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KALW Almanac - 5/10/19


Behold the mighty shrimp...it's National Shrimp Day!

Today is Friday, May 10, 2019, the 130th day of the year, 235 days remaining and a mere 543 days until the next presidential election.      

  • Sunrise: 6:04am        
  • Sunset: 8:08pm

...giving us 14 hours and 2 minutes of daylight.  25% of the waxing moon visible, rising at 11:12am.


Tides at the Golden Gate

  • High: 3:35am/6:22pm       
  • Low: 10:34am/11:02pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Constitution Day - Micronesia
  • Dia de la Madre (Mother's Day) - Mexico
  • National Receptionist Day - US
  • World Lupus Day
  • National Public Gardens Day
  • National Provider Appreciation Day
  • World Migratory Bird Day
  • National Shrimp Day

On this day in…

1503 - Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands.

1768 - The imprisonment of the journalist John Wilkes as an outlaw provoked violence in London. Wilkes was returned to parliament as a member for Middlesex.

1773 - The English Parliament passed the Tea Act, which taxed all tea in the U.S. colonies.

1774 - Louis XVI ascended the throne of France.

1775 - Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold led an attack on the British Fort Ticonderoga and captured it from the British.

1796 - Napoleon Bonaparte won a brilliant victory against the Austrians at Lodi bridge in Italy.

1840 - Mormon leader Joseph Smith moved his band of followers to Illinois to escape the hostilities they had experienced in Missouri.

1865 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops near Irvinville, GA.

1869 - Central Pacific and Union Pacific Rail Roads meet in Promontory, UT. A golden spike was driven in at the celebration of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.

1872 - Victoria Woodhull became the first woman nominated for the U.S. presidency.

1898 - A vending machine law was enacted in Omaha, NE. It cost $5,000 for a permit.

1908 - The first Mother's Day observance took place during a church service in Grafton, West Virginia.

1933 - The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.

1940 - Germany invaded Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

1941 - England's House of Commons was destroyed by a German air raid.

1942 - U.S. forces in the Philippines began to surrender to the Japanese.

1943 - U.S. troops invaded Attu in the Aleutian Islands to expel the Japanese.

1960 - The U.S.S. Triton completed the first circumnavigation of the globe under water. The trip started on February 16.

1962 - Marvel Comics published the first issue of "The Incredible Hulk."

1968 - Preliminary Vietnam peace talks began in Paris.

1969 - The National and American Football Leagues announced their plans to merge for the 1970-71 season.

1986 - Navy Lt. Commander Donnie Cochran became the first black pilot to fly with the Blue Angels team.

1994 - Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president.

1997 - An earthquake in northeastern Iran killed at least 2,400 people.

1999 - China broke off talks on human rights with the U.S. in response to NATO's accidental bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia.

1999 - The Cezanne painting "Still Life With Curtain, Pitcher and Bowl of Fruit" sold for 60.5 million.

2000 - 11,000 residents were evacuated in Los Alamos, NM, due to a fire that was blown into a canyon. The fire had been deliberately set to clear brush.

2001 - Boeing Co. announced that it would be moving its headquarters to Chicago, IL.

2001 - In Ghana, 121 people were killed in a stampede at a soccer game.

2002 - Robert Hanssen was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole. Hanssen, an FBI agent, had sold U.S. secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.

2002 - Taiwan test fired a locally made Sky Bow II surface-to-air missile for the first time. They also fired three U.S.-made Hawk missiles.

2002 - Dr. Pepper announced that it would be introducing a new flavor, Red Fusion, for the first time in 117 years.

2011 - It was announced that Microsoft had closed a deal to purchase the internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion.

2013 - In New York, NY, crane operators hoisted the final pieces of the spire atop One World Trade Center (formerly called the Freedom Tower).

2016 - NASA announced that it's Kepler mission had verified 1,284 new planets. This was the single largest finding of planets to date.

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

  • John Wilkes Booth 1838
  • Fred Astaire (Frederick Austerlitz) 1899 - Film and stage dancer, choreographer, singer, actor
  • Dimitri Tiomkin 1899 - Film score composer and conductor
  • David O. Selznick 1902 - Film producer ("Gone with the Wind")
  • Nancy Walker 1922 - Actress, comedienne
  • Pat Summerall 1930 - Sportscaster
  • Gary Owens 1936 - Announcer ("Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In")
  • Jim Abrahams 1944 - Writer, director ("Airplane")
  • Marie-France Pisier 1944 - Actress
  • Donovan (Donovan Philips Leitch) 1946
  • Sid Vicious 1957 - Musician (Sex Pistols) - Sex Pistols Merchandise
  • "Bono" (Paul Hewson) 1960 - Musician (U2)
  • Suzan-Lori Parks 1963 - Playwright
  • Linda Evangelista 1965 - Model