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TODAY’S HISTORY

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1792: The cornerston­e of the White House was ceremonial­ly laid.

1845: Texas ratified a state constituti­on.

1943: Italy declared war on Germany, its former Axis ally.

1970: The People’s Republic of China and Canada announced they would establish diplomatic relations, prompting Taiwan to break ties with Canada.

2010: 33 miners who had survived 69 days undergroun­d after a mining

Spinning tops have existed for accident in Copiapo,

many millennia, and appear to Chile, were rescued.

have originated on their own in different parts of the world.

TODAY’S

Besides being used as toys, they have also been used for BIRTHDAYS: Lenny

prophecy and gambling. Bruce (1925-1966),

Historical­ly many were set in

comedian; Margaret

motion by pulling a string or cord

Thatcher (19252013),

that was attached to their axis. British prime minister; Paul Simon (1941-), singersong­writer; Jerry Jones (1942-), Dallas Cowboys owner/ general manager; Sammy Hagar (1947-), singer-songwriter; Marie Osmond (1959-), singer/actress; Ari Fleischer (1960-), journalist; Doc Rivers (1961-), basketball player/coach; Kelly Preston (1962-2020), actress; Jerry Rice (1962-), football player; Kate Walsh (1967-), actress; Nancy Kerrigan (1969-), figure skater, Sacha Baron Cohen (1971-), comedian/actor; Paul Pierce (1977-), basketball player.

TODAY’S FACT: The White House has 132 rooms, including three kitchens and 35 bathrooms.

TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1998, the first two weeks of the upcoming NBA season were canceled due to a labor dispute.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “I won’t say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like ‘What I’m going to be if I grow up.’” — Lenny Bruce

TODAY’S NUMBER: 1.4 billion — estimated population of the People’s Republic of China, as of mid-2021.

TODAY’S MOON: Between first quarter moon (Oct. 12) and full moon (Oct. 20).

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