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Almanac ~ Monday, 3/27/17

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Today is Monday, March 27, 2017, the 87th day of the year with 279 days remaining.

Sunrise: 7:02am  

Sunset: 7:28pm

...giving us 12 hours and 26 minutes of daylight.  2% of the waning moon will be visible, setting at 7:19pm

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High:  11:58am
  • Low: 5:35am/5:32pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Armed Forces Day - Myanmar / Burma
  • Evacuation Day - Angola
  • Skyscraper Day - US

It’s also…

  • Mule Day
  • Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
  • Spanish Paella Day

On this day in…

1794 - The U.S. Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy.

1802 - The Treaty of Amiens was signed ending the French Revolutionary War.

1836 - In Goliad, TX, about 350 Texan prisoners, including their commander James Fannin, were executed under orders from Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna. An estimated 30 Texans escaped execution.

1836 - The first Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, OH.

1841 - The first steam fire engine was tested in New York City.

1860 - The corkscrew was patented by M.L. Byrn.

1866 -U.S. President Andrew Johnson vetoed the civil rights bill, which later became the 14th amendment.

1884 - The first long-distance telephone call was made from Boston to New York.

1899 - The first international radio transmission between England and France was achieved by the Italian inventor G. Marconi.

1900 - The London Parliament passed the War Loan Act that gave 35 million pounds to the Boer War cause in South Africa.

1900 - The Russian army mobilized 250,000 troops for active duty.

1901 - Filipino rebel leader Emilio Aguinaldo was captured by the U.S.

1904 - Mary Jarris "Mother" Jones was ordered by Colorado state authorities to leave the state. She was accused of stirring up striking coal miners.

1907 - French troops occupied Oudja, Morocco, as a punitive action for the murder of French Dr. Muchamp.

1912 - The first cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. The trees were a gift from Japan.

1917 - The Seattle Metropolitans, of the Pacific Coast League of Canada, defeated theMontreal Canadiens and became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup.

1931 - Actor Charlie Chaplin received France’s Legion of Honor decoration.

1933 - About 55,000 people staged a protest against Hitler in New York City.

1933 - In the U.S., the Farm Credit Administration was authorized.

1941 - Tokeo Yoshikawa arrived in Oahu, HI, and began spying for Japan on the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

1942 - The British raided the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France.

1946 - Four-month long strikes at both General Electric and General Motors ended with a wage increase.

1952 - The U.S. Eighth Army reached the 38th parallel in Korea, the original dividing line between the two Koreas.

1955 - Steve McQueen made his network TV debut on "Goodyear Playhouse."

1958 - Nikita Khrushchev became the chairman of the Soviet Council of Ministers in addition to First Secretary of the Communist Party.

1958 - The U.S. announced a plan to explore space near the moon.

1976 - Washington, DC, opened its subway system.

1985 - Billy Dee Williams received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1988 - The U.S. Senate ratified the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

1989 - The U.S. anti-missile satellite failed the first test in space.

1993 - In China, Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin was appointed President.

1997 - Russian workers, nearly 2 million, held a nationwide strike to protest unpaid wages.

1997 - In Australia, Governor-General William Deane signed a bill to overturn a 1996 Northern Territory act to legalize assisted suicides. The 1996 act was the first in the world to permit assisted suicides.

1998 - In the U.S., the FDA approved the prescription drug Viagra. It was the first pill for male impotence.

1998 - Top civilian aircraft makers in France, Spain, Germany and Britain agreed to create single European aerospace and defense company.

2004 - NASA successfully launched an unpiloted X-43A jet that hit Mach 7 (about 5,000 mph).

Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...Louis XVII 1785

  • Alfred Vigny 1797
  • Nathaniel Currier 1813
  • William Conrad Rontgen 1845
  • Sir Henry Royce 1863
  • Patty Smith Hill 1868
  • Edward Steichen 1879
  • Thorne Smith 1892
  • Gloria Swanson 1899
  • James Callaghan 1912 - British prime minister
  • Snooky Lanson 1914
  • Richard Denning 1914
  • Robert "Junior" Lockwood 1915 - Blues guitarist
  • Richard Hayman 1920
  • Sarah Vaughan 1924
  • Harold Nicholas 1924
  • Anthony Lewis 1927 - Newspaper columnist
  • Mstislav Rostropovich 1927 - Cellist, conductor
  • Burt Collins 1931
  • David Janssen 1931
  • Arthur Mitchell 1934 - Dance company director
  • Julian Glover 1935 - Actor
  • Jerry Lacy 1936 - Actor
  • Judy Carne 1939
  • Cale Yarborough 1939
  • Austin Pendleton 1940 - Actor
  • Michael York 1942 - Actor
  • Tom Sullivan 1947
  • Tony Banks 1950 - Musician (Genesis)
  • Maria Schneider 1952 - Actress
  • Annemarie Moser-Proell 1953
  • Andrew Farriss 1959 - Musician (INXS)
  • Xuxa (Maria da Graça Meneghel) 1963 - Singer, actress
  • Quentin Tarantino 1963 - Movie director
  • Derrick McKenzie 1964 - Musician (Jamiroquai)
  • Talisa Soto 1967 - Actress
  • Pauley Perrette 1969 - Actress
  • Mariah Carey 1970 - Singer
  • Elizabeth Mitchell (Elizabeth Joanna Robertson) 1970 - Actress ("Lost", "V")
  • Brendan Hill 1970 - Musician (Blues Travelers)
  • Nathan Fillion 1971 - Actor ("Firefly")
  • Fergie (Stacy Ann Ferguson) 1975 - Singer (Black Eyed Peas)