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KALW Almanac - Friday 8/30/19


Life is a cabernet today, my friend...enjoy a glass on International Cabernet Sauvignon Day!


Today is Friday, August 30, 2019, the 242nd day of the year, with 123 days remaining. 24 days until autumn and a mere 431 days until the 2020 Presidential Election.    

  • Sunrise: 6:38am 
  • Sunset: 7:42pm ...giving us 13 hours and 7 minutes of daylight.   None of the moon will be visible...new moon!

Tides at the Golden Gate       

  • High: 12:54pm       
  • Low: 5:57am/6:02pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Children's Day - Afghanistan 
  • Constitution Day - East Timor, Kazakhstan, Turks & Caicos Islands  
  • Feast of St Rose of Lima (Rose Festival) - St. Lucia, Peru
  • Victory Day - Cyprus 
  • International Cabernet Sauvignon Day
  • International Day of The Victims of Enforced Disappearances
  • International Whale Shark Day
  • National College Colors Day
  • National Grief Awareness Day
  • National Holistic Pet Day
  • National Toasted Marshmallow Day
  • Celebration of St. Fiacre, patron of gardeners, florists, and box makers

On this day in…


1146 - European leaders outlawed the crossbow.

1645 - American Indians and the Dutch made a peace treaty at New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam later became known as New York.

1682 - William Penn sailed from England and later established the colony of Pennsylvania in America.

1780 - General Benedict Arnold secretly promised to surrender the West Point fort to the British army.

1809 - Charles Doolittle Walcott first discovered fossils near Burgess Pass. He named the site Burgess Shale after nearby Mt. Burgess.

1862 - The Confederates defeated Union forces at the second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, VA.

1928 - The Independence of India League was established in India.

1941 - During World War II, the Nazis severed the last railroad link between Leningrad and the rest of the Soviet Union.

1945 - General Douglas MacArthur set up Allied occupation headquarters in Japan.

1951 - The Philippines and the United States signed a defense pact.

1956 - In Louisianna, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened.

1960 - A partial blockade was imposed on West Berlin by East Germany.

1963 - The "Hotline" between Moscow and Washington, DC, went into operation.

1965 - Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the first black justice to sit on the Supreme Court.

1983 - The space shuttle Challenger blasted off with Guion S. Bluford Jr. aboard. He was the first black American to travel in space.

1984 - The space shuttle Discovery lifted off for the first time. On the voyage three communications satellites were deployed.

1984 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and several others, were inducted into the Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

1991 - The Soviet republic of Azerbaijan declared its independence.

1994 - Rosa Parks was robbed and beaten by Joseph Skipper. Parks was known for her refusal to give up her seat on a bus in 1955, which sparked the civil rights movement.

1994 - The largest U.S. defense contractor was created when the Lockheed and Martin Marietta corporations agreed to a merger.

1996 - An expedition to raise part of the Titanic failed when the nylon lines being used to raise part of the hull snapped. 

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

  • Mary Shelley 1797 
  • Maria Montessori 1870 
  • Huey P. Long 1893 
  • Raymond Massey 1896 
  • Shirley Booth 1907 
  • Fred MacMurray 1908 
  • Joan Blondell 1912 
  • Ted Williams 1918 
  • John Phillips (Mamas and the Papas) 1935 
  • Elizabeth Ashley 1939 
  • Ben Jones 1941 
  • Robert Crumb 1943 
  • Jean-Claude Killy 1943 
  • Peggy Lipton 1947 
  • Timothy Bottoms 1951 
  • Michael Chiklis 1963 
  • Cameron Diaz 1972