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Almanac - Friday 3/22/19


They're celebrating Nauryz Meyrami today in Almaty, I'll bet!

Today is Friday, March 22, 2019, the 81st day of the year, the second day of spring, and a mere 592 days until the next presidential election.    

  • Sunrise: 7:10am    
  • Sunset: 7:23pm ...giving us 12 hours and 13 minutes of daylight.  99% of the just now beginning to wane moon visible, rising at 9:36pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate         

  • High: 1:18am/1:34pm    
  • Low: 7:07am/7:20pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Arab League Day - Syria
  • Day of the People's Party - Laos
  • Emancipation Day - Puerto Rico
  • Nauryz Meyrami (Traditional Spring Holiday) - Kazakhstan
  • Novruz Bayram - Azerbaijan
  • World Day for Water
  • International Day of The Seal
  • North American Wildlife Celebration
  • National Goof-off Day
  • As Young As You Feel Day
  • Talk Like William Shatner Day
  • National Bavarian Crepes Day

On this day in…

1457 - Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book.

1622 - Indians attacked a group of colonist in the James River area of Virginia. 347 residents were killed.

1630 - The first legislation to prohibit gambling was enacted. It was in Boston, MA.

1638 - Anne Hutchinson, a religious dissident, was expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1719 - Frederick William abolished serfdom on crown property in Prussia.

1733 - Joseph Priestly invented carbonated water (seltzer).

1765 - The Stamp Act was passed. It was the first direct British tax on the American colonists. It was repealed on March 17, 1766.

1775 - Edmund Burke presented his 13 articles to the English parliament.

1790 - Thomas Jefferson became the first U.S. Secretary of State.

1794 - The U.S. Congress banned U.S. vessels from supplying slaves to other countries.

1822 - New York Horticultural Society was founded.

1841 - Englishman Orlando Jones patented cornstarch.

1871 - William Holden of North Carolina became the first governor to be removed by impeachment.

1872 - Illinois became the first state to require sexual equality in employment.

1873 - Slavery was abolished in Puerto Rico.

1874 - The Young Men's Hebrew Association was organized in New York City.

1882 - The U.S. Congress outlawed polygamy.

1888 - The English Football League was established.

1894 - The first playoff competition for the Stanley Cup began. Montreal played Ottawa.

1895 - Auguste and Louis Lumiere showed their first movie to an invited audience in Paris.

1901 - Japan proclaimed that it was determined to keep Russia from encroaching on Korea.

1902 - Great Britain and Persia agreed to link Europe and India by telegraph.

1903 - Niagara Falls ran out of water due to a drought.

1903 - In Columbia, the region near Galera De Zamba was devastated by a volcanic eruption.

1904 - The first color photograph was published in the London Daily Illustrated Mirror.

1905 - Child miners in Britain received a maximum 8-hour workday.

1906 - France lost the first ever rugby game ever played against Britain.

1907 - Russians troops completed the evacuation of Manchuria in the face of advancing Japanese forces.

1907 - In Paris, it was reported that male cab drivers dressed as women to attract riders.

1910 - In Liberia, a telegraph cable linked Tenerife and Monrovia.

1911 - Herman Jadlowker became the first opera singer to perform two major roles in the same day at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

1915 - A German zeppelin made a night raid on Paris railway stations.

1919 - The first international airline service was inaugurated on a weekly schedule between Paris and Brussels.

1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill legalizing the sale and possession of beer and wine containing up to 3.2% alcohol.

1934 - The first Masters golf championship began in Augusta, GA.

1935 - In New York, blood tests were authorized as evidence in court cases.

1935 - Persia was renamed Iran.

1941 - The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington began operations.

1943 - The Dutch workweek was extended to 54 hours.

1943 - Obligatory work for woman ends in Belgium.

1945 - The Arab League was formed with the adoption of a charter in Cairo, Egypt.

1946 - The British granted Transjordan independence.

1946 - The first U.S. built rocket to leave the earth's atmosphere reached a height of 50-miles.

1947 - The Greek government imposed martial law in Laconia and southern Greece.

1948 - The United States announced a land reform plan for Korea.

1948 - "The Voice of Firestone" became the first commercial radio program to be carried simultaneously on both AM and FM radio stations.

