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