Almanac ~ Monday 4/3/17

Apr 3, 2017

Today is Monday, April 3, 2017 the 93rd day of the year with 272 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:51am  
  • Sunset: 7:35pm

...giving us 12 hours and 43 minutes of daylight.  39% of the waxing moon will be visible, setting at 1:59am

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High:  5:04am/7:26pm
  • Low: 11:58pm

Special international celebrations today…

Declaration of the Second Republic - Guinea

It’s also…

National Chocolate Mousse Day

Don't Go To Work Unless It's Fun Day

Fan Dance Day

Find A Rainbow Day

Pony Express Day

Tater Day

Tweed Day

Weed Out Hate: Sow The Seeds of Greatness Day

On this day in…

 

1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida. He had sighted the land the day before.

1776 - George Washington received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard College .

1829 - James Carrington patented the coffee mill.

1860 - The first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA. The trip across country took about 10 days. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half.

1865 - Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.

1866 - Rudolph Eickemeyer and G. Osterheld patented a blocking and shaping machine for hats.

1882 - The American outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward. There was later controversy over whether it was actually Jesse James that had been killed.

1910 - Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America was climbed.

1933 - First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that beer would be served at the White House. This followed the March 22 legislation that legalized "3.2" beer.

1936 - Richard Bruno Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and death of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.

1942 - The Japanese began their all-out assault on the U.S. and Filipino troops at Bataan.

1946 - Lt. General Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March, was executed in the Philippines.

1948 - U.S. President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan to revive war-torn Europe. It was $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.

1949 - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis debuted on radio on the "Martin and Lewis Show". The NBC program ran until 1952.

1953 - "TV Guide" was published for the first time.

1967 - The U.S. State Department said that Hanoi might be brainwashing American prisoners.

1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "mountaintop" speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated.

1968 - North Vietnam agreed to meet with U.S. representatives to set up preliminary peace talks.

1972 - Charlie Chaplin returned to the U.S. after a twenty-year absence.

1979 - Jane Byrne became the first female mayor in Chicago.

1982 - John Chancellor stepped down as anchor of the "The NBC Nightly News." Roger Mudd and Tom Brokaw became the co-anchors of the show.

1983 - It was reported that Vietnamese occupation forces had overrun a key insurgent base in western Cambodia.

1984 - Sikh terrorists killed a member of the Indian Parliament in his home.

1984 - Col. Lansana Konte became the new president of Guinea when the armed forces seized power after the death of Sekou Toure.

1985 - The U.S. charged that Israel violated the Geneva Convention by deporting Shiite prisoners.

1986 - The U.S. national debt hit $2 trillion.

1987 - Riots disrupted mass during the Pope's visit to Santiago, Chili.

1993 - The Norman Rockwell Museum opened in Stockbridge, MA.

1996 - An Air Force jetliner carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown crashed in Croatia, killing all 35 people aboard.

1996 - Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski was arrested. He pled guilty in January 1998 to five Unabomber attacks in exchange for a life sentence without chance for parole.

1998 - The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 9,000 for the first time.

2000 - A U.S. federal judge ruled that Microsoft had violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors. Microsoft said that they would appeal the ruling.

2000 - The Nasdaq set a one-day record when it lost 349.15 points to close at 4,233.68.

2010 - The first Apple iPad was released.

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

  • John Harrison 1693  - Carpenter, clockmaker, inventor of the marine chronometer
  • Washington Irving 1783 - Author ("Rip Van Winkle", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow")
  • Edward Everett Hale 1822
  • William M. (Marcy) "Boss" Tweed 1823 - Political boss, known for his Tweed "Ring" that stole millions of dollars from New York City
  • John Burroughs 1837 - Author
  • Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey 1888
  • George Jessel 1898 - Comedian, actor
  • Sally Rand (Hattie Helen Gould Beck) 1904 - Burlesque dancer, actress
  • Herb Caen 1916 - Journalist
  • Jan Sterling (Adriance) 1923 - Actress
  • Doris Day (Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff) 1924 - Singer, actress
  • Marlon Brando 1924 - Actor ("The Godfather", "Apocalypse Now")
  • Don Gibson 1928 - Songwriter, singer
  • Miyoshi Umeki 1923 - Actress
  • Helmut Kohl 1930 - Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1982-1998
  • Rod Funseth 1933 - Golfer
  • Jane Goodall 1934 - Anthropologist, author
  • Jimmy McGriff 1936 - Musician
  • Sandra Spuzich 1937 - Golfer
  • Jeff Barry (Joel Adelberg) 1938 - Singer
  • Jan Berry 1941 - Songwriter, singer (Jan and Dean)
  • Marsha Mason 1942 - Actress
  • Wayne Newton 1942 - Singer
  • Jonathan Lynn 1943 - Actor, director, writer
  • Tony Orlando (Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis) 1944 - Singer
  • Barry Pritchard 1944 - Musician (The Fortunes)
  • Bernie (Bernard) Parent 1945 - Hockey goalie
  • Richard Manuel 1945 - Musician (The Band)
  • Dee Murray 1946 - Musician (Elton John's band)
  • Donny Anderson 1949 - Football player
  • Richard Thompson 1949 - Musician (Fairport Convention)
  • Mel Schacher 1951 - Musician (Grand Funk Railroad)
  • Alec Baldwin (Alexander Rae Baldwin III) 1958 - Actor
  • David Hyde Pierce 1959 - Actor ("Frasier")
  • Eddie Murphy 1961 - Comedian ("Saturday Night Live"), actor ("48 Hrs.", "Beverly Hills Cop", "Doctor Doolittle")
  • Sebastian Bach 1968 - Singer (Skid Row)
  • Wes Berggren 1971 - Musician (Tripping Daisy)
  • Jennie Garth 1972 - Actress ("Beverly Hills 90210")
  • Leona Lewis 1985 - Singer
  • Amanda Bynes 1986 - Actress