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Almanac ~ Friday, May 6, 2016

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
David Latulippe is host of On the Arts, KALW's weekly radio magazine of the performing arts, as well as for Explorations in Music, and the Berkeley Symphony broadcasts. He has also hosted and produced the radio series From the Conservatory, Music from Mills, and Music at Menlo, and is principal guest host for Revolutions Per Minute.