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Almanac - Friday 12/1/17

Dec 1, 2017

It's "Eat a Red Apple Day!"

Today is Friday, December 1, 2017 the 335th day of the year with 30 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 7:07am  
  • Sunset: 4:51pm us 9 hours and 44 minutes of daylight.  88% of the waxing gibbous moon will be visible, rising at 3:51pm...full moon this Sunday.

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 9:05am/10:28pm
  • Low: 2:35am/3:38pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Festival of Freedom and Democracy - Chad
  • National Day - Central African Republic, Romania
  • Restoration Day - Macau, Portugal
  • Youth Day - Portugal
  • World AIDS Day

It’s also…

  • Eat a Red Apple Day
  • St. Eligius Day - patron of agricultural workers, knife makers
  • Civil Air Patrol Day
  • Day With(out) Art
  • National Salesperson Day
  • Rosa Parks Day
  • Faux Fur Friday

On this day in…


1835 - Hans Christian Andersen published his first book of fairy tales.

1909 - The Pennsylvania Trust Company, of Carlisle, PA, became the first bank in the in the U.S. to offer a Christmas Club account.

1913 - Ford Motor Co. began using a new movable assembly line that ushered in the era of mass production.

1913 - The first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh, PA.

1919 - Lady Astor was sworn in as the first female member of the British Parliament.

1925 - The Locarno Pact finalized the treaties between World War I protagonists.

1934 - Sergei M. Kirov, a collaborator of Joseph Stalin, was assassinated at the Leningrad party headquarters.

1941 - In the U.S., the Civil Air Patrol was created. In April 1943 the Civil Air Patrol was placed under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces.

1942 - In the U.S., nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect.

1943 - In Teheran, leaders of the United States, the USSR and the United Kingdom met to reaffirm the goal set on October 30, 1943. The previous meeting called for an early establishment of an international organization to maintain peace and security.

1952 - In Denmark, it was announced that the first successful sex-change operation had been performed.

1955 - Rosa Parks, a black seamstress in Montgomery, AL, refused to give up her seat to a white man. Mrs. Parks was arrested marking a milestone in the civil rights movement in the U.S.

1959 - 12 countries, including the U.S. and USSR, signed a treaty that set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, which would be free from military activity.

1965 - An airlift of refugees from Cuba to the United States began.

1969 - The U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.

1984 - A remote-controlled Boeing 720 jetliner was deliberately crashed into California's Mojave Desert to test an anti-flame fuel additive. The test proved to be disappointing.

1986 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan said he would welcome an investigation of the Iran-Contra affair if it were recommended by the Justice Department.

1987 - Construction began on the Channel Tunnel between the United Kingdom and France.

1987 - NASA announced four companies had been given contracts to help build a space station. The companies were Boeing Aerospace, G. E.'s Astro-Space Division, McDonnell Douglas Aeronautics, and Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International.

1989 - Dissidents in the Philippine military launched an unsuccessful coup against Corazon Aquino's government.

1989 - East Germany's Parliament abolished the Communist Party's constitutional guarantee of supremacy.

1990 - Iraq accepted a U.S. offer to talk about resolving the Persian Gulf crisis.

1990 - British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel finally met under the English Channel.

1991 - Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.

1992 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin survived an impeachment attempt by hard-liners at the opening of the Russian Congress.

1994 - The U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval to the 124-nation General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

1998 - Exxon announced that it was buying Mobil for $73.7 billion creating the largest company in the world to date.

Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...

  • Cyril Ritchard 1897
  • Mary Martin 1913
  • Stansfield Turner 1923
  • David Doyle 1925
  • Robert Symonds 1926
  • Billy Paul 1934
  • Woody Allen 1935
  • Lou Rawls 1935
  • Sandy Nelson 1938
  • Lee Trevino 1939
  • Dianne Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) 1939
  • Richard Pryor 1940
  • Federico Faggin 1941
  • Casey Van Beek 1942
  • John Densmore (Doors) 1944
  • Bette Midler 1945
  • Gilbert O'Sullivan 1946
  • Treat Williams 1951
  • Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult) 1951
  • Kim Richey 1956
  • Charlene Tilton 1958
  • Carol Alt 1960
  • Jeremy Northam 1961
  • Nestor Cabonell 1967 - Actor ("Lost", "Cold Case")
  • Julie Condra 1970
  • Ron Melendez 1972
  • Sarah Masen 1975
  • Bradford Phillip Delson 1977 - Guitarist (Linkin Park)