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Almanac - Friday 11/16/18


You can do it Charlie Brown! (see 1952 below).

Today is Friday, November 16, 2018, the 320th day of the year with 45 days remaining.   35 days until winter solstice.

  • Sunrise: 6:52am     
  • Sunset: 4:58pm

...giving us 10 hours and 6 minutes of daylight.  51% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 1:49pm.
Tides at the Golden Gate      

  • High: 7:03am/6:04pm      
  • Low: 12:53pm

Special international celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Anniversary of Huaripampa - Peru
  • Correction Day - Syria
  • Sint Eustatius Day Sint Maarten - St. Martin, St. Eustatius
  • International Day for Tolerance

It’s also…

  • National Button Day
  • Substitute Educators Day
  • Teddy Bear Day
  • National Fast Food Day
  • St. Gertrude the Great, patron of travelers

On this day in…

1776 - British troops captured Fort Washington during the American Revolution.

1885 - Canadian rebel Louis Riel was executed for high treason.

1907 - Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th state.

1915 - Coca-Cola had its prototype for a contoured bottle patented. The bottle made its commercial debut the next year.

1933 - The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations for the first time.

1952 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Lucy first held a football for Charlie Brown.

1957 - Jim Brown (Cleveland Browns) set an NFL season rushing record of 1163 yards after only eight games.

1969 - The U.S. Army announced that several had been charged with massacre and the subsequent cover-up in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.

1973 - Skylab 3 carrying a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, on an 84-day mission.

1973 - U.S. President Nixon signed the Alaska Pipeline measure into law.

1981 - A vaccine for hepatitis B was approved. The vaccine had been developed at Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research.

1985 - Colonel Oliver North was put in charge of the shipment of HAWK anti-aircraft missiles to Iran.

1988 - Estonia's parliament declared that the Baltic republic "sovereign," but stopped short of complete independence.

1997 - China released Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident from jail for medical reasons. He had been incarcerated for almost 18 years.

1998 - It was announced that Monica Lewinsky had signed a deal for the North American rights to a book about her affair with U.S. President Clinton.

1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court said that union members could file discrimination lawsuits against employers even when labor contracts require arbitration.

2000 - Bill Clinton became the first serving U.S. president to visit Communist Vietnam.

2004 - A NASA unmanned "scramjet" (X-43A) reached a speed of nearly 10 times the speed of sound above the Pacific Ocean.

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

  • Paul Hindemith 1895
  • Burgess Meredith 1908
  • Daws Butler 1916
  • Clu Gulager 1928
  • Hubert Sumlin 1931
  • Elizabeth Drew 1935 - Journalist
  • David Leisure 1950 - Actor
  • Dwight Gooden 1964
  • Diana Krall 1964 - Singer
  • Oksana Baiul 1977
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal 1977 - Actress

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.