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Almanac - Friday 10/27/17


It's Black Cat Day (hello Midge!) Today is Friday, October 27th, 2017 the 300th day of the year with 65 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 7:31am  
  • Sunset: 6:17pm

...giving us 10 hours and 46 minutes of daylight.  39% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 2:07pm. 

Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 7:04am/5:25pm
  • Low: 12:17pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Independence Day - St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Naming Day, Three-Z Day - Zaire (Democratic Congo)
  • National Flag Day - Greece
  • Navy Day - USA

It’s also…

  • Etiquette Day
  • Black Cat Day
  • Cranky Co-workers Day
  • Frankenstein Friday
  • International Bandanna Day
  • National Breadstix Day

On this day in…


1659 - William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson became the first Quakers to be executed in America.

1787 - The first of the Federalist Papers were published in the New York Independent. The series of 85 essays, written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, were published under the pen name "Publius."

1795 - The United States and Spain signed the Treaty of San Lorenzo. The treaty is also known as "Pinckney's Treaty."

1858 - Roland Macy opened Macy's Department Store in New York City. It was Macy's eighth business adventure, the other seven failed.

1878 - The Manhattan Savings Bank in New York City was robbed of over $3,000,000. The robbery was credited to George "Western" Leslie even though there was not enough evidence to convict him, only two of his associates were convicted.

1904 - The New York subway system officially opened. It was the first rapid-transit subway system in America.

1925 - Fred Waller received a patent for water skis.

1927 - The first newsreel featuring sound was released in New York.

1931 - Chuhei Numbu of Japan set a long jump record at 26' 2 1/4".

1938 - DuPont announced "nylon" as the new name for its new synthetic yarn.

1954 - Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were divorced. They had been married on January 14, 1954.

1962 - The Soviet Union adds to the Cuban Missile Crisis by calling for the dismantling of U.S. missile bases in Turkey. U.S. President Kennedy agreed to the new aspect of the agreement.

1978 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord.

1994 - The U.S. Justice Department announced that the U.S. prison population had exceeded one million for the first time in American history.

1997 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 554.26 points. The stock market was shut down for the first time since the 1981 assassination attempt on U.S. President Reagan.

2002 - The Anaheim Angels won their first World Series. They beat the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 of the series.

2002 - Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys) became the all-time leading rusher in the NFL when he extended his career yardage to 16,743. He achieved the record in his 193rd game. He also scored his 150th career touchdown.

2002 - Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was elected president of Brazil in a runoff. He was the country's first elected leftist leader.

2003 - Bank of America Corp. announced it had agreed to buy FleetBoston Financial Corp. The deal created the second largest banking company in the U.S.

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

  • Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (Erasmus of Rotterdam) 1466 - Dutch Renaissance humanist
  • Nicola Paganini 1782
  • Theodore Roosevelt 1858
  • Emily Post (Price) 1873
  • Leif Erickson 1911
  • Dylan Thomas 1914
  • Teresa Wright 1918
  • Nanette Fabray 1920 - Actress
  • Ralph Kiner 1922
  • Roy Lichtenstein 1923
  • Ruby Dee 1924
  • Floyd Cramer 1933
  • John Cleese 1939 - Actor, comedian
  • Lara Parker 1942
  • Lee Greenwood 1942 - Singer
  • Carrie Snodgress 1946 - Actress
  • Terry Anderson 1947
  • Garry Tallent 1949 - Musician (E Street Band)
  • Fran Lebowitz 1950 - Author
  • Jayne Kennedy-Overton 1951
  • Roberto Benigni 1952 - Actor, director ("Life is Beautiful")
  • Peter Firth 1953
  • Robert Picardo 1953
  • Simon LeBon 1958 - Singer (Duran Duran)
  • Scott Weiland 1967 - (Stone Temple Pilots)