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
- 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