UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
Today is the 252nd day of 2013 and the 81st day of summer.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1776, the Continental Congress officially changed the name of the "United Colonies" to the "United States" of America.
In 1850, California was admitted as the 31st U.S. state.
In 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1997, Sinn Fein, the political ally of the Irish Republican Army, formally renounced violence as it prepared for negotiations on the future of Northern Ireland.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), writer; Harland David "Colonel" Sanders (1890-1980), businessman; Cliff Robertson (1923-2011), actor; Otis Redding (1941-1967), singer-songwriter; Joe Theismann (1949- ), sportscaster/football player; Hugh Grant (1960- ), actor; Bob Stoops (1960- ), football coach; Adam Sandler (1966- ), comedian/actor; Eric Stonestreet (1971- ), actor; Michael Buble (1975- ), singer; Michelle Williams (1980- ), actress.
TODAY'S FACT: California did not go through a formal period as a U.S. territory. It quickly achieved the 60,000 residents required for statehood, due to the Gold Rush.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1965, Los Angeles Dodger Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly." -- Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace"
TODAY'S NUMBER: 203.3 million -- albums certified sold by Elvis Presley, making him second only to the Beatles (253.2 million) as the greatest-selling artist of all time.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Sept. 5) and first quarter moon (Sept. 12).