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Almanac - Thursday 5-25-17

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A birthday he has.  Happy Birthday, Frank Oz.

Today is Thursday, May 25, 2017 the 145th day of the year with 220 days remaining.

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

...giving us 14 hours and 29 minutes of daylight.  1% of the waning moon will be visible, setting at 8:24pm.
Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 12:46pm/11:54pm
  • Low: 5:46am/5:35pm

 
Special international celebrations today…

  • Anniversary of the Organization of African Unity
  • Carpet Day - Turkmenistan
  • Independence Day - Jordan
  • National Missing Children's Day - US
  • OAU Day - Equatorial Guinea
  • Sucre Local Festival - Bolivia
  • Youth Day - Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Day of Revolution - Argentina
  • National Tap Dance Day - US

 
It’s also…

  • National Missing Children's Day
  • Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day
  • Red Nose Day
  • Eat More Fruits & Vegetables Day
  • National Brown Bag It Day

 
On this day in…

 

585 BC - The first known prediction of a solar eclipse was made in Greece.

 

1085 - Alfonso VI took Toledo, Spain from the Moslems.

 

1787 - The Constitutional convention opened in Philadelphia with George Washington presiding.

 

1810 - Argentina declared independence from Napoleonic Spain.

 

1844 - The gasoline engine was patented by Stuart Perry.

 

1844 - The first telegraphed news dispatch, sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD, appeared in the Baltimore "Patriot."

 

1895 - Oscar Wilde, a playwright, poet and novelist, was convicted of a morals charge and sentenced to prison in London.

 

1895 - James P. Lee first published "Golf in America -- A Practical Manual."

 

1911 - President of Mexico, Porfolio Diaz, resigned his office.

 

1925 - John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian theory in school.

 

1927 - Ford Motor Company announced that the Model A would replace the Model T.

 

1927 - The "Movietone News" was shown for the first time at the Sam Harris Theatre in New York City.

 

1935 - Babe Ruth hit his final home run, his 714th, and set a record that would stand for 39 years.

 

1935 - Jesse Owens tied the world record for the 100-yard dash. He ran it in 9.4 seconds. He also broke three other world track records.

 

1946 - Jordan gained independence from Britain.

 

1953 - In Nevada, the first atomic cannon was fired.

 

1961 - America was asked byU.S. President Kennedy to work toward putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

 

1963 - The Organization of African Unity was founded, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

1968 - The Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, MO, was dedicated.

 

1970 - Boeing Computer Services was founded.

 

1977 - "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" opened and became the largest grossing film to date.

 

1977 - An opinion piece by Vietnam veteran Jan Scruggs appeared in "The Washington Post." The article called for a national memorial to "remind an ungrateful nation of what it has done to its sons" that had served in the Vietnam War.

 

1979 - An American Airlines DC-10 crashed during takeoff at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. 275 people were killed.

 

1981 - Daredevil Daniel Goodwin scaled Chicago's Sears Tower, while wearing a "Spiderman" costume, in 7 1/2 hours.

 

1983 - "The Return of the Jedi" opened nationwide. It set a new record in opening day box office sales. The gross was $6,219,629.

 

1985 - Bangladesh was hit with a hurricane and tidal wave that killed more than 11,000 people.

 

1986 - Approximately 7 million Americans participated in "Hands Across America."

 

1989 - The Calgary Flames won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Montreal Canadiens.

 

1992 - Jay Leno debuted as the new permanent host of NBC's "Tonight Show."

 

1996 - In Nimes, France, Christina Sanchez became the first woman to achieve the rank of matadore in Europe.

 

1997 - In Sierra Leone a military coup overthrew the popularly elected President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. He was replaced with Major Johnny Paul Koromah.

 

1997 -US Senator Strom Thurmond became the longest-serving senator in US history (41 years and 10 months).

 

1997 - Poland adopted a constitution that removed all traces of communism.

 

1999 - A report by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China concluded that China had "stolen design information on the U.S. most-advanced thermonuclear weapons" and that China's penetration of U.S. weapons laboratories "spans at least the past several decades and almost certainly continues today."

 

2000 - The WaltDisney Co. and Time Warner Inc. signed a long-term deal that ended a dispute over the airing policies of Time Warner. Time Warner had blacked out Disney programs for a 39 hour period the previous month due to the lack of an agreement.

 

2001 - Erik Weihenmayer, 32, of Golden, CO became the first blind climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

 

2001 - Sherman Bull, 64, of New Canaan, CT, became the oldest climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

 

2006 - In Houston, former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted of conspiracy and fraud for the downfall of Enron.

 

2008 - NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander landed in the arctic plains of Mars.

 

2009 - North Korea announced that it had conducted a second successful nuclear test in the province of North Hamgyong. The United Nations Security Council condemned the reported test.

 

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

  • Ralph W. Emerson 1803 - Essayist, philosopher, poet
  • Luther 'Bill' Robinson (Bill "Bojangles" Robinson) 1878 - Tap dancer, actor
  • Philip Murray 1886 - Steelworker, labor leader
  • Igor Sikorsky (Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky) 1889 - Pioneer in aviation with helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft
  • Ginny Simms 1916 - Singer
  • Claude Akins 1926 - Actor
  • Lindsey Nelson 1919 - Sportscaster
  • Hal David 1921 - Lyricist
  • John Weitz 1923 - Fashion and industrial designer
  • Jeanne Crain 1925 - Actress
  • Kitty Kallen 1926 - Singer
  • Norman Petty 1927 - Musician, songwriter, record producer
  • Robert Ludlum 1927 - Author (The Jason Bourne series of books)
  • Beverly Sills 1929 - Opera singer
  • K.C. Jones 1932 - Basketball player
  • Ron Nessen 1934 - White House Press Secretary for President Gerald Ford
  • Tom T. Hall 1936 - Country singer, songwriter
  • Donnie Elbert 1936 - Singer
  • Raymond Carver 1938 - Short story writer, poet
  • Dixie Carter 1939 - Actress ("Designing Women," "Desperate Housewives")
  • Ian McKellen 1939 - Actor
  • Jessi Colter 1943 - Country musician
  • Leslie Uggams 1943 - Actress, singer
  • John "Poli" Palmer 1943 - Musician (Family)
  • Frank Oz 1944 - Actor, puppeteer (many Muppets characters, Yoda's voice)
  • Karen Valentine 1947 - Actress ("Room 222")
  • Mitch Margo 1947 - Musician (Cross Country)
  • Klaus Meine 1948 - Musician (Scorpions)
  • Clarence Burke Jr. 1949 - Musician (Five Stairsteps)
  • Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn 1951 - Actress, model
  • Connie Sellecca 1955 - Actress, model
  • John Grimaldi 1955 - Musician (Argent)
  • Sugar Minott 1956 - Reggae singer
  • Paul Weller 1958 - Musician (The Jam, Style Council)
  • Mike Myers 1963 - Actor, comedian, screenwriter, cast member on "Saturday Night Live," ("Austin Powers" movies)
  • Anne Heche 1969 - Actress ("Volcano")
  • Jamie Kennedy 1970 - Actor, comedian, rapper
  • Justin Henry 1971 - Actor ("Kramer vs. Kramer" [1979])
  • Molly Sims 1973 - Actress
  • Miguel Tejada 1974 - Baseball player
  • Cillian Murphy 1976 - Actor
  • Brian Urlacher 1978 - Football player
  • Shawne Merriman 1984 - Football player