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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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240th day of 2014, 125 remaining

  • Sunrise 6:37am 
  • Sunset 7:45pm
  • Moonrise 9:30am, 4% visible
  • Moonset 9:16pm

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 1:34am/2:13pm   
  • Low 7:31am/8:01pm

Special celebrations today include...

  • Crackers Over the Keyboard Day
  • National Cherry Turnover Day
  • St. Augustine of Hippo's Day, patron of brewers

On this day in...

  • 1609 - Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson.
  • 1619 - Ferdinand II was elected Holy Roman Emperor. His policy of "One church, one king" was his way of trying to outlaw Protestantism.
  • 1774 - The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975.
  • 1811 - Percy Bysshe Shelley and Harriet Westbrook eloped.
  • 1830 - "The Tom Thumb" was demonstrated in Baltimore, MD. It was the first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America.
  • 1833 - Slavery was banned by the British Parliament throughout the British Empire.
  • 1907 - "American Messenger Company" was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. The company's name was later changed to "United Parcel Service."
  • 1916 - Italy's declaration of war against Germany took effect during World War I.
  • 1917 - Ten suffragists were arrested as they picketed the White House.
  • 1922 - The first radio commercial aired on WEAF in New York City. The Queensboro Realty Company bought 10 minutes of time for$100.
  • 1922 - The Walker Cup was held for the first time at Southampton, NY. It is the oldest international team golf match in America.
  • 1939 - The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.
  • 1941 - The Football Writers Association of America was organized.
  • 1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his "I Have a Dream" speech at a civil rights rally in Washington, DC. More than 200,000 people attended.
  • 1972 - Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10ths of a second.
  • 1981 - "The New York Daily News" published its final afternoon edition.
  • 1990 - Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province and renamed Kuwait City al-Kadhima.
  • 1995 - The biggest bank in the U.S. was created when Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank announced their $10 billion deal.
  • 1996 - A divorce decree was issued for Britain's Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage.
  • 1998 - The Pakistani prime minister created new Islamic order and legal system based on the Koran.
  • 2004 - George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes.

Birthday celebrants today include, or included...

  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe 1749
  • Elizabeth Ann Seton 1774
  • Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy 1828
  • Charles Boyer 1899
  • Sam Levene 1905
  • Nancy Kulp 1921
  • Peggy Ryan 1924
  • Billy Grammer 1925
  • Donald O'Connor 1925
  • Roxie Roker 1929
  • Ben Gazzara 1930
  • Andy Bathgate 1932
  • Elizabeth Seal 1933
  • Clem Cattini (Tornados) 1939
  • Richard Sanders 1940
  • William S. Cohen 1940
  • David Soul 1943
  • Alice Playten 1947
  • Daniel Seraphine (Chicago) 1948
  • Hugh Cornwell (Stranglers) 1949
  • Wayne Osmond (The Osmonds) 1951
  • Daniel Stern 1957
  • Rich Rossovich 1957
  • Scott Hamilton 1958
  • Emma Samms 1961
  • Shania Twain 1965
  • Jason Priestley 1969
  • Janet Evans 1971
  • Max Collins (Eve 6) 1978
  • Carly Pope 1980
  • LeAnn Rimes 1982
  • Michael Galeota 1984