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Almanac Wednesday 1/24/18


Daily Almanac---------------------------------------------------------------- Today is Wednesday January 24 , 2018 The 24th day of 2018--341 left Sunrise this morning 7:18 a.m. set: 5:25 p.m. 10:06 hours of daylight Moonrise: 11:41 a.m. set: next day SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS TODAY: Today is : National Peanut Butter Day, National Compliment Day, Belly Laugh Day, Beer Can Appreciation Day, Talk like a Grizzled prospector Day and International Mobile Phone Recycling Day. This day in History: 1848 - James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California. The discovery led to the gold rush of '49. 1899 - Humphrey O’Sullivan patented the rubber heel. 1908 - In England, the first Boy Scout troop was organized by Robert Baden-Powell. 1916 - Conscription was introduced in Britain. 1922 - Christian K. Nelson patented the Eskimo Pie. 1924 - The Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed Leningrad. The name has since been changed back to St. Petersburg. 1930 - Primo Carnera made his American boxing debut by knocking out Big Boy Patterson in one minute, ten seconds of the opening round. 1935 - Krueger Brewing Company placed the first canned beer on sale in Richmond, VA. 1942 - "Abie’s Irish Rose" was first heard on NBC radio. 1943 - U.S. President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco. 1952 - Vincent Massey was the first Canadian to be appointed governor-general of Canada. 1955 - The rules committee of major league baseball announced a plan to strictly enforce the rule that required a pitcher to release the ball within 20 seconds after taking his position on the mound. 1964 - CBS-TV acquired the rights to televise the National Football League’s 1964-1965 regular season. The move cost CBS $14.1 million a year. The NFL stayed on CBS for 30 years. 1965 - Winston Churchill died at the age of 90. 1972 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws that denied welfare benefits to people who had resided in a state for less than a year. 1978 - A nuclear-powered Soviet satellite plunged through Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated. The radioactive debris was scattered over parts of Canada's Northwest Territory. 1980 - The United States announced intentions to sell arms to China. 1985 - Penny Harrington became the first woman police chief of a major city. She assumed the duties as head of the Portland, Oregon, force of 940 officers and staff. 1986 - The Voyager 2 space probe flew past Uranus. The probe came within 50,679 miles of the seventh planet of the solar system. 1987 - In Lebanon, gunmen kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh. They were all later released. 1989 - Ted Bundy, the confessed serial killer, was put to death in Florida's electric chair for the 1978 kidnap-murder of 12-year-old Kimberly Leach. 1990 - Japan launched the first probe to be sent to the Moon since 1976. A small satellite was placed in lunar orbit. 1995 - The prosecution gave its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial. 1996 - Polish Premier Jozef Oleksy resigned due to allegations that he had spied for Moscow. 2000 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Missouri law that limited the contributions that individuals could donate to a candidate during a single election. 2001 - In Colorado Springs, CO, Patrick Murphy Jr. and Donald Newbury were taken into custody after a 5-minute phone interview was granted with a TV station. They were the remaining fugitives of the "Texas 7." 2002 - The U.S. Congress began a hearing on the collapse of Enron Corp. 2002 - John Walker Lindh appeared in court for the first time concerning the charges that he conspired to kill Americans abroad and aided terrorist groups. Lindh had been taken into custody by U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. 2003 - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security began operations under Tom Ridge. IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY YOU SHARE IT WITH: Hadrian (Roman emperor) AD 76 Frederick the Great (Prussia) 1712 Edith Wharton (Jones) 1862 Ann Todd 1909 John Beasley Brickhouse 1916 Ernest Borgnine 1917 Oral Roberts 1918 Maria Tallchief 1925 Marvin Kaplan 1927 Desmond Morris 1928 Doug Kershaw 1936 Jack Scott (Scafone) 1936 Bobby Scott 1937 Ray Stevens 1939 Neil Diamond 1941 Aaron Neville 1941 Sharon Tate 1943 Julie Gregg 1944 Warren Zevon 1947 John Belushi 1949 Becky Hobbs 1950 Michael Ontkean 1950 Yakov Smirnoff 1951 Elaine Giftos 1954 Julian Holland (Squeeze) 1958 Nastassja Kinski 1961 Keech Rainwater (Lonestar) 1963 John Myung (Dream Theater) 1967 Mary Lou Retton 1968 Pat "Sleepy" Brown (Society of Soul) 1970 Tatyana Ali 1979 Tags: almanac