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Almanac - Friday 8/2/19

Have an "It's It" as it's Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

Today is Friday, August 2, 2019, the 214th day of the year, with 151 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:14am    
  • Sunset: 8:18pm ...giving us 14 hours and 5 minutes of daylight.  

0% of the so-called Black Moon is visible, so called because it’s the first of two new moons occurring within the month, rising at 7:59am (if you can see it!).    

Tides at the Golden Gate     

  • High: 12:25am/2:13pm   
  • Low: 7:06am/7:08pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Emancipation Day - St. Kitts & Nevis 
  • National Holiday "Ilinden" or St. Elijah Day - Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia  
  • Virgin of the Angels Day - Costa Rica 
  • National Coloring Book Day
  • National Water Balloon Day
  • Take A Penny/Leave A Penny Day
  • Braham Pie Day or Homemade Pie Day
  • International Beer Day
  • Tomboy Tools Day
  • National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

On this day in…

1776 - Members of the Continental Congress began adding their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.


1791 - Samuel Briggs and his son Samuel Briggs, Jr. received a joint patent for their nail-making machine. They were the first father-son pair to receive a patent.

1824 - In New York City, Fifth Avenue was opened.

1858 - In Boston and New York City the first mailboxes were installed along streets.

1861 - The United States Congress passed the first income tax. The revenues were intended for the war effort against the South. The tax was never enacted.

1887 - Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire.

1892 - Charles A. Wheeler patented the first escalator.

1921 - Eight White Sox players were acquitted of throwing the 1919 World Series.

1926 - John Barrymore and Mary Astor starred in the first showing of the Vitaphone System. The system was the combining of picture and sound for movies.

1938 - Bright yellow baseballs were used in a major league baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. It was hoped that the balls would be easier to see.

1939 - Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging theU.S. to have an atomic weapons research program.

1939 -U.S. President Roosevelt signed the Hatch Act. The act prohibited civil service employees from taking an active part in political campaigns.

1943 - TheU.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat, PT-109, sank after being attacked by a Japanese destroyer. The boat was under the command of Lt. John F. Kennedy.

1945 - The Allied conference at Potsdam was concluded.

1964 - The Pentagon reported the first of two North Vietnamese attacks onU.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.

1983 - U.S. House of Representatives approved a law that designated the third Monday of January would be a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The law was signed by President Reagon on November 2.

1987 - "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was re-released. The film was 50 years old at the time of its re-release.

1990 - Iraq invaded the oil-rich country of Kuwait. Iraq claimed that Kuwait had driven down oil prices by exceeding production quotas set by OPEC.

1995 - China ordered the expulsion of twoU.S. Air Force officers. The two were said to have been caught spying on military sights. 

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

  • Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss 1891
  • Myrna Loy 1905
  • Beatrice Straight 1918
  • James Baldwin 1924
  • Carroll O'Connor 1924
  • Peter O'Toole 1932
  • Wes Craven 1939
  • Edward Patten (Gladys Knight and the Pips) 1939
  • Doris Kenner-Jackson (The Shirelles) 1941
  • Kathy Lennon 1942 - Musician (The Lennon Sisters)
  • Joanna Cassidy 1945
  • Lance Ito 1950
  • Andy Fairweather-Low (Amen Corner) 1950
  • Andrew Gold 1951
  • Mojo Nixon 1957
  • Victoria Jackson 1959 - Actress, comedian
  • Mary-Louise Parker 1964


David Latulippe is host of On the Arts, KALW's weekly radio magazine of the performing arts, as well as for Explorations in Music, and the Berkeley Symphony broadcasts. He has also hosted and produced the radio series From the Conservatory, Music from Mills, and Music at Menlo, and is principal guest host for Revolutions Per Minute.