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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 asNew York.

1682 - William Penn sailed from England and later established the colony ofPennsylvania 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 theUnited 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 theU.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 largestU.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  


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.