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Almanac ~ Thursday, 4/20/17

It's Lima Bean Appreciation Day!

It's Lima Bean Appreciation Day!  

Today is Thursday, April 20, 2017 the 109th day of the year with 255 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:27am  
  • Sunset: 7:50pm

...giving us 13 hours and 23 minutes of daylight.  46% of the waning moon will be visible, setting at 1:46pm.
Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 6:51am
  • Low: 1:28am/1:32pm

Special celebrations today…

  • Chinese Language Day
  • Get to Know Your Customers Day
  • International Cli-Fi Day
  • National Cheddar Fries Day
  • National Pot Smokers Day
  • High Five Day
  • National Ask An Atheist Day
  • National D.A.R.E. Day
  • National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day
  • National Lima Bean Respect Day

On this day in…


1139 - The Second Lateran Council opened in Rome.

1534 - Jacques Cartier, a French explorer, set sail from St. Malo to explore the North American coastline.

1653 - In England, Oliver Cromwell expelled the Long Parliament for trying to pass the Perpetuation Bill that would have kept Parliament in the hands of only a few members.

1657 - English Admiral Robert Blake fought his last battle when he destroyed the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz Bay.

1689 - The siege of Londonderry began. Supporters of James II attacked the city.

1769 - Ottawa Chief Pontiac was murdered by an Illinois Indian in Cahokia.

1775 - American troops began the siege of British-held Boston.

1792 - France declared war on Austria, Prussia, and Sardinia. It was the start of the French Revolutionary wars.

1809 - Napoleon defeated Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria.

1832 - Hot Springs National Park was established by an act of the U.S. Congress. It was the first national park in the U.S.

1836 - The U.S. territory of Wisconsin was created by the U.S. Congress.

1837 - Erastus B. Bigelow was granted a patent for his power loom.

1841 - In Philadelphia, PA, Edgar Allen Poe's first detective story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," was published in Graham's Magazine.

1861 - Robert E. Lee resigned from U.S. Army.

1865 - Safety matches were first advertised.

1879 - First mobile home (horse drawn) was used in a journey from London to Cyprus.

1902 - Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.

1912 - Fenway Park opened as the home of the Boston Red Sox.

1916 - Sir Roger Casement landed in Ireland to incite rebellion against the British. Casement, a British diplomat, was captured within hours and was hanged for high treason on August 3.

1916 - Chicago's Wrigley Field held its first Cubs game with the first National League game at the ballpark. The Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.

1919 - The Polish Army captured Vilno, Lithuania from the Soviets.

1940 - The First electron microscope was demonstrated by RCA.

1942 - Pierre Laval, the premier of Vichy France, in a radio broadcast, establishes a policy of "true reconciliation with Germany."

1945 - Soviet troops began their attack on Berlin.

1945 - During World War II, Allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

1953 - Operation Little Switch began in Korea. It was the exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war. Thirty Americans were freed.

1953 - The Boston marathon was won by Keizo Yamada with a record time of 2:18:51.

1959 - "Desilu Playhouse" on CBS-TV presented a two-part show titled "The Untouchables."

1961 - FM stereo broadcasting was approved by the FCC.

1962 - The New Orleans Citizens' Council offered a free one-way ride for blacks to move to northern states.

1967 - U.S. planes bombed Haiphong for first time during the Vietnam War.

1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.

1972 - The manned lunar module from Apollo 16 landed on the moon.

1977 - Woody Allen's film "Annie Hall" premiered.

1981 - A spokesman for the U.S. Nave announced that the U.S. was accepting full responsibility for the sinking of the Nissho Maru on April 9.

1982 - The Activision game Pitfall! was released for the Atari 2600 game system.

1984 - Britain announced that its administration of Hong Kong would cease in 1997.

1985 - In Madrid, Santiago Carillo was purged from the Communist Party. Carillo was a founder of Eurocommunism.

1987 - In Argentina, President Raul Alfonsin quelled a military revolt.

1988 - The U.S. Air Forces' Stealth (B-2 bomber) was officially unveiled.

1989 - Scientist announced the successful testing of high-definition TV.

1991 - Mikhail Gorbachev became the first Soviet head of state to visit South Korea.

1992 - The worlds largest fair, Expo '92, opened in Seville, Spain.

1998 - Kenyan runner Moses Tanui, 32, won the Boston Marathon for the second time. He also registered the third fastest time with 2 hours 7 minutes and 34 seconds.

1999 - Jane Seymour received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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

  • Phillip Pinel 1745
  • Napoleon III 1808 - Emperor of France
  • Daniel Chester French 1850 - Sculptor, created Minute Man statue in Concord, MA, Abraham Lincoln seated in the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC
  • Adolf Hitler 1889 - German leader during World War II
  • Joan Miro 1893 - Artist
  • Harold Lloyd 1893 - Comedian, actor ("For Heaven's Sake")
  • Norman Norell (Norman David Levinson) 1900 - Costume designer, fashion designer
  • Lionel Hampton 1908 - Singer, songwriter, jazz musician, bandleader
  • Tito (Ernest) Puente 1923 - Jazz musician, bandleader
  • Nina Foch (Nina Consuelo Maud Fock) 1924 - Actress ("Spartacus", "An American in Paris")
  • Leslie Philips 1924 - Actor ("Harry Potter" films)
  • Henri Renaud 1925 - Jazz musician, pianist, record producer
  • Elena Verdugo 1926 - Actress ("Little Giants", "Meet Millie")
  • Phil Hill 1927 - Auto racer
  • Bob (Robert Earl) Braun 1929 - Television host ("The Bob Braun Show"), actor ("Die Hard 2", "The Young and the Restless")
  • Beaver Harris (William Godwin Harris) 1936 - Musician
  • George Takei 1937 - Actor ("Star Trek", "Star Trek" movie series)
  • Johnny Tillotson 1939 - Singer
  • Ryan O'Neal 1941 - Actor ("Love Story", "Peyton Place")
  • Michael Brandon (Feldman) 1945 - Actor ("Red Alert", "Promises in the Dark")
  • Jimmy Winston (Langwith) 1945 - Musician (Moments, Small Faces)
  • Steve Spurrier 1945 - Football player
  • Tom (Thomas George) Hutton 1946 - Baseball player
  • Brian Lavender 1947 - Hockey player
  • David Leland 1947 - Actor ("Time Bandits"), director
  • Joe Bonner 1948 - Jazz pianist, composer
  • Craig Frost 1948 - Musician (Grand Funk Railroad)
  • Jessica Lange 1949 - Actress ("Tootsie", "Blue Sky")
  • Luther Vandross 1951 - Singer, songwriter
  • Denis Leary 1958 - Actor
  • Clint Howard 1959 - Actor ("Backdraft", "Cocoon")
  • Crispin Glover 1964 - Actor ("Dead Man", "Twister", "Back to the Future")
  • Mike Portnoy 1967 - Musician, drummer (Dream Theater)
  • Wade Hayes 1969
  • Carmen Electra 1972 - Actress ("Baywatch"), singer/rapper
  • Joey Lawrence 1976 - Actor ("Gimme a Break", "Blossom")