Almanac - Friday 8/18/17

Aug 18, 2017

Today is Friday, August 18, 2017, the 230th day of the year with 135 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:28am  
  • Sunset: 7:58pm

...giving us 13 hours and 30 minutes of daylight.  20% of the waning moon will be visible, setting at 5:44pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 10:31am/9:26pm
  • Low: 3:22am/3:09pm

Special celebrations today…

  • Bad Poetry Day
  • Mail Order Catalog Day
  • Men's Grooming Day
  • National Fajita Day
  • National Ice Cream Pie Day

On this day in…

1227 - The Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan died.

1587 - Virginia Dare became the first child to be born on American soil of English parents. The colony that is now Roanoke Island, NC, mysteriously vanished.

1735 - The "Evening Post" of Boston, MA, was published for the first time.

1840 - The American Society of Dental Surgeons was founded in New York City, NY.

1846 - Gen. Stephen W. Kearney and his U.S. forces captured Santa Fe, NM.

1894 - The Bureau of Immigration was established by the U.S. Congress.

1914 - The "Proclamation of Neutrality" was issued by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. It was aimed at keeping the U.S. out of World War I.

1916 - Abraham Lincoln's birthplace was made into a national shrine.

1919 - The "Anti-Cigarette League of America" was formed in Chicago IL.

1920 - Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment guaranteed the right of all American women to vote.

1937 - The first FM radio construction permit was issued in Boston, MA. The station went on the air two years later.

1938 - The Thousand Islands Bridge was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The bridge connects the U.S. and Canada.

1940 - Canada and the U.S. established a joint defense plan against the possible enemy attacks during World War II.

1958 - Vladimir Nabokov's novel "Lolita" was published.

1963 - James Meredith graduated from the University of Mississippi. He was the first black man to accomplish this feat.

1966 - The first pictures of earth taken from moon orbit were sent back to the U.S.

1980 - George Brett (Kansas City Royal) had his batting average reach the .400 mark.

1981 - Herschel Walker of the University of Georgia took out an insurance policy with Lloyd’s of London. The all-American was insured for one million dollars.

1982 - The volume on the New York Stock Exchange topped the 100-million level for the first time at 132.69 million shares traded.

1982 - The longest baseball game played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL, went 21 innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cubs 2-1.

1987 - Earl Campbell announced his retirement from the National Football League (NFL).

1990 - The first shots were fired by the U.S. in the Persian Gulf Crisis when a U.S. frigate fired rounds across the bow of an Iraqi oil tanker.

1991 - An unsuccessful coup was attempted in against President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The Soviet hard-liners were responsible. Gorbechev and his family were effectively imprisoned for three days while vacationing in Crimea.

1992 - Larry Bird, after 13 years with the Boston Celtics, announced his retirement.

1997 - Beth Ann Hogan became the first coed in the Virginia Military Institute's 158-year history.

1997 - Patrick Swayze received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998 - Mrs. Field's Original Cookies announced that they would acquire the Great American Cookie Co.

2004 - Donald Trump unveiled his board game (TRUMP the Game) where players bid on real estate, buy big ticket items and make billion-dollar business deals.

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

  • Meriwether Lewis 1774
  • Max Factor 1904
  • Caspar Weinberger 1917
  • Shelley Winters 1920
  • Rosalynn Carter 1927
  • Grant Williams 1930
  • Roman Polanski 1933
  • Gail Fisher 1935
  • Rafer Johnson 1935
  • Robert Redford 1937
  • Johnny Preston 1939
  • Christopher Jones 1941
  • Martin Mull 1943
  • Carl Wayne (The Move) 1944
  • Dennis Elliot (Foreigner) 1950
  • Patrick Swayze 1952
  • Ron Strykert (Men at Work) 1957
  • Madeleine Stowe 1958
  • James Latulippe 1961
  • Zac Maloy (The Nixons) 1968
  • Everlast 1969
  • Edward Norton 1969
  • Christian Slater 1969
  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner 1970