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National Sardines Day-KALW Almanac-11/24/2015

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  • 328th Day of 2015 37 Remaining
  • Winter Begins in 27 Days
  • Sunrise: 7:00
  • Sunset: 4:53
  • 9 Hours 53 Minutes
  • Moon Rise: 4:25pm
  • Moon Set: 5:22am
  • Phase: 98% 13 Days
  • Next Full Moon November 25 @ 2:44pm
  • This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.
  • Tides
  • High: 8:45am/10:13pm
  • Low: 2:30am/3:32pm
  • Holidays
  • National Sardines Day
  • National Use Even If Seal Is Broken Day
  • DB Cooper Day
  • Brownielocks Day
  • Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
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  • National Women’s Day-Samoa
  • On This Day
  • 1762 --- The first written record of the word 'sandwich'. Edward Gibbons Journal, 11/24/1762: 'I dined at the Cocoa Tree....That respectable body affords every evening a sight truly English. Twenty or thirty of the first men in the kingdom....supping at little tables....upon a bit of cold meat, or a Sandwich.'
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  • 1859 --- On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, a groundbreaking scientific work by British naturalist Charles Darwin, is published in England. Darwin’s theory argued that organisms gradually evolve through a process he called “natural selection.” In natural selection, organisms with genetic variations that suit their environment tend to propagate more descendants than organisms of the same species that lack the variation, thus influencing the overall genetic makeup of the species.
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  • 1874 --- U.S. Patent #157,124 issued to Joseph F. Glidden for barbed wire (patent application filed Oct 27, 1873). The beginning of the end of cowboys and the open range.
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  • 1922 --- Robert Erskine Childers, a popular Irish author and member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), is shot to death by an Irish Free State firing squad after being convicted of carrying a revolver. He had been one of the leaders, along with Eamon de Valera, of the Republican forces in the Irish Civil War that followed the partition of Ireland in 1921.
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  • 1940 --- Nazis closed off the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, Poland. Over the next three years the population dropped from 350,000 to 70,000 due to starvation, disease and deportations to concentration camps. 
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  • 1947 --- The House of Representatives votes 346 to 17 to approve citations of contempt against 10 Hollywood writers, directors, and producers. These men had refused to cooperate at hearings dealing with communism in the movie industry held by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). The “Hollywood 10,” as the men were known, are sentenced to one year in jail. The Supreme Court later upheld the contempt charges.The contempt charges stemmed from the refusal of the 10 men to answer questions posed by HUAC as to whether they were or had ever been members of the Communist Party. In hearings that often exploded with rancor, the men denounced the questions as violations of their First Amendment rights. Albert Maltz, Dalton Trumbo, John Howard Lawson, Samuel Ornitz, Ring Lardner, Jr., Lester Cole, Alvah Bessie, Herbert Biberman, Edward Dmytryk, and Robert Adrian Scott were thereupon charged with contempt of Congress.
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  • 1950 --- The musical "Guys and Dolls" opened.
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  • 1960 --- Philadelphia Warrior Wilt Chamberlain snags 55 rebounds in a game against the Boston Celtics and sets an NBA record for the most rebounds in a single game. The single-game rebound record that he set on November 24 isn’t even his most impressive. In March 1962, he scored 100 of his team’s 169 points in a game against the New York Knicks–more than any NBA player had (or has) ever scored in one game.
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  • 1963 --- At 12:20 p.m., in the basement of the Dallas police station, Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is shot to death by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner.On November 22, President Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in an open-car motorcade through the streets of downtown Dallas. Lee Harvey Oswald was formally arraigned on November 23 for the murders of President Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit. On November 24, Oswald was brought to the basement of the Dallas police headquarters on his way to a more secure county jail. A crowd of police and press with live television cameras rolling gathered to witness his departure. As Oswald came into the room, mob connected nightclub owner, Jack Ruby emerged from the crowd and fatally wounded him with a single shot from a concealed .38 revolver. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6PcVCqg3tg
  • 1963 --- Two days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, President Lyndon B. Johnson confirms the U.S. intention to continue military and economic support to South Vietnam. He instructed Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, in Washington for consultations following South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem’s assassination, to communicate his intention to the new South Vietnamese leadership.
