5:44am

Fri January 6, 2012
KALW ALMANAC

Friday January 6, 2012

 

  • 6th Day of 2012 / 360 Remaining
  • 74 Days Until Spring Begins
  • Sunrise:7:25
  • Sunset:5:06
  • 9 Hr 41 Min
  • Moon Rise:3:01pm
  • Moon Set:5:10am
  • Moon’s Phase: 94 %
  • 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:8:00am/10:22pm
  • Low:2:11am/3:22pm
  • Rainfall
  • This Year:3.37
  • Last Year:12.20
  • Year To Date Average:8.90
  • Annual Average: 22.28
  • Holidays
  • Admission Day-New Mexico
  • Carnival Season
  • Twelfth Day
  • Apple Tree Day
  • National Shortbread Day
  • National Bean Day
  • National Smith Day
  • Schoolhouse Rock Day
  • National Cuddle Up Day
  • Three Kings Day-Christian
  • Epiphany-Christian
  • Christmas-Armenia
  • La Befana-Italy
  • Army Day-Iraq
  • Dia de los Reyes Magos
  • Maroon Day-Jamaica
  • Pathet lao Day-Laos
  • Nollaig Bheag-Ireland
  • On This Day In History
  • 0548 --- The Church in Jerusalem observed the birth of Jesus for the last time on this date. Celebrating Christmas on December 25th began in the late 300s in the Western Church.
  • 1838 --- The telegraph was demonstrated for the first time in public at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey. The person demonstrating the new invention, the telegraph’s inventor was, of course, Samuel F.B. Morse. It was another six years before Sam could figure out how to say, “What hath God wrought!” in dots and dashes.
  • 1912 --- The Land of Enchantment, the territory acquired by the U.S. as a result of the Mexican War, entered the United States of America this day as New Mexico, the 47th state. New Mexico is also referred to as the Sunshine State, but that irritates the residents of the Sunshine State of Florida, so we'll stick to the Land of Enchantment. Santa Fe, the oldest city in New Mexico, is also the state capital and has been the capital of the area since 1610. The state bird is the roadrunner, not the cartoon, but the real thing. New Mexico has a multitude of state symbols including its own fossil: coelophysis, plus the state flower: yucca; tree: pinon; animal: black bear; vegetables: chili and frijol; gem: turquoise; and insect: tarantula hawk wasp. The state motto is in latin: Crescit eundo, which translates to “It grows as it goes.”
  • 1936 --- Warner Bros. Loony Tunes character 'Porky Pig' makes his debut.
  • 1941 --- President Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses Congress in an effort to move the nation away from a foreign policy of neutrality. The president had watched with increasing anxiety as European nations struggled and fell to Hitler's fascist regime and was intent on rallying public support for the United States to take a stronger interventionist role. In his address to the 77th Congress, Roosevelt stated that the need of the moment is that our actions and our policy should be devoted primarily--almost exclusively--to meeting the foreign peril. For all our domestic problems are now a part of the great emergency. Roosevelt insisted that people in all nations of the world shared Americans' entitlement to four freedoms: the freedom of speech and expression, the freedom to worship God in his own way, freedom from want and freedom from fear. After Roosevelt's death and the end of World War II, his widow Eleanor often referred to the four freedoms when advocating for passage of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Mrs. Roosevelt participated in the drafting of that declaration, which was adopted by the United Nations in 1948.
  • 1945 --- The Battle of the Bulge ended with 130,000 German and 77,000 Allied casualties.
  • 1952 --- A regular feature of Sunday funny papers debuted. Peanuts was seen above the fold in newspapers across the U.S. The Charles Schulz creation became the most successful syndicated comic strip in history.
  • 1973 --- The animated lesson series "Schoolhouse Rock" premiered on ABC-TV.
  • 1985 --- Dan Marino passed for a record 421 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Miami Dolphins to a 45-28 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game. And the San Francisco 49ers were all over the Chicago Bears 23-0 in the NFC title game. (The 49ers defeated the Dolphins 38-16 in Super Bowl XIX on January 20.)
  • 1992 --- Farmer Derek Allen of Rampisham, England, reported the tin roof of his pigsty was picking up BBC Radio, and that his pigs seemed to pay special attention to the news bulletins.
  • 1994 --- Nancy Kerrigan, a favorite to win the women’s U.S. Figure Skating Championship, was assaulted after she finished a practice session in Detroit. The assailant used a blunt object to strike the skater on the right knee, although she recovered in time to compete in the Olympics. Four men, including Jeff Gillooly, the ex-husband of Kerrigan’s rival, Tonya Harding, were later sentenced to prison for their roles in the attack; Harding, who denied advance knowledge of the attack, received probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution.
  • Birthdays
  • Jean d’Arc
  • Bonnie Franklin
  • John Singleton
  • Carl Sandburg
  • Julie Chen
  • Earl Scruggs
  • Lou Holtz
  • Nancy Lopez
  • Lou Harris
  • E L Doctorow
  • Malcolm Young
  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Tom Mix
  • Khalil Gibran
  • Jebediah Smith
  • Danny Thomas
  • Rev Sun Myung Moon
  • John DeLorean
  • Vic Tayback
  • Syd Barrett
  • Kathy Sledge
  • Charles Haley
  • Ralph Branca
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