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Almanac - Thursday 9/28/17

It's National Drink Beer Day! Today is Thursday, September 28, 2017 the 271st day of the year with 94 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 7:03am  
  • Sunset: 6:57pm

...giving us 11 hours and 54 minutes of daylight.  47% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 2:45pm
Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 7:53am/6:17pm
  • Low: 12:15am/12:46pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Confucius' Birthday / Teacher's Day - Taiwan
  • Referendum Day - Guinea
  • Day of Czech Statehood - Czech Republic
  • International Right To Know Day

It’s also…

  • National Drink Beer Day (St. Wenceslaus' Day)
  • National Good Neighbor Day
  • World Maritime Day
  • World Rabies Day
  • National Strawberry Cream Pie Day

On this day in…

1066 - England was invaded by William the Conqueror who claimed the English throne.

1542 - San Diego,CA, was discovered by Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.

1687 - The Turks surrendered Athens to the Venetians.

1781 - During the Revolutionary War, American forces began the siege on Yorktown,VA.

1787 - TheU.S. Congress voted to send the new Constitution of theUnited States to the state legislatures for their approval.

1789 - In the U.S., the first Federal Congress passed a resolution that asked President George Washington to recommend to the nation a day of thanksgiving. Several days later Washington issued a proclamation that named Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a "Day of PublickThanksgivin." The fixed-date for Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday of November, was established on December 26, 1941.

1850 - TheU.S. Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment.

1850 - U.S. President Millard Fillmore named Brigham Young the first governor of theUtah territory. In 1857, U.S. President James Buchanan removed Young from the position.

1892 - The first nighttime football game in theU.S. took place under electric lights. The game was between the Mansfield State Normal School and the Wyoming Seminary.

1915 - The British defeated the Turks in Mesopotamia at Kut-el-Amara.

1924 - The first around-the-world flight was completed by twoU.S. Army planes when they landed in Seattle,WA. The trip took 175 days.

1936 - "Bachelor's Children" debuted on CBS Radio.

1939 - During World War II, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed upon a plan on the division of Poland.

1939 - "Fleischmann Hour" aired for the last time on radio.

1944 - "The Boys From Boise" was shown on WABD in New York as the first full-length comedy written for television.

1950 - The United Nations admitted Indonesia.

1955 - The World Series was televised in color for the first time. The game was between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1961 - "Dr. Kildare" premiered on NBC-TV.

1961 - "Hazel" premiered on NBC-TV.

1967 - The first mayor of Washington,DC, Walter Washington, took office.

1968 - The Atlanta Chiefs won the first North American Soccer League Championship.

1972 - Communist China and Japan agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations.

1974 - First Lady Betty Ford underwent a mastectomy to remove a lump in her breast.

1978 - Heavy fighting occurred in Lebanon between Syrian peacekeeping troops and Lebanese Christian militiamen.

1978 - Don Sherman, editor of Car & Driver, set a new Class E record inUtah. Driving the Mazda RX7 he reached a speed of 183.904 mph.

1984 - Bob Hope showed outtakes of his 34 years in television on NBC.

1990 - The Game Boy handheld video game device was released in Europe.

1991 - In response to U.S. President Bush's reduction ofU.S. nuclear arms Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to reciprocate.

1995 - Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an accord that transferred control of the West Bank.

1997 - The 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) was held in New York City,NY. The official debut of the DVD format was featured.

2000 - TheU.S. Federal Drug Administration approved the use of RU-486 in theUnited States. The pill is used to induce an abortion.

2004 - The U.S. Federal Reserve and the U.S. Secret Service introduced the first newly redesigned $50 bill.

2004 - Nate Olive and Sarah Jones arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border to complete the first known continuous hike of the 1,800-mile trail down the U.S. Pacific Coast. They started the trek on June 8.

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

  • Confucius 551 B.C. - Teacher and philosopher
  • Georges Clemenceau (France) 1841
  • Kate Smith-Wiggin 1856
  • Elmer Rice 1892
  • William S. Paley 1901
  • Ed Sullivan 1902
  • Alfred Gerald Caplin (Al Capp) 1909
  • Peter Finch 1916
  • William Windom 1923
  • Marcello Mastroianni 1924
  • Arnold Stang 1925
  • Jerry Clower 1926
  • Tommy Collins 1930
  • Brigitte Bardot 1934
  • Koko Taylor 1935
  • Bruce Crampton 1935
  • Ben E. King 1938
  • Charley Taylor 1941
  • Grant Jackson 1942
  • Joel Higgins 1943
  • Nick St. Nicholas (Steppenwolf) 1943
  • Helen Shapiro 1946
  • Jeffrey Jones 1947
  • John Sayles 1950
  • Sylvia Kristel 1952
  • Steve Largent 1954
  • Janeane Garofalo 1964
  • Matt King 1966
  • Moon Unit Zappa 1967
  • Carre Otis 1968
  • Naomi Watts 1968
  • Mira Sorvino 1967
  • Sean Levert (Levert) 1968
  • Mandy Barnett 1975
  • Hilary Duff 1987

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.