Almanac ~ Wednesday, 4/5/17

Apr 5, 2017

Today is Wednesday, April 5, 2017 the 95th day of the year with 270 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:48am  
  • Sunset: 7:37pm

...giving us 12 hours and 48 minutes of daylight.  61% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 2:24pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High:  7:30am/9:27pm
  • Low: 1:38am/2:14pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Arbor Day - South Korea
  • Ching Ming Festival - Taiwan
  • Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day) - China

It’s also…

  • Molasses Day
  • National Caramel Day
  • National Raisin & Spice Bar Day
  • National Deep Dish Pizza Day
  • Read A Road Map Day

On this day in…

1242 - Russian troops repelled an invasion attempt by the Teutonic Knights.

1614 - American Indian Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.

1621 - The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, MA, on a return trip to England.

1792 - U.S. President George Washington cast the first presidential veto. The measure was for apportioning representatives among the states.

1806 - Isaac Quintard patented the cider mill.

1827 - James H. Hackett became the first American actor to appear abroad as he performed at Covent Garden in London, England.

1843 - Queen Victoria proclaimed Hong Kong to be a British crown colony.

1869 - Daniel Bakeman, the last surviving soldier of the U.S. Revolutionary War, died at the age of 109.

1887 - Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller the meaning of the word "water" as spelled out in the manual alphabet.

1892 - Walter H. Coe patented gold leaf in rolls.

1892 - In New York, the Ithaca Daily Journal published an ad introducing a new 10 cent Ice Cream Specialty called a Cherry Sunday.

1895 - Playwright Oscar Wilde lost his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde had been accused of homosexual practices.

1908 - The Japanese Army reached the Yalu River as the Russians retreated.

1919 - Eamon de Valera became president of Ireland.

1923 - Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began the first regular production of balloon tires.

1930 - Mahatma Ghandi defied British law by making salt in India.

1933 - The first operation to remove a lung was performed at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

1941 - German commandos secured docks along the Danube River in preparation for Germany’s invasion of the Balkans.

1951 - Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for committing espionage for the Soviet Union.

1953 - Jomo Kenyatta was convicted and sentenced to 7 years in prison for orchestrating the Mau-Mau rebellion in Kenya.

1955 - Winston Churchill resigned as British prime minister.

1984 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers) became the all-time NBA regular season scoring leader when he broke Wilt Chamberlain's record of 31,419 career points.

1985 - John McEnroe said "any man can beat any woman at any sport, especially tennis."

1986 - A discotheque in Berlin was bombed by Libyan terrorists. The U.S. attacked Libya with warplanes in retaliation on April 15, 1986.

1987 - FOX Broadcasting Company launched "Married....With Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show". The two shows were the beginning of the FOX lineup.

1989 - In Poland, accords were signed between Solidarity and the government that set free elections for June 1989. The eight-year ban on Solidarity was also set to be lifted.

1998 - The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan opened becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world. It links Shikoku and Honshu. The bridge cost about $3.8 billion.

1999 - Two Libyans suspected of bombing a Pan Am jet in 1988 were handed over so they could be flown to the Netherlands for trial. 270 people were killed in the bombing.

1999 - In Laramie, WY, Russell Henderson pled guilty to kidnapping and felony murder in the death of Matthew Shepard.

2004 - Near Mexico City's international airport, lightning struck the jet Mexican President Vicente Fox was on.

2009 - North Korea launched the Kwangmyongsong-2 rocket, prompting an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

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

  • Thomas Hobbes 1588
  • Elihu Yale 1649
  • Joseph Lister 1827 - British surgeon, inventor (Listerine mouthwash)
  • Robert Smalls 1839
  • Booker T. Washington 1856 - Educator, author (Up From Slavery)
  • Spencer (Bonaventure) Tracy 1900 - Actor ("Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde [1941]")
  • Melvyn Douglas (Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg) 1901 - Actor ("Ghost Story", "Being There")
  • Bette (Ruth Elizabeth) Davis 1908 - Actress ("Dangerous", "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?")
  • Jagjivan Ram 1908 - Political leader in India
  • Gregory Peck 1916 - Actor ("To Kill a Mockingbird [1962]", "The Guns of Navarone", "Captain Horatio Hornblower")
  • Arthur Hailey 1920 - Author (Airport, The Final Diagnosis)
  • Robert Q. Lewis 1921 - Comedian, TV quiz show panelist ("What's My Line", "To Tell the Truth")
  • Gale Storm (Josephine Cottle) 1922 - Singer ("Ivory Tower"), actress ("My Little Margie")
  • Stan Levey 1925 - Drummer (in band with Charlie Parker), composer
  • Roger Corman 1926 - Director
  • Tony Williams 1928 - Singer (Platters)
  • Nigel Hawthorne 1929 - Actor ("Richard III", "Demolition")
  • Cowboy Jack Clement 1931
  • Billy Bland 1932 - Singer
  • Frank Gorshin 1934 - Impressionist, actor ("Batman", "The Great Imposter")
  • Stanley Turrentine 1934 - Saxophone player
  • Colin Powell 1937 - U.S. Secretary of State, four-star general, Chairman of U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Ronnie White  - Singer (The Miracles)
  • Tommy Cash 1940 - Songwriter, country singer, brother of Johnny Cash
  • David LaFlamme 1941
  • Michael Moriarty 1941 - Actor ("Windmills of the Gods")
  • Peter Greenaway 1942 - Director, writer
  • Allan Clarke 1942 - Singer (The Hollies)
  • Maxwell Gail 1943 - Actor ("Barney Miller")
  • Crispian St. Peters 1944
  • Dave Holland 1944 - Musician (Judas Priest)
  • Doug Favell 1945 - Hockey player
  • Jane Asher 1946 - Actress
  • Dr. Judith A. Resnik 1949 - Electric engineer, astronaut
  • Agnetha Faltskog 1950 - Singer (ABBA)
  • Marv Bateman 1950 - Football player
  • Rennie (Renaldo Antonio Porte) Stennett 1951 - Baseball player
  • Brad Van Pelt 1951 - Football player
  • Peter Greenaway 1952 - Director
  • Peter Case 1954 - Musician (Plimsouls)
  • Stan Ridgway 1954 - Musician (Wall of Voodoo)
  • Mike McCready 1966 - Musician (Pearl Jam)
  • Troy Gentry 1967 - Country singer
  • Paula Cole 1968 - Singer
  • Pharrell Williams 1973 - Rapper