World Almanac

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The World Almanac and Book of Facts is an American-published reference work and is the bestselling[1] almanac conveying information about such subjects as world changes, tragedies, sports feats, etc. The almanac can be found in homes, libraries, schools, businesses, and media outlets throughout the United States and to a more limited degree in other parts of the world.[citation needed]

It has been published yearly since 1868.[1] The 2010 edition (ISBN 978-1-60057-123-7) has 1,008 pages.



The first edition of The World Almanac was published by The New York World newspaper in 1868 three years after the end of the Civil War and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. In 1876 publication stopped but resumed in 1886.[1] In 1894 the name changed to The World Almanac and Encyclopedia. In 1906, the New York Times, reporting on the publishing of the 20th edition, said that "the almanac has made for itself a secure position, second only to the forty-year-old Whitaker's Almanac of London, with which alone it can be compared."[2]

From the late 19th century to 1934, the New York World Building was prominently featured on the cover of the almanac.[citation needed] In 1923, the name changed to its current name, The World Almanac and Book of Facts.[1]

Calvin Coolidge's father read from The World Almanac when he swore his son into office.[1] Since then, photos have shown that Presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton have also used The World Almanac as a resource.[1]

The New York World merged with the Scripps-owned Telegram to form the New York World-Telegram in 1931. The Almanac survived the closure of the World-Telegram in 1966.

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