Almanac ~ Monday, 4/24/17

Apr 24, 2017

It's Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day!  Today is Monday, April 24, 2017 the 144th day of the year with 251 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:41am  
  • Sunset: 7:41pm

...giving us 13 hours and 32 minutes of daylight.  97% of the waning moon will be visible, rising at 7:24pm.
 

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 12:14pm
  • Low: 5:49am/5:52pm

Special international celebrations or commemorations today…

  • Armenian Genocide Memorial Day - Armenia
  • National Concord Day - Niger

It’s also…

  • Parental Alienation Day
  • Red Hat Society Day
  • National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day

On this day in…

1519 - Envoys of Montezuma II attended the first Easter mass in Central America.

1547 - Charles V's troops defeated the Protestant League of Schmalkalden at the battle of Muhlburg.

1558 - Mary, Queen of Scotland, married the French dauphin, Francis.

1800 - The Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation.

1805 - The U.S. Marines attacked and captured the town of Derna in Tripoli.

1833 - A patent was granted for first soda fountain.

1877 - Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire.

1877 - In the U.S., federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans. This was the end to the North's post-Civil War rule in the South.

1884 - Otto von Bismarck cabled Cape Town that South Africa was now a German colony.

1889 - The Edison General Electric Company was organized.

1897 - William Price became the first to be named White House news reporter.

1898 - Spain declared war on the U.S., rejecting America's ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba.

1915 - During World War I, the Ottoman Turkish Empire began the mass deportation of Armenians.

1916 - Irish nationalist launched the Easter Rebellion against British occupation forces. They were overtaken several days later.

1944 - The first B-29 arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.

1953 - Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

1961 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions.

1961 - US President John F. Kennedy accepted "sole responsibility" following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

1962 - MIT sent a TV signal by satellite for the first time.

1967 - Soviet astronaut Vladimir Komarov died when his craft crashed with a tangled parachute.

1967 - The newest Greek regime banned miniskirts.

1970 - The People's Republic of China launched its first satellite.

1973 - Albert Sabin reported that herpes viruses were factors in nine kinds of cancer.

1989 - Thousands of students began striking in Beijing.

1990 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

1997 - The U.S. Senate ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. The global treaty banned the development, production, storage and use of chemical weapons.

2003 - A U.S. official reported the North Korea had claimed to have nuclear weapons.

2015 - The Nasdaq Composite closed at a record high of 5092.09.

2015 - The S&P closed at a record high of 2117.69.

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

  • John Graunt 1620
  • Edmund Cartwright 1743
  • Robert Bailey Thomas 1766
  • George Bascom 1836
  • Henri Philippe Petain 1856
  • Robert Penn Warren 1905
  • Jack E. Leonard 1911
  • Aaron Bell 1922
  • J.D. Cannon 1922
  • Johnny Griffin 1928 - Saxophonist known as "Little Giant"
  • Freddy Scott 1933
  • Shirley Boone 1934
  • Shirley MacLaine 1934 - Actress
  • Jill Ireland 1936
  • Joe Henderson 1937
  • Sue Grafton 1940 - Author
  • Barbra Streisand 1942 - Singer
  • Richard Sterban 1943 - Singer (The Oak Ridge Boys)
  • Bob Lunn 1945
  • Robert Knight 1945
  • Doug Clifford 1945 - Musician (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  • Glenn Cornick 1947
  • Eric Bogosian 1953 - Actor
  • Vince Ferragamo 1954
  • Raymond Ian Burns 1954 - Known as Captain Sensible, musician (Damned)
  • Michael O'Keefe 1955
  • David J. 1957 - Musician (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets)
  • Boris Williams 1958 - Musician (Cure)
  • Glenn Morshower 1959 - Actor ("24")
  • Billy Gould 1963 - Musician (Faith No More)
  • Paul Ryder 1964 - Musician (Happy Mondays)
  • Djimon Hounsou 1964 - Actor
  • Cedric the Entertainer 1964 - Actor, comedian
  • Patty Schemel 1967 - Musician (Hole)
  • Omar Vizquel 1967 - Baseball player
  • Aaron Comess 1968 - Musician (Spin Doctors)
  • Chipper Jones 1972 - Baseball player
  • Brian Aubrey Marshall 1973 - Musician (Creed)
  • Eric Balfour 1977 - Actor
  • Carlos Beltran 1977 - Baseball player
  • Rebecca Mader 1977 - Actress ("All My Children", "Lost", "Justice")
  • Kelly Clarkson (Kelly Brianne Clarkson) 1983 - Singer