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Almanac - Thursday 5/30/19

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Enjoy a Mint Julep on Mint Julep Day!

Today is Thursday, May 30, 2019, the 150th day of the year, 215 days remaining and a mere 523 days until the next presidential election.      

  • Sunrise: 5:50am         
  • Sunset: 8:25pm

...giving us 14 hours and 33 minutes of daylight.  21% of the waning crescent moon visible, rising at 3:53am.   
Tides at the Golden Gate             

  • High: 10:04am/9:51pm       
  • Low: 3:51am/3:16pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Canary Islands Day - Spain
  • Harvest Festival - Malaysia
  • Indian Arrival Day - Trinidad & Tobago
  • Mother's Day - Nicaragua
  • Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal - Australia
  • Croatian Parliament Day - Croatia
  • Indianapolis 500 Anniversary
  • Loomis Day
  • Mint Julep Day
  • National Creativity Day
  • Feast of Walstan, patron of farmers

On this day in…

1416 - Jerome of Prague was burned as a heretic by the Church.

1431 - Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France, at the age of 19.

1527 - The University of Marburg was founded in Germany.

1539 - Hernando de Soto, the Spanish explorer, landed in Florida with 600 soldiers to search for gold.

1783 - The first daily newspaper was published in the U.S. by Benjamin Towner called "The Pennsylvania Evening Post"

1814 - The First Treaty of Paris was declared, which returned France to its 1792 borders.

1848 - W.G. Young patented the ice cream freezer.

1854 - The U.S. territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.

1868 - Memorial Day was observed widely for the first time in the U.S.

1879 - William Vanderbilt renamed New York City's Gilmore’s Garden to Madison Square Garden.

1883 - Twelve people were trampled to death in New York City in a stampede when a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was in danger of collapsing occurred.

1896 - The first automobile accident occurred in New York City.

1903 - In Riverdale, NY, the first American motorcycle hill climb was held.

1911 - Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500. At the time, it was known as International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race. Harroun's average speed was 74.59 miles per hour.

1912 - The U.S. Marines were sent to Nicaragua to protect American interests.

1913 - The First Balkan War ended.

1921 - The U.S. Navy transferred the Teapot Dome oil reserves to the Department of the Interior.

1922 - The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.

1933 - Sally Rand introduced her exotic and erotic fan dance to audiences at Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition.

1943 - American forces secured the Aleutian island of Attu from the Japanese during World War II.

1958 - Unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean conflicts were buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

1967 - Daredevil Evel Knievel jumped 16 automobiles in a row in a motorcycle stunt at Ascot Speedway in Gardena, CA.

1967 - The state of Biafra seceded from Nigeria and Civil war erupted.

1971 - Mariner 9, the American deep space probe blasted off on a journey to Mars.

1971 - Blue Ribbon Sports officially became Nike, Inc.

1981 - In Chittagong, Bangladesh, President Ziaur Rahman was assassinated.

1982 - Spain became the 16th NATO member. Spain was the first country to enter the Western alliance since West Germany in 1955.

1983 - Peru's President Fernando Belaunde Terry declared a state of emergency and suspended civil rights after bombings by leftist rebels.

1989 - The "Goddess of Democracy" statue (33 feet height) was erected in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.

1996 - Britain's Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their 10-year marriage.

1997 - Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, NJ, of raping and strangling a 7-year-old neighbor, Megan Kanka. The 1994 murder inspired "Megan's Law," requiring that communities be notified when sex offenders move in.

1998 - A powerful earthquake hit northern Afghanistan killing up to 5,000.

2002 - In New York, a ceremony were held to officially mark the end of the clean up from the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

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

  • Stepin Fetchit 1892
  • Cornelia Otis Skinner 1901
  • Mel Blanc 1908
  • Benny Goodman 1909
  • Joseph Stein 1912
  • Pee Wee Erwin 1913
  • Frank Blair 1915
  • Joseph W. Kennedy 1916
  • George London 1920
  • Franklin Schaffner 1920
  • Johnny Gimble 1926
  • Clint Walker 1927
  • Ruta Lee 1936
  • Keir Dullea 1936
  • Dave Hill 1937
  • Michael J. Pollard 1939
  • Gale Sayers 1943 - Football player
  • Lenny Davidson 1944 - Musician (The Dave Clark Five)
  • Meredith MacRae 1945
  • Stephen Tobolowsky 1951
  • Colm Meaney 1953
  • Nicky "Topper" Headon 1955 - Musician (The Clash)
  • Ted McGinley 1958
  • Marie Fredriksson 1958 - Musician (Roxette)
  • Ralph Carter 1961
  • Wynonna Judd 1964 - Country musician (The Judds)
  • Tom Morello 1964 - Musician (Rage Against The Machine)
  • Trey Parker 1972