Almanac - Friday 3/8/19
It's Poofreading Day...ummm, make that PROOFreading Day.
Today is Friday, March 8, 2019, the 67th day of the year. 12 days until spring, and a mere 606 days until the next presidential election.
- Sunrise: 6:31am
- Sunset: 6:10pm ...giving us 11 hours and 41 minutes of daylight. A mere 1% of the now waxing moon visible, rising at 7:52am.
Tides at the Golden Gate
- High: 12:42am/12:30pm
- Low: 6:18am/6:29pm
Special celebrations & commemorations today…
- Mother's Day - Bulgaria
- Revolution Day - Syria
- San Juan de Dios - Peru
- Decoration Day - Liberia
- Day for Women's Rights & International Peace
- Girls Write Now Day
- Middle Name Pride Day
- National Poofreading Day ...heh heh :)
- National Peanut Cluster Day
- National Retro Video Game Day
- Tartar Sauce Day
On this day in…
1618 - Johann Kepler discovered the third Law of Planetary Motion.
1702 - England's Queen Anne took the throne upon the death of King William III.
1782 - The Gnadenhutten massacre took place. About 90 Indians were killed by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.
1853 - The first bronze statue of Andrew Jackson is unveiled in Washington, DC.
1855 - A train passed over the first railway suspension bridge at Niagara Falls, NY.
1862 - The Confederate ironclad "Merrimack" was launched.
1887 - The telescopic fishing rod was patented by Everett Horton.
1904 - The Bundestag in Germany lifted the ban on the Jesuit order of priests.
1905 - In Russia, it was reported that the peasant revolt was spreading to Georgia.
1907 - The British House of Commons turned down a women's suffrage bill.
1909 - Pope Pius X lifted the church ban on interfaith marriages in Hungary.
1910 - In France, Baroness de Laroche became the first woman to obtain a pilot's license.
1910 - The King of Spain authorized women to attend universities.
1911 - In Europe, International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time.
1911 - British Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Gray declared that Britain would not support France in the event of a military conflict.
1917 - Russia's "February Revolution" began with rioting and strikes in St. Petersburg. The revolution was called the "February Revolution" due to Russia's use of the Old Style calendar.
1917 - The U.S. Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.
1921 - Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato was assassinated while leaving the Parliament in Madrid.
1921 - French troops occupied Dusseldorf.
1933 - Self-liquidating scrip money was issued for the first time at Franklin, IN.
1941 - Martial law was proclaimed in Holland in order to extinguish any anti-Nazi protests.
1942 - During World War II, Japanese forces captured Rangoon, Burma.
1943 - Japanese forces attacked American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville. The battle lasted five days.
1945 - Phyllis Mae Daley received a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She later became the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II.
1946 - In New York City, the "Journal American" became the first commercial business to receive a helicopter license.
1946 - The French naval fleet arrived at Haiphong, Vietnam.
1948 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious instruction in public schools was unconstitutional.
1953 - A census bureau report indicated that 239,000 farmers had quit farming over the last 2 years.
1954 - France and Vietnam opened talks in Paris on a treaty to form the state of Indochina.
1954 - Herb McKenley set a world record for the quarter mile when he ran the distance in 46.8 seconds.
1959 - Groucho, Chico and Harpo made their final TV appearance together.
1961 - Max Conrad circled the globe in a record time of eight days, 18 hours and 49 minutes in the Piper Aztec.
1966 - Australia announced that it would triple the number of troops in Vietnam.
1973 - Two bombs exploded near Trafalgar Square in Great Britain. 234 people were injured.
1982 - The U.S. accused the Soviets of killing 3,000 Afghans with poison gas.
1985 - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported that 407,700 Americans were millionaires. That was more than double the total from just five years before.
1986 - Four French television crewmembers were abducted in west Beirut. All four were eventually released.
1989 - In Lhasa, Tibet, martial law was declared after three days of protest against Chinese rule.
1999 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...
- Karl Ferdinand von Grafe 1787
- Alvan Clark 1804
- Oliver Wendell Holmes 1841
- Kenneth Grahame 1859
- Otto Hahn 1879
- Stuart Chase 1888
- Louise Beavers 1902
- Claire Trevor 1909
- Alan Hale, Jr. 1918
- Cyd Charisse 1923
- Sean McClory 1924
- Dick Hyman 1927
- Sue Ane Langdon 1936 - Actress
- Lew DeWitt 1938 - Singer (The Statler Brothers)
- Jim Bouton 1939 - Baseball player, author
- Susan Clark 1940
- Ralph Ellis 1942 - Musician (The Swinging Blue Jeans)
- Lynn Redgrave 1943 - Actress
- Mickey Dolenz 1945 - Singer, musician (The Monkees), actor
- Randy Meisner 1946 - Musician (The Eagles)
- Carole Bayer Sager 1947
- Mike Allsup 1947 - Musician (Three Dog Night)
- "Little" Peggy March 1948 - Singer
- Jamie Lyn Bauer 1949
- Jim Rice 1953 - Baseball player
- Cheryl Baker 1954
- Clive Burr (Iron Maiden) 1957
- Gary Numan 1958 - Singer (Tubeway Army)
- Pauline Murray 1958 - Musician (Penetration, Invisible Girls)
- Aidan Quinn 1959 - Actor
- Lester Holt 1959 - News anchor ("Today")
- Cheryl "Salt" James (Salt-N-Pepa) 1964
- Peter Gill (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) 1964
- Freddie Prinze Jr. 1976 - Actor
- James Van Der Beek 1977 - Actor ("Dawson's Creek)
- Kameelah Williams 1978 - Singer (702)
- Tom Chaplin 1979 - Singer (Keane)
- Bob Moffatt (The Moffatts) 1984
- Clint Moffatt (The Moffatts) 1984
- David Moffatt (The Moffatts) 1984