5:04am

Thu January 19, 2012
KALW ALMANAC

Thursday January 19, 2012

 

  • 19th Day of 2012 / 347 Remaining
  • 61 Days Until Spring Begins
  • Sunrise:7:22
  • Sunset:5:19
  • 9 Hr 57 Min
  • Moon Rise:4:03am
  • Moon Set:1:57pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 15 %
  • 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:6:47am/9:02pm
  • Low:12:32am/2:03pm
  • Rainfall
  • This Year:3.37
  • Last Year:12.35
  • Normal To Date:10.73
  • Annual Average: 22.28
  • Holidays
  • Tin Can Day
  • Wolf Moon
  • Healthy Weight Day
  • Confederate Heroes Day-Texas
  • National Popcorn Day
  • Get to Know Your Customer Day
  • Horror Novels Are Horrendous Day
  • Whisper I Love You Day
  • Tu B'Shvat-Jewish (begins at sundown)
  • Timket-Ethiopia
  • Epiphany-Georgia
  • On This Day In …
  • 1853 --- Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premiered in Rome
  • 1907 --- The first film reviews appeared in Variety magazine . The magazine had only been in print two years before it expanded its section covering new vaudeville acts in order to include reviews of films. Critics were kind in the days before talkies. Maybe they didn’t bother reading the subtitles and just reviewed the action. The first film to receive the critic’s praise was a comedy titled, An Exciting Honeymoon. It was just seven minutes long. The other ‘first’ Variety film review was of the thirteen-minute movie, The Life of a Cowboy. The critics gave it two thumbs up, saying it was “so melodramatic in treatment that it acted on the audience like a vivid play.”
  • 1915 --- George Claude of Paris, France patented the neon tube advertising sign. His handiwork was regularly seen adorning the Eiffel Tower and many pizza parlors throughout America. Now you can buy a neon sign for your in-home office at the discount warehouse
  • 1937 --- Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
  • 1950 --- The People's Republic of China bestows diplomatic recognition upon the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Communist China's official recognition of Ho Chi Minh's communist regime resulted in much needed financial and military assistance in Ho's battle against the French in Vietnam, and also pushed the United States to take a more intensive and active role in the conflict in Southeast Asia.
  • 1952 --- The National Football League bought the franchise of the New York Yanks. To make nice with the New York Giants for having another team in their territory, the NFL permitted the Giants to choose five players from the Yanks roster. One of the five was Tom Landry, who played for the Giants for six years. During that time, the NFL sent the Yanks club to Dallas. They became the Dallas Texans for one season and moved on to Baltimore, where they changed their name to the Colts. In 1960, the Dallas expansion team (the Cowboys) hired Tom Landry as head coach. That original Yanks club was sold to the NFL for a mere $300,000.
  • 1953 --- Sixty-eight percent of all TV sets in the U.S. were tuned to CBS-TV, as Lucy Ricardo, of "I Love Lucy," gave birth to a baby boy.
  • 1955 --- U.S. President Eisenhower allowed a filmed news conference to be used on television (and in movie newsreels) for the first time. The 33-minute conference was cut to 28-1/2 minutes to fit TV formats.
  • 1957 --- Johnny Cash made his first network TV appearance, on "The Jackie Gleason Show."
  • 1970 --- The soundtrack of the film, Easy Rider, the movie that made a star of Peter Fonda, became a gold record. It was the first pop-culture, film soundtrack to earn the gold award.
  • 1977 --- Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson & Family and the Marshall Tucker Band played for President Jimmy Carter's inauguration. Aretha Franklin sang "God Bless America" at a special inaugural concert.
  • 1981 --- The United States and Iran signed an agreement paving the way for the release of 52 Americans held hostage for more than 14 months.
  • 1983 --- Klaus Barbie (“the butcher of Lyon”), Nazi Gestapo chief in Lyon, France during the German occupation, was arrested in Bolivia on charges of having tortured and killed thousands of people. After World War II, Barbie was protected and employed by U.S. intelligence agents because of his “police skills’ and anti-Communist zeal.” Barbie, together with his wife and children, then escaped to Latin America, where he worked primarily as an interrogator and torturer for dictatorships both in Peru and in Bolivia. He was tried in 1987 and died in prison in 1991.
  • 1989 --- On his last day in office, Ronald Reagan pardoned New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who had been convicted of contributing illegally in 1972 to Richard Nixon's reelection campaign.
  • 1999 --- The U.S. Supreme Court without comment refused to hear a 1998 lawsuit brought by ticket buyers against Ticketmaster. The suit charged that the firm engaged in anti-competitive behavior and price-fixing with promoters.
  • 2006 --- An unmanned NASA spacecraft blasted off on a 3 billion-mile journey to Pluto.
  • Birthdays
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Janis Joplin
  • General Robert E. Lee
  • James Watt
  • Dolly Parton
  • Katey Sagal
  • Jean Stapleton
  • Tippi Hedren
  • Fritz Weaver
  • Robert MacNeil
  • Phil Everly
  • Paul Rodriguez
  • Stefan Edberg
  • Tai Chen
  • Paul Cezanne
  • Ish Kabibble
  • John Raitt
  • Shawn Wayans
  • Patricia Highsmith
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