Tue January 29, 2013
KALW Almanac

Tuesday January 29, 2013


  • 29th Day of 2013 / 336 Remaining
  • 50 Days Until The First Day of Spring
  • Sunrise:7:15
  • Sunset:5:31
  • 10 Hours 16 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:8:27pm
  • Moon Set:8:20am
  • Moon’s Phase: 93 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • February 25 @ 12:28pm
  • Full Snow Moon
  • Full Hunger Moon

Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

  • Tides
  • High: 1:27am/12:44pm
  • Low: 6:46am/6:59pm
  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:13.50
  • Last Year:6.03
  • Normal To Date:13.32
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
  • Holidays
  • Curmudgeon's Day
  • Freethinker's Day
  • National Seed Swap Day
  • Admission Day-Kansas
  • National Corn Chip Day
  • National Puzzle Day
  • Martyr’s Day-Nepal
  • On This Day In …
  • 1728 --- John Gay's The Beggar's Opera was first performed at Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre, London.
  • 1845 --- Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem "The Raven," beginning "Once upon a midnight dreary," is published on this day in the New York Evening Mirror. Poe's dark and macabre work reflected his own tumultuous and difficult life. Born in Boston in 1809, Poe was orphaned at age three and went to live with the family of a Richmond, Virginia, businessman. Poe enrolled in a military academy but was expelled for gambling. He later studied briefly at the University of Virginia. In 1827, Poe self-published a collection of poems. Six years later, his short story "MS Found in a Bottle" won $50 in a story contest. He edited a series of literary journals, including the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond starting in 1835, and Burton's Gentleman's Magazine in Philadelphia, starting in 1839. Poe's excessive drinking got him fired from several positions. His macabre work, often portraying motiveless crimes and intolerable guilt that induces growing mania in his characters, was a significant influence on such European writers as Charles Baudelaire, Stephane Mallarme, and even Dostoyevsky.
  • 1850 --- Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.
  • 1861 -- Kansas, the Sunflower State, entered the United States of America this day. The capital of the 34th state is Topeka. It’s easy to figure out why Kansas is the Sunflower State; it’s a toss-up as to whether Kansas has more of those huge yellow blossoms that are also the state flower, or amber waves of wheat. The state’s other nickname is, however, slightly more obscure. Kansas, the Jayhawk State, is named so because before and during the War Between the States, guerillas in the antislavery camp ... known as jayhawkers ... were extremely active in the Kansas territory. The pro- and anti-slavery groups fought such vicious battles that the state was referred to as ‘Bleeding Kansas’. Through peace and battles, the western meadowlark, the state bird, continues to sing its song ... or maybe it sings the state song: Home on the Range. The roaming buffalo is the state animal, and the state tree is the cottonwood. Kansas, derived from the Sioux Indian word meaning ‘people of the southwind’, uses the Latin phrase ‘Ad astra per aspera’ or ‘To the stars through difficulties’ as its motto.
  • 1891 -- Following the death of her brother, King Kalakaua, Liliuokalani becomes the last monarch of the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii, first settled by Polynesian voyagers sometime in the eighth century, saw a massive influx of American settlers during the 19th century, most coming to exploit Hawaii's burgeoning sugar industry. In 1887, under pressure from U.S. investors and American sugar planters, King Kalakaua agreed to a new constitution that stripped him of much of his power. However, in 1891, Liliuokalani ascended to the throne and refused to recognize the constitution of 1887, replacing it instead with a constitution that restored the monarchy's traditional authority.
  • 1900 --- The American League, consisting of eight baseball teams, was organized in Philadelphia.
  • 1924 --- Carl R. Taylor of Cleveland, OH patented the ice cream cone rolling machine. Ice cream cones in Cleveland in January? Silly idea... but it took off anyway.
  • 1929 --- The Seeing Eye was incorporated -- in Nashville, TN. Its purpose was to train dogs to guide the blind. The Seeing Eye (founded in Nashville, TN) is now located in Morristown, NJ, has matched thousands of dogs with persons who are blind or visually impaired in the U.S. and Canada.
  • 1936 --- Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson were the first players to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It happened on this day in Cooperstown, NY.
  • 1964 --- Stanley Kubrick's black comic masterpiece, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb opens in theaters to both critical and popular acclaim. The movie's popularity was evidence of changing attitudes toward atomic weapons and the concept of nuclear deterrence.
  • 1979 --- Deng Xiaoping, deputy premier of China, meets President Jimmy Carter, and together they sign historic new accords that reverse decades of U.S. opposition to the People's Republic of China.
  • 1987 --- "Physician’s Weekly" announced that the smile on the face of Leonardo DeVinci's Mona Lisa was caused by a "...facial paralysis resulting from a swollen nerve behind the ear."
  • 1990 --- Joseph Hazelwood, the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, went on trial in Anchorage, AK, on charges that stemmed from America's worst oil spill. Hazelwood was later acquitted of all the major charges and was convicted of a misdemeanor.
  • 1995 --- The San Francisco 49ers became the first team to win five Super Bowl titles when they beat the San Diego Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX. QB Steve Young (MVP) threw six (a record) TD passes and directed an offense that generated seven TDs, 28 first downs and 455 total yards. Tickets: $200.00.
  • 1998 -- A bomb exploded outside the New Woman, All Women Health Care Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. The explosion killed Robert Sanderson, an off-duty police officer working as a security guard. Emily Lyons, a nurse, was critically injured. Police captured the bomber, Eric Robert Rudolph, on May 31, 2003.
  • 2004 --- A 60 ton, 56 foot long sperm whale exploded on a busy street in Tainan, Taiwan. A buildup of gas from internal decay caused the explosion. Researchers were taking the whale by truck to the National Cheng Kung University for a necropsy. The whale had beached itself and died on January 17. No one was injured in the explosion, but blood and entrails showered cars and shops, and traffic was held up for several hours while the mess was cleaned up.
  • Birthdays
  • Paddy Chayefsky
  • WC Fields
  • President William McKinley (25th President)
  • Sara Gilbert
  • Tom Selleck
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Greg Louganis
  • Edward Burns
  • Thomas Paine
  • John D Rockefeller
  • “Leadbelly” Huddie Ledbetter
  • Germaine Greer
  • Edward Abbey