Almanac - Friday 1/12/18

Jan 12, 2018

Happy Birthday to Jack London (1876-1916).

 

Today is Friday, January 12, 2017, the 12th day of the year with 353 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 7:25am  
  • Sunset: 5:12pm

...giving us 9 hours and 47 minutes of daylight.  23% of the waning crescent moon will be visible, setting at 2:12pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 8:05am/10:23pm
  • Low: 1:40am/3:02pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Arbor Day - Jordan
  • Commemoration or Remembrance Day - Turkmenistan
  • National Pharmacist Day - US
  • Stephen Foster Memorial Day - US
  • Youth Day - India
  • Zanzibar Revolution Day - Tanzania

It’s also…

  • Kiss A Ginger Day
  • National Hot Tea Day
  • National Marzipan Day
  • National Curried Chicken Day

On this day in…

1519 - Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I died.

1773 - The first public museum in America was established in Charleston, SC.

1866 - The Royal Aeronautical Society was founded in London.

1875 - Kwang-su was made emperor of China.

1879 - The British-Zulu War began when the British invaded Zululand.

1882 - Thomas Edison's central station on Holborn Viaduct in London began operation.

1895 - The first performance of King Arthur took place at the Lyceum Theatre.

1896 - At Davidson College, several students took x-ray photographs. They created the first X-ray photographs to be made in America.

1904 - Henry Ford set a new land speed record when he reached 91.37 miles per hour.

1908 - A wireless message was sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

1915 - The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote.

1915 - The U.S. Congress established the Rocky Mountain National Park.

1926 - "Sam ‘n’ Henry" debuted on WGN Radio in Chicago, IL.

1932 - Hattie W. Caraway became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

1938 - Austria recognized the Franco government in Spain.

1940 - Soviet bombers raided cities in Finland.

1942 - U.S. President Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.

1943 - The Office of Price Administration announced that standard frankfurters/hot dogs/wieners would be replaced by 'Victory Sausages.'

1945 - During World War II, Soviet forces began a huge offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe.

1948 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race.

1949 - "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" was debuted on CBS-TV. The show stayed on the network for seven years.

1949 - "Kukla, Fran and Ollie", the Chicago-based children’s show, made its national debut on NBC-TV.

1955 - Rod Serling’s career began with the TV production of "Patterns."

1960 - Dolph Schayes of the Syracuse Nationals became the first pro basketball player in the NBA to score more than 15,000 points in his career.

1964 - Leftist rebels in Zanzibar began their successful revolt against the government and a republic was proclaimed.

1966 - U.S. President Johnson said in his State of the Union address that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there was ended.

1966 - "Batman" debuted on ABC-TV.

1967 - "Dragnet" returned to NBC-TV after being off the network schedule for eight years.

1970 - The breakaway state of Biafra capitulated and the Nigerian civil war came to an end.

1970 - Nigeria's civil war ended.

1971 - "All In the Family" debuted on CBS-TV.

1973 - Yassar Arafat was re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

1986 - Space shuttle Columbia blasted off with a crew that included the first Hispanic-American in space, Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz.

1991 - The U.S. Congress passed a resolution authorizing President Bush to use military power to force Iraq out of Kuwait.

1995 - Northern Ireland Secretary Patrick Mayhew announced that as of January 16 British troops would no longer carry out daylight street patrols in Belfast.

1998 - Tyson Foods Inc. pled guilty to giving $12,000 to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy. Tyson was fined $6 million.

1998 - 19 European nations agreed to prohibit human cloning.

1998 - Linda Tripp provided Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's office with taped conversations between herself and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

1999 - Mark McGwire's 70th home run ball was sold at auction in New York for $3 million to an anonymous bidder.

2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, gave police broad authority to stop and question people who run at the sight of an officer.

2005 - NASA launched "Deep Impact". The spacecraft was planned to impact on Comet Tempel 1 after a six-month, 268 million-mile journey.

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

  • Edmund Burke 1729
  • Johann Pestalozzi 1746
  • Jack London 1876
  • John Singer Sargent 1856
  • Herman Goering 1893
  • Joe E. Lewis (Klewan) 1902
  • Tex (Woodward) Ritter 1905
  • Luise Rainer 1910
  • Martin Agronsky 1915
  • P.W. Botha 1916
  • Ray Price 1926
  • Ruth Brown 1928
  • Lloyd Ruby 1928
  • Tim Horton 1930
  • Glenn Yarbrough (The Limeliters) 1930
  • James Fergason 1934
  • The "Amazing Kreskin" 1935
  • Ron Harper 1936
  • William Lee Golden (The Oak Ridge Boys) 1939
  • Tucker (Ivan) Frederickson 1943
  • Joe Frazier 1944
  • Maggie Bell (Stone the Crows) 1945
  • Cynthia Robinson (Sly and the Family Stone) 1946
  • Anthony Andrews 1948
  • Wayne Wang 1949
  • Drew Pearson 1951
  • Rush Limbaugh 1951
  • Ricky Van Shelton 1952
  • Howard Stern 1954
  • Kirstie Alley 1955
  • George Duke 1956
  • Tommy Ardolino (NRBQ) 1957
  • Per Gessle (Roxette) 1959
  • Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows) 1960
  • Jeffrey Bezos 1964
  • Rob Zombie (White Zombie) 1966