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  • 1971 --- A hijacker calling himself D.B. Cooper parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines 727 into a raging thunderstorm over Washington State. He had $200,000 in ransom money in his possession. Cooper commandeered the aircraft shortly after takeoff, showing a flight attendant something that looked like a bomb and informing the crew that he wanted $200,000, four parachutes, and “no funny stuff.” The plane landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where authorities met Cooper’s demands and evacuated most of the passengers. Cooper then demanded that the plane fly toward Mexico at a low altitude and ordered the remaining crew into the cockpit. At 8:13 p.m., as the plane flew over the Lewis River in southwest Washington, the plane’s pressure gauge recorded Cooper’s jump from the aircraft. Wearing only wraparound sunglasses, a thin suit, and a raincoat, Cooper parachuted into a thunderstorm with winds in excess of 100 mph and temperatures well below zero at the 10,000-foot altitude where he began his fall. The storm prevented an immediate capture, and most authorities assumed he was killed during his apparently suicidal jump. No trace of Cooper was found during a massive search. In 1980, an eight-year-old boy uncovered a stack of nearly $5,880 of the ransom money in the sands along the north bank of the Columbia River, five miles from Vancouver, Washington. The fate of Cooper remains a mystery.
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  • 1973 --- Ringo Starr becomes the third former Beatle to earn a solo #1 hit when “Photograph” tops the Billboard Hot 100. Ringo Starr—the man who replaced Pete Best on drums in the Beatles in 1962—once famously proclaimed of his role in the group that he was “joost happy to be here.” But just because he was willing to act the part of the blindly lucky tagalong on the Beatles’ gravy train doesn’t mean that it was true. Ringo Starr’s quietly spectacular drumming laid a foundation for the Beatles’ revolutionary sound, and his self-effacing charm became a key component of the Fab Four’s popular identity. The drummer’s “Ringo” LP yielded two #1 hits for Starr: “Photograph,” which topped the Billboard pop chart on this day in 1973; and “You’re Sixteen,” which did the same just two months later. “Photograph” was co-written by George Harrison, who also contributed backing vocals and a 12-string guitar solo to the track. Harrison had been the first solo Beatle to top the pop charts back in December 1970 with “My Sweet Lord,” followed shortly thereafter by Paul McCartney with his two-sided 1971 hit “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.” McCartney contributed the song “Six O’Clock” to Ringoas well as backing vocals on “You’re Sixteen.” John Lennon, who became the final former Beatle to top the pop charts when “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night” hit #1 in November 1974, wrote the opening track of Ringo—”I’m The Greatest”—on which he also played piano and sang backup.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcOZWroUDE0
  • 1985 --- In Malta, Egyptian commandos stormed an Egyptian jetliner. 60 people died in the raid.
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  • 1993 --- Mrs. Doubtfire, starring Robin Williams as a divorced father who disguises himself as an elderly British nanny in order to spend time with his children, opens in theaters. Directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone) and based on a 1987 novel by Anne Fine titled Alias Madame Doubtfire, the film co-starred Sally Field, Harvey Fierstein and Pierce Brosnan. With Williams following in the footsteps of such actors-in-drag as Dustin Hoffman (1982’s Tootsie) and Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis (1959’s Some Like It Hot), Mrs. Doubtfire was a big commercial and critical success.
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  • 1999 --- A ferry sinks in the Yellow Sea off the coast of China, killing hundreds of people. The ship had caught fire while in the midst of a storm and nearly everyone on board perished, including the captain. The Dashun, a 9,000-ton vessel, was transporting passengers from the port city of Yantai in China’s Shandong province to Dalian, near Korea, on November 24. It was snowing and windy when the ship, carrying approximately 300 passengers and 40 crew members, left Yantai. Just a short way into the journey, a fire broke out on board. Although the exact cause is unknown, many believe that the gas tank on a vehicle the ship was carrying may have ruptured.
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  • 2005 --- The M&M's balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade hit a light pole, knocking the light to the street and injuring 2 spectators.
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  • 2010 --- A jury in Austin convicted former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, on charges he'd illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.
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  • Dale Carnegie
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  • Scott Joplin
  • Garson Canin
  • William F Buckley Jr
  • Pete Best
  • Donald “Duck” Dunn
  • Billy Connolly
  • Katherine Heigl
  • Bat Masterson