5:09am

Fri December 30, 2011
KALW ALMANAC

Friday December 30, 2011

  • 364th Day of 2011 / 1 Remaining
  • 81 Days Until Spring Begins
  • Sunrise:7:25
  • Sunset:5:00
  • 9 Hr 35 Min
  • Moon Rise:10:53am
  • Moon Set:11:33pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 36 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • January 8 @ 11:32pm
  • Full Wolf Moon
  • Full Old Moon

Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

  • Tides
  • High:3:05am/2:33pm
  • Low:9:14am/8:51pm
  • Rainfall
  • This Year:3.35
  • Last Year:11.12
  • Year To Date Average:7.97
  • Annual Average: 22.28
  • Holidays
  •  National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day
  • No Interruptions Day
  • Festival of Enormous Changes At the Last Minute
  • Republic Day-Madagascar
  • Rizal Day-Philippines
  • On This Day In …
  • 1817 --- Coffee is first planted in Hawaii.
  • 1879 --- Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" was first performed, at Paignton, Devon, England.
  • 1916 --- Grigory Rasputin, a self-fashioned Russian holy man, is murdered by Russian nobles eager to end his sway over the royal family.Rasputin won the favor of Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra through his ability to stop the bleeding of their hemophiliac son, Alexei. Although the Siberian-born peasant was widely criticized for his lechery and drunkenness, he exerted a powerful influence on the ruling family of Russia. He particularly influenced the czarina, and when Nicholas departed to lead Russian forces in World War I, Rasputin effectively ruled Russia through her. In the early hours of December 30, 1916, a group of nobles lured Rasputin to Yusupovsky Palace, where they attempted to poison him. Seemingly unaffected by the large doses of poison placed in his wine and food, he was finally shot at close range and collapsed. A minute later he rose, beat one of his assailants, and attempted to escape from the palace grounds, where he was shot again. Rasputin, still alive, was then bound and tossed into a freezing river. A few months later, the imperial regime was overthrown by the Russian Revolution.
  • 1922 --- The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was formed.
  • 1924 --- Edwin Hubble announced the existence of other galactic systems.
  • 1936 --- The famous feud between Jack Benny and Fred Allen was ignited. After a 10-year-old performer finished a violin solo on The Fred Allen Show, Mr. Allen said, “A certain alleged violinist should hide his head in shame for his poor fiddle playing.” It didn’t take long for Mr. Benny to respond. The humorous feud lasted for ten weeks on both comedian’s radio shows.
  • 1940 --- California's first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena, was officially opened.
  • 1944 --- Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys debuted on the Grand Ole Opry, performing their hit "New San Antonio Rose," a revamped vocal version of their 1938 classic instrumental hit. The "new rose" was the first of 19 consecutive top five country hits for "The King of Western Swing."
  • 1970 --- Paul McCartney sued the other three Beatles to dissolve the partnership and gain control of his interest. The suit touched off a bitter feud between McCartney and the others, especially his cowriter on many of the Beatles compositions, John Lennon. The partnership officially came to end in 1974.
  • 1980 --- The Selective Service System sent a warning to Mickey Mouse at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, stating he was in violation of registration laws. Mickey, age 52 at the time, sent a copy of his registration card proving he was a World War II veteran.
  • 1982 --- A second full moon occurred during the month ( a 'blue moon').  What makes this one even more unusual was that it was also a total lunar eclipse in the U.S.  (A 'blue moon' occurs once every 2.7 years)
  • 1999 --- Singer George Harrison and his wife were attacked in their home during a robbery. Though Harrison was stabbed four times, he and his wife were able to hold the attacker until police arrived.
  • Birthdays
  • Patti Smith
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Meredith Viera
  • Bo Diddley
  • Sandy Koufax
  • James Burrows
  • Asa Chandler-Inventor of Coca-Cola
  • Mike Nesmith(1942)
  • Davy Jones(1945)
  • Jeff Lynne
  • Paul Stookey
  • Matt Lauer
  • Tracey Ullman
  • Tiger Woods
  • LeBron James
  • Sean Hannity
  • Bert Parks
  • Simon Guggenheim
  • Hideki Tojo
  • Jack Lord
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