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Almanac - Friday 11/9/18

Today is Friday, November 9, 2018, the day in 1620 that Pilgrims landed on Cape Cod. It's the 313th day of the year with 52 days remaining.   42 days until winter begins.  725 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

  • Sunrise: 6:44am     
  • Sunset: 5:03pm

...giving us 10 hours and 19 minutes of daylight.  1% of the just now waxing moon will be visible, rising at 8:38am.
Tides at the Golden Gate      

  • High: 12:54am/11:54am      
  • Low: 5:45am/6:31pm

Special international celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Allama Muhammad Iqbal Day - Pakistan
  • Commemoration of Kristallnacht
  • Dia de Caman - Peru
  • National Independence Day - Cambodia
  • Virgen de la Almudena - Spain
  • Birth of The Bab - Baha’i faith

It’s also…

  • Carl Sagan Day
  • Microtia Awareness Day
  • World Freedom Day
  • National Scrapple Day
  • Chaos Never Dies Day

On this day in…

1620 – Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


1857 - The "Atlantic Monthly" first appeared on newsstands and featured the first installment of "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes.

1906 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt left for Panama to see the progress on the new canal. It was the first foreign trip by a U.S. president.

1911 - George Claude of Paris, France, applied for a patent on neon advertising signs.

1918 - Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II announced he would abdicate. He then fled to the Netherlands.

1923 - In Munich, the Beer Hall Putsch was crushed by German troops that were loyal to the democratic government. The event began the evening before when Adolf Hitler took control of a beer hall full of Bavarian government leaders at gunpoint.

1935 - United Mine Workers president John L. Lewis and other labor leaders formed the Committee for Industrial Organization.

1938 - Nazi troops and sympathizers destroyed and looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, burned 267 synagogues, killed 91 Jews, and rounded up over 25,000 Jewish men in an event that became known as Kristallnacht or "Night of Broken Glass."

1953 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 1922 ruling that major league baseball did not come within the scope of federal antitrust laws.

1961 - Major Robert White flew an X-15 rocket plane at a world record speed of 4,093 mph.

1961 - The Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) eliminated its "caucasians only" rule.

1963 - In Japan, about 450 miners were killed in a coal-dust explosion.

1965 - The great Northeast blackout occurred as several states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours.

1967 - A Saturn V rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a successful test flight.

1976 - The U.N. General Assembly approved ten resolutions condemning the apartheid government in South Africa.

1979 - The United Nations Security Council unanimously called upon Iran to release all American hostages "without delay." Militants, mostly students had taken 63 Americans hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, on November 4.

1981 - U.S. troops began arriving in Egypt for a three-week Rapid Deployment Force exercise. Somalia, Sudan and Oman were also involved in the operation.

1981 - The International Monetary Fund approved a $5.8 billion load to India. It was the highest loan to date.

1982 - Sugar Ray Leonard retired from boxing. In 1984 Leonard came out of retirement to fight one more time before becoming a boxing commentator for NBC.

1984 - A bronze statue titled "Three Servicemen," by Frederick Hart, was unveiled at the site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

1989 - Communist East Germany opened its borders, allowing its citizens to travel freely to West Germany.

1990 - Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a non-aggression treaty with Germany.

1992 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin, visiting London, appealed for assistance in rescheduling his country's debt, and asked British businesses to invest.

1998 - A federal judge in New York approved the richest antitrust settlement in U.S. history. A leading brokerage firm was ordered to pay $1.03 billion to investors who had sued over price-rigging of Nasdaq stocks.

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

  • Elijah Lovejoy 1802
  • Stanford White 1853
  • Marie Dressler 1868
  • Ed Wynn 1886
  • Claude Rains 1889
  • Clifton Webb 1891
  • Hedy Lamarr 1913
  • Spiro T. Agnew 1918
  • Dorothy Dandridge 1922
  • Robert Frank 1924
  • Charlie Jones 1930
  • Carl Sagan 1934
  • Bob Gibson 1935
  • Mary Travers (Peter, Paul & Mary) 1936
  • Tom Fogerty (Creedance Clearwater Revival) 1941
  • Tom Weiskopf 1942
  • Billie August 1948
  • Alan Gratzer (REO Speedwagon) 1948
  • Dennis Stratton 1954 - Musician (Iron Maiden, Lionheart)
  • Lou Ferrigno 1951
  • Ike Owensby (Twice) 1968
  • Mike Owensby (Twice) 1968
  • Scarface (Geto Boys) 1969
  • Pepa (Sandy Denton of Salt-N-Pepa) 1969
  • Susan Tedeschi 1970
  • Nick Lachey (98 Degrees) 1973
David Latulippe is host of On the Arts, KALW's weekly radio magazine of the performing arts, as well as for Explorations in Music, and the Berkeley Symphony broadcasts. He has also hosted and produced the radio series From the Conservatory, Music from Mills, and Music at Menlo, and is principal guest host for Revolutions Per Minute.