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KALW Almanac - Friday 5/3/19

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National Public Radio was broadcast for the first time today in 1971.

Today is Friday, May 3, 2019, the 123th day of the year, 242 days remaining and a mere 557 days until the next presidential election.      

  • Sunrise: 6:12am        
  • Sunset: 8:02pm ...giving us 13 hours and 48 minutes of daylight.  4% of the waning moon visible, setting at 6:57pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate           

  • High: 11:57am/11:38pm     
  • Low: 5:27am/5:15pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Constitution Day - Poland
  • Fiesta de las Cruces - Peru, Mexico, Venezuela
  • Kempo Kinenbi / Constitution Memorial Day - Japan
  • National Day - Poland
  • World Press Freedom Day
  • Labour Day (Queensland) - Australia
  • May Day (Northern Territory) - Australia
  • Garden Meditation Day
  • International Space Day
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • National Textiles Day
  • National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
  • Paranormal Day
  • Public Radio Day
  • SAN Architect Day
  • School Lunch Hero Day
  • Tuba Day
  • National Raspberry Popover Day
  • National Chocolate Custard Day

On this day in…

1568 - French forces in Florida slaughtered hundreds of Spanish.

1802 - Washington, DC, was incorporated as a city.

1855 - Macon B. Allen became the first African American to be admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts.

1859 - France declared war on Austria.

1888 - Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Works.

1916 - Irish nationalist Padraic Pearse and two others were executed by the British for their roles in the Easter Rising.

1921 - West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.

1926 - The revival of Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" opened in New York.

1926 - U.S. Marines landed in Nicaragua and stayed until 1933.

1926 - In Britain, trade unions began a general strike.

1927 - Francis E.J. Wilde of Meadowmere Park, NY, patented the electric sign flasher.

1933 - The U.S. Mint was under the direction of a woman for the first time when Nellie Ross took the position.

1937 - Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With The Wind."

1944 - Wartime rationing of most grades of meats ended in the U.S.

1944 - Dr. Robert Woodward and Dr. William Doering produced the first synthetic quinine at Harvard University.

1945 - Indian forces captured Rangoon, Burma, from the Japanese.

1948 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.

1952 - The first airplane landed at the geographic North Pole.

1966 - The game "Twister" was featured on the "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.

1968 - After three days of battle, the U.S. Marines retook Dai Do complex in Vietnam. They found that the North Vietnamese had evacuated the area.

1971 - Anti-war protesters began four days of demonstrations in Washington, DC.

1971 - National Public Radio broadcast for the first time.

1971 - James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King's assassin, was caught in a jailbreak attempt.

1986 - In NASA's first post-Challenger launch, an unmanned Delta rocket lost power in its main engine shortly after liftoff. Safety officers destroyed it by remote control.

1988 - The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule her husband's activities.

1992 - Five days of rioting and looting ended in Los Angeles, CA. The riots, that killed 53 people, began after the acquittal of police officers in the beating of Rodney King.

1997 - The "Republic of Texas" surrendered to authorities ending an armed standoff where two people were held hostage. The group asserts the independence of Texas from the U.S.

1998 - "The Sevres Road," by 18-century landscape painter Camille Corot, stolen from the Louvre in France.

1999 - Mark Manes, at age 22, was arrested for supplying a gun to Eric Harris and Dylan Kleibold, who later killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado.

1999 - Hasbro released the first collection of toys for the Star Wars movie "Episode I: The Phantom Menace."

2006 - In Alexandria, VA, Al-Quaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was given a sentence of life in prison for his role in the terrorist attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

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

  • Niccolo Machiavelli 1469 - Italian philosopher/writer
  • Golda Meir 1898 - Fourth Prime Minister of the State of Israel
  • Bing Crosby 1903 - Singer, according to Bing Crosby his birthday is May 2nd, his birthday is actually May 3
  • Virgil Fox 1912 - Organist
  • Pete Seeger 1919 - Folk singer
  • Betty Comden 1919
  • Sugar Ray Robinson (Walker Smith Jr.) 1921 - Boxer
  • Joe Ames 1924 - Musician (The Ames Brothers)
  • James Brown (James Joseph Brown, Jr.) 1928 - Singer
  • Frankie Valli 1934 - Musician (The Four Seasons)
  • Rudolf "Rudy" Jacobs 1938 - Chemist, received Nobel Prize in 1992
  • Pete Staples 1944 - Musician (The Troggs)
  • Doug Henning 1947 - Magician, illusionist, escape artist
  • Mary Hopkin 1950 - Folk singer
  • Christopher Cross (Christopher Charles Geppert) 1951 - Singer, songwriter
  • Bruce Hall 1953 - Musician (REO Speedwagon)
  • Cactus Moser 1957 - Musician (Highway 101)
  • David Ball 1959 - Musician (Soft Cell)
  • Bobby Cannavale 1970 - Actor
  • Dule' Hill 1975 - Actor ("The West Wing")
  • Farrah Destiny Franklin 1981 - Singer (Destiny's Child)
  • Joseph Addai 1983 - Football player