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This Day In History: March 17

Today is the 77th day of 2008 and the 87th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1861, Italy--excluding Rome and Venice--was unified under King Victor Emmanuel II. In 1905, Franklin Delano Roosevelt married distant cousin Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1950, Californium, the radioactive 98th element, was created. In 1995, the FDA approved "varivax," the first chicken pox vaccine.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Gottlieb Daimler (1834-1900), engineer/inventor; Bayard Rustin (1910-87), civil rights activist; Nat King Cole (1919-65), singer; Kurt Russell (1951- ), actor, is 47; Rob Lowe (1964- ), actor, is 44; Mia Hamm (1972- ), soccer player, is 36.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1886, The Sporting News published its first issue.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him." - Bayard Rustin

TODAY'S FACT: Gottlieb Daimler is credited with building the first practical motorcycle in 1885.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 10 - number of elements in the periodic table that were identified before 1 CE.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (March 14) and full moon (March 21).

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