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This Day In History: Feb. 13

Today is the 44th day of 2008 and the 54th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1689, William and Mary were proclaimed joint monarchs of Great Britain. In 1866, Jesse James held up his first bank. In 1945, Allied aircraft began bombing the German city of Dresden. In 1960, France successfully detonated its first atomic bomb. In 2000, the last of Charles Schulz's Peanuts comics ran in Sunday papers.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Grant Wood (1892-1942), artist; Chuck Yeager (1923- ), aviator, is 85; Kim Novak (1933- ), actress, is 75; Jerry Springer (1944- ), TV personality, is 64; Stockard Channing (1944- ), actress, is 64; Randy Moss (1977- ), football player, is 31; Robbie Williams (1974- ), singer, is 34.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1976, American Dorothy Hamill won the Gold Medal in figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

TODAY'S FACT: The city of Dresden was devastated by Allied bombing raids; estimates of civilian casualties from the bombings range from 35,000 to 135,000.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 17,897 - number of Peanuts comic strips penned by Charles Schulz over nearly 50 years.

TODAY'S MOON: First quarter (February 13).


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