1954 - The first shopping mall opened in Southfield, Michigan.

1954 - The London gold market reopened for the first time since 1939.

1956 - Perry Como became the first major TV variety-show host to book a rock and roll act on his program. The act was Carl Perkins.

1960 - A.L. Schawlow & C.H. Townes obtained a patent for the laser. It was the first patent for any laser.

1965 - U.S. confirmed that its troops used chemical warfare against the Vietcong.

1972 - The U.S. Senate passed the Equal Rights Amendment. It was not ratified by the states.

1974 - The Viet Cong proposed a new truce with the U.S. and South Vietnam. The truce included general elections.

1977 - The Dutch Den Uyl government fell.

1977 - Comedienne Lily Tomlin made her debut on Broadway in "Lily Tomlin on Stage" in New York.

1977 - Indira Ghandi resigned as the prime minister of India.

1978 - Karl Wallenda, of the Flying Wallendas, fell to his death while walking a cable strung between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1980 - People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was founded by Ingrid Newkirk and Alex Pacheco.

1981 - RCA put its Selectra Vision laser disc players on the market.

1981 - A group of twelve Green Berets arrived in El Salvador. This brought the total number of advisors to fifty-four.

1981 - The first Mongolian entered space aboard the Russian Soyuz 39.

1982 - The Space Shuttle Columbia was launched into orbit on mission STS-3. It was the third orbital flight for the Columbia.

1987 - A barge loaded with 32,000 tons of refuse left Islip, NY, to find a place to unload. After being refused by several states and three countries space was found back in Islip.

1988 - The Congress overrode U.S. President Reagan's veto of a sweeping civil rights bill.

1989 - Oliver North began two days of testimony at his Iran-Contra trial in Washington, DC.

1989 - The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee reported the class gap was widening.

1990 - A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, found Captain Hazelwood not guilty in the Valdez oil spill.

1991 - Pamela Smart, a high school teacher, was found guilty in New Hampshire of manipulating her student-lover to kill her husband.

1992 - A Fokker F-28 veered off a runway at New York's LaGuardia airport and into Flushing Bay, killing 27 people.

1993 - Cleveland Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews were killed in a boating accident in Florida. Bob Ojeda was seriously injured in the accident.

1993 - Intel introduced the Pentium-processor (80586) 64 bits-60 MHz-100+ MIPS.

1995 - Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returned to Earth after setting a record for 438 days in space.

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

  • Sir Anthony Van Dyke 1599
  • Chico Marx 1887
  • Louis L'Amour 1908 - Author
  • Karl Malden 1913 - Actor
  • Virginia Grey 1917
  • Ross Martin 1920
  • Werner Klemperer 1920
  • Marcel Marceau 1923 - Pantomimist
  • Bill Wendell 1924
  • Allen H. Neuharth 1924 - Founder of USA Today
  • Pat Robertson 1930
  • Stephen Sondheim 1930 - Composer, lyricist
  • William Shatner 1931 - Actor
  • May Britt 1933
  • J.P. McCarthy 1933
  • M. Emmett Walsh 1935 - Actor
  • Bruno Ganz 1941
  • George Benson 1943 - Singer, musician
  • Keith Relf 1943 - Musician (Yardbirds)
  • Jeremy Clyde 1944 - Actor, singer (Chad & Jeremy)
  • Harry Vanda 1947 - Musician (The Easybeats)
  • James Patterson 1947 - Author
  • Wolf Blitzer 1948 - Broadcast journalist
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber 1948 - Composer
  • Randy Hobbs 1948 - Musician (The McCoys)
  • Fanny Ardent 1949 - Actress
  • Bob Costas 1952 - Sportscaster
  • James House 1955 - Country singer
  • Lena Olin 1955 - Actress ("Alias")
  • Stephanie Mills 1957 - Actress, singer
  • Matthew Modine 1959 - Actor
  • Marcus Camby 1974 - Basketball player
  • Cole Hauser 1975 - Actor
  • Kellie Williams 1976 - Actress
  • Reese Witherspoon 1976 - Actress ("Legally Blonde")
  • John Otto 1977 - Musician (Limp Bizkit)