Almanac - Friday 9/1/17

Sep 1, 2017

Happy Birthday to everyone's favorite operator, Lily Tomlin!

Today is Friday, September 1, 2017 the 244th day of the year with 121 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:40am  
  • Sunset: 7:39pm

...giving us 12 hours and 58 minutes of daylight.  72% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 4:51pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 10:18am/8:55pm
  • Low: 3:03am/3:03pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Constitution Day - Slovakia
  • Evacuation Day (Italian) - Libya
  • Independence Day - Uzbekistan
  • Informe Presidencial (President's Address) - Mexico
  • Luxembourg City Kermesse - Luxembourg
  • Reincorporation of Tarata - Peru
  • Start of the Armed Struggle - Eritrea
  • United Arab Republic's Day - Syria
  • Worker's Day - Marshall Islands

It’s also…

  • Bring Your Manners To Work Day
  • Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day
  • Chicken Boy's Day
  • Emma M. Nutt Day
  • International Day of Awareness for the Dolphins of Taiji
  • National College Colors Day
  • National Food Bank Day
  • National Lazy Mom's Day
  • National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day
  • Random Acts of Kindness Day or Be Kind Day
  • Save Japan's Dolphins Day
  • National Cherry Popover Day
  • National Gyro Day
  • UK: Partridge Season Begins
  • St. Fiacre's Day, patron of gardeners
  • St. Verana's Day, patron of millers

On this day in…

1799 - The Bank of Manhattan Company opened in New York City, NY. It was the forerunner of Chase Manhattan.

1807 - Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was found innocent of treason.

1810 - The first plow with interchangeable parts was patented by John J. Wood.

1859 - The Pullman sleeping car was placed into service.

1878 - Emma M. Nutt became the first female telephone operator in the U.S. The company was the Telephone Dispatch Company of Boston.

1884 - The Thomas A. Edison Construction Department and the Edison Company for Isolated Lighting merged.

1887 - Emile Berliner filed for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone. It is a device that is better known as a record player. Thomas Edison made the idea work.

1897 - The first section of Boston's subway system was opened.

1905 - Saskatchewan and Alberta became the ninth and tenth provinces of Canada.

1906 - Jack Coombs of the American League’s Philadelphia Athletics pitched 24 innings against the Boston Red Sox. (MLB)

1922 - The first daily news program on radio was "The Radio Digest," on WBAY radio in New York City, NY.

1939 - World War II began when Germany invaded Poland.

1942 - A federal judge in Sacramento, CA, upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.

1945 - The U.S. received official word of Japan's formal surrender that ended World War II. In Japan, it was actually September 2nd.

1949 - "Martin Kane, Private Eye" debuted on NBC-TV.

1951 - The ANZUS Treaty, a mutual defense pact, was signed by the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

1969 - Col. Moammar Gadhafi came into power in Libya after the government was overthrown.

1970 - The last episode of "I Dream of Jeannie" aired on NBC-TV. The show premiered was on September 18, 1965.

1971 - Danny Murtaugh (Pittsburgh Pirates) gave his lineup card to the umpire with the names of nine black baseball players on it. This was a first for Major League Baseball.

1972 - America’s Bobby Fischer beat Russia’s Boris Spassky to become world chess champion. The chess match took place in Reykjavik, Iceland.

1979 - The U.S. Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn.

1982 - J.R. Richard returned to major league baseball after a two-year absence following a near-fatal stroke.

1982 - Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo closed all the country's private banks.

1985 - The Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S. and French expedition. The wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coast.

1986 - Jerry Lewis raised a record $34 million for Muscular Dystrophy during his annual telethon for Jerry’s kids over the Labor Day weekend.

1997 - In France, the prosecutor's office announced that the driver of the car, in which Britain's Princess Diana was killed, was over the legal alcohol limit.

1998 - The movie "Titanic" went on sale across North America.

1998 - Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) hit his 56th and 57th home runs to set a new National League record. He would eventually reach a total of 70 for the season on September 27.

1998 - J.K. Rowling's book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was released in the U.S. This was the first book in the Harry Potter series.

1998 - Vietnam released 5,000 prisoners, including political dissidents, on National Day.

1999 - Twenty-two of major league baseball's 68 permanent umpires were replaced. The problem arose from their union's failed attempt to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract.

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

  • Lydia Sigourney 1791 - Author
  • Alfred Ely Beach 1826 - Designer of New York City's earliest subway, patented a typewriter for the blind
  • Engelbert Humperdinck 1854 - German composer, his name was borrowed by singer Arnold Dorsey
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs 1875 - Writer (Tarzan of the Apes)
  • Richard Arlen (van Mattimore) 1898 - Actor ("Road to Nashville", "Island of the Lost Souls")
  • Don Wilson 1900 - Announcer, Actor ("The Jack Benny Show")
  • Johnny Mack Brown 1904 - Actor (Ghost Rider, Texas Kid)
  • Walter Reuther 1907 - Labor union leader
  • Arleen Whelan 1916 - Actress (Never Wave at a WAC)
  • Richard Farnsworth 1920 - Actor (Lassie, The Grey Fox, Legend of the Lone Ranger)
  • Yvonne De Carlo (Peggy Yvonne Middleton) 1922 - Actress (The Munsters, Salome, McLintock!)
  • Vittorio Gassman 1922 - Actor (Sharkey's Machine, War and Peace)
  • Rocky Marciano (Rocco Marchegiano) 1923 - Boxer, the only heavyweight champion to have won every fight in professional career
  • George Maharis 1928 - Actor (Route 66, Return to Fantasy Island)
  • Boxcar Willie (Lecil Martin) 1931 - Singer, songwriter, known as "The Singing Hobo"
  • Ann Richards 1933 - Texas Governor
  • Conway Twitty (Harold Lloyd Jenkins) 1933 - Singer, songwriter
  • Seiji Ozawa 1935 - Orchestra leader (San Francisco Symphony Orchestra)
  • Guy Rodgers 1935 - Basketball player
  • Ron O'Neal 1937
  • Al Geiberger 1937 - Golfer, recorded a score of 59 in a PGA Tour
  • Lily Tomlin 1939 - Actress, comedian
  • Rico Carty (Ricardo Adolfo Jacobo) 1939 - Baseball player
  • Dave White 1940 - Singer, songwriter (Danny & The Juniors)
  • Don Stroud 1943 - Actor (Dillinger and Capone, Amityville Horror, The Buddy Holly Story), son of Clarence Stroud
  • Archie Bell 1944
  • Leonard Slatkin 1944 - Orchestra director
  • Barry Gibb 1946 - Singer, songwriter, musician (The Bee Gees)
  • Greg Errico 1946 - Musician (Sly and The Family Stone)
  • Dennis Partee 1946 - Football player
  • Ed Podolak 1947 - Football player
  • Garry (Lee) Maddox 1949 - Baseball player
  • Bruce Foxton 1955 - Musician (100 Men, The Jam)
  • Gloria Estefan (Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo) 1957 - Singer (Miami Sound Machine)
  • Boney James 1961
  • Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow 1961 - Wrestler, actor
  • Spigg Nice (Lost Boyz) 1970
  • Scott Speedman 1975