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Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy Birthday, Superman! (And your almanac author!)

Sunrise: 7:26  Sunset: 5:05pm

99% of the waning moon is visible

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 12:20am/10:59am
  • Low: 4:59am/5:43pm

Special Celebrations today include...

Twelfth Night! - the night before Epiphany

National Whipped Cream Day

Special happenings on this day…

1781 - Richmond, VA, was burned by a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold.


1885 - The Long Island Railroad Company became the first to offer piggy-back rail service which was the transportation of farm wagons on trains.


1896 - It was reported by The Austrian newspaper that Wilhelm Roentgen had discovered the type of radiation that became known as X-rays.


1900 - In Ireland, Nationalist leader John Edward Redmond called for a revolt against British rule.

1903 - The general public could use the Pacific cable for the very first time.

1914 - Ford Motor Company announced that there would be a new daily minimum wage of $5 and an eight-hour workday.

1925 - Mrs. Nellie Taylor Ross was sworn in as the governor of Wyoming She was the first female governor in the U.S.

1933 - Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began.

1934 - Both the National and American baseball leagues decided to use a uniform-size baseball. It was the first time in 33 years that both leagues used the same size ball. (MLB)

1935 - Phil Spitalny’s All-Girl Orchestra was featured on CBS radio on the program, "The Hour of Charm."

1940 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) got its very first demonstration of FM radio.


1944 - The London "Daily Mail" was the first transoceanic newspaper to be published.

1948 - Warner Brothers-Pathe showed the very first color newsreel. The footage was of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl football classic.

1956 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Snoopy walked on two legs for the first time.

1961 - "Mr. Ed" debuted. The show would run for six years.

1970 - "All My Children" premiered on ABC.

1972 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon ordered the development of the space shuttle.

1987 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan underwent prostate surgery.

1993 - The state of Washington executed Westley Allan Dodd. It was America's first legal hanging since 1965. Dodd was an admitted child sex killer.

1996 - YahyaAyyash, a member of the Hamas in Israel, is killed by a booby-trapped cellular phone.

1998 - U.S. Representative Sonny Bono died in skiing accident.

2002 - A 15 year-old student pilot, Charles Bishop, crashed a small plane into a building in Tampa, FL. Bishop was about to begin a flying lesson when he took off without permission and without an instructor.

Birthday celebrants today include (or included)....

Stephen Decatur 1779

Edmund Ruffin 1794

Jeannette Piccard 1895

George Reeves 1914

Al Blozis 1919

Erica Morini 1919

Jean-Pierre Aumont 1911

Sam Phillips 1920

W.D. Snodgrass 1926

Fred Glover 1928

Walter 'Fritz' Mondale 1928

Robert Duvall 1930

Alvin Ailey 1931

Chuck Noll 1932

Johnny Adams 1932

Francois d'Aulan 1932

Earl Battey 1935

Lindsay Crosby 1938

Chuck McKinley 1941

Wayne Rutledge 1942

Sam Wyche 1945

Diane Keaton 1946

Ted Lange 1947

George "Funky" Brown (Kool and the Gang) 1949

Chris Stein (Blondie) 1950

Pamela Sue Martin 1953

Clancy Brown 1959

Suzy Amis 1961

Iris Dement 1961

Jeff Fassero 1963

David Latulippe 1963 :)

Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) 1967

Joe Juneau 1968

Marilyn Manson 1970

Damien Minor