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Almanac - Wednesday 5/29/19


It's World Otter Day!  (we thought you otter know)...

Today is Wednesday, May 29, 2019, the 149th day of the year, 216 days remaining and a mere 524 days until the next presidential election.      

  • Sunrise: 5:51am         
  • Sunset: 8:24pm

...giving us 14 hours and 32 minutes of daylight.  30% of the waning crescent moon visible, rising at 3:25am.


Tides at the Golden Gate             

  • High: 9:01am/9:21pm       
  • Low: 3:11am/2:35pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Reconciliation Week - Australia
  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • Learn About Composting Day
  • National Senior Health & Fitness Day
  • Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day
  • World Otter Day
  • National Coq Au Vin Day

On this day in…


1453 - Constantinople fell to Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, ending the Byzantine Empire.


1660 - Charles II was restored to the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth.

1721 - South Carolina was formally incorporated as a royal colony.

1765 - Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses.

1790 - Rhode Island became the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1827 - The first nautical school opened in Nantucket, MA, under the name Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin’s Lancasterian School.

1848 - WIsconsin became the 30th state to join the United States.

1849 - A patent for lifting vessels was granted to Abraham Lincoln.

1910 - An airplane raced a train from Albany, NY, to New York City. The airplane pilot Glenn Curtiss won the $10,000 prize.

1912 - Fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, PA, for dancing the Turkey Trot while on the job.

1916 - The official flag of the president of the United States was adopted.

1916 - U.S. forces invaded Dominican Republic and remained until 1924.

1922 - Ecuador became independent.

1922 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that organized baseball was a sport, not subject to antitrust laws.

1932 - World War I veterans began arriving in Washington, DC. to demand cash bonuses they were not scheduled to receive for another 13 years.

1951 - C.F. Blair became the first man to fly over the North Pole in single engine plane.

1953 - Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.

1962 - Buck (John) O’Neil became the first black coach in major league baseball when he accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs.

1965 - Ralph Boston set a world record in the broad jump at 27-feet, 4-3/4 inches, at a meet held in Modesto, CA.

1973 - Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles.

1974 - U.S. President Nixon agreed to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.

1978 - In the U.S., postage stamps were raised from 13 cents to 15 cents.

1981 - The U.S. performed a nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site.

1985 - Thirty-nine people were killed and 400 were injured in a riot at a European Cup soccer match in Brussels, Belgium.

1986 - Colonel Oliver North told National Security Advisor William McFarlane that profits from weapons sold to Iran were being diverted to the Contras.

1988 - U.S. President Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union in Moscow.

1990 - Boris Yeltsin was elected president of the Russian republic by the Russian parliament.

1997 - The ruling party in Indonesia, Golkar, won the Parliament election by a record margin. There was a boycott movement and rioting that killed 200 people.

1999 - Space shuttle Discovery completed the first docking with the International Space Station.

2000 - Fiji's military took control of the nation and declared martial law following a coup attempt by indigenous Fijians in mid-May.

2001 - In New York, four followers of Osama bin Laden were convicted of a global conspiracy to murder Americans. The crimes included the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people.

2001 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to ride in tournaments.

2015 - The Obama administration removed Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist. The two countries had severed diplomatic relations in January of 1961

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

  • Charles II 1630 - Monarch of England, Scotland and Ireland
  • Patrick Henry 1736
  • Gilbert Keith Chesterton 1874 - Writer of philosophy, ontolory, poetry
  • Oswald Spengler 1880 - German historian and philosopher
  • Bob Hope 1903 - Comedian, actor
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy (U.S.) 1917 - 35th President of the US
  • Al Unser, Sr. 1939 - Automobile racer
  • Stacy Keach, Sr. 1941 - Actor, narrator
  • Roy Crewdson 1941 - Musician (Freddie and the Dreamers)
  • Bob Simon 1941 - Broadcast journalist
  • Kevin Conway 1942 - Actor
  • Helmut Berger (Helmut Steinberger) 1944 - Actor
  • Gary Brooker 1945 - Musician (Procol Harum)
  • Anthony Geary 1948 - Actor ("General Hospital")
  • Francis Rossi 1949 - Musician (Status Quo)
  • Rebbie Jackson (Maureen Reillette Brown) 1950 - Singer (The Jacksons)
  • Danny Elfman 1953 - Musician
  • John Hinckley Jr. 1955
  • Michael Porcaro 1955 - Musician (Toto)
  • LaToya Jackson 1956 - Singer, songwriter, musician, actress
  • Annette Bening 1958 - Actress
  • Rupert Everett (Rupert James Hector Everett) 1959 - Actor
  • Adrian Paul (Adrian Paul Hewett) 1959 - Actor (TV's "Highlander")
  • Melissa Etheridge 1961 - Singer, musician
  • Lisa Whelchel 1963 - Actress ("The Facts of Life"), singer, writer
  • Melanie Janine Brown 1975 - Scary Spice of Spice Girls