UNIVERSAL UCLICK ALMANAC
Today is the 339th day of 2013 and the 75th day of autumn.
TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1933, the era of alcohol prohibition ended as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment.
In 1955, Martin Luther King Jr., E.D. Dixon, Rosa Parks and other activists launched an organized bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala.
In 1955, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged, forming the AFL-CIO.
In 1994, Newt Gingrich of Georgia was selected to become the first Republican Speaker of the House in four decades.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Martin Van Buren (1782-1862), eighth U.S. president; George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876), U.S. Army officer; Walt Disney (1901-1966), cartoonist/filmmaker; Strom Thurmond (1902-2003), governor/senator; Otto Preminger (1906-1986), film director; Little Richard (1932- ), singer-songwriter; Joan Didion (1934- ), author; Jose Carreras (1946- ), opera singer; Margaret Cho (1968- ), actress/comedian; Amy Acker (1976- ), actress; Keri Hilson (1982- ), singer-songwriter; Frankie Muniz (1985- ), actor.
TODAY'S FACT: The 21st Amendment expressly gave each state the right to restrict or ban the purchase or sale of alcohol, which meant that many states continued to enforce prohibition laws even after 1933. Mississippi was the last state to repeal prohibition, in 1966.
TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1908, numbers were used on football uniforms for the first time, at the University of Pittsburgh.
TODAY'S QUOTE: "All the lessons of history and experience must be lost upon us if we are content to trust alone to the peculiar advantages we happen to possess." -- Martin Van Buren
TODAY'S NUMBER: $1.52 billion -- worldwide box office gross of "Marvel's The Avengers" (2012), Disney's highest-grossing film of all time.
TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Dec. 2) and first quarter moon (Dec. 9).