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Almanac - Wednesday, 5-24-17


The Brooklyn Bridge opened on this day in 1883.

Today is Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 the 144th day of the year with 221 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 5:53am  
  • Sunset: 8:21pm

...giving us 14 hours and 27 minutes of daylight.  6% of the waning moon will be visible, setting at 7:12pm
Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 11:50am/11:11pm
  • Low: 4:59am/4:47pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Battle of Pichincha - Ecuador
  • Bermuda Day - Bermuda
  • Commonwealth Day - Belize
  • Liberation Day - Eritrea
  • Sts. Cyrilus and Methodius Day - Macedonia
  • World Schizophrenia Day

It’s also…

  • Aviation Maintenance Technician Day
  • Emergency Medical Services for Children Day
  • International Tiara Day
  • Morse Code Day
  • National Escargot Day

On this day in…


1610 - Sir Thomas Gates institutes "laws divine moral and marshal," a harsh civil code for Jamestown.


1624 - After years of unprofitable operation Virginia’s charter was revoked and it became a royal colony.


1689 - The English Parliament passed Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics were specifically excluded from exemption.


1738 - The Methodist Church was established.


1764 - Bostonian lawyer James Otis denounced "taxation without representation" and called for the colonies to unite in demonstrating their opposition to Britain’s new tax measures.


1798 - Believing that a French invasion of Ireland was imminent, Irish nationalists rose up against the British occupation.


1816 - Emamual Leutze was born in Germany. He was most famous for his paintings "Washington Crossing the Delaware" and "Columbus Before the Queen".


1822 - At the Battle of Pichincha, Bolivar secured independence of the Quito.


1830 - The first passenger railroad service in the US began service.


1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America's first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC to Baltimore, MD. The message was "What hath God wrought?"


1859 - Charles Gounod's "Ave Maria" was performed by Madame Caroline Miolan-Carvalho for the first time in public.


1863 - Bushwackers led by Captain William Marchbanks attacked a US Federal militia party in Nevada, Missouri.


1878 - The first American bicycle race was held in Boston.


1881 - About 200 people died when the Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sank near London, Ontario.


1883 - After 14 years of construction the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic.


1899 - The first public garage was opened by W.T. McCullough.


1913 - The US Department of Labor entered into its first strike mediation. The dispute was between the Railroad Clerks of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.


1930 - Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly from England to Australia.


1931 - B&O Railroad began service with the first passenger train to have air conditioning throughout. The run was between New York City and Washington, DC.


1935 - The Cincinnati Reds played the Philadelphia Phillies in the first major league baseball game at night. The switch for the floodlights was thrown byU.S. President Franklin Roosevelt.


1941 - The HMS Hood was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic. Only three people survived.


1950 - ‘Sweetwater’ (Nat) Clifton’s contract was purchased by the New York Knicks. Sweetwater played for the Harlem Globetrotters.


1954 - The first moving sidewalk in a railroad station was opened in Jersey City, NJ.


1958 - United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.


1961 - The Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.


1962 - The officials of the National Football League ruled that halftime of regular season games would be cut to 15 minutes.


1974 - The last "Dean Martin Show" was seen on NBC. The show had been aired for 9 years.


1976 - Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde service to Washington.


1980 - The International Court of Justice issued a final decision calling for the release of the hostages taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979.


1983 - The Brooklyn Bridge's 100th birthday was celebrated.


1983 - TheUS Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had the right to deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminate.


1986 - Montreal won its 23rd National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup championship.


1990 - The Edmonton Oilers won their fifth National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup.


1993 - Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Jesus Posada Ocampo and six other people were killed at the Guadalajara, Mexico, airport in a shootout that involved drug gangs.


1993 - The Ethiopian province of Eritrea declared itself an independent nation.


1994 - The four men convicted of bombing the New York's World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.


1999 - 39 miners were killed in an underground gas explosion in the Ukraine.


2000 - Five people were killed and two others wounded when two gunmen entered a Wendy's restaurant in Flushing, Queens, New York. The gunmen tied up the victims in the basement and then shot them.


2000 - The US House of Representatives approved permanent normal trade relations with China. China was not happy about some of the human rights conditions that had been attached by the US lawmakers.


2000 - A Democratic Party event for Al Gore in Washington brought in $26.5 million. The amount set a new record, which had just been set the previous month by Republicans for Texas Gov. George W. Bush


2001 - Temba Tsheri, 15, became the youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.


2011 - NASA announced the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) spacecraft. It is intended to facilitate exploration of the Moon, asteroids and Mars.


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

  • Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit 1686 - Physicist, engineer, he determined the temperature scale named after him
  • Emanuel Leutze 1816
  • Queen Victoria (Britain) 1819
  • Samuel I. Newhouse 1895
  • Tommy Chong 1938 - Comedian (Cheech and Chong)
  • Prince Buster 1938
  • Lilli Palmer 1914
  • Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) 1941 - Musician, singer, songwriter (Traveling Wilburys)
  • Derek Quinn 1942 - Musician (Freddie and the Dreameres)
  • Gary Burghoff 1943 - Actor ("M*A*S*H")
  • Patti LaBelle (Patricia Louise Holte) 1944 - Singer
  • Priscilla Presley 1945 - Wife of Elvis Presley
  • Steve Upton 1946
  • Robert "Waddy" Wachtel 1947 - Musician
  • Judy Kahan 1948
  • Jim Broadbent 1950 - Actor
  • Alfred Molina 1953 - Actor
  • Rosanne Cash 1955 - Singer
  • Larry Blackmon (Cameo) 1956
  • Kristin Scott Thomas 1960 - Actor ("Under the Cherry Moon")
  • Joe Dumars 1963
  • Gene Anthony Ray 1963
  • Vivian Trimble 1963 - Singer (Luscious Jackson)
  • John C. Reilly 1965 - Actor
  • Heavy D 1967
  • Erin Close 1967 - Actor ("Without a Trace")
  • Tommy Page 1967
  • Rich Robinson 1969 - Musician (The Black Crowes)
  • Brad Penny 1978 - Baseball player
  • Billy L. Sullivan 1980