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Friday, May 2, 2014

  • 122nd Day of 2014 243 Remaining
  • Summer Begins in 50 Days
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  • Moon Rise 8:56am
  • Moon Set 11:27pm
  •  7% visible
  • Next Full Moon May 14 @12:18pm
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  • Rainfall
  • This Year 12.62
  • Last Year 16.32
  • Avg YTD 22.98

Today's celebrations & holidays...

2nd day of Labor – Russia, Slovenia

Dos de Mayo - Spain

King's Birthday -  Lesotho

National Flag Day - Poland

Brothers and Sisters Day - US

Twelfth day of Ridvan - Baha'i

International Space Day

No Pants Day

Roberts Rules of Order Day

Tuba Day -  patented in 1835 by Wiebrecht and Moritz in Germany, the tuba can have 3,4,5 or six valves. International Tuba Day was founded by Joel Day in 1979. At the time, Joel was a tuba player in a band at Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, Pa. He started it as a result of a lack of respect for tuba and tuba players by his fellow musicians.

On this day in...

1670 - The Hudson Bay Company was founded by England's King Charles II.

1776 - France and Spain agreed to donate arms to American rebels fighting the British.

1808 - The citizens of Madrid rose up against Napoleon.

1865 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson offered $100,000 reward for the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

1885 - The Congo Free State was established by King Leopold II of Belgium.

1890 - The Oklahoma Territory was organized.

1926 - In India, Hindu women gained the right to seek elected office.

1932 - Jack Benny's first radio show debuted on NBC Radio.

1933 - Hitler banned trade unions in Germany.

1939 - Lou Gehrig set a new major league baseball record when he played in his 2,130th game. The streak began on June 1, 1925.

1941 - The Federal Communications Commission agreed to let regular scheduling of TV broadcasts by commercial TV stations begin on July 1, 1941. This was the start of network television.

1965 - The "Early Bird" satellite was used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic.

1970 - Student anti-war protesters at Ohio's Kent State University burned down the campus ROTC building. The National Guard took control of the campus.

1994 - Nelson Mandela claimed victory after South Africa's first democratic elections.

Birthday celebrants today will include…

Catherine The Great 1729 – (Catherine II)

Lorenz Hart 1895

Dr. Benjamin Spock 1903

Engelbert Humperdinck (Arnold George Dorsey) 1936

Lorenzo Music 1937

Lesley Gore 1946

Robert Henritt 1946 (The Kinks)

Christine Baranski 1952

Dwayne Johnson 1972

David Beckham 1975

David Latulippe is host of On the Arts, KALW's weekly radio magazine of the performing arts, as well as for Explorations in Music, and the Berkeley Symphony broadcasts. He has also hosted and produced the radio series From the Conservatory, Music from Mills, and Music at Menlo, and is principal guest host for Revolutions Per Minute.