Almanac - Friday 11/17/17

Nov 17, 2017

Happy Birthday, Marty Scorsese! (no, I don't gotta problem with that...) 

Today is Friday, November 17, 2017, the 321st day of the year with 44 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:53am  
  • Sunset: 4:57pm

...giving us 10 hours and 4 minutes of daylight.  2% of the waning crescent moon will be visible, setting at 4:58pm - new moon tomorrow!

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 10:22am/11:44pm
  • Low: 4:00am/4:50pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Army Day -- Zaire (Democratic Congo)
  • Day of National Revival - Azerbaijan
  • Students' fight for freedom and democracy (1989) - Czech Republic
  • Malabo Fiesta - Equatorial Guinea
  • Presidents Day - Marshall Islands
  • Prince Charles' Birthday - Fiji
  • Student Youth Day - Turkmenistan

It’s also…

  • Take A Hike Day
  • Homemade Bread Day
  • National Baklava Day
  • National Unfriend Day
  • Petroleum Day
  • Substitute Educators Day
  • Feast of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, patron of bakers

On this day in…

1558 - Elizabeth I ascended the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary Tudor.

1603 - Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason.

1796 - Catherine the Great of Russia died at the age of 67.

1798 - Irish nationalist leader Wolfe Tone committed suicide while in jail awaiting execution.

1800 - The U.S. Congress held its first session in Washington, DC, in the partially completed Capitol building.

1869 - The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas.

1880 - The first three British female graduates received their Bachelor of Arts degrees from London University.

1903 - Russia's Social Democrats officially split into two groups - Bolsheviks and Mensheviks.

1904 - The first underwater submarine journey was taken, from Southampton, England, to the Isle of Wight.

1913 - The steamship Louise became the first ship to travel through the Panama Canal.

1913 - In Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm banned the armed forces from dancing the tango.

1922 - Siberia voted for union with the U.S.S.R.

1962 - Washington's Dulles International Airport was dedicated by U.S. President Kennedy.

1970 - The Soviet Union landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon, the Lunokhod 1. The vehicle was released by Luna 17.

1973 - U.S. President Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, FL, "people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook."

1979 - Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 female and black American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

1982 - The Empire State Building was added to the National Register of Historical Places.

1988 - Benazir Bhutto became the first woman leader of an Islamic country. She was elected in the first democratic elections in Pakistan in 11 years.

1990 - A mass grave was discovered by the bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. The bodies were believed to be those of World War II prisoners of war.

1990 - The Soviet government agreed to change the country's constitution.

1997 - 62 people were killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt. The attackers were killed by police.

1997 - Mario Lemieux was voted into the NHL Hall of Fame.

2010 - Researchers trapped 38 antihydrogen atoms. It was the first time humans had trapped antimatter.

Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...

  • Nicolas Appert 1749
  • Louis XVIII (France) 1755
  • Bernard Law Montgomery (Britain) 1887
  • Lee Strasberg 1901
  • Rock Hudson 1925
  • Sir Charles Mackerras 1925
  • Bob Mathias 1930
  • Gordon Lightfoot 1938 - Singer
  • Gene Clark (Byrds) 1941
  • Martin Scorsese 1942 - Director
  • Danny DeVito 1944 - Actor
  • Lauren Hutton 1944 - Actress
  • Lorne Michaels 1944 - TV producer ("Saturday Night Live")
  • Tom Seaver 1944 - Baseball player
  • Elvin Hayes 1945 - Basketball player
  • Stephen Root 1951 - Actor ("NewsRadio," "Office Space")
  • Jim Babjak (Smithereens) 1957
  • Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio 1958 - Actress
  • William Moses 1959
  • RuPaul 1960 - Entertainer
  • Dylan Walsh 1963
  • Daisy Fuentes 1966 - Actress, model
  • Ronnie DeVoe (New Edition, Bell Biv DeVoe) 1967
  • Jeff Allen (Mint Condition) 1968
  • Leslie Bib 1973
  • Brandon Call 1976
  • Rachel McAdams 1978 - Actress ("The Notebook," "Mean Girls")
  • Reggie Wayne 1978 - Football player
  • Isaac Hanson 1980 - Musician (Hanson)
  • Justin Cooper 1988