5:34am

Wed January 25, 2012
KALW ALMANAC

Wednesday January 25, 2012

 

  • 25th Day of 2012 / 341 Remaining
  • 55 Days Until Spring Begins
  • Sunrise:7:19
  • Sunset:5:26
  • 10 Hr 7 Min
  • Moon Rise:8:25am
  • Moon Set:8:20pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 7 %
  • 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:12:24am/11:39pm
  • Low:5:52am/6:12pm
  • Rainfall
  • This Year:6.06
  • Last Year:12.35
  • Normal To Date:11.69
  • Annual Average: 22.28
  • Holidays
  • National Speak Up and Succeed Day
  • A Room of One's Own Day
  • National Irish Coffee Day
  • Dinner Party Day
  • Speak up and Succeed Day
  • Big Rock Day
  • Mac Day
  • National Compliment Day
  • Foundation Day(Sao Paulo)-Brqazil
  • Bruns Night-Scotland
  • Kirmeline-Lithuania
  • On This Day In …
  • 1533 --- England's King Henry VIII secretly married Anne Boleyn, his second wife.
  • 1799 --- Eliakim Spooner patented the seeding machine. The device, like so many that we found while Christmas shopping, proved to be... impractical.
  • 1858 --- Mendelssohn’s "Wedding March" was presented for the first time, as the daughter of Queen Victoria married the Crown Prince of Prussia.
  • 1905 --- The Cullinan diamond (3,106 carets) was found north of Pretoria, South Africa. It is the largest gem-quality diamond ever discovered. From this diamond (named after mining company chairman Sir Thomas Cullinan,) 105 stones were cut including the Great Star of Africa, which is now stored in the Tower of London.
  • 1915 --- Alexander Graham Bell in New York spoke to his assistant (Thomas Watson) in San Francisco, inaugurating the first transcontinental telephone service
  • 1924 --- The 1st Winter Olympics take off in style at Chamonix in the French Alps. Spectators were thrilled by the ski jump and bobsled as well as 12 other events involving a total of six sports. The "International Winter Sports Week," as it was known, was a great success, and in 1928 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially designated the Winter Games, staged in St. Moritz, Switzerland, as the second Winter Olympics.
  • 1945 --- Grand Rapids, Michigan became the first U.S. city to fluoridate its drinking water, to reduce tooth decay.
  • 1946 -- The United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor.
  • 1949 --- The first Emmys, the awards presented each year in recognition of excellence in television performance and production, were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.The event was the 1st Annual Los Angeles Emmy Awards (for programming which appeared in 1948) and was presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Academy was also an infant, having formed just three years earlier. Mike Sotkey’s Pantomime Quiz Time was selected as the year’s top television show. The local L.A. panel show which began in 1947, featured Howard Morris, Stubby Kaye, Rocky Graziano, Hans Conried, Milt Kamen and the orchestra of Frank DeVol and aired on KTLA-TV. Shirley Dinsdale and her puppet, Judy Splinters, took honors as Most Outstanding Television Personality. The Necklace, a film shown on Your Show Time on NBC, took the Best Film Made for Television Award.
  • 1956 --- In a long interview with visiting American attorney Marshall MacDuffie, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev adopts a friendly attitude toward the United States and indicates that he believes President Dwight Eisenhower is sincere in his desire for peace. The interview was the precursor to Khrushchev's announcement later that same year that he wanted "peaceful coexistence" between the United States and the Soviet Union. MacDuffie, a long-time acquaintance of the Soviet leader and a proponent of closer relations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, spent three hours conducting the interview. During the discussion, Khrushchev indicated that it was his desire that "We should have disarmament and we should think how to avoid a new war."
  • 1958 --- Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" became the first single to ever enter the U.K. pop chart at Number One.
  • 1959 --- American Airlines opened the jet age in the U.S. with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.
  • 1961 --- John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC. The event was carried on radio and television. Kennedy’s quick wit made him “an immediate sensation,” according to reporters gathered at the scene.
  • 1964 --- The Beatles reached the #1 spot on the music charts, as their hit single, I Want to Hold Your Hand, grabbed the top position in Cash Box magazine, as well as on the list of hits on scores of radio stations. It was the first #1 hit for the Beatles. Billboard listed the song as #1 on February 1. The group’s second #1 hit song, She Loves You, was also released this day -- but not on Capitol Records. It was on Swan Records (#4152). Other songs by The Beatles were released on Vee Jay (Please, Please Me), M-G-M (My Bonnie with Tony Sheridan), Tollie (Twist and Shout), Atco (Ain’t She Sweet) and the group’s own label, Apple Records, as well as Capitol.
  • 1971 --- Maj. Gen. Idi Amin led a coup that deposed Milton Obote and became president of Uganda.
  • 1971 --- In Los Angeles, California, cult leader Charles Manson is convicted, along with followers Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkle, of the brutal 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others.
  • 1980 --- Paul McCartney was released from a Tokyo jail where he had been imprisoned for nine days after trying to carry a half pound of marijuana through customs at the Tokyo airport.
  • 1981 --- Jiang Qing, widow of Mao Zedong , was tried for treason and received a death sentence, which was subsequently commuted to life imprisonment.
  • 1981 --- Super Bowl XV (at New Orleans): Oakland Raiders 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10. The second Super Bowl win for the Raiders (they won Super Bowl XI), this one belonged to Oakland all the way. They led 14-0 after one quarter, 14-3 at the half and 24-3 after three quarters. MVP: Raiders’ QB Jim Plunkett. Tickets: $40.00.
  • 1984 --- Apple’s Macintosh computer was introduced
  • 2003 --- Serena Williams beat elder sister Venus to win the Australian Open and her fourth straight major championship.
  • Birthdays
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Robert Burns
  • George Pickett
  • W Somerset Maugham
  • Edwin Newman
  • Ernie Halwell
  • Corazon Aquino
  • Etta James
  • Andy Cox(Fine Young Cannibals/English Beat)
  • Eduard Shevardnadze
  • Alicia Keys
  • Dean Jones
  • China Kantner
  • Steven Short
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