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Almanac ~ Friday, 6/3/16

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Casey at the bat...see 1888

155th day of 2016, 211 days remain

Sunrise: 5:49am

Sunset: 8:28pm, giving us 14 hours & 39 minutes of daylight today

Moonrise: 4:56am, 7% visible, waning   Moonset: 6:59pm

Tides at the Golden Gate:

High: 11:39am/10:53pm

Low: 4:45am/4:28pm

Special International Celebrations today…

  • Martyr's Day - Uganda
  • Mabo Day - Australia
  • Reconciliation Week – Australia

It’s also…

  • Chimborazo Day
  • Doughnut Day
  • Horseradish Days
  • National Chocolate Macaroon Day
  • National Egg Day
  • St. Morand's Day, patron of vintners, wine growers, wine makers.

On this day in…

1098 - Christian Crusaders of the First Crusade seized Antioch, Turkey.

1539 - Hernando De Soto claimed Florida for Spain.

1621 - The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands (now known as New York).

1784 - The U.S. Congress formally created the United States Army to replace the disbanded Continental Army.

1800 - John Adams moved to Washington, DC. He was the first President to live in what later became the capital of the United States.

1805 - A peace treaty between the U.S. and Tripoli was completed in the captain's cabin on board the USS Constitution.

1851 - The New York Knickerbockers became the first baseball team to wear uniforms.

1856 - Cullen Whipple patented the screw machine.

1888 - "Casey at the Bat" the poem by Ernest Lawrence Thayer was first published.

1918 - The Finnish Parliament ratified its treaty with Germany.

1923 - In Italy, Benito Mussolini granted women the right to vote.

1932 - Lou Gehrig set a major league baseball record when he hit four consecutive home runs.

1937 - The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the British throne, married Wallis Warfield Simpson.

1938 - The German Reich voted to confiscate so-called "degenerate art."

1952 - A rebellion by North Korean prisoners in the Koje prison camp in South Korea was put down by American troops.

1965 - Edward White became the first American astronaut to do a "space walk" when he left the Gemini 4 capsule.

1970 - Har Gobind Khorana and colleagues announced the first synthesis of a gene from chemical components.

1989 - Chinese army troops positioned themselves began a sweep of Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square.

1999 - Slobodan Milosevic's government accepted an international peace plan concerning Kosovo. NATO announced that airstrikes would continue until 40,000 Serb forces were withdrawn from Kosovo.

2003 - Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) broke a bat when he grounded out against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The bat he was using was a corked bat. (Illinois, Florida)

Birthday celebrants today include (or included)…

  • William Hone 1780
  • Richard Cobden 1804
  • Jefferson Davis 1808
  • Maurice Evans 1901
  • Jan Peerce 1904
  • Josephine Baker 1906
  • Ellen Corby 1911
  • Tony Curtis 1925
  • Allen Ginsberg 1926
  • Colleen Dewhurst 1924
  • Boots Randolph 1927
  • Chuck Barris 1929
  • Dakota Staton 1930
  • Larry McMurtry 1936
  • Curtis Mayfield 1942
  • Billy Cunningham 1943
  • Emmit Thomas 1943
  • Michael Clarke 1946
  • Ian Hunter 1946
  • Michael Burton 1947
  • Too Slim 1948
  • Suzi Quatro 1950
  • Deniece Williams 1951
  • Billy Powell 1952
  • Scott Valentine 1958
  • Charles Hart 1961
  • Mike Gordon 1965
  • Anderson Cooper 1967
  • Gabriel Hernandez 1971
  • Ariel Hernandez 1971
  • Rafael Nadal 1986