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Almanac - Friday 11/3/17


(...some have named you...see 1507 below) Today is Friday, November 3, 2017 -  the 307th day of the year, with 58 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 7:38am  
  • Sunset: 6:09pm

...giving us 10 hours and 31 minutes of daylight.  97% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 6:20pm.
Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 11:20am
  • Low: 4:53am/5:28pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Arbor Day - Samoa
  • Bunka no Hi / Culture Day - Japan
  • Festivity of San Martin de Porres - Peru
  • Independence Day & Discovery Day - Dominica
  • Independence Day (from Colombia) - Panama
  • Independence of Cuenca Day - Ecuador
  • National Day - Moldova
  • Sandwich Day - USA
  • Victory Day - Maldives

It’s also…

  • St. Hubert's Day, patron of hunters
  • St. Pirmin, patron of against snakebites and poisoning.St. Martin de Porres, patron of innkeepers, barbers, and against rats
  • Cliché Day
  • Fountain Pen Day
  • Love Your Lawyer Day
  • National Jersey Friday
  • National Medical Science Liaison Awareness & Appreciation Day

On this day in…

1507 - Leonardo daVinci was commissioned by the husband of Lisa Gherardini to paint her. The work is known as the Mona Lisa.

1631 - The Reverend John Eliot arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was the first Protestant minister to dedicate himself to the conversion of Native Americans to Christianity.

1793 - Stephen F. Austin was born. He was the principal founder of Texas.

1796 - John Adams was elected the 2nd U.S. President.

1839 - The first Opium War between China and Britain erupted.

1892 - The first automatic telephone went into service at LaPorte, IN. The device was invented by Almon Strowger.

1900 - The first automobile show in the United States opened at New York's Madison Square Garden.

1903 - Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.

1911 - Chevrolet Motor Car Company was founded by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant.

1934 - The first race track in California opened under a new pari-mutuel betting law.

1941 - U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Grew warned that the Japanese may be planning a sudden attack on the U.S.

1952 - Frozen bread was offered for sale for the first time in a supermarket in Chester, NY.

1953 - The Rules Committee of organized baseball restored the sacrifice fly. The rule had not been used since 1939.

1957 - Sputnik II was launched by the Soviet Union. It was the second manmade satellite to be put into orbit and was the first to put an animal into space, a dog named Laika.

1973 - The U.S. launched the Mariner 10 spacecraft. On March 29, 1974 it became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury.

1975 - "Good Morning America" premiered on ABC-TV.

1979 - Five members of the Communist Workers' Party are shot to death in broad daylight at an anti-Ku Klux Klan rally in Greensboro, NC. Eight others were wounded.

1986 - The Ash-Shiraa, pro-Syrian Lebanese magazine, first broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran to secure the release of seven American hostages. The story turned into the Iran-Contra affair.

1987 - China told the U.S. that it would halt the sale of arms to Iran.

1991 - Israeli and Palestinian representatives held their first-ever face-to-face talks in Madrid, Spain.

1992 - Carol Moseley-Braun became the first African-American woman U.S. senator.

1994 - Susan Smith of Union, SC, was arrested for drowning her two sons. Nine days earlier Smith had claimed that the children had been abducted by a black carjacker.

1995 - U.S. President Clinton dedicated a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

1998 - Bob Kane, the creator of Batman, died at the age of 83.

1998 - A state-run newspaper in Iraq urged the country to prepare for to battle "the U.S. monster."

1998 - Minnesota elected Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a former pro wrestler, as its governor.

2002 - At Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong, 777 people assembled a 58,435 square foot jigsaw puzzle with 21,600 pieces.

2003 - In Kabul, Afghanistan, a post-Taliban draft constitution was unveiled.

2005 - Walt Disney Pictures released "Chicken Little." It was the first Disney film completely created with computer animation.

2014 - In New York City, One World Trade Center opened for business.   

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

  • John Montague 1718
  • William Cullen Bryant 1794
  • James Reston 1909
  • Charles Bronson 1921
  • Michael Dukakis 1933 - Politician
  • John Barry 1933 - Composer
  • Roy Emerson 1936 - Tennis player
  • Brian Poole 1941 - Musician (Tremeloes)
  • Shadoe Stevens (Terry Ingstad) 1947 - Radio host, voiceover actor, television personality
  • Lulu (Marie Lawrie) 1948 - Singer, actress ("To Sir, With Love")
  • Mike Evans 1949 - Actor ("All in the Family," "The Jeffersons")
  • Larry Holmes 1949 - Boxer
  • Roseanne Barr 1952 - Actress, comedian ("Roseanne")
  • Kate Capshaw 1953 - Actress
  • Dennis Miller 1953 - Radio talk show host, actor,Comedian ("Saturday Night Live")
  • Adam Ant 1954 - Musician (Adam & the Ants)
  • Dolph Lundgren 1957 - Actor