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Almanac - Friday 5/4/18

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Today is Friday, May 4, 2018, the 124th day of the year with 241 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:10am  
  • Sunset: 8:03pm

...giving us hours and minutes of daylight.  86% of the waning moon will be visible, setting at 9:43am.
Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 2:23am/4:48pm
  • Low: 9:14am/9:26pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Casinga Day - Namibia
  • Crown Prince's Birthday - Tonga
  • Kokumin-no-Kyujitsu / National Holiday "Greenery Day" - Japan
  • National Youth Day - China
  • Proclamation of Independence, Declaration of the Republic of Latvia - Latvia
  • Remembrance Day for Martyrs & Disabled - Afghanistan
  • Herdenkings Day (Remembrance Day) - Netherlands

It’s also…

  • Bird Day
  • International Space Day
  • Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You!)
  • International Firefighters Day
  • National Life Insurance Day
  • Petite and Proud Day
  • School Lunch Hero Day
  • Tuba Day
  • World Give Day
  • National Orange Juice Day
  • National Candied Orange Peel Day
  • International Respect for Chickens Day
  • International Sauvignon Blanc Day
  • St. Florian's Day, patron of brewers and soap boilers

On this day in…

 

1471 - In England, the Yorkists defeated the Landcastrians at the battle of Tewkesbury in the War of the Roses.

1493 - Alexander VI divided non-Christian world between Spain and Portugal.

1626 - Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on Manhattan Island. Native Americans later sold the island (20,000 acres) for $24 in cloth and buttons.

1715 - A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella.

1776 - Rhode Island declared its freedom from England two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

1814 - Napoleon Bonaparte disembarked at Portoferraio on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.

1863 - The Battle of Chancellorsville ended when the Union Army retreated.

1886 - A bomb exploded on the fourth day of a workers' strike in Chicago, IL. Eight people died in the violence during violence that day.

1886 - Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter patented the gramophone. It was the first practical phonograph.

1904 - The U.S. formally took control of the property for construction of the Panama Canal.

1905 - Belmont Park opened in suburban Long Island. It opened as the largest race track in the world.

1916 - Germany agreed to limit its submarine warfare after a demand from U.S. President Wilson.

1942 - The Battle of the Coral Sea commenced as American and Japanese carriers launched their attacks at each other.

1942 - The United States began food rationing.

1954 - The first intercollegiate court tennis match was played in the U.S. It was between Yale and Princeton.

1961 - Thirteen civil rights activists, dubbed "Freedom Riders," began a bus trip through the South.

1964 - "Another World" premiered on NBC-TV.

1970 - The Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded.

1979 - Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman prime minister.

1981 - The Federal Reserve Board raised its discount rate to 14%.

1987 - Live models were used for the first time in Playtex bra ads.

1987 - The First Bank of the United States was listed as a National Historic Landmark.

1994 - Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a historic accord on Palestinian autonomy that granted self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.

2000 - The citizens of London elected their mayor for the first time.

2003 - Idaho Gem was born. He was the first member of the horse family to be cloned.

2010 - Pablo Picasso's "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust" sold for $106.5 million.

2012 - In Las Vegas, NV, Google received the first self-driving vehicle testing license.

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

  • Horace Mann 1796 - Educator, father of public education in the U.S., author
  • Joseph Whitaker 1820
  • Thomas Huxley 1825
  • John Hanning Speke 1827
  • Howard DaSilva (Silverblatt) 1909 - Actor (“1776”, "The Lost Weekend", "The Great Gatsby")
  • Heloise 1919
  • Ed "Cass" Cassidy 1923 - Musician (New Jazz Trio, Taj Mahal, Spirit)
  • Hosni Mubarak 1928 - Egyptian president
  • Maynard Ferguson 1928 - Jazz trumpeter, bandleader
  • Audrey Hepburn (Edda Kathleen Hepburn van Heemstra) 1929 - Actress ("Monte Carlo Baby", "Breakfast at Tiffany's")
  • Roberta Peters 1930 - Opera singer
  • Harlon Hill 1932 - Football player
  • El Cordobés (Manuel Benítez Pérez) 1936 - Spanish bullfighter
  • Dick Dale 1937 - Musician
  • Ron Carter 1937 - Jazz bassist
  • Tyrone Davis 1938
  • George F. Will 1941 - Columnist ("Newsweek"), editor
  • David LaFlamme 1941
  • Nick Ashford 1942 - Singer, songwriter (Ashford and Simpson)
  • Ronnie Bond 1943 - Musician (The Troggs)
  • Paul Gleason 1944 - Actor
  • Richard Jenkins 1947 - Actor ("The Visitor")
  • Jackie Jackson 1951 - Singer (The Jackson Five, The Jacksons)
  • Oleta Adams 1953 - Singer
  • Julie Budd 1954
  • Danny Brubeck 1955 - Drummer, Dave Brubeck's son
  • Mick Mars 1955 - Musician (Motley Crue), Motley Crue Merchandise
  • Pia Zadora 1954 - Actress ("Hairspray"), singer
  • Randy Travis (Randy Bruce Traywick) 1959 - Country singer
  • Mary McDonough 1961 - Actress ("The Waltons")
  • Jay Aston 1961 - Musician (Bucks Fizz)
  • Ana Gasteyer 1967 - Comedian ("Saturday Night Live")
  • Dawn Staley 1970 - Basketball player
  • Will Arnet 1970 - Actor ("Arrested Development")
  • Chris Tomlin 1972 - Singer
  • Mike Dirnt 1972 - Musician (Green Day)
  • Kimora Lee Simmons 1975 - Television personality, fashion designer
  • Jose Castellanos 1977 - Musician (Save Ferris)
  • Lance Bass 1979 - Singer ('N Sync)
  • Alexander Gould 1994 - Actor ("Weeds," "Finding Nemo")