Almanac - Friday, 5/12/17

May 12, 2017

Happy birthday to the late, great George Carlin.

  Today is Friday, May 12, 2017, the 132nd day of the year; 233 days remain – it’s 39 days until spring.

  • Sunrise: 6:02am
  • Sunset: 8:11pm

…giving us 14 hours and 8 minutes of daylight.  99% of the waning moon is visible, rising at 9:53pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 12:37am/2:23pm
  • Low: 7:14am/7:06pm

International celebrations today…

  • Mangers pour divers loas - Haiti
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day - Australia
  • International Midwives Day - Australia
  • Nurse's Day - Australia
  • St. Andrew's Day - Georgia
  • International Nurses Day - International

It’s also…

  • Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks A Voice Day
  • Hug Your Cat Day
  • Limerick Day
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • National Nutty Fudge Day
  • National Provider Appreciation Day
  • Odometer Day

On this day in…

1588 - King Henry III fled Paris after Henry of Guise triumphantly entered the city.

1780 - Charleston, South Carolina fell to British forces.

1847 - William Clayton invented the odometer.

1870 - Manitoba entered the Confederation as a Canadian province.

1881 - Tunisia, in North Africa became a French protectorate.

1885 - In the Battle of Batoche, French Canadians rebelled against the Canadian government.

1888 - Charles Sherrill of the Yale track team became the first runner to use the crouching start for a fast break in a foot race.

1926 - The airship Norge became the first vessel to fly over the North Pole.

1926 - In Britain, a general strike by trade unions ended. The strike began on May 3, 1926.

1937 - Britain's King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey.

1940 - The Nazi conquest of France began with the German army crossing Muese River.

1942 - The Soviet Army launched its first major offensive of World War II and took Kharkov in the eastern Ukraine from the German army.

1943 - The Axis forces in North Africa surrendered during World War II.

1949 - The Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin Blockade.

1950 - The American Bowling Congress abolished its white males-only membership restriction after 34 years.

1957 - A.J. Foyt won his first auto racing victory in Kansas City, MO.

1965 - West Germany and Israel exchanged letters establishing diplomatic relations.

1970 - Ernie Banks, of the Chicago Cubs, hit his 500th home run.

1975 - US merchant ship Mayaguez was seized by Cambodian forces in international waters.

1978 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that they would no longer exclusively name hurricanes after women.

1982 - South Africa unveiled a plan that would give voting rights to citizens of Asian and mixed-race descent, but not to blacks.

1984 - South African prisoner Nelson Mandela saw his wife for the first time in 22 years.

1999 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin dismissed Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and named Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin as his successor.

2002 - Former U.S. President Carter arrived in Cuba for a visit with Fidel Castro. It was the first time a U.S. head of state, in or out of office, had gone to the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.

2003 - In Texas, fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers went into hiding over a dispute with Republican's over a congressional redistricting plan.

2008 - In the U.S., the price for a one-ounce First-Class stamp increased from 41 to 42 cents.

2015 - It was announced that Verizon would be acquiring AOL.

Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)…

  • Edward Lear 1812 - Poet, illustrator
  • Lord Grimthorpe (Edmund Beckett, 1st Baron Grimthorpe, Q.C.) 1816 - Lawyer, horologist, architect
  • Florence Nightingale 1820- Nurse, contributed to modern nursing procedures, author
  • Dante Rossetti 1828 - Poet, artist, brother of poet Christian Rossetti
  • Jules Massenet 1842 - French composer
  • Gabriel Urbain Fauré 1845 - French composer, pianist
  • Mildred McAfee 1900- Captain Mildred McAfee (Horton), first director of U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service)
  • Katherine Hepburn 1907- Actress ("Morning Glory", "On Golden Pond [1981]", "The Rainmaker")
  • Howard K. Smith 1914- Journalist, TV anchorman
  • Mary Kay Ash 1915 - U.S. businesswoman and the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc., born Mary Kathlyn Wagner
  • Joe Maphis 1921- (Otis W.) Joe Maphis, country singer, entertainer, songwriter
  • Bob Goldham 1922 - Hockey player
  • John Simon (John Ivan Simon) 1925 - Author and literary, theater, and film critic.
  • Yogi Berra 1925- Baseball player, manager
  • Burt Bacharach 1929- Composer
  • Samuel Nujoma 1929 - President of Namibia
  • Felipe (Felipe Rojas) Alou 1935 - Baseball player
  • John Bucyk 1935 - Hockey player
  • Tom Snyder 1936- Journalist, television host
  • Frank Stella 1936 - Abstract artist, sculptor, painter
  • George Carlin 1937- Comedian, actor
  • Susan Hampshire 1938- Actress ("Cry Terror", "David Copperfield")
  • Millie Perkins 1938- Actress ("Wall Street", "Ensign Pulver")
  • Ronald L. Ziegler 1939 - Journalist, Press Secretary for U.S. President Richard M. Nixon
  • Jayotis Washington 1941- Musician (The Persuasions)
  • Billy Swan 1942- Singer, songwriter
  • Ted (Theodore Rodger) Kubiak 1942 - Baseball player
  • Ian Dury 1942 - Singer (Ian Dury and the Blockheads)
  • David Walker 1943 - Musician (Gary Lewis & The Playboys)
  • Linda Dano (Linda Rae Wildermuth) 1943- Actress
  • Ian McLagan 1946- Musician
  • Steve Winwood 1948- Musician (Blind Faith, Traffic, Spencer Davis Group)
  • Lindsay Crouse 1948- Actress ("The Juror", "Slap Shot", "Traps")
  • Billy Squier 1950- Singer
  • Pat (Patrick Leonard) Darcy 1950 - Baseball player
  • Gabriel Byrne 1950- Actor ("In Treatment")
  • Bruce Boxleitner 1950- Actor ("Scarecrow and Mrs. King", "The Babe")
  • Kix Brooks 1955- Musician (Brooks and Dunn)
  • Lou Whitaker 1957- Baseball player, nicknamed "Sweet Lou"
  • Kim Greist 1958- Actress ("Homeward Bound" movies, "Chicago Hope")
  • Kevin Bass 1959- Baseball player
  • Ving Rhames 1961- Actor
  • Billy Duffy 1961- Musician (The Cult)
  • Emilio Estevez 1962- Actor ("Breakfast Club", "The Mighty Ducks" movies, "Young Guns"), Martin Sheen's son, Charlie Sheen's brother
  • Vanessa Williams 1963- Actress
  • Eddie Kilgallon 1965- Musician (Ricochet)
  • Stephen Baldwin 1966- Actor ("Born on the Fourth of July"), brother of Alec Baldwin, William Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin
  • Tony Hawk 1968- Skateboarder
  • Kim Fields 1969- Actress ("The Facts of Life")
  • Samantha Mathis 1970- Actress
  • Jamie Luner 1971- Actress ("Melrose Place")
  • Mackenzie Astin 1973- Actor
  • Melanie Chisholm (Melanie "Mel" Jayne Chisholm) 1976 - Singer (Spice Girls), known as "Sporty Spice)
  • Jason Biggs 1978- Actor ("American Pie" movies)
  • Samantha Mathis 1978- Actress
  • Malin Akerman 1978- Actress
  • Steve Smith 1979- Football player
  • Emily VanCamp 1986- Actress ("Brothers & Sisters")
  • Malcolm David Kelley 1992- Actor ("Lost")
  • Sawyer Sweeten 1995- Actor ("Everybody Loves Raymond")
  • Sullivan Sweeten 1995- Actor ("Everybody Loves Raymond")