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Today in history


Today is the 117th day of 2022 and the 39th day of spring.

Today’s history: In 1521, explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in the Philippine­s.

■ In 1865, the steamboat Sultana exploded in the Mississipp­i River near Memphis, Tennessee, killing some 1,700 passengers.

■ In 2014, John XXIII and John Paul II became the first popes to be canonized as saints since 1954.

■ In 2018, the leaders of North and South Korea signed the Panmunjom Declaratio­n, officially pledging to work toward ending the Korean conflict.

Today’s fact: In 1667, blind and impoverish­ed poet John Milton sold the copyright to his masterpiec­e, “Paradise Lost,” for 10 pounds (roughly $2,438 in 2021 U.S. currency).

Today’s sports: In 1956, 31-year-old boxer Rocky Marciano retired with a perfect 49-0 record, the only heavyweigh­t champion to do so.

Today’s quote: “I ain’t never found no place for me to fit. Seem like all I do is start over. It ain’t nothing to find no starting place in the world. You just start from where you find yourself.” -- August Wilson, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”

Today’s number: 1,776 -- architectu­ral height (in feet) of One World Trade Center in New York City. Constructi­on on the site began on this day in 2006.

Today’s moon: Between last quarter moon (April 23) and new moon (April 30).

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