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Almanac ~ Monday 4/3/17

Happy Birthday to the late Herb Caen!

Today is Monday, April 3, 2017 the 93rd day of the year with 272 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:51am  
  • Sunset: 7:35pm

...giving us 12 hours and 43 minutes of daylight.  39% of the waxing moon will be visible, setting at 1:59am
Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High:  5:04am/7:26pm
  • Low: 11:58pm

Special international celebrations today…

Declaration of the Second Republic - Guinea

It’s also…

National Chocolate Mousse Day

Don't Go To Work Unless It's Fun Day

Fan Dance Day

Find A Rainbow Day

Pony Express Day

Tater Day

Tweed Day

Weed Out Hate: Sow The Seeds of Greatness Day

On this day in…


1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed inFlorida. He had sighted the land the day before.

1776 -George Washington received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard College .

1829 - James Carrington patented the coffee mill.

1860 - The first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA. The trip across country took about 10 days. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half.

1865 - Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.

1866 - Rudolph Eickemeyer and G. Osterheld patented a blocking and shaping machine for hats.

1882 - The American outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward. There was later controversy over whether it was actually Jesse James that had been killed.

1910 - Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America was climbed.

1933 - First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that beer would be served at the White House. This followed the March 22 legislation that legalized "3.2" beer.

1936 - Richard Bruno Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and death of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.

1942 - The Japanese began their all-out assault on the U.S. and Filipino troops at Bataan.

1946 - Lt. General Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March, was executed in the Philippines.

1948 -U.S. President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan to revive war-torn Europe. It was $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.

1949 - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis debuted on radio on the "Martin and Lewis Show". The NBC program ran until 1952.

1953 - "TV Guide" was published for the first time.

1967 - The U.S. State Department said that Hanoi might be brainwashing American prisoners.

1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "mountaintop" speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated.

1968 - North Vietnam agreed to meet with U.S. representatives to set up preliminary peace talks.

1972 - Charlie Chaplin returned to the U.S. after a twenty-year absence.

1979 - Jane Byrne became the first female mayor in Chicago.

1982 - John Chancellor stepped down as anchor of the "The NBC Nightly News." Roger Mudd and Tom Brokaw became the co-anchors of the show.

1983 - It was reported that Vietnamese occupation forces had overrun a key insurgent base in western Cambodia.

1984 - Sikh terrorists killed a member of the Indian Parliament in his home.

1984 - Col. Lansana Konte became the new president of Guinea when the armed forces seized power after the death of Sekou Toure.

1985 - The U.S. charged that Israel violated the Geneva Convention by deporting Shiite prisoners.

1986 - The U.S. national debt hit $2 trillion.

1987 - Riots disrupted mass during the Pope's visit to Santiago, Chili.

1993 - The Norman Rockwell Museum opened in Stockbridge, MA.

1996 - An Air Force jetliner carrying Commerce Secretary Ron Brown crashed in Croatia, killing all 35 people aboard.

1996 - Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski was arrested. He pled guilty in January 1998 to five Unabomber attacks in exchange for a life sentence without chance for parole.

1998 - The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 9,000 for the first time.

2000 - A U.S. federal judge ruled that Microsoft had violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors. Microsoft said that they would appeal the ruling.

2000 - The Nasdaq set a one-day record when it lost 349.15 points to close at 4,233.68.

2010 - The firstApple iPad was released.

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

  • John Harrison 1693  - Carpenter, clockmaker, inventor of the marine chronometer
  • Washington Irving 1783 - Author ("Rip Van Winkle", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow")
  • Edward Everett Hale 1822
  • William M. (Marcy) "Boss" Tweed 1823 - Political boss, known for his Tweed "Ring" that stole millions of dollars from New York City
  • John Burroughs 1837 - Author
  • Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey 1888
  • George Jessel 1898 - Comedian, actor
  • Sally Rand (Hattie Helen Gould Beck) 1904 - Burlesque dancer, actress
  • Herb Caen 1916 - Journalist
  • Jan Sterling (Adriance) 1923 - Actress
  • Doris Day (Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff) 1924 - Singer, actress
  • Marlon Brando 1924 - Actor ("The Godfather", "Apocalypse Now")
  • Don Gibson 1928 - Songwriter, singer
  • Miyoshi Umeki 1923 - Actress
  • Helmut Kohl 1930 - Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1982-1998
  • Rod Funseth 1933 - Golfer
  • Jane Goodall 1934 - Anthropologist, author
  • Jimmy McGriff 1936 - Musician
  • Sandra Spuzich 1937 - Golfer
  • Jeff Barry (Joel Adelberg) 1938 - Singer
  • Jan Berry 1941 - Songwriter, singer (Jan and Dean)
  • Marsha Mason 1942 - Actress
  • Wayne Newton 1942 - Singer
  • Jonathan Lynn 1943 - Actor, director, writer
  • Tony Orlando (Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis) 1944 - Singer
  • Barry Pritchard 1944 - Musician (The Fortunes)
  • Bernie (Bernard) Parent 1945 - Hockey goalie
  • Richard Manuel 1945 - Musician (The Band)
  • Dee Murray 1946 - Musician (Elton John's band)
  • Donny Anderson 1949 - Football player
  • Richard Thompson 1949 - Musician (Fairport Convention)
  • Mel Schacher 1951 - Musician (Grand Funk Railroad)
  • Alec Baldwin (Alexander Rae Baldwin III) 1958 - Actor
  • David Hyde Pierce 1959 - Actor ("Frasier")
  • Eddie Murphy 1961 - Comedian ("Saturday Night Live"), actor ("48 Hrs.", "Beverly Hills Cop", "Doctor Doolittle")
  • Sebastian Bach 1968 - Singer (Skid Row)
  • Wes Berggren 1971 - Musician (Tripping Daisy)
  • Jennie Garth 1972 - Actress ("Beverly Hills 90210")
  • Leona Lewis 1985 - Singer
  • Amanda Bynes 1986 - Actress

David Latulippe is host of On the Arts, KALW's weekly radio magazine of the performing arts, as well as for Explorations in Music, and the Berkeley Symphony broadcasts. He has also hosted and produced the radio series From the Conservatory, Music from Mills, and Music at Menlo, and is principal guest host for Revolutions Per Minute.