Almanac - Friday 5/11/18

May 11, 2018

It's SUPPORT KALW DAY!

Today is Friday, May 11, 2018, the 131st day of the year with 234 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:03am  
  • Sunset: 8:09pm

...giving us 14 hours and 6 minutes of daylight.  24% of the moon will be visible, setting at 4:13pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 9:28am/9:58pm
  • Low: 3:31am/3:12pm

Celebrate...

  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Hostess Cupcake Day
  • National Mocha Torte Day
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • National Foam Rolling Day
  • Root Canal Appreciation Day
  • Child Care Provider Day
  • Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks A Voice

On this day in…

 

0330 - Constantinople, previously the town of Byzantium, was founded.

1573 - Henry of Anjou became the first elected king of Poland.

1647 - Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam to become governor.

1689 - French and English naval battle takes place at Bantry Bay.

1745 - French forces defeat an Anglo-Dutch-Hanoverian army at Fontenoy.

1792 - The Columbia River was discovered by Captain Robert Gray.

1812 - British prime Minister Spencer Perceval was shot by a bankrupt banker in the lobby of the House of Commons.

1816 - The American Bible Society was formed in New York City.

1857 - Indian mutineers seized Delhi from the British.

1858 - Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state.

1860 - Giuseppe Garibaldi landed at Marsala, Sicily.

1889 - Major Joseph Washington Wham takes charge of $28,000 in gold and silver to pay troops at various points in the Arizona Territory. The money was stolen in a train robbery.

1894 - Workers at the Pullman Palace Car Company in Illinois went on strike.

1910 - Glacier National Park in Montana was established.

1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.

1934 - A severe two-day dust storm stripped the topsoil from the great plains of the U.S. and created a "Dust Bowl." The storm was one of many.

1944 - A major offensive was launched by the allied forces in central Italy.

1947 - The creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the B.F. Goodrich Company.

1949 - Siam changed its name to Thailand.

1960 - Israeli soldiers captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires.

1967 - The siege of Khe Sanh ended.

1985 - More than 50 people died when a flash fire swept a soccer stadium in Bradford, England.

1995 - The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely. The treaty limited the spread of nuclear material for military purposes.

1996 - An Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades. All 110 people on board were killed.

1997 - Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, lost his first ever multi-game match. He lost to IBM's chess computer Deep Blue. It was the first time a computer had beaten a world-champion player.

1998 - India conducted its first underground nuclear tests, three of them, in 24 years. The tests were in violation of a global ban on nuclear testing.

1998 - A French mint produced the first coins of Europe's single currency. The coin is known as the euro.

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

  • Irving Berlin 1888 - Composer, lyricist
  • Martha Graham 1894 - Dancer, choreographer
  • William Grant Still 1895 - Classical composer
  • Salvador Dali (Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech) 1904 - Surrealist painter
  • Phil Silvers 1912 - Entertainer, comedy actor ("The Phil Silvers Show")
  • Foster Brooks 1912 - Actor, comedian
  • Doodles Weaver (Winstead Sheffield "Doodles" Weaver) 1914 - Actor, comedian
  • Denver Dell Pyle 1920 - Actor
  • Mort Sahl (Morton Lyon "Mort" Sahl) 1927 - Comedian, actor
  • Stanley Elkin 1930 - Novelist, short story writer, essayist
  • Louis Farrakhan (Louis Eugene Walcott) 1933 - National Representative of the Nation of Islam
  • Doug McClure 1938 - Actor
  • Eric Burdon 1941 - Musician (The Animals)
  • Les Chadwick 1943 - Musician (Gerry & The Pacemakers)
  • Dr. Robert Jarvik 1946 - Scientist, researcher, entrepreneur
  • Frances Fisher 1952 - Actress ("Titanic," "Unforgiven")
  • Shohreh Adhdashloo 1952 - Actress
  • Boyd Gaines 1953 - Actor
  • Mark Herndon 1955 - Musician (Alabama)
  • J.J. Jeczalik 1955 - Musician (Art of Noise)
  • Martha Quinn 1959 - One of the original video jockeys on MTV
  • Natasha Richardson 1963 - Actress
  • Jeffrey Donovan 1968 - Actor ("Burn Notice")
  • Austin O'Brien 1980 - Actor
  • Jonathan Jackson 1982 - Actor
  • Cory Monteith 1982 - Actor ("Glee")