Almanac ~ Friday, May 6, 2016
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
- 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