UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
Today is the 338th day of 2013 and the 74th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1881, the first edition of the Los Angeles Times was published.
In 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt terminated the Works Progress Administration.
In 1945, the Senate formally approved United States participation in the United Nations by a vote of 65-7.
In 1991, Pan American World Airways (commonly known as Pan Am), went bankrupt and ceased operations.
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush ordered 28,000 U.S. troops to Somalia.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), essayist/historian; Samuel Butler (1835-1902), novelist; Lillian Russell (1861-1922), actress; Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), poet; Francisco Franco (1892-1975), Spanish dictator; Wink Martindale (1934- ), game show host; Jeff Bridges (1949- ), actor; Marisa Tomei (1964- ), actress; Fred Armisen (1966- ), actor/comedian; Jay-Z (1969- ), rapper/entrepreneur; Tyra Banks (1973- ) model/TV personality.
TODAY'S FACT: The United States still does not have an embassy in Somalia.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1997, Golden State Warriors star Latrell Sprewell was suspended by the NBA for one year after choking the team's coach, P.J. Carlesimo, during a practice on Dec. 1, 1997.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them." -- Samuel Butler
TODYA'S NUMBER: 2,454 -- days American journalist Terry Anderson was held hostage in Lebanon. Anderson was abducted on March 16, 1985, and was the last American hostage to be released, on this day in 1991.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Dec. 2) and first quarter moon (Dec. 9).