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Thu March 27, 2014
KALW Almanac

Thursday March 27, 2014

1964
1964

  • 86th Day of 2014 / 279 Remaining
  • 86 Days Until The First Day of Summer
  • Sunrise:7:00
  • Sunset:7:28
  • 12 Hours 28 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:4:54am
  • Moon Set:4:25pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 12 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • April 15 @ 12:45 am
  • Full Pink Moon
  • Full Sprouting Moon
  • Full Egg Moon
  • Full Grass Moon
  • Full Fish Moon

This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

  • Tides
  • High:8:40am/9:48pm
  • Low:2:42am/3:07pm
  • Rainfall
  • This Year:9.40
  • Last Year:14.73
  • Average Year to Date:21.09
  • Holidays
  • Education And Sharing Day
  • Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
  • Skyscraper Day
  • National Spanish Paella Day
  • Armed Forces Day-Myanmar/Burma
  • Evacuation Day-Angola
  • Mount Arafat Day-Kuwait
  • On This Day In …
  • 1513 --- Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.
  • 1794 --- President George Washington and Congress authorized creation of the U.S. Navy.
  • 1836 --- In Goliad, TX, about 350 Texan prisoners, including their commander James Fannin, were executed under orders from Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna. An estimated 30 Texans escaped execution. Ironically, rather than serving to crush the Texas rebellion, the Goliad Massacre helped inspire and unify the Texans.
  • 1860 --- The device which, officially, is a “covered gimlet screw with a ‘T’ handle” or, corkscrew, was patented by M. L. Byrn of New York City.
  • 1865 --- President Abraham Lincoln meets with Union generals Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman at City Point, Virginia, to plot the last stages of the Civil War. Lincoln went to Virginia just as Grant was preparing to attack Confederate General Robert E. Lee's lines around Petersburg and Richmond, an assault that promised to end the siege that had dragged on for 10 months. Meanwhile, Sherman's force was steamrolling northward through the Carolinas. The three architects of Union victory convened for the first time as a group--Lincoln and Sherman had never met—at Grant's City Point headquarters at the general-in-chief's request.
  • 1866 --- U.S. President Andrew Johnson vetoed the civil rights bill, which later became the 14th amendment.
  • 1899 --- The first international radio transmission between England and France was achieved by the Italian inventor G. Marconi.
  • 1904 --- Mary Jarris "Mother" Jones was ordered by Colorado state authorities to leave the state. She was accused of stirring up striking coal miners.
  • 1905 --- The neighbors of Thomas and Ann Farrow, shopkeepers in South London, discover their badly bludgeoned bodies in their home. Thomas was already dead, but Ann was still breathing. She died four days later without ever having regained consciousness. The brutal crime was solved using the newly developed fingerprinting technique. Only three years earlier, the first English court had admitted fingerprint evidence in a petty theft case. The Farrow case was the first time that the cutting-edge technology was used in a high-profile murder case.
  • 1912 --- In Washington, D.C., Helen Taft, wife of President William Taft, and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, plant two Yoshina cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac River, near the Jefferson Memorial. The event was held in celebration of a gift, by the Japanese government, of 3,020 cherry trees to the U.S. government. In January 1910, 2,000 Japanese cherry trees arrived in Washington from Japan but had fallen prey to disease during the journey. In response, a private Japanese citizen donated the funds to transport a new batch of trees, and 3,020 specimens were taken from the famous collection on the bank of the Arakawa River in Adachi Ward, a suburb of Tokyo. In March 1912, the trees arrived in Washington, and on March 27 the first two trees were planted along the Potomac River's Tidal Basin in a formal ceremony. The rest of the trees were then planted along the basin, in East Potomac Park, and on the White House grounds.
  • 1917 --- The Seattle Metropolitans, of the Pacific Coast League of Canada, defeated the Montreal Canadiens and became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.
  • 1931 --- Actor Charlie Chaplin received France’s Legion of Honor decoration.
  • 1933 --- About 55,000 people staged a protest against Hitler in New York City.
  • 1939 --- The University of Oregon defeats The Ohio State University 46–33 on this day in 1939 to win the first-ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Final Four, as the tournament became known, has grown exponentially in size and popularity since 1939. By 2005, college basketball had become the most popular sporting event among gamblers, after the Super Bowl. The majority of that betting takes place at tournament time, when Las Vegas, the internet and office pools around the country see action from sports enthusiasts and once-a-year gamblers alike.
  • 1941 --- Tokeo Yoshikawa arrived in Oahu, HI, and began spying for Japan on the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
  • 1945 --- Ella Fitzgerald and the Delta Rhythm Boys recorded "It’s Only a Paper Moon."
  • 1946 --- Four-month long strikes at both General Electric and General Motors ended with a wage increase.
  • 1950 --- Jazz pianist Erroll Garner became one of the first jazz instrumentalists to give a solo concert. He played the Music Hall in Cleveland, OH.
  • 1958 --- Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier in addition to First Secretary of the Communist Party.
  • 1958 --- CBS Laboratories announced a new stereophonic record that was playable on ordinary LP phonographs, meaning, monaural. In stereo, on the proper equipment, a new rich and fuller sound was heard. It eventually became a standard for record and equipment buyers.
  • 1964 --- The strongest earthquake in American history, measuring 8.4 on the Richter scale, slams southern Alaska, creating a deadly tsunami. Some 125 people were killed and thousands injured. The massive earthquake had its epicenter in the Prince William Sound, about eight miles northeast of Anchorage, but approximately 300,000 square miles of U.S., Canadian, and international territory were affected. Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, sustained the most property damage, with about 30 blocks of dwellings and commercial buildings damaged or destroyed in the downtown area. Fifteen people were killed or fatally injured as a direct result of the

    three-minute quake, and then the ensuing tsunami killed another 110 people. The tidal wave, which measured over 100 feet at points, devastated towns along the Gulf of Alaska and caused carnage in British Columbia, Canada; Hawaii; and the West Coast of the United States, where 15 people died. Total property damage was estimated in excess of $400 million. The day after the quake, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared Alaska an official disaster area.

  • 1971 --- Janis Joplin started her second (and final) week at the top of the pop music charts with the hit, Me and Bobby McGee, written by Kris Kristofferson.
  • 1973 --- Marlon Brando declines the Academy Award for Best Actor for his career-reviving performance in The Godfather. The Native American actress Sacheen Littlefeather attended the ceremony in Brando’s place, stating that the actor “very regretfully” could not accept the award, as he was protesting Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film.
  • 1984 --- Cyndi Lauper released "Time After Time."
  • 1989 --- The U.S. anti-missile satellite failed the first test in space.
  • 1998 --- The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Viagra, made by Pfizer, to fight male impotence.
  • 2007 --- NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.
  • Birthdays
  • William Conrad Rontgen
  • Fergie (Black-Eyed Peas)
  • Harold Nicholas
  • Mariah Carey
  • Michael York
  • Ludwig Miles Van Der Rohe
  • Gloria Swanson
  • Sir Henry Royce
  • Pee Wee Russell
  • Sarah Vaughn
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Judy Carne
  • Maria Schneider
  • Mstislav Leopold Rostropovich
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