Almanac - Friday 9/22/17 | KALW

Almanac - Friday 9/22/17

Sep 22, 2017

Today is Friday, September 22, 2017, the 265th day of the year with 100 days remaining.  It’s the first day of Autumn!  A patent was received by Italo Marchiony on this date in 1903 for a machine that could create 10 ice cream cones at once (!) pictured above...

  • Sunrise: 6:58am  
  • Sunset: 7:06pm

...giving us 12 hours and 8 minutes of daylight.  2% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 9:21am.

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 1:32am/1:46pm
  • Low: 7:15am/7:46pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Birthday of Princess Martha Louise - Norway
  • Days of Liberation - Bulgaria
  • Independence Day - Mali
  • World Car-Free Day
  • St. Maurice's Day, patron of knife grinders.
  • St. Phocas' Day, patron of gardeners.

It’s also…

  • American Business Women's Day
  • National White Chocolate Day
  • National Ice Cream Cone Day (see 1903 below)
  • Bright Pink Lipstick Day
  • Chainmail Day
  • Dear Diary Day
  • Elephant  Appreciation Day
  • Hobbit Day
  • Love Note Day

On this day in…

1789 - The U.S. Congress authorized the office of Postmaster General.

1792 - The French Republic was proclaimed.

1862 - U.S. President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. It stated that all slaves held within rebel states would be free as of January 1, 1863.

1903 - Italo Marchiony was granted a patent for the ice cream cone.

1914 - Three British cruisers were sunk by one German submarine in the North Sea. 1,400 British sailors were killed. This event alerted the British to the effectiveness of the submarine.

1927 - In Chicago, IL, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight.

1949 - The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb successfully.

1955 - Commercial television began in Great Britain. The rules said that only six minutes of ads were allowed each hour and there was no Sunday morning TV permitted.

1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy signed a congressional act that established the Peace Corps.

1964 - "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." debuted on NBC-TV.

1966 - The U.S. lunar probe Surveyor 2 crashed into the moon.

1969 - Willie Mays hit his 600th career home run.

1980 - A border conflict between Iran and Iraq developed into a full-scale war.

1986 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan addressed the U.N. General Assembly and voiced a new hope for arms control. He also criticized the Soviet Union for arresting U.S. journalist Nicholas Daniloff.

1988 - Canada's government apologized for the internment of Japanese-Canadian's during World War II. They also promised compensation.

1990 - Saudi Arabia expelled most of the Yememin and Jordanian envoys in Riyadh. The Saudi accusations were unspecific.

1991 - An article in the London newspaper "The Mail" revealed that John Cairncross admitted to being the "fifth man" in the Soviet Union's British spy ring.

1992 - The U.N. General Assembly expelled Yugoslavia for its role in the war between Bosnia and Herzegovina.

1994 - The U.S. upgraded its military control in Haiti.

1998 - The U.S. and Russia signed two agreements. One was to privatize Russia's nuclear program and the other was to stop plutonium stockpiles and nuclear scientists from leaving the country.

1998 - U.S. President Clinton addressed the United Nations and told world leaders to "end all nuclear tests for all time". He then sent the long-delayed global test-ban treaty to the U.S. Senate.

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

  • Paul Muni 1895
  • Allan 'Rocky' Lane 1901
  • John Houseman 1902
  • Martha Scott 1914
  • Tommy Lasorda 1927 - Baseball manager
  • Eugene Roche 1928
  • Joni James (Joan Carmello Babbo) 1930
  • Pat (Chiyoko) Suzuki 1930
  • Harriet King 1935
  • Ray Norton 1937
  • Paul LeMat 1945
  • King Sunny Ade 1946
  • Mark Phillips 1948
  • Harold Carmichael 1949
  • David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) 1951
  • Shari Belafonte-Harper 1954 - Actress
  • Debby Boone 1956 - Singer
  • June Forester (The Forester Sisters) 1956
  • Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blond) 1957
  • Nick Cave 1957 - Singer
  • Lynn Herring 1958
  • Andrea Bocelli 1958 - Opera singer
  • Joan Jett 1960
  • Robb Stone 1962
  • Scott Baio 1961 - Actor ("Happy Days," "Joanie Loves Chachi")
  • Catherine Oxenberg 1961 - Actress ("Dynasty")
  • Bonnie Hunt 1964 - Actress
  • Big Rube (Society of Soul) 1971
  • Lawrence "Larry" Gilliard, Jr. 1971 - Actor (TV: "The Walking Dead")
  • Mireille Enos 1975 - Actress ("The Killing," "Big Love")
  • Ronaldo 1976 - Soccer player
  • Katie Lowes 1982 - Actress ("Scandal")
  • Tom Felton 1987 - Actor ("Harry Potter" movies)