5:26am

Fri January 20, 2012
KALW ALMANAC

Friday January 20, 2012

 

  • 20th Day of 2012 / 346 Remaining
  • 60 Days Until Spring Begins
  • Sunrise:7:22am
  • Sunset:5:20pm
  • 9 Hr 58 Min
  • Moon Rise:5:03am
  • Moon Set:2:58pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 7 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • February 7 @ 1:56pm
  • Full Snow Moon
  • Full Hunger 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:7:42am/9:51pm
  • Low:1:37am/2:53pm
  • Rainfall
  • This Year:3.44
  • Last Year:12.35
  • Normal To Date:11.05
  • Annual Average: 22.28
  • Holidays
  • Get to Know Your Customer Day
  • Women in Blue Jeans Days
  • Women's Healthy Weight Day
  • Inauguration Day
  • National Buttercrunch Day
  • Reindeer Day
  • National Cheese Lovers Day
  • Take A Walk Outdoors Day
  • National Coffee Break Day
  • Martyrs Day-Azerbaijan
  • Tu B'Shvat-Jewish
  • Army Day-Laos / Mali / Lesotho
  • Chiaraque En Canas-Peru
  • Foudation Day(Rio De Janeiro)-Brazil
  • National Heroes Day-Cape Verde Islands
  • Aquarius Begins, runs through February 17
  • On This Day In …
  • 1841 --- The island of Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain. It returned to Chinese control in July 1997.
  • 1885 --- The roller coaster was patented by La Marcus Thompson of, where else, Coney Island, NY. His coaster was 450 feet long with the highest drop being 30 feet.called it a "scenic railway."
  • 1937 --- Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to be inaugurated on January 20th. The 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution set the date, officially, for the swearing in of the President and Vice President. The amendment was ratified by Congress in 1933
  • 1961 --- 87-year-old Robert Frost recited his poem "The Gift Outright" at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Although Frost had written a new poem for the occasion, titled "Dedication," faint ink in his typewriter made the words difficult to read, so he recited "The Gift Outright" from memory.
  • 1964 --- The world's largest cheese was made, a 34,000 pound cheddar. It was created by the Wisconsin Cheese Foundation for the 1964/65 New York World's Fair. It took 170,000 quarts of milk from 16,000 cows.
  • 1964 --- This was a big day in U.S. record stores as the first album by The Beatles was released. The LP, Meet the Beatles, became a huge success and was #1 on the charts by February 15, 1964. The British Invasion had begun. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
  • 1969 --- Elvis Presley recorded "In the Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds." It was the first time he had recorded in Memphis since 1956.
  • 1981 --- Iran released 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.
  • 1985 --- The most-watched Super Bowl game in history was seen by an estimated 115.9 million people. Super Bowl XIX (at Palo Alto): San Francisco 49ers 38, Miami Dolphins 16. The only Super Bowl played at Stanford University Stadium saw Bill Walsh’s 49ers overwhelm Don Shula’s Dolphins. The 1984 49ers, the first team to win 15 games in a regular season (15-1), outscored opponents by 2 to 1 and had ten players voted to the Pro Bowl. MVP: 49ers QB Joe Montana. Tickets: $60.00. It was the most-watched Super Bowl game in history, seen by an estimated 115.9 million people. The program with the largest audience ever (aside from man landing on the moon) was the final episode of "M*A*S*H" in 1983. Super Bowl XIX also marked the first time that TV commericals sold for a million dollars a minute! That breaks down to less than a penny a person or a CPM (cost per thousand) under $9 or, in other words... not such a bad advertising deal... if you could remember the sponsors.
  • 1994 --- Shannon Faulkner became the first woman to attend South Carolina’s all-male military school, The Citadel. She quit six days later during the first day of the school’s so-called "Hell Week."
  • 1996 --- Yasser Arafat is elected president of the Palestinian National Council with 88.1 percent of the popular vote, becoming the first democratically elected leader of the Palestinian people in history.Arafat, the founder of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), originally employed guerilla warfare and terrorism against Israel in his struggle for an independent Palestinian state. However, in the late 1980s, he stunned Israel and the world when he began seeking diplomatic solutions in his quest for a Palestinian homeland. Arafat persuaded the PLO to formally acknowledge the right of Israel to coexist with the independent state of Palestine and in 1993 signed the historic Israel-Palestinian Declaration of Principles with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. One year later, Arafat and Rabin signed a major peace agreement granting Palestine limited self-government in territories occupied by Israel.
  • 2001 --- Bill Clinton pardoned 140 people in one of his final acts as president. The list included fugitive financier Marc Rich, whose wife was a major Democratic donor
  • Birthdays
  • Leadbelly / Hudie William Ledbetter
  • Lorenzo Lamas
  • Bill Maher
  • Slim Whitman
  • Paul Stanley
  • Melissa Rivers
  • Ozzie Guillen
  • George Burns
  • Arte Johnson
  • Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin
  • David Lynch
  • Federico Fellini
  • Theobald Wolfe Tone
  • Aristotle Onassis
  • DeForrest Kelley
  • Ray Anthony
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