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KALW Almanac - Thank You Thursday May 12, 2016


May 12 is the 133nd day of the year 

There are 233 days remaining until the end of 2016.

The sun rose this morning at 6:01 am 

and sunset will be at 8:11 pm. 

Today we will have 14 hours and 10 minutes of sun. 

first high tide was at 4:12 am 

and the next high tide will be at 6:30 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 10:59 am 

and the next low tide at 11:50 pm.


National Fudge Nut Day

Today is also the birthday of illustrator Edward Lear and it's National Limerick Day

National Limerick Day

It is also National Odometer Day


National Odometer Day

National Fibromyalgia  Awareness Day

it's also...

2nd Amendment Day in Pennsylvania

Day of the Finnish Identity in Finland

International Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day

International Nurses Day

Saint Andrea the First Day in Georgia

if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  Today is also birthday to…

1812 – Edward Lear, English author, poet, and illustrator (d. 1888)

Happy Birthday to you, Florence Nightingale!


1820 – Florence Nightingale, Italian-English nurse, social reformer, and statistician (d. 1910)

1842 – Jules Massenet, French composer (d. 1912)

1845 – Gabriel Fauré, French pianist, composer, and educator (d. 1924)

1850 – Henry Cabot Lodge, American historian and politician (d. 1924)

1889 – Otto Frank, German-Swiss businessman (d. 1980)

1907Actress Katharine Hepburn was born in Hartford, Conn.

1910 – Gordon Jenkins, American pianist and composer (d. 1984)

1914 – Howard K. Smith, American journalist and actor (d. 2002)

1918 – Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman, founded Mary Kay Cosmetics (d. 2001)

1918 – Julius Rosenberg, American spy (d. 1953)

1921 – Farley Mowat, Canadian environmentalist and author (d. 2014)

Happy Birthday Yogi Berra!


1925 – Yogi Berra, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 2015)

1928 – Burt Bacharach, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer

1936 – Tom Snyder, American journalist and talk show host (d. 2007)

Happy Birthday To You, George Carlin!


1937 – George Carlin, American comedian, actor, and author (d. 2008)

1939 – Ron Ziegler, American politician, White House Press Secretary (d. 2003)

1963 – Vanessa A. Williams, American actress and producer

Happy Birthday, also, to Tony Hawk!

1968 – Tony Hawk, American skateboarder and actor

on this day in history…

1870Manitoba entered the confederation as a Canadian province.

1932The body of the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was found in a wooded area of Hopewell, N.J.


1935 – Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith (founders of Alcoholics Anonymous) meet for the first time in Akron, Ohio, at the home of Henrietta Siberling.

1937 – The Duke and Duchess of York are crowned as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Westminster Abbey.

1941 – Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world's first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin.

1943Axis forces in North Africa surrendered during World War II.

1948 – Wilhelmina, Queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands cedes throne.

1949 – The Soviet Union lifts its blockade of Berlin.

1949The Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin blockade.

1958 – A formal North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement is signed between the United States and Canada.

1965 – The Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashes on the Moon.

1965West Germany and Israel established diplomatic relations.

1970The Senate voted unanimously to confirm Harry A. Blackmun as a Supreme Court justice.

1972The album "Exile on Main St." by the Rolling Stones was released.

the Rolling Stones album "Exile On Main Street" is released on this day in history


1975 – Mayaguez incident: The Cambodian navy seizes the American merchant ship SS Mayaguez in international waters.

1978 – In Zaire, rebels occupy the city of Kolwezi, the mining center of the province of Shaba (now known as Katanga). The local government asks the U.S.A., France and 
Belgium to restore order.

1981 – Francis Hughes starves to death in the Maze Prison in a Republican campaign for political prisoner status to be granted to Provisional IRA prisoners.

Former president Jimmy Carter visits Cuba and meets Fidel Castro


2002 – Former US President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a five-day visit with Fidel Castro becoming the first President of the United States, in or out of office, to visit the 
island since Castro's 1959 revolution.

2008An earthquake in China's Sichuan province killed some 70,000 people.

2009Five Miami men were convicted in a plot to blow up FBI buildings and Chicago's Sears Tower.