KALW’s Daily Almanac for Friday, September 6, 2013
Sunrise in San Francisco: 6:44 a.m. Sunset: 7:31 p.m. Day Length: 12 hours, 46+½ minutes
Moonrise: 8:00 a.m. Moonset: 8:01 p.m. (Today’s moon is just a tiny sliver – it was new yesterday)
Today is Defense of Pakistan Day; Unification Day in Bulgaria; and Independence Day in Swaziland.
- National Coffee Ice Cream Day
- St. Magnus of Fussen's Day, patron of crops.
And because we broadcast no Almanac on Sunday, we thought you’d like to know that this Sunday, Sept. 8, is Nixon Pardon Day.
On this date in history …
1620 - The Pilgrims left England on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England to settle in the New World.
1819 - Thomas Blanchard patented a machine called the lathe.
1837 - The Oberlin Collegiate Institute of Ohio went co-educational.
1876 - The Southern Pacific rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco was completed.
1899 - Carnation processed its first can of evaporated milk.
1901 - U.S. President William McKinley was shot and mortally wounded (he died eight days later) by Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz, an American anarchist, His assassin was executed the following October.
1909 - Robert Peary, American explorer, sent word that he had reached the North Pole. He had reached his goal five months earlier.
1937 - Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded "Sugar Foot Stomp."
1939 - South Africa declared war on Germany.
1941 - Jews in German-occupied areas were ordered to wear the Star of David with the word "Jew" inscribed. The order only applied to Jews over the age of 6.
1943 - The youngest player ever to appear in an American League baseball game was pitcher Carl Scheib of the Philadelphia Athletics. Scheib was 16 years, eight months and five days old.
1944 - During World War II, the British government relaxed blackout restrictions and suspended compulsory training for the Home Guard.
1948 - Queen Juliana of the Netherlands was crowned.
1952 - In Montreal, Canadian television began broadcasting.
1958 - Georgia Gibbs sang "The Hula-Hoop Song" on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
1959 - The first Barbie Doll was sold by Mattel Toy Corporation.
1961 - Bob Dylan debuted at the Gaslight Cafe in New York City.
1972 - Rick DeMont lost the gold medal he received in a 400-meter swimming event because a banned drug was found in his system during routine drug testing.
1975 - Martina Navratilova requested political asylum while in New York for the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament.
1978 - James Wickwire and Louis Reichardt reached the top of the world's second largest mountain, Pakistan's K-2. They were the first Americans to reach the summit.
1990 - Iraq warned that anyone trying to flee the country without permission would be put in prison for life.
1991 - The State Council of the Soviet Union recognized the independence of the Baltic states.
1991 - The name St. Petersburg was restored to Russia's second largest city. The city was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. The name has been changed to Petrograd (1914) and to Leningrad (1924).
1992 - A 35-year old man died ten weeks after receiving a transplanted baboon liver.
1993 - Renault of France and Volvo of Sweden announced they were merging. Volvo eventually canceled the deal the following December.
1995 - U.S. Senator Bob Packwood was expelled by the Senate Ethics Committee.
1995 - Cal Ripken played his 2,131st consecutive game setting a new record. Lou Gehrig previously held the record.
1996 - Eddie Murray (Baltimore Orioles) hit his 500th career home run during a game against the Detroit Tigers. He was only the third person to have at least 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.
2000 - The U.N. Millennium Summit began in New York. It was the largest gathering of world leaders in history with more than 150 present.
2000 - U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff ruled that MP3.com had willfully violated copyrights and awarded Universal Music $118-250 million in damages.
2001 - The U.S. Justice Department announced that it was seeking a lesser antitrust penalty and would not attempt to break up Microsoft.
2001 - Ebay Inc. was found not liable for copyright infringement because bootleg copies of a Charles Manson documentary had been sold on the site.
2002 - In New York, the U.S. Congress convened at Federal Hall for a rare special session. The session was held in New York to express the nation's mourning for the loss on September 11, 2001 and unity in the war against terrorism.
2002 - At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition "George Catlin and His Indian Gallery" went on view. The exhibit contained over 400 objects.
Birthdays: If Sept. 6 is your special day, you share it with:
Marquis de Lafayette 1757
Jane Addams 1860
Otto Kruger 1885
Joseph P. Kennedy 1888
Billy Rose 1899
Morgan Beatty 1902
Maxie ‘Slapsie’ Rosenbloom 1904
Vince DiMaggio 1912
Jimmy Reed (Matthew James Reed Leland) 1925
JoAnne Worley 1937
David Allen Coe 1939
Brian Smith 1940
Mel McDaniel 1942
Swoosie Kurtz 1944
Roger Waters 1944 - Musician (Pink Floyd)
Ron Boone 1946
Jane Curtin 1947
Claydes Smith 1948 - Musician (Kool & the Gang)
Banner Thomas 1954 - Musician (Molly Hatchet)
Joe Smyth 1957 - Musician (Sawyer Brown)
Jeff Foxworthy 1958
Michael Winslow 1960
Perry Bamonte 1960 - Musician (The Cure)
Paul Waaktaar 1961 - Musician (a-ha)
Mark Chestnut 1963
Rosie Perez 1964
William DuVall 1967 - Musician (Alice in Chains, Comes With The Fall)
CeCe Peniston 1969
Darryl Anthony 1969 - Musician (Az Yet)
Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) 1971
Justin Whalen 1974
Nina Persson 1974 - Musician (The Cardigans)
Foxy Brown 1979 (American rapper, model, and actress, born Inga Marchand)