Porterville Recorder


- by Andrews Mcmeel Almanac

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Today is the 253rd day of 2019 and the 82nd day of summer. TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1846, Elias Howe patented the first sewing machine.

In 1977, France used a guillotine in carrying out a death sentence for the last time.

In 2002, Switzerlan­d became a member of the United Nations.

In 2008, the Large Hadron Collider was powered up for the first time in Geneva,


TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Adele Astaire (1896-1981), dancer; Arnold Palmer (19292016), golfer; Charles Kuralt (1934-1997), TV journalist; Roger Maris (1934-1985), baseball player; Buck Buchanan (1940-1992), football player; Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), biologist/writer; Chris Columbus (1958- ), film director; Colin Firth (1960- ), actor; Randy Johnson (1963- ), baseball player; Guy Ritchie (1968- ), filmmaker; Ryan Phillippe (1974- ),


TODAY’S FACT: The United Nations, which included 193 member states as of August 2019, began in 1945, when representa­tives of 50 countries met in San Francisco to draw up the charter.

TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1972, the U.S. men’s basketball team fell for the first time in Olympic competitio­n, suffering a controvers­ial 51-50 loss to the Soviet Union team on a lastsecond shot in the gold medal match.


“Trying to keep an intellectu­al away from literature works about as well as recommendi­ng chastity to Homo sapiens, the sexiest primate of all.” — Stephen Jay Gould, “The Median Isn’t the Message”

TODAY’S NUMBER: 106 — countries that have abolished the death penalty as of 2019, according to Amnesty Internatio­nal.

TODAY’S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Sept. 5) and full moon (Sept. 13).

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