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Almanac - Friday 6/22/18


Don't take my Kodachrome away!  (They did...see 2009 below.)

Today is Friday, June 22, 2018, the 173rd day of the year with 192 days remaining.

Sunrise: 5:48 am   

Sunset: 8:35pm

...giving us 14 hours and 47 minutes of daylight.  64% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 3:35pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate  

  • High:  8:26am/8:38pm
  • Low: 2:18am/1:45pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Antifascist Struggle Commemoration Day - Croatia
  • Foundation of the Nation's Army - Congo (Republic of)
  • Schoolteacher's Day - El Salvador
  • World Rainforest Day
  • Worldwide VW Beetle Day

It’s also…

  • Baby Boomer's Recognition Day
  • HVAC Technicians Day
  • Global Smurfs Day
  • National Eat At A Food Truck Day
  • Ugliest Dog Day
  • National Chocolate Eclair Day
  • National Onion Ring Day

On this day in…

1558 - The French took the French town of Thioville from the English.

1611 - English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers.

1772 - Slavery was outlawed in England.

1807 - British seamen board the USS Chesapeake, a provocation leading to the War of 1812.

1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated a second time.

1832 - J.I. Howe patented the pin machine.

1868 - Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.

1870 - The U.S. Congress created the Department of Justice.

1874 - Dr. Andrew Taylor Still began the first known practice of osteopathy.

1909 - The first transcontinental auto race ended in Seattle, WA.

1911 - King George V of England was crowned.

1915 - Austro-German forces occupied Lemberg on the Eastern Front as the Russians retreat.

1925 - France and Spain agreed to join forces against Abd el Krim in Morocco.

1933 - Germany became a one political party country when Hitler banned parties other than the Nazis.

1939 - The first U.S. water-ski tournament was held at Jones Beach, on Long Island, New York.

1940 - France and Germany signed an armistice at Compiegne, on terms dictated by the Nazis.

1941 - Under the codename Barbarossa, Germany invaded the Soviet Union.

1942 - A Japanese submarine shelled Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River.

1942 - In France, Pierre Laval declared "I wish for a German victory".

1942 - V-Mail, or Victory-Mail, was sent for the first time.


1944 -US President Franklin Roosevelt signed the "GI Bill of Rights" to provide broad benefits for veterans of the war.

1945 - During World War II, the battle for Okinawa officially ended after 81 days.

1946 - Jet airplanes were used to transport mail for the first time.

1956 - The battle for Algiers began as three buildings in Casbah were blown up.

1959 - Eddie Lubanski rolled 24 consecutive strikes in a bowling tournament in Miami, FL.

1964 - The U.S. Supreme Court voted that Henry Miller's book, "Tropic of Cancer", could not be banned.

1970 - U.S. President Richard Nixon signed an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It required that the voting age in the United States to be 18.

1973 - Skylab astronauts splashed down safely in the Pacific after a record 28 days in space.

1974 - In Chicago, the Sears Tower Skydeck opened. (now Willis Tower)

1978 - James W. Christy and Robert S. Harrington discovered the only known moon of Pluto. The moon is named Charon.

1980 - The Soviet Union announced a partial withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan.

1989 - The government of Angola and the anti-Communist rebels of the UNITA movement agreed to a formal truce in their 14-year-old civil war.

1990 - Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled in Berlin.

1992 - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violated free-speech rights.

1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that evidence illegally obtained by authorities could be used at revocation hearings for a convicted criminal's parole.

1998 - The 75th National Marbles Tournament began in Wildwood, NJ.

1999 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that persons with remediable handicaps cannot claim discrimination in employment under the Americans with Disability Act.

2009 - Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film.

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