).