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National Dog Day-KALW Almanac-8/26/2015


  • 238th Day of 2015 127 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 28 Days
  • Sunrise:6:35
  • Sunset:7:47
  • 13 Hours 12 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:5:29pm
  • Moon Set:3:07am
  • Phase:88%
  • Full Moon August 29 @ 11:37am
  • Full Sturgeon Moon / Full Green Corn Moon
  • Full Grain Moon/Full Red Moon
  • The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.
  • Tides
  • High:9:42am/8:40pm
  • Low:2:48am/2:41pm
  • Holidays
  • National Cherry Popsicle Day
  • Women’s Equality Day
  • Musical Yoga Day
  • Make Your Own Luck Day
  • National Dog Day
  • National Toilet Paper Day
  • Willing-To-Lend-A-Hand Wednesday
  • Heroes Day-Namibia
  • On This Day
  • 55BC --- Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar.
  • 1346 --- During the Hundred Years War, King Edward III’s English army annihilates a French force under King Philip VI at the Battle of Crecy in Normandy. The battle, which saw an early use of the deadly longbow by the English, is regarded as one of the most decisive in history.
  • 1883 --- At 12:53 p.m. the volcanic island of Mount Krakatoa in Indonesia (Dutch Indies) began a series of cataclysmic eruptions that ended with a huge eruption on August 27. It was one of the most violent volcanic events in recorded history.
  • 1920 --- The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution by proclamation of Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. The amendment was the culmination of more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. Its two sections read simply: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” and “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
  • 1930 --- Philo Farnsworth received U.S. Patent No. 1,773,980 for a television system ("a television apparatus and process"). 
  • 1939 --- The first televised Major League baseball game is broadcast on station W2XBS, the station that was to become WNBC-TV. Announcer Red Barber called the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York. At the time, television was still in its infancy. Regular programming did not yet exist, and very few people owned television sets–there were only about 400 in the New York area. Not until 1946 did regular network broadcasting catch on in the United States, and only in the mid-1950s did television sets become more common in the American household.
  • 1944 --- French General Charles de Gaulle enters Paris, which had formally been liberated the day before. As he entered the Place de l’Hotel, French collaborationists took a few sniper shots at him. “There are many moments that go beyond each of our poor little lives,” he was quoted at the time. “Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyrized! But Paris liberated!”
  • 1946 --- George Orwell's “Animal Farm” was published.
  • 1948 --- The temperature hits 108 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City during a week-long heat wave that kills at least 33 people. The intense heat hit the entire northeastern United States, but it was New York City and Philadelphia that suffered the most. In New York, thousands flocked to the beaches and a good portion stayed there at night, not wanting to return to their oppressively hot homes. At the time, there was much speculation that intense heat might cause mental problems. Hydrants were opened up throughout the city to help people cool off with the implicit permission of the authorities, since they wanted to keep everyone as calm as possible.
  • 1959 --- The British Motor Corporation (BMC) launches its newest car, the small affordable at a price tag of less than $800, Mark I Mini. The diminutive Mini went on to become one of the best-selling British cars in history. 
  • 1968 --- The first Beatles single on their own Apple Records was released in the U.S. The single was "Hey Jude" b/w "Revolution." 
  • 1968 --- As the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Chicago, thousands of antiwar demonstrators take to Chicago’s streets to protest the Vietnam War and its support by the top Democratic presidential candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey. During the four-day convention, the most violent in U.S. history, police and National Guardsmen clashed with protesters outside the International Amphitheater, and hundreds of people, including innocent bystanders, were beaten by the Chicago police. The violence even spilled into the convention hall, as guards roughed up delegates and members of the press, including CBS News correspondent Mike Wallace, who was punched in the face. On August 29, Humphrey secured the nomination and the convention ended.
  • 1987 --- Sonny Bono announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, CA. He won the election.
  • Birthdays
  • Geraldine Ferraro
  • Peggy Guggenheim
  • Joseph-Michel Montgolfier
  • Ben Bradlee
  • Valerie Simpson
  • Branford Marsalis
  • Chris Burke
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Thalia
  • Mother Teresa (Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu)
  • Macaulay Culkin