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Almanac ~ Friday, May 6, 2016

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The airship Hindenburg, in happier times (see 1937).

127th day of 2016, 239 days remain

Sunrise:  6:08am      Sunset:  8:05pm

Moonrise:  6:20am (1% visible, waning – new moon at 12:32pm!)   Moonset:  8:13pm

Tides at the Golden Gate 

High: 12:35pm   Low: 5:45am/5:41pm

Special Celebrations around the world today include…

  • Army Day - Bulgaria
  • Martyr's Day – Lebanon, Syria
  • Samuel K. Doe Day - Liberia
  • St. George's Day - Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria (patron saint of shepherds and farmers)
  • Hidirellez Festival - Turkey
  • National Nurses Day - USA

It’s also...

  • School Lunch Hero Day - The day aims to showcase the ways in which school nutrition professionals make a difference for every child who comes through the cafeteria
  • National Beverage Day
  • National Crepe Suzette Day
  • International No Diet Day
  • Joseph Brackett Day
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • No Homework Day
  • No Pants Day

On this day in…

  • 527 - German troops began sacking Rome, bringing about the end of the Renaissance.
  • 1682 - King Louis XIV moved his court to Versailles, France.
  • 1835 - James Gordon Bennett published the "New York Herald" for the first time.
  • 1840 - The first adhesive postage stamps went on sale in Great Britain.
  • 1851 - The mechanical refrigerator was patented by Dr. John Gorrie.
  • 1851 - Linus Yale patented the clock-type lock.
  • 1861 - Arkansas became the ninth state to secede from the Union.
  • 1877 - Chief Crazy Horse surrendered to U.S. troops in Nebraska.
  • 1882 - The U.S. Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. The act barred Chinese immigrants from the U.S. for 10 years.
  • 1889 - The Universal Exposition opened in Paris, France, marking the dedication of the Eiffel Tower. Also at the exposition was the first automobile in Paris, the Mercedes-Benz.
  • 1910 - Kind Edward VII of England died. He was succeeded by his second son, George V.
  • 1915 - Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run while playing for the Boston Red Sox.
  • 1937 - The German airship Hindenburg crashed and burned in Lakehurst, NJ. Thirty-six people (of the 97 on board) were killed.
  • 1941 - Joseph Stalin assumed the Soviet premiership.
  • 1942 - During World War II, the Japanese seized control of the Philippines. About 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese.
  • 1945 - Axis Sally made her final propaganda broadcast to Allied troops.
  • 1946 - The New York Yankees became the first major league baseball team to travel by plane.
  • 1954 - British runner Roger Banister broke the four minute mile.
  • 1957 - U.S. Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book "Profiles in Courage".
  • 1959 - The Pablo Picasso painting of a Dutch girl was sold for $154,000 in London. It was the highest price paid (at the time) for a painting by a living artist.
  • 1960 - Britain's Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong Jones. They were divorced in 1978.
  • 1960 - U.S. President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
  • 1962 - The first nuclear warhead was fired from the Polaris submarine.
  • 1994 - The Channel Tunnel officially opened. The tunnel under the English Channel links England and France.
  • 1994 - Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones filed suit against U.S. President Clinton. The case alleged that he had sexually harassed her in 1991.
  • 1999 - A parole board in New York voted to release Amy Fisher. She had been in jail for 7 years for shooting her lover's wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, in the face.

Birthday celebrants today include (or included)…

  • Maximilien Robespierre 1758
  • Sigmund Freud 1856
  • Robert E. Peary, Sr,  1895
  • Carmen Cavallaro 1913
  • Orson Welles 1915
  • Willie Mays 1931
  • Bob Seger 1945
  • Alan Dale 1947
  • Ben Masters 1947
  • Mary MacGregor 1948
  • Tony Blair 1953
  • Tom Bergeron 1955
  • George Clooney 1961
  • Lori Singer 1962
  • Martin Brodeur 1972
  • Adrianne Palicki 1972