Almanac - Wednesday, 4-26-17

Apr 26, 2017

Thank you, Frederick Law Olmstead (1822-1903), for Prospect Park in Brooklyn, and Happy Birthday!

Today is Wednesday, April 26, 2017 the 146th day of the year with 249 days remaining.

Sunrise: 6:19am  

Sunset: 7:56pm

...giving us 13 hours and 34 minutes of daylight.  None of the moon will be visible, it’s new!

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High:  12:46pm
  • Low:  6:01am/6:01pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Union Day - Tanzania

It’s also…

  • National Golf Day
  • Hug An Australian Day
  • International Guide Dogs Day
  • Lesbian Visibility Day
  • National Help A Horse Day
  • National Kids and Pets Day
  • National Pretzel Day
  • Richter Scale Day
  • World Intellectual Property Day
  • Administrative Professionals Day or Secretary's Day

On this day in…

1478 - Pazzi conspirators attacked Lorenzo and killed Giuliano de'Medici.

1514 - Copernicus made his first observations of Saturn.

1607 - The British established an American colony at Cape Henry, Virginia. It was the first permanent English establishment in the Western Hemisphere.

1819 - The first Odd Fellows lodge in the U.S. was established in Baltimore, MD.

1865 - Joseph E. Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee to Sherman during the American Civil War.

1865 - John Wilkes Booth was killed by the U.S. Federal Cavalry.

1906 - In Hawaii, motion pictures were shown for the first time.

1921 - Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on radio in St. Louis, MO.

1929 - First non-stop flight from England to India was completed.

1931 - New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hit a home run but was called out for passing a runner.

1931 - NBC premiered "Lum and Abner." It was on the air for 24 years.

1937 - German planes attacked Guernica, Spain, during the Spanish Civil War for the Spanish nationalist government. This raid is considered one of the first to be attacks on a civilian population by a modern air force.

1937 - "LIFE" magazine was printed without the word "LIFE" on the cover.

1937 - "Lorenzo Jones" premiered on NBC radio.

1941 - An organ was played at a baseball stadium for the first time in Chicago, IL.

1945 - Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy government during World War II, was arrested.

1952 - Patty Berg set a new record for major women’s golf competition when she shot a 64 over 18 holes in a tournament in Richmond, CA.

1954 - Grace Kelly was on the cover of "LIFE" magazine.

1964 - The African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.

1964 - The Boston Celtics won their sixth consecutive NBA title. They won two more before the streak came to an end.

1968 - Students seized the administration building at Ohio State University.

1982 - The British announced that Argentina had surrendered on South Georgia.

1983 - Dow Jones Industrial Average broke 1,200 for first time.

1985 - In Argentina, a fire at a mental hospital killed 79 people and injured 247.

1986 - The world’s worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl, in Kiev. Thirty-one people died in the incident and thousands more were exposed to radioactive material.

1998 - Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera was bludgeoned to death two days after a report he'd compiled on atrocities during Guatemala's 36-year civil war was made public.

2000 - Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar purchased the NHL's New York Islanders.

2002 - In Erfurt, Germany, an expelled student killed 17 people at his former school. The student then killed himself.

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

  • John James Audubon 1785 - Ornithologist, naturalist, painter
  • Frederick Olmsted 1822 - Journalist, landscape designer
  • Jessie Redmon Fauset 1882 - Poet, essayist, novelist
  • Anita Loos 1893 - Screenwriter, playwright, author
  • Rudolf Hess 1895 - Adolf Hitler's Deputy in the Nazi Party
  • Charles Richter 1900 - Seismologist, creator of the Richter magnitude scale used to quantify earthquakes
  • Teddy Edwards 1924 - Jazz musician
  • Jorgen Ingmann 1925 - Musician
  • Bernard Malamud 1914 - Author of novels and short stories
  • Bambi Linn 1926 - Dancer
  • Carol Burnett 1933 - Actress, comedian
  • Maurice Williams 1938 - Musician (Zodiacs)
  • Claudine Clark 1941 - Musician
  • Bobby Rydell 1942 - Singer
  • Claudine Auger 1942 - Actress ("Thunderball")
  • Gary Wright 1943 - Musician
  • Giorgio Moroder 1944 - Record producer, songwriter, performer
  • Boyd Matson 1947 - Television anchor (National Geographic Explorer, NBC's Weekend Today)
  • Donna De Varona 1947 - Swimmer
  • Giancarlo Esposito 1958 - Actor, director
  • Roger Taylor 1960 - Musician (Duran Duran)
  • Chris Mars 1961 - Artist, musician
  • Joan Chen 1961 - Actress
  • Michael Damian 1962 - Actor, singer, producer
  • Jet Li 1963 - Actor ("Lethal Weapon 4," "War", "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor")
  • Kevin James 1965 - Actor ("I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," "The King of Queens")
  • Marianne Jean-Baptiste 1967 - Actress ("Without a Trace")
  • T-Boz (Tionne Tenese Watkins) 1970 - Songwriter (TLC)
  • Marnette Patterson 1980 - Actress