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Almanac ~ Tuesday, 3/28/17

It's Black Forest Cake Day! Yum...

Today is Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 the 88th day of the year with 278 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 7:00am  
  • Sunset: 7:29pm

...giving us 12 hours and 29 minutes of daylight.  0% of the new moon will be visible, today and tomorrow.

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High:  12:29am/12:48pm
  • Low: 6:17am/6:31pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Constitution Day - Serbia

It’s also…

  • American Diabetes Association Alert Day
  • Barnum & Bailey Day
  • Virtual Advocacy Day
  • Weed Appreciation Day
  • Something on a Stick Day
  • National Black Forest Cake Day

On this day in…

1774 - Britain passed the Coercive Act againstMassachusetts.

1797 - Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine.

1834 - TheU.S. Senate voted to censurePresident Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.

1854 - The Crimean War began with Britain and France declaring war on Russia.

1864 - A group of Copperheads attack Federal soldiers in Charleston,IL. Five were killed and twenty were wounded.

1865 - Outdoor advertising legislation was enacted inNew York. The law banned "painting on stones, rocks and trees."

1885 - The Salvation Army was officially organized in the U.S.

1898 - TheU.S. Supreme Court ruled that a child born in theU.S. to Chinese immigrants was aU.S. citizen. This meant that they could not be deported under the Chinese Exclusion Act.

1903 - Anatole France's "Crainquebille" premiered in Paris.

1905 - TheU.S. took full control over Dominican revenues.

1908 - Automobile owners lobbied theU.S. Congress, supporting a bill that called for vehicle licensing and federal registration.

1910 - The first seaplane took off from water at Martinques, France. The pilot was Henri Fabre.

1911 - In New York, suffragists performed the political play "Pageant of Protest."

1917 - During World War I the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was founded.

1921 - U.S. President Warren Harding named William Howard Taft as chief justice of theUnited States Supreme Court.

1922 - Bradley A. Fiske patented a microfilm reading device.

1930 - Constantinople and Angora changed their names to Istanbul and Ankara respectively.

1933 - In Germany, the Nazis ordered a ban on all Jews in businesses, professions and schools.

1938 - In Italy, psychiatrists demonstrated the use of electric-shock therapy for treatment of certain mental illnesses.

1939 - The Spanish Civil War ended as Madrid fell to Francisco Franco.

1941 - The Italian fleet was defeated by the British at the Battle of Matapan.

1942 - British naval forces raided the Nazi occupied French port of St. Nazaire.

1945 - Germany launched the last of the V-2 rockets against England.

1947 - The American Helicopter Society revealed a flying device that could be strapped to a person's body.

1962 - The U.S. Air Force announced research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites.

1963 - Sonny Werblin announced that the New York Titans of the American Football League was changing its name to the New York Jets.

1967 - Raymond Burr starred in a TV movie titled "Ironside." The movie was later turned into a television series.

1968 - TheU.S. lost its first F-111 aircraft in Vietnam when it vanished while on a combat mission. North Vietnam claimed that they had shot it down.

1974 - A streaker ran onto the set of "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson."

1979 - A major accident occurred at Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. A nuclear power reactor overheated and suffered a partial meltdown.

1981 - In Bangkok, Thailand, Indonesian terrorists hijacked an airplane. Four of the five terrorists were killed on March 31.

1986 - TheU.S. Senate passed $100 million aid package for the Nicaraguan contras.

1986 - More than 6,000 radio stations of all format varieties played "We are the World" simultaneously at 10:15 a.m. EST.

1990 - Jesse Owens received the Congressional Gold Medal fromU.S. President George H.W. Bush.

1990 - In Britain, a joint Anglo-U.S. "sting" operation ended with the seizure of 40 capacitors, which can be used in the trigger mechanism of a nuclear weapon.

1991 - TheU.S. embassy in Moscow was severely damaged by fire.

1994 - Violence between Zulus and African National Congress supporters took the lives of 18 in Johannesburg.

1999 - Paraguay's President Raúl Cubas Grau resigned after protests inspired by the assassination of Vice-President Luis María Argaña on March 23. The nation's Congress had accused Cubas and his political associate, Gen. Lino César Oviedo, for Cubas' murder. Senate President Luis González Macchi took office as Paraguay's new chief executive.

2002 - The exhibit "The Italians: Three Centuries of Italian Art" opened at the National Gallery of Australia.

2010 - China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. signed a deal to buy Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo car unit.

Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...

  • Santi Raphael 1483
  • Paul Whiteman 1890
  • August Busch 1899
  • Rudolf Serkin 1903
  • Frank Lovejoy 1912
  • Jay Livingston 1915
  • Dirk Bogarde 1921
  • Thad Jones 1923
  • Freddie Bartholomew 1924
  • Eric Dixon 1930
  • Bill Anthony 1930
  • Charlie McCoy 1941 - Country musician
  • Mike Newell 1942 - Director
  • Conchata Ferrell 1943 - Actress
  • Ken Howard 1944 - Actor
  • Chuck Portz (The Turtles) 1945
  • Barry Miles 1947
  • Dianne Wiest 1948 - Actress ("Law and Order")
  • Milan Williams 1948 - Musician (Commodores)
  • Ronnie Ray Smith 1949
  • Reba McEntire 1955 - Actress, country singer
  • Tracey Needham 1967 - Actress
  • Max Perlich 1968 - Actor
  • Salt (Cheryl James) 1969 - Rapper (Salt-N-Pepa)
  • Vince Vaughn 1969 - Actor
  • Brett Ratner 1969 - Actor
  • Mr. Cheeks 1971 - Rapper (Lost Boyz)
  • Ken L. 1973 - Actor
  • Annie Wershing 1977 - Actress ("24")
  • Julia Stiles 1981 - Actress
  • Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) 1986 - Musician