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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.    

Sunrise: 6:31am      

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      

High: 3:47am/4:20pm      

Low: 9:34am/10:38pm

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

Poet's 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 inVirginia. 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.

1959 -Hawaii became the 50th state.U.S. President Eisenhower also issued the order for the 50 star flag.

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, aU.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 byU.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 inU.S. history.

1997 - Afghanistan suspended its embassy operations in theUnited 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


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.