Almanac - Friday 1/5/17 | KALW

Almanac - Friday 1/5/17

Jan 5, 2018

Happy birthday to TV's original Superman, George Reeves, and...to me!

Today is Friday, January 5, 2017 the 5th day of the year with 360 days remaining.

Sunrise: 7:26am  

Sunset: 5:05pm

...giving us 9 hours and 40 minutes of daylight.  89% of the waning gibbous moon will be visible, rising at 9:38pm.
 

Tides at the Golden Gate

High: 2:35am/1:32pm

Low: 7:35am/8:08pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Dia de la Toma - Spain
  • Twelfth Night - US, elsewhere

It’s also…

  • Bird Day
  • National Screenwriters Day
  • National Whipped Cream Day
  • St. Simeon Stylites’ Day, patron of shepherds

On this day in…

 

1781 - Richmond, VA, was burned by a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold.

1885 - The Long Island Railroad Company became the first to offer piggy-back rail service which was the transportation of farm wagons on trains.

1896 - It was reported by The Austrian newspaper that Wilhelm Roentgen had discovered the type of radiation that became known as X-rays.

1900 - In Ireland, Nationalist leader John Edward Redmond called for a revolt against British rule.

1903 - The general public could use the Pacific cable for the very first time.

1914 - Ford Motor Company announced that there would be a new daily minimum wage of $5 and an eight-hour workday.

1925 - Mrs. Nellie Taylor Ross was sworn in as the governor of Wyoming She was the first female governor in the U.S.

1933 - In California, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began.

1934 - Both the National and American baseball leagues decided to use a uniform-size baseball. It was the first time in 33 years that both leagues used the same size ball. (MLB)

1935 - Phil Spitalny’s All-Girl Orchestra was featured on CBS radio on the program, "The Hour of Charm."

1940 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) got its very first demonstration of FM radio.

1944 - The London "Daily Mail" was the first transoceanic newspaper to be published.

1948 - Warner Brothers-Pathe showed the very first color newsreel. The footage was of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl football classic.

1956 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Snoopy walked on two legs for the first time.

1961 - "Mr. Ed" debuted. The show would run for six years.

1970 - "All My Children" premiered on ABC.

1972 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon ordered the development of the space shuttle.

1987 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan underwent prostate surgery.

1993 - The state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd. It was America's first legal hanging since 1965. Dodd was an admitted child sex killer.

1996 - Yahya Ayyash, a member of the Hamas in Israel, is killed by a booby-trapped cellular phone.

1998 - U.S. Representative Sonny Bono died in skiing accident.

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

  • Stephen Decatur 1779
  • Edmund Ruffin 1794
  • Jeannette Piccard 1895
  • George Reeves 1914
  • Aaron “Bunny” Lapin 1914
  • Al Blozis 1919
  • Erica Morini 1919
  • Jean-Pierre Aumont 1911
  • Sam Phillips 1920
  • Buddy Young 1926
  • W.D. Snodgrass 1926
  • Fred Glover 1928
  • Walter 'Fritz' Mondale 1928
  • Wilbert Harrison 1929
  • Robert Duvall 1930
  • Alvin Ailey 1931
  • Chuck Noll 1932
  • Johnny Adams 1932
  • Francois d'Aulan 1932
  • Earl Battey 1935
  • Lindsay Crosby 1938
  • Chuck McKinley 1941
  • Wayne Rutledge 1942
  • Sam Wyche 1945
  • Diane Keaton 1946
  • Ted Lange 1947
  • George "Funky" Brown (Kool and the Gang) 1949
  • Chris Stein (Blondie) 1950
  • Pamela Sue Martin 1953
  • Clancy Brown 1959
  • Suzy Amis 1961
  • Iris Dement 1961
  • Jeff Fassero 1963
  • David Latulippe 1963 !
  • Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) 1967
  • Joe Juneau 1968
  • Marilyn Manson 1970 - Singer
  • Bradley Cooper 1975 - Actor