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Daily Almanac for Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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With her the force will be this December once again.  Happy Birthday, Carrie Fisher.
294th day of 2015, 71 remaining

  • Sunrise: 7:22am
  • Sunset: 6:27pm
  • Moonset: 12:42am 
  • Moonrise: 2:46pm (49% visible)

Tides at the Golden Gate:

  • High: 7:37am/6:40pm
  • Low: 12:08am/12:53pm

Special celebrations today include...

  • Anniversary of President Ndadaye's Death - Burundi 
  • Antilles Day - Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius
  • Army Day - Honduras 
  • Overseas Chinese Day - Taiwan 
  • Revolution Day - Somalia 
  • St. Ursula Day - British Virgin Islands 
  • Egyptian Naval Day - Egypt 

It's also...

  • Celebration of The Mind Day
  • National Mammography Day
  • Unity Day
  • Hagfish Day
  • Information Overload Day
  • Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) Prevention Day
  • Medical Assistants Recognition Day
  • Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity
  • Reptile Awareness Day

On this day in...

  • 1797 - "Old Ironsides," the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston's harbor. 
  • 1805 - The Battle of Trafalgar occurred off the coast of Spain. The British defeated the French and Spanish fleet. 
  • 1849 - The first tattooed man, James F. O’Connell, was put on exhibition at the Franklin Theatre in New York City, NY. 
  • 1858 - The Can-Can was performed for the first time in Paris. 
  • 1879 - Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent lamp. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out. 
  • 1917 - The first U.S. soldiers entered combat during World War I near Nancy, France. 
  • 1918 - Margaret Owen set a typing speed record of 170 words per minute on a manual typewriter. 
  • 1925 - The photoelectric cell was first demonstrated at the Electric Show in New York City, NY. 
  • 1925 - The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for prohibition (of alcohol) violations. 
  • 1927 - In New York City, construction began on the George Washington Bridge. 
  • 1944 - During World War II, the German city of Aachen was captured by U.S. troops. 
  • 1945 - Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time. 
  • 1950 - Chinese forces invaded Tibet. 
  • 1959 - The Guggenheim Museum was opened to the public in New York. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. 
  • 1967 - Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War. 
  • 1980 - The Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series. 
  • 1983 - The Pentagon reported that 2,000 Marines were headed to Grenada to protect and evacuate Americans living there. 
  • 1986 - The U.S. ordered 55 Soviet diplomats to leave. The action was in reaction to the Soviet Union expelling five American diplomats. 
  • 1991 - Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years of being imprisoned. 
  • 1993 - The play "The Twilight of the Golds" opened. 
  • 1994 - North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections. 
  • 1998 - The New York Yankees set a major league baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and postseason combined. 
  • 1998 - Cancer specialist Dr. Jane Henney became the FDA's first female commissioner. 
  • 2003 - The U.S. Senate voted to ban what was known as partial birth abortions. 
  • 2003 - North Korea rejected U.S. President George W. Bush's offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program. 

Today's birthday celebrants include (or included)...

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772 
  • Alfred Nobel 1833 
  • Sir Georg Solti 1912 
  • Dizzy Gillespie 1917 
  • Joyce Randolph 1924 
  • Whitey Ford 1928 
  • Ursula LeGuin 1929 
  • Georgia Brown 1933 
  • Manfred Mann 1940 
  • Francis Fitzgerald 1940 
  • Steve Cropper 1941 
  • Elvin Bishop 1942 
  • Judy Sheindlin 1942 
  • Ron Elliot 1943 
  • Everett McGill 1945 
  • Lee Loughnane 1946 
  • Bill Russell 1948 
  • Benjamin Netanyahu 1949 
  • Charlotte Caffey 1953 
  • Eric Faulkner 1955 
  • Carrie Fisher 1956 
  • Julian Cope 1957 
  • Steve Lukather 1957 
  • Ken Watanabe 1959 
  • Melora Walters 1960 
  • Che Colovita Lemon 1970 
  • Jade Jagger 1971 
  • Jeremy Miller 1976 
  • Will Estes 1977 
  • Michael McMillian 1978 
  • Kim Kardashian 1980