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.
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