KALW's Daily Almanac for Monday, July 15, 2013
San Francisco SUNRISE: 6:00 a.m. SUNSET: 8:31 p.m.
(Day Length: 14 hours, 31 minutes)
MOONRISE: 1:16 p.m. MOONSET: 12:30 a.m. (tomorrow)
It's ST. SWITHIN’S DAY
Sometime in the late 800s-900s, there lived a man named Swithun or Swithin. He was the Bishop of Winchester in Old England. For some unknown reason - since Bishop Swithin was not particularly famous - his remains were transferred to Winchester Cathedral on this day in 971.
It so happened that there was a heavy rainfall on this same day. Some say Bishop Swithin was angry about the move and caused the downpour. From then on, according to an old English adage, if it should rain on July 15th, it will rain for forty days thereafter.
“St. Swithin’s day, gif ye do rain, for forty days it will remain; St. Swithin’s day, an ye be fair, for forty days ’twill rain nae mair.”
On this date in history …
1099 - Jerusalem fell to the Crusaders.
1410 - Poles and Lithuanians defeated the Teutonic knights at Tannenburg, Prussia.
1789 - The electors of Paris set up a "Commune" to live without the authority of the government.
1806 - Lieutenant Zebulon Pike began his western expedition from Fort Belle Fountaine, near St. Louis, MO.
1813 - Napoleon Bonaparte's representatives met with the Allies in Prague to discuss peace terms.
1834 - Lord Napier of England arrived in Macao, China as the first chief superintendent of trade.
1870 - Georgia became the last of the Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.
1901 - Over 74,000 Pittsburgh steel workers went on strike.
1904 - The first Buddhist temple in the U.S. was established in Los Angeles, CA.
1916 - In Seattle, WA, Pacific Aero Products was incorporated by William Boeing. The company was later renamed Boeing Co.
1918 - The Second Battle of the Marne began during World War I.
1922 - The duck-billed platypus arrived in America, direct from Australia. It was exhibited at the Bronx Zoo in New York City.
1942 - The first supply flight from India to China over the 'Hump' was carried to help China's war effort.
1958 - Five thousand U.S. Marines landed in Beirut, Lebanon, to protect the pro-Western government. The troops withdrew October 25, 1958.
1965 - The spacecraft Mariner IV sent back the first close-up pictures of the planet Mars.
1968 - ABC-TV premiered "One Life to Live".
1968 - Commercial air travel began between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., when the first plane, a Soviet Aeroflot jet, landed at Kennedy International Airport in New York.
1971 - U.S. President Nixon announced he would visit the People's Republic of China to seek a "normalization of relations."
1973 - Nolan Ryan (California Angels) became the first pitcher in two decades to win two no-hitters in a season.
1981 - Steven Ford, son of former President Gerald R. Ford, appeared in a seduction scene of "The Young and the Restless" on CBS-TV. Ford played the part of Andy.
1987 - Taiwan ended thirty-seven years of martial law.
2009 - "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" was released in theaters in the U.S. It was the sixth movie in the series.
Birthdays: (if July 15 is your special day, you share it with:)
Rembrandt Van Rijn 1606
Clement Clarke Moore 1779
William Winter 1836
Dorothy Fields 1905
Richard W. Armour 1906
Cowboy Copas 1913
Philip Carey 1925
Non Clow Martin 1927
Clive Cussler 1931
Julian Bream 1933
Alex Karras 1935
Ken Kercheval 1935
Patrick Wayne 1939
Tommy Dee 1940
Millie Jackson 1944
Jan-Michael Vincent 1944
Peter Lewis 1945 - Musician (Moby Grape)
Linda Ronstadt 1946
Trevor Horn 1949 - Musician (Buggles)
Jeff Carlisi 1952 - Musician (.38 Special)
Joe Satriani 1956 - Musician
Marc Bell 1956 - Musician (The Ramones)
Ian Curtis 1956 - Musician (Joy Division)
Kim Alexis 1960
Forest Whitaker 1961
Lolita Davidovich 1961
Brigitte Nielsen 1963 - Actress
Brian Austin Green 1973