Friday, February 5, 2016
Felix Mendelssohn born this day in 1809...(and on the program tonight at sfsymphony.org)
16% of the waning moon is visible, setting at 3:00pm
Tides at the Golden Gate:
Special Celebrations today…
Chama Cha Mapinduzi Day - Tanzania
Constitution Day - Mexico
Liberation of the Republic from the Alberoni Occupation - San Marino
Presidents Day – Republic of Congo
St. Agatha's Day - San Marino
Unity Day – Burundi
Adlai Stevenson Day
Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, PA Day
Shower With A Friend Day
Weatherman's [Weatherperson's] Day
Western Monarch Day
World Nutella Day
On this day in…
1782 - The Spanish captured Minorca from the British.
1783 - Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
1846 - "The Oregon Spectator", based in Oregon City, became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast.
1861 - Samuel Goodale patented the moving picture peep show machine.
1885 - Congo State was established under Leopold II of Belgium, as a personal possession.
1881 - Phoenix, AZ, was incorporated.
1917 - Mexico's constitution was adopted.
1917 - The U.S. Congress passed the Immigration Act of 1917 (Asiatic Barred Zone Act) with an overwhelming majority. The action overrode President Woodrow Wilson's December 14, 1916 veto.
1924 - The BBC time signals, or "pips", from Greenwich Observatory were heard for the first time. They are broadcast every hour.
1931 - Maxine Dunlap became the first woman licensed as a glider pilot.
1937 - U.S. President Roosevelt proposed enlarging the U.S. Supreme Court. The plan failed.
1940 - "Amanda of Honeymoon Hill" debuted on radio.
1952 - In New York City, four signs were installed at 44th Street and Broadway in Times Square that told pedestrians "don't walk."
1953 - The Walt Disney’s film "Peter Pan" opened at the Roxy Theatre in New York City.
1958 - GamelAbdel Nasser was formally nominated to become the first president of the United Arab Republic.
1961 - The first issue of the "Sunday Telegraph" was published.
1962 - French President Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria's independence.
1972 - Bob Douglas became the first black man elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.
1982 - Great Britain imposed economic sanctions against Poland and Russia in protest against martial law in Poland.
1987 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 2,200-point for the first time. The market closed at 2201.49.
1988 - A pair of indictments were unsealed in Florida, accusing Panama's military leader, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, of bribery and drug trafficking.
1994 - White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, MS, of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
1997 - Switzerland's "Big Three" banks announced they would create a $71 million fund for Holocaust victims and their families.
1997 - Investment bank Morgan Stanley announced a $10 billion merger with Dean Witter.
1999 - Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation, and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release.
2001 - It was announced the Kelly Ripa would be Regis Philbin'scohost. The show was renamed to "Live! With Regis and Kelly."
2003 - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the U.N. concerning Iraq's material breach of U.N. Resolution 1441.
Birthday Celebrants today include (or included)…
John Jeffries 1744
Robert Peel 1788
Felix Mendelssohn 1809
John Boyd Dunlop 1840
Belle Starr 1848
Andre-Gustave Citroen 1878
Adlai Stevenson 1900
John Carradine 1906
William Burroughs 1914
Red Buttons (Aaron Chwatt) 1919
Andrew Greeley 1928
Hal Blaine 1929
Don Goldie 1930
Claude King 1933
Henry "Hank" Aaron 1934
Stuart Damon 1937
Jane Bryant Quint 1937
H.R. Giger 1940
Stephen Cannell 1940
David Selby 1941
Barrett Strong 1941
Roger Staubach 1942
Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) 1942
Al Kooper 1944
J.R. Cobb 1944
Charles Winfield (Blood, Sweat & Tears) 1944
Charlotte Rampling 1946
David Ladd 1947
Barbara Hershey 1948
Christopher Guest 1948
Nigel Olsson (Elton John) 1949
Jennifer Jason Leigh 1962
Duff McKagan (Guns 'N Roses) 1964
Chris Baron (Spin Doctors) 1968
Bobby Brown 1969