Almanac - Wednesday 6/6/18 | KALW

Almanac - Wednesday 6/6/18

Jun 6, 2018

Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian was born on this day in 1903.

Today is Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the 157th day of the year with 208 days remaining.

Sunrise: 5:48am  

Sunset: 8:29pm

...giving us 14 hours and 41 minutes of daylight.  59% of the waning moon will be visible, setting at 12:58pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate

High: 5:17am/7:14pm

Low: 12:15am/11:50pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Child Health Day - USA
  • D-Day - USA
  • Memorial Day - South Korea
  • National Day - Sweden
  • Pushkin's Birthday - Russia
  • Clean Air Day - Canada

It’s also…

  • Atheists Pride Day
  • D-Day
  • Drive-in Movie Day
  • Global Running Day
  • National Eyewear Day
  • National Higher Education Day
  • National Tailors Day
  • Russian Language Day
  • YoYo Day
  • National Applesauce Cake Day
  • Drive-In Theater Day

On this day in…

1674 - Sivaji crowned himself King of India.

1813 - The U.S. invasion of Canada was halted at Stony Creek, Ontario.

1833 - Andrew Jackson became the first U.S. president to ride in a train. It was a B&O passenger train.

1844 - The Young Men's Christian Association was founded in London.

1882 - The first electric iron was patented by H.W. Seely.

1890 - The United States Polo Association was formed in New York City, NY.

1904 - The National Tuberculosis Association was formed in Atlantic City, NJ.

1924 - The German Reichtag accepted the Dawes Plan. It was an American plan to help Germany pay off its war debts.

1925 - Chrysler Corporation was founded by Walter Percy Chrysler.

1932 - In the U.S., the first federal tax on gasoline went into effect. It was a penny per gallon.

1933 - In Camden, NJ, the first drive-in movie theater opened.

1934 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Securities Exchange Act, which established the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

1936 - The first helicopter was tested in a building in Berlin, Germany.

1941 - The U.S. government authorized the seizure of foreign ships in U.S. ports.

1942 - The first nylon parachute jump was made by Adeline Gray in Hartford, CT.

1942 - Japanese forces retreated in the World War II Battle of Midway. The battle had begun on June 4.

1944 - The D-Day invasion of Europe took place on the beaches of Normandy, France. 400,000 Allied American, British and Canadian troops were involved.

1946 - The Basketball Association of America was formed in New York City, NY.

1968 - U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy died at 1:44am in Los Angeles after being shot by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy was was shot the evening before while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination.

1971 - "The Ed Sullivan Show" aired for the last time. It was canceled after 23 years on the air. Gladys Knight and the Pips were the musical guests on show.

1978 - "20/20" debuted on ABC.

1982 - Israel invaded southern Lebanon in an effort to drive PLO guerrillas out of Beirut.

1985 - The body of Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele was located and exhumed near Sao Paolo, Brazil. Mengele was known as the "Angel of Death."

1985 - The U.S. Senate authorized nonmilitary aid to the Contras. The vote authorized $38 million over two years.

1993 - Mongolia held its first direct presidential elections.

2005 - The United States Supreme Court ruled that federal authorities could prosecute sick people who smoke marijuana on doctor's orders. The ruling concluded that state medical marijuana laws did not protect uses from the federal ban on the drug.

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

  • Pierre Corneille 1606 - Dramatist
  • Nathan Hale 1755 - Soldier for Continental Army during American Revolutionary War
  • John Trumbull 1756 - Artist during the American Revolutionary War period
  • Alexander Pushkin (Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin) 1799 - Russian author and poet
  • Siegfried Wagner 1869
  • Thomas Mann 1875 - German novelist, short story writer, social critic
  • Ted Lewis (Theodore Leopold Friedman) 1892 - Musician, bandleader, singer
  • Donald Duncan 1892 - Entrepreneur
  • Walter Abel 1898 - Actor
  • Aram Khachaturian 1903 - Composer
  • Tom Ryan 1926 - Writer, artist
  • David Scott (David Randolph Scott) 1932 - NASA astronaut and engineer
  • Billie Whitelaw (Billie Honor Whitelaw) 1932 - Actress
  • Roy Innis 1934 - Civil rights activist
  • Levi Stubbs 1936 - Musician (Four Tops)
  • Gary U.S. Bonds (Gary Levone Anderson) 1939 - Singer
  • Joe Stampley 1943 - Country singer
  • Monty Alexander (Montgomery Bernard Alexander) 1944 - Musician
  • Peter Albin 1944 - Musician (Big Brother and the Holding Company)
  • David Dukes 1945 - Actor
  • Ada Kok 1947 - Swimmer
  • Robert Englund (Robert Barton Englund) 1948 - Actor, best known for player the character of Freddy Krueger
  • Harvey Fierstein 1954 - Actor, playwright
  • Sandra Bernhard 1955 - Comedian, singer, actress
  • Bjorn Borg 1956 - Tennis player
  • Amanda Pays 1959 - Actress
  • Steve Vai 1960 - Guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, actor
  • Sean Yseult 1966 - Musician (White Zombie)
  • Max Casella 1967 - Actor ("The Sopranos," "Doogie Howser, M.D.")
  • Damion Hall 1968 - Musician (Guy), also known as "Crazy Legs"
  • Staci Keenan 1975 - Actress