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Almanac ~ Friday, 5/26/17


Happy Birthday to Matt Stone (L), pictured with Trey Parker.

Today is Friday, May 26, 2017 the 146th day of the year with 219 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 5:52am  
  • Sunset: 8:22pm

...giving us 14 hours and 31 minutes of daylight.  New moon...so none of it will be visible.
Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High:  1:42pm/9:33pm
  • Low: 6:33am/6:26pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Independence Day - Georgia, Guyana
  • Mother's Day - Poland
  • Prince Fredrik's Birthday - Denmark
  • Sorry Day - Australia

It’s also…

  • National Chardonnay Day
  • National Paper Airplane Day
  • World Lindy Hop Day
  • Don't Fry Day
  • Heat Awareness Day
  • National Title Track Day
  • National Wig Out Day
  • National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • National Cherry Dessert Day

On this day in…


0017 - Germanicus of Rome celebrated his victory over the Germans.


1328 - William of Ockham was forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII.


1521 - Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings.


1647 - A new law banned Catholic priests from the colony ofMassachusetts. The penalty was banishment or death for a second offense.


1660 - King Charles II of England landed at Dover after being exiled for nine years.


1670 - A treaty was signed in secret in Dover, England, between Charles II and Louis XIV ending the hostilities between them.


1691 - Jacob Leiser, leader of the popular uprising in support of William and Mary’s accession to the English throne, was executed for treason.


1736 - The British and Chickasaw Indians defeated the French at the Battle of Ackia.


1791 - The French Assembly forced King Louis XVI to hand over the crown and state assets.


1805 - Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy in Milan Cathedral.


1831 - Russians defeated the Poles at battle of Ostrolenska.


1835 - A resolution was passed in the US Congress stating that Congress has no authority over state slavery laws.


1836 - TheUS House of Representatives adopted what has been called the Gag Rule.


1864 - The Territory ofMontana was organized.


1865 - Arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi.


1868 -U.S. President Andrew Johnson was acquitted, by one vote, of all charges in his impeachment trial.


1896 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average appeared for the first time in the "Wall Street Journal."


1896 - The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, was crowned.


1908 - In Persia, the first oil strike was made in the Middle East.


1913 - Actors’ Equity Association was organized in New York City.


1926 - In Morocco, rebel leader Abd el Krim surrendered.


1938 - The House Committee on Un-American Activities began its work of searching for subversives in the U.S.


1940 - The evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, began during World War II.


1946 - A patent was filed in the United States for an H-bomb.


1946 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed a military pact with Russian leader Joseph Stalin. Stalin promised a "close collaboration after the war."


1948 - The US Congress passed Public Law 557 which permanently established the Civil Air Patrol as the Auxiliary of the new US Air Force.


1956 - The first trailer bank opened for business in Locust Grove, Long Island, NY. The 46-foot-long trailer took in $100,000 in deposits its first day.


1958 - Union Square, San Francisco became a state historical landmark.


1959 - The word "Frisbee" became a registered trademark of Wham-O.


1961 - Civil rights activist group Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee was established in Atlanta,GA.


1961 - A US Air Force bomber flew across the Atlantic in a record time of just over three hours.


1969 - The Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.


1972 - The Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I) was signed by the US and USSR. The short-term agreement put a freeze on the testing and deployment of intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missiles for a 5-year period.


1973 - Kathy Schmidt set an American women’s javelin record with a throw of 207 feet, 10 inches.


1975 - American stuntman Evel Knievel suffered severe spinal injuries in Britain when he crashed while attempting to jump 13 buses in his car.


1977 - George H. Willig was arrested after he scaled the South Tower of New York's World Trade Center. It took him 3 1/2 hours.


1978 - The first legal casino in the Eastern US opened in Atlantic City, NJ.


1987 - Sri Lanka launched Operation Liberation. It was an offensive against the Tamil rebellion in Jaffra.


1988 - The Edmonton Oilers won their fourth NHL Stanley Cup in five seasons. They swept the series 4 games to 0 against the Boston Bruins.


1994 -U.S. President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China, and announced that his administration would no longer link China's trade status with its human rights record.


1998 - TheUS Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island was mainly in New Jersey, not New York.


1998 - TheUS Supreme Court ruled that police officers in high-speed chases are liable for bystander injuries only if their "actions shock the conscience."


1998 - The Grand Princess cruise ship made its inaugural cruise. The ship measured 109,000 tons and cost approximately $450 million, making it the largest and most expensive cruise ship ever built.


1998 - The United States Senate approved legislation that allowed the U.S. Mint flexibility on how the mandatory inscriptions on the Washington quarter could be placed. H.R. 3301 allowed the mandatory inscriptions to be moved to the front of the quarter for the 50 States Circulating Commemorative Coin Program.


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

  • Abraham De Moivre 1667 - French mathematcian
  • Al Jolson 1886 - Singer, actor, comedian
  • Norma Talmadge 1894 - Actress, film producer
  • John Wayne (Marion Mitchell Morrison, Marion Robert Morrison) 1907 - Actor, director, producer
  • Robert Morley 1908 - Actor
  • Peter Cushing 1913 - Actor ("Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope")
  • Jay Silverheels 1912 - Actor, known for his role as Tonto in the television series "The Lone Ranger"
  • Peggy Lee (Norma Deloris Egstrom) 1920 - Singer, actress
  • James Arness 1923 - Actor ("Gunsmoke")
  • Miles Davis 1926 - Trumpeter, bandleader, composer
  • Jacques Bergerac 1927 - Actor
  • Teresa Stratas 1938 - Operatic soprano
  • Brent Musburger 1939 - Sportscaster
  • Ray Ennis 1942 - Musician (The Swinging Blue Jeans)
  • Cliff Drysdale 1941 - Tennis player
  • Levon Helm 1942 - Musician (The Band)
  • Sam Posey 1944 - Racing driver, sports broadcast journalist
  • Verden Allen 1944 - Musician (Mott the Hoople)
  • Garry Peterson 1945 - Musician (The Guess Who)
  • Stevie Nicks 1948 - Singer
  • Pam Grier 1949 - Actress
  • Hank Williams, Jr. 1949 - Country musician
  • Phillip Michael Thomas 1949 - Actor ("Miami Vice")
  • Sally K. Ride 1951 - Astronaut
  • Colin Vearncombe 1951 - Musician (Black)
  • Margaret Colin 1957 - Actress
  • Dave Robbins 1959 - Musician (Blackhawk)
  • Wayne Hussey 1959 - Musician (Mission)
  • Genie Francis 1962 - Actress ("General Hospital")
  • Bobcat Goldthwait 1962 - Comedian, actor ("Police Academy" series)
  • Joe Dumars 1963 - Basketball player
  • Lenny Kravitz 1964 - Musician
  • Helena Bonham-Carter 1966 - Actress
  • Phillip Rhodes 1968 - Musician (Gin Blossoms)
  • Joseph Fiennes 1970 - Actor ("Flashfoward")
  • Joey Kibble 1971 - Musician (Take 6)
  • Matt Stone 1971 - TV producer ("South Park")
  • Lauryn Hill 1975 - Musician (The Fugees)
  • Hrach Titizian 1979 - Actor ("Homeland")