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Almanac - Wednesday 8/7/19

It's Raspberries & Cream Day...enjoy!

Today is Wednesday, August 7, 2019, the 219th day of the year, with 146 days remaining. 47 days until autumn and a mere 454 days until the 2020 Presidential Election.

  • Sunrise: 6:18am    
  • Sunset: 8:12pm ...giving us 13 hours and 56 minutes of daylight.  39% of waxing crescent moon will be visible, rising at 1:48pm.    

Tides at the Golden Gate     

  • High: 5:40am/6:01pm   
  • Low: 11:10am

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Battle of Boyacá- Colombia 
  • Independence Day - Ivory Coast 
  • Labor Day - Samoa 
  • Youth Day - Kiribati
  • Lighthouse Day
  • Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day
  • Professional Speakers Day
  • Purple Heart Day
  • National Raspberries & Cream Day

On this day in…

1789 - TheU.S. War Department was established by the U.S. Congress.

1782 - George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart.

1888 - Theophilus Van Kannel received a patent for the revolving door.

1914 - Germany invaded France.

1928 - TheU.S. Treasury Department issued a new bill that was one third smaller than the previousU.S. bills.

1934 - TheU.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling striking down the government's attempt to ban the controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses."

1942 -U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II.

1947 - The balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, which had carried a six-man crew 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean, crashed into a reef in a Polynesian archipelago.

1959 - TheU.S. launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth.

1960 - The Cuban Catholic Church condemned the rise of communism in Cuba. Fidel Castro then banned all religious TV and radio broadcasts.

1964 - TheU.S. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, which gave President Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks onU.S. forces.

1974 - French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.

1976 - Scientists in Pasadena,CA, announced that the Viking 1 spacecraft had found strong indications of possible life on Mars.

1990 -U.S. President George H.W. Bush orderedU.S. troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia to guard against a possible invasion by Iraq.

2003 - In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would run for the office of governor.

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

  • Nathaniel Greene 1742
  • John Heathcoat 1783 - Inventor, pioneer in lace making
  • Mata Hari 1876
  • Billie Burke 1884
  • Stan Freberg 1926
  • Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer 1927
  • B.J. Thomas 1942
  • Garrison Keillor 1942
  • John Glover 1944
  • Alberto Salazar 1958
  • Bruce Dickinson 1958 - Singer (Iron Maiden)
  • David Duchovny 1960
  • DeLane Matthews 1961
  • Marcus Roberts 1963
  • Sydney Penny 1971
  • Charlize Theron 1975 - Actress 
  • Joe Burke
  • Niels Swinkels

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.