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Wed March 26, 2014
KALW Almanac

Wednesday March 26, 2014

1979

  • 85th Day of 2014 / 281 Remaining
  • 87 Days Until The First Day of Summer
  • Sunrise:7:02
  • Sunset:7:27
  • 12 Hours 25 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:4:12am
  • Moon Set:3:16pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 21 %
  • 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:7:34am/9:07pm
  • Low:1:42am/2:16pm
  • Rainfall
  • This Year:8.74
  • Last Year:14.73
  • Average Year to Date:21.01
  • Holidays
  • Legal Assistants Day
  • National Nougat Day
  • National Spinach Day
  • Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianole Day-Hawaii
     
  • Independence Day-Bangladesh
  • Youth Day-Vietnam
  • On This Day In …
  • 1804 --- President Thomas Jefferson attends a public party at the Senate and leads a diverse crowd in consuming an enormous loaf of bread dubbed the mammoth loaf. The giant bread was baked to go with the remnants of an enormous block of cheese. Two years earlier, a group of Baptist women from Massachusetts had sent Jefferson a 1,200- pound hunk of cheese in gratitude for his support of religious tolerance. The cheese, they said, illustrated Jefferson's claim that North America's superior natural resources would one day enable the U.S. to outstrip all of Europe in agricultural production.
  • 1872 --- An earthquake felt from Mexico to Oregon rocks the Owens Valley in California on this day in 1872, killing 30 people. California, with the large San Andreas Fault running through the entire state, is a prime area for earthquakes. At 2:30 a.m. on March 26, a large quake hit Inyo County in the Owens Valley of central California.Worst-hit was Lone Pine, where 52 of the town's 59 homes were destroyed, killing 27 people as they slept. The ground moved a full seven feet horizontally in some places near Lone Pine. Major buildings in every town in Inyo were also seriously damaged.
  • 1885 --- The Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co. of Rochester, N.Y., manufactured the first commercial motion picture film.
  • 1936 --- The first telescope with a 200-inch-diameter, reflecting mirror was shipped -- very, very carefully -- from Corning, New Yorkto Mt. Palomar Observatory in California. The lens of the Hale telescope weighed 20 tons. It was dedicated at Mt. Palomar in 1948.
  • 1937 --- The cities of Dilley, Texas, and Crystal City, Texas each erected a statue of Popeye, the cartoon character.
  • 1937 --- Joe DiMaggio said he’d take Ty Cobb’s advice and use a 36 or 37-ounce baseball bat instead of a 40-ounce stick during thatseason. The result? ‘Joltin’ Joe’ hit .346 during the season with 46 home runs -- the most he ever hit in a single year.
  • 1945 --- In the Aleutians, the battle of Komandorski began when the Japanese attempted to reinforce a garrison at Kiska and were intercepted by a U.S. naval force.
  • 1953 --- American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio. In 1952--an epidemic year for polio--there were 58,000 newcases reported in the United States, and more than 3,000 died from the disease. For promising eventually to eradicate the disease, which is known as "infant paralysis" because it mainly affects children, Dr. Salk was celebrated as the great doctor-benefactor of his time.
  • 1955 --- For its time, the mid-1950s, the lyrical phrase "You got to roll with me, Henry" was considered risqué just as the very label "rock and roll" was understood to have a sexual connotation. The line comes from an Etta James record originally called "Roll With Me Henry" and later renamed "The Wallflower." Already a smash hit on the Billboard Rhythm and Blues chart, it went on to become a pop hit in the spring of 1955, but not for Etta James. Re-recorded with "toned-down" lyrics by the white pop singer Georgia Gibbs, "Dance With Me Henry (Wallflower)" entered the pop charts on March 26, 1955, setting off a dubious trend known as "whitewashing."
  • 1964 --- Pete Best, the drummer who Ringo Starr replaced in The Beatles, appeared live on the TV show "I've Got a Secret."
  • 1969 --- John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their "bed-in" for peace in Amsterdam.
  • 1969 --- A group called Women Strike for Peace demonstrate in Washington, D.C., in the first large antiwar demonstration since President Richard Nixon's inauguration in January. The antiwar

    movement had initially given Nixon a chance to make good on his campaign promises to end the war in Vietnam. However, it became increasingly clear that Nixon had no quick solution. As the fighting dragged on, antiwar sentiment against the president and his handling of the war mounted steadily during his term in office.

  • 1973 --- Women were allowed on the floor of the London Stock Exchange for the first time.
  • 1974 --- David Essex received a gold record for the hit, Rock On. Though a million seller, Rock On never made it to number one on the pop-rock charts -- stalling at number five.
  • 1979 --- In a ceremony at the White House, Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sign a historic peace agreement, ending three decades of hostilities between Egypt and Israel and establishing diplomatic and commercial ties. Less than two years earlier, in an unprecedented move for an Arab leader, Sadat traveled to Jerusalem, Israel, to seek a permanent peace settlement with Egypt's Jewish neighbor after decades of conflict. Sadat's visit, in which he met with Begin and spoke before Israel's parliament, was met with outrage in most of the Arab world. Despite criticism from Egypt's regional allies, Sadat continued to pursue peace with Begin, and in September 1978 the two leaders met again in the United States, where they negotiated an agreement with U.S. President Jimmy Carter at Camp David, Maryland. The Camp David Accords, the first peace agreement between the state of Israel and one of its Arab neighbors, laid the groundwork for diplomatic and commercial relations. Seven months later, a formal peace treaty was signed.
  • 1983 --- The U.S. performed a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site.
  • 1992 --- In Indianapolis, heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was found guilty of rape. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
  • 1995 --- An opera based on the life of tennis player Martina Navratilova premiered at New York's Carnegie Hall.
  • 1997 --- The 39 bodies of Heaven's Gate members are found in amansion in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. The group had committed suicide thinking that they would be picked up by a spaceship following behind the comet Hale-Bopp.
  • 1999 --- In Michigan, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder for giving a terminally ill man a lethal injection and putting it all on videotape on September 17, 1998 for "60 Minutes."
  • 2000 --- Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia.
  • 2007 --- The design for the "Forever Stamp" was unveiled by the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Birthdays
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi
  • Joseph Campbell
  • Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Robert Frost
  • Erica Jong
  • Tennessee Williams
  • Diana Ross
  • Duncan Hines
  • Keira Knightley
  • Steven Tyler
  • Bob Woodward
  • Elaine Chao
  • James Caan
  • Vicki Lawrence
  • Martin Short
  • Jennifer Grey
  • Amy Smart
  • Al Jolson
  • Sterling Hayden
  • Strother Martin
  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Alan Arkin
  • Teddy Pendergrass
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