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Almanac - Friday 5/18/18

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It's SUPPORT KALW DAY!

Today is Friday, May 18, 2018, the 138th day of the year with 227 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 5:57am  
  • Sunset: 8:15pm

...giving us 14 hours and 18 minutes of daylight.  7% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 9:06am.
Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 1:41am/3:53pm
  • Low: 8:28am/8:29pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Battle of Las Peidras - Uruguay
  • Flag & University Day - Haiti
  • International Museum Day
  • Revival & Unity Day - Turkmenistan

It’s also…

  • Buy A Musical Instrument Day
  • Endangered Species Day
  • HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
  • I Love Reeses Day
  • Mother Whistler Day
  • NASCAR Day
  • National Defense Transportation Day
  • National Museum Day
  • National Pizza Party Day
  • O. Henry Pun-off Day
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

On this day in…

1302 - The weaver Peter de Coningk led a massacre of the Flemish oligarchs.

1642 - Montreal, Canada, was founded.

1643 - Queen Anne, the widow of Louis XIII, was granted sole and absolute power as regent by the Paris parliament, overriding the late king's will.

1652 - In Rhode Island, a law was passed that made slavery illegal in North America. It was the first law of its kind.

1792 - Russian troops invaded Poland.

1798 - The first Secretary of the U.S. Navy was appointed. He was Benjamin Stoddert.

1802 - Great Britain declared war on Napoleon's France.

1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed emperor by the French Senate.

1828 - Battle of Las Piedras ended the conflict between Uruguay and Brazil.

1896 - The U.S. Supreme court upheld the "separate but equal" policy in the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision. The ruling was overturned 58 years later with Brown vs. Board of Education.

1897 - A public reading of Bram Stoker's new novel, "Dracula, or, The Un-dead," was performed in London.

1904 - Brigand Raizuli kidnapped American Ion H. Perdicaris in Morocco.

1917 - The U.S. Congress passed the Selective Service act, which called up soldiers to fight in World War I.

1926 - Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished while visiting a beach in Venice, CA. She reappeared a month later with the claim that she had been kidnapped.

1931 - Japanese pilot Seiji Yoshihara crashed his plane in the Pacific Ocean while trying to be the first to cross the ocean nonstop. He was picked up seven hours later by a passing ship.

1933 - The Tennessee Valley Authority was created.

1934 - The U.S. Congress approved an act, known as the "Lindberg Act," that called for the death penalty in interstate kidnapping cases.

1942 - New York ended night baseball games for the duration of World War II.

1944 - Monte Cassino, Europe's oldest Monastic house, was finally captured by the Allies in Italy.

1949 - Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America was incorporated

1951 - The United Nations moved its headquarters to New York City.

1953 - The first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, Jacqueline Cochran, piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour.

1974 - India became the sixth nation to explode an atomic bomb.

1980 - Mt. Saint Helens erupted in Washington state. 57 people were killed and 3 billion in damage was done.

1983 - The U.S. Senate revised immigration laws and gave millions of illegal aliens legal status under an amnesty program.

1994 - Israel's three decades of occupation in the Gaza Strip ended as Israeli troops completed their withdrawal and Palestinian authorities took over.

1998 - The U.S. federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft Corp., saying the computer software company had a "choke hold" on competitors which denied consumer choices by controlling 90% of the software market.

1998 - U.S. federal officials arrested more than 130 people and seized $35 million. This was the end to an investigation of money laundering being done by a dozen Mexican banks and two drug-smuggling cartels.

2012 - Facebook Inc. held its initial public offering and began trading on the NASDAQ. The company was valued at $104 billion making it the largest valuation to date for a newly listed public company.

2014 - Russian President Putin signed a bill to absorb Crimea into the Russian Federation.

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

  • Frank Capra 1897 - Film director ("It's a Wonderful Life")
  • Robert Meredith Willson 1902 - Composer, songwriter, conductor, playwright
  • Big Joe Turner 1911 - Singer, musician
  • Perry Como 1912 - Singer, television personality
  • Pierre Balmain 1914 - Fashion designer
  • Margot Fonteyn (Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias) 1919 - Ballerina
  • Pope John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyla) 1920
  • Bill Macy 1922 - Television and stage actor
  • Kai Winding 1922 - Trombonist, composer
  • Marquita Rivera 1922 - Actress, singer, dancer, known as the "Queen of Latin Rhythm"
  • Jack Whitaker 1924 - Sportscaster
  • Pernell Roberts 1930 - Actor ("Bonanza," "Trapper John, M.D.")
  • Robert Morse 1931 - Actor ("Mad Men," "How to Succeed in Business ...")
  • Dwayne Hickman 1934 - Actor
  • Brooks Robinson 1937 - Baseball player
  • Rodney Dillard 1942 - Musician (The Dillards)
  • Albert Hammond 1944 - Singer, songwriter
  • Reggie Jackson 1946 - Baseball player
  • Joe Bonsall 1948 - Musician (The Oak Ridge Boys)
  • Dave Atkins 1949 - Musician, producer
  • Candice Azzara 1949 - Actress
  • Rick Wakeman 1949 - Musician (Yes)
  • Rodney Milburn, Jr. 1950 - Olympic Athlete
  • James Stephens 1951 - Actor
  • George Strait 1952 - Country musician
  • Butch Tavares 1953 - Musician (Tavares)
  • Wreckless Eric 1954 - Musician
  • Chow Yun-Fat 1955 - Actor
  • Michael Cretu 1957 - Musician (Enigma)
  • Toyah Willcox 1958 - Singer, actress
  • Page Hamilton 1960 - Musician, singer (Helmet)
  • Jari Kurri 1960 - Hockey player
  • Yannick Noah 1960 - Tennis player
  • Martika 1969 - Singer
  • Tina Fey 1970 - Actress, comedian ("30 Rock," "Saturday Night Live")
  • Special Ed (Edward Archer) 1974 - Musician
  • Jack Johnson 1975 - Singer
  • Darryl Allen 1980 - Musician (Mista)
  • Allen Leech 1981 - Actor ("Downton Abbey")