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Almanac - Friday 1/25/19


It's Irish Coffee Day...go ahead, you know you want it!

Today is Friday, January 25, 2019.  54 days until spring, and a mere 648 days until the next presidential election.  

  • Sunrise: 7:20am        
  • Sunset: 5:24pm ...giving us 10 hours and 6 minutes of daylight
  • 90% of the waning gibbous moon now visible, rising at 9:58am.

Tides at the Golden Gate        

  • High: 2:23am/1:37pm                
  • Low: 7:35am/8:02pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Commemoration Birthday of G.F. Croes - Aruba
  • Foundation Day (Sao Paulo) - Brazil
  • St. Tatiana Day (beginning of Winter Holiday) - Russia
  • Burns Night - Scotland
  • A Room of One's Own Day
  • Fun at Work Day
  • National Irish Coffee Day

On this day in…

1504 - The English Parliament passed statutes against retainers and liveries to curb private warfare.

1533 - England's King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn. Boleyn later gave birth to Elizabeth I.

1579 - The Treaty of Utrecht was signed marking the beginning of the Dutch Republic.

1799 - Eliakim Spooner patented the seeding machine.

1858 - Mendelssohn’s "Wedding March" was presented for the first time at the wedding of the daughter of Queen Victoria and the Crown Prince of Prussia.

1870 - G.D. Dows patented the ornamental soda fountain.

1881 - Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and others signed an agreement to organize the Oriental Telephone Company.

1890 - The United Mine Workers of America was founded.

1915 - In New York, Alexander Graham Bell spoke to his assistant in San Francisco, inaugurating the first transcontinental telephone service.

1924 - The 1st Winter Olympic Games were inaugurated in Chamonix in the French Alps.

1946 - The United Mine Workers rejoined the American Federation of Labor.

1949 - The first Emmys were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.

1950 - A federal jury in New York City found former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury.

1959 - In the U.S., American Airlines had the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.

1961 - John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC. The event was carried on radio and television.

1964 - Nike was founded. The company was originally named Blue Ribbon Sports.

1971 - Maj. Gen. Idi Amin led a coup that deposed Milton Obote and became president of Uganda.

1981 - The 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived in the United States and were reunited with their families.

1999 - In Louisville, KY, a man received the first hand transplant in the United States.

2010 - In Arlington, TX, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame had its grand opening.

2011 - A revolution began in Egypt with the demonstrations that demanded the end of President Hosni Mubarak's rule.

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

  • Robert Boyle 1627
  • Robert Burns 1759
  • W. Somerset Maugham 1874
  • Ernst F. W. Alexanderson 1878
  • Virginia Woolf 1882
  • Edwin Newman 1919
  • Barbara Carroll 1925
  • Eduard Shevardnadze 1928 - President of Georgia
  • Dean Jones 1931 - Actor
  • Corazon Aquino 1933
  • Etta James 1938
  • Richard Finch (KC and the Sunshine) 1954
  • Andy Cox (Fine Young Cannibals) 1960
  • Alicia Keys 1981 - Singer