Almanac - Wednesday 8/21/19
Enjoy some ice cream...it’s National Spumoni Day!
Today is Wednesday, August 21, 2019, the 223th day of the year, with 132 days remaining. 33 days until autumn and a mere 440 days until the 2020 Presidential Election.
Sunset: 7:55pm ...giving us 13 hours and 27 minutes of daylight. 76% of the waning gibbous moon will be visible, rising at 11:22pm.
Tides at the Golden Gate
Special celebrations & commemorations today…
Mohammed VI's Birthday - Morocco
Brazilian Blow-out Day
International Day of Remembrance and Tribute To The Victims of Terrorism
Internet Self-care Day
National Medical Dosimetrist Day
St. Bernard Tolomeo's Day, patron of olive growers
National Spumoni Day
Senior Citizen's Day
On this day in…
1680 - The Pueblo Indians drove the Spanish out and took possession of Santa Fe, NM.
1831 - Nat Turner, a former slave, led a violent insurrection in Virginia. He was later executed.
1841 - A patent for venetian blinds was issued to John Hampton.
1878 - The American Bar Association was formed by a group of lawyers, judges and law professors in Saratoga, NY.
1888 - The adding machine was patented by William Burroughs.
1912 - Arthur R. Eldred became the first American boy to become an Eagle Scout. It is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
1923 - In Kalamazoo, Michigan, an ordinance was passed forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes of their partner.
1943 - Japan evacuated the Aleutian island of Kiaska. Kiaska had been the last North American foothold held by the Japanese.
1945 - U.S. President Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had shipped about $50 billion in aid to America's Allies during World War II.
1963 - In South Vietnam, martial law was declared. Army troops and police began to crackdown on the Buddhist anti-government protesters.
1971 - Laura Baugh, at the age of 16, won the United States Women's Amateur Golf tournament. She was the youngest winner in the history of the tournament.
1984 - Victoria Roche, a reserve outfielder, became the first girl to ever compete in a Little League World Series game.
1984 - Clint Eastwood was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1989 - Voyager 2, a U.S. space probe, got close to the Neptune moon called Triton.
1991 - The hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev ended. The uprising that led to the collapse was led by Russian federation President Boris Yeltsin.
1992 - NBC News fired Authur Kent two weeks after he refused an assignment to war-torn Croatia.
1993 - NASA lost contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft. The fate of the spacecraft was unknown. The mission cost $980 million.
1994 - Ernesto Zedillo won the Mexican presidential election.
1996 - The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was signed by U.S. President Clinton. The act made it easier to obtain and keep health insurance.
1997 - Hudson Foods Inc. closed a plant in Nebraska after it had recalled 25 million pounds of ground beef that was potentially contaminated with E. coli 01557:H7. It was the largest food recall in U.S. history.
1997 - Afghanistan suspended its embassy operations in the United States.
Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...
William Count Basie 1904
Chris Schenkel 1923
Jack Weston 1924
Art Farmer 1928
Elmo Langley 1928
Princess Margaret (Britain) 1930
Melvin Van Peebles 1932 - Actor, director
Wilt Chamberlain 1936
Kenny Rogers 1938 - Country singer
James Burton 1939
Clarence Williams III 1939 - Actor ("The Mod Squad," "Purple Rain")
Harold Reid (The Statler Brothers) 1939
Ernie Maresca 1939 - Musician
Jackie DeShannon 1944 - Singer
Peter Weir 1944 - Film director
Willie Lanier 1945
Patty McCormack 1945
Carl Giammarese (The Buckinghams) 1947
Harry Smith 1951 - Broadcast journalist
Joe Strummer (The Clash) 1952
Nick Kane (The Mavericks) 1954
Kim Cattrall 1956 - Actress
Kim Sledge (Sister Sledge) 1957
Budgie (Siouzie and the Banshees) 1957
Jim McMahon 1959