UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
Today is the 334th day of 2013 and the 70th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1782, provisional articles of peace were signed in Paris between Britain and the United States, under which Britain recognized U.S. independence.
In 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Finland.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Bill, a major gun-control measure.
In 1999, Exxon Corp. and Mobil. Corp. completed their merger, creating the largest publicly held oil company in the world.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), clergyman/satirist; Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) (1835-1910), writer; Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British statesman; Dick Clark (1929-2012), TV personality/producer; Bill Walsh (1931-2007), football coach; Abbie Hoffman (1936-1989), political activist; Ridley Scott (1937- ), filmmaker; Mandy Patinkin (1952- ), singer/actor; Bo Jackson (1962- ), football and baseball player; Ben Stiller (1965- ), actor; Marc Forster (1969- ), filmmaker; Amy Ryan (1969- ), actress; Ivan Rodriguez (1971- ), baseball player; Clay Aiken (1978- ), singer.
TODAY'S FACT: Mark Twain was not a fan of fellow novelist Jane Austen, at one point writing in a letter, "Every time I read 'Pride and Prejudice' I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone."
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1991, the U.S. women's soccer team defeated Norway 2-1 to win the first Women's World Cup.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." -- Winston Churchill
TODAY'S NUMBER: $2,520,700 -- total winnings of Ken Jennings during his record-shattering 74-game winning streak on the TV quiz show "Jeopardy!" (not including a $2,000 consolation prize for coming in second in his final game, on this day in 2004).
TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (Nov. 25) and new moon (Dec. 2).