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KALW Almanac * Tuesday July 7, 2015 * Satchel Paige's Birthday


  • 188th Day of 2015 177 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 78 Days
  • Sunrise:5:55
  • Sunset:8:34
  • 14 Hours 39 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:12:29am(Wednesday)
  • Moon Set:12:15pm
  • Phase:62%
  • Full Moon July 1 @ 7:22pm and July 31 @ 3:45pm
  • Full Thunder Moon / Full Hay Moon
  • July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.
  • Tides
  • High:3:13am/4:28pm
  • Low:9:35am/10:443pm
  • Holidays
  • Chocolate Day
  • Father Daughter Take A Walk Together Day
  • National Macaroni Day
  • National Strawberry Sundae Day
  • Tell The Truth Day
  • Global Forgiveness Day
  • Independence Day-Solomon Islands
  • Saba Saba-Tanzania
  • Running of the Bulls-Spain
  • Unity day/Victory Day-Yemen
  • On This Day
  • 1754 --- Kings College opened in New York City. It was renamed Columbia College 30 years later.
  • 1797 --- For the first time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives exercises its constitutional power of impeachment and votes to charge Senator William Blount of Tennessee with “a high misdemeanor, entirely inconsistent with his public duty and trust as a Senator.”
  • 1865 --- Four people were hanged in Washington, D.C., after being convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. One of those was Mary Suratt, executed for her role as a conspirator in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Surratt, who owned a tavern in Surrattsville (now Clinton), Maryland, had to convert her row house in Washington, D.C., into a boardinghouse as a result of financial difficulties. Located a few blocks from Ford’s Theatre, where Lincoln was murdered, this house served as the place where a group of Confederate supporters, including John Wilkes Booth, conspired to assassinate the president. It was Surratt’s association with Booth that ultimately led to her conviction, though debate continues as to the extent of her involvement and whether it really warranted so harsh a sentence.
  • 1912 --- Jim Thorpe wins the pentathlon at the fifth modern Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. At the time, Thorpe, a Native American who attended Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian School, was only beginning to establish his reputation as the greatest all-around athlete in the world. 
  • 1928 --- Otto Frederick Rohwedder spent many years working on a bread slicing machine.  He finally perfected it, and the first sliced bread was produced and sold at M.F. Bench's Chillicothe Baking Company, 100 Elm Street in Chillicothe, Missouri.  According to the story, Mr. Bench assisted Rohwedder in the fine tuning the new bread slicing machine.  The  Chillicothe, Missouri Constitution-Tribune of July 7, 1928 carried a story of the new machines first use on that day.  Chillcothe Baking Co. bread sales increased 2,000% over the next few months.
  • 1930 --- Construction began on Boulder Dam, later Hoover Dam, on the Colorado River. Over the next five years, a total of 21,000 men would work ceaselessly to produce what would be the largest dam of its time, as well as one of the largest manmade structures in the world.
  • 1956 --- Johnny Cash made his first appearance on "Grand Ole Opry." 
  • 1958 --- The first IHOP (International House of Pancakes) opened at 4301 Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles.
  • 1976 --- For the first time in history, women are enrolled into the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
  • 1981 --- President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor to become the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court.
  • 1983 --- Samantha Smith, an 11-year-old American girl, begins a two-week visit to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Soviet leader Yuri Andropov. Some American observers believed that Smith was merely being used by the Soviets for their own propaganda purposes, while others saw her visit as a positive step toward improving U.S.-Russian relations.
  • 1987 --- Lt. Col. Oliver North began his public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing, telling Congress that he had "never carried out a single act, not one" without authorization.
  • 1987 --- A gasoline tanker truck crashes into an ice cream parlor in Herborn, Germany. The resulting explosion and fire killed 50 people. The truck was carrying a full load of gasoline, nearly 7,000 gallons, when it exited the Frankfurt-Rhur autobahn, a major highway in Germany. It was about 8:30 in the evening as the truck came through the center of Herborn. When its brakes overheated and failed, the truck plowed straight into a building containing an ice cream parlor and pizzeria. 
  • 1990 --- Martina Navratilova won a record ninth women's singles title at Wimbledon.
  • 2005 --- Bombs are detonated in three crowded London subways and one bus during the peak of the city’s rush hour. The synchronized suicide bombings, which were thought to be the work of al-Qaida, killed 56 people including the bombers and injured another 700. It was the largest attack on Great Britain since World War II.
  • Birthdays
  • Michelle Kwan
  • Ringo Starr (75)
  • Satchel Paige
  • Gustav Mahler
  • Marc Chagall
  • Ruth Ford
  • Pinetop Perkins
  • Lisa Leslie
  • Pierre Cardin
  • Doc Severinsen
  • Linda Williams
  • Jessica Hahn