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Almanac - Friday 9/20/19

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(It’s a great day for a rum punch...on National Rum Punch Day!)

Today is Friday, September 20, 2019, the 263rd day of the year, with 102 days remaining. 4 days until autumn and a mere 410 days until the 2020 Presidential Election.    

  • Sunrise: 6:56am    
  • Sunset: 7:10pm ...giving us 12 hours and 16 minutes of daylight.   73% of the waning gibbous moon will be visible, rising at 11:10pm.  

Tides at the Golden Gate          

  • High: 4:55am/4:08pm
  • Low: 9:41am/10:56pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Liberation Day - East Timor
  • International Grenache Day
  • National Concussion Awareness Day
  • National Doodle Day
  • National Fried Rice Day
  • National POW/MIA Recognition Day
  • National Tradesmen Day
  • National String Cheese Day
  • National Rum Punch Day 
  • National Pepperoni Pizza Day 

On this day in…

1519 - Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan left Spain to find a route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Magellan was killed during the trip, but one of his ships eventually made the journey.

1870 - The Papal States came under the control of Italian troops, leading to the unification of Italy.

1881 - Chester A. Arthur became the 21st president of the U.S. President James A. Garfield had died the day before.

1884 - The Equal Rights Party was formed in San Francisco, CA.

1921 - KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA, started a daily radio newscast. It was one of the first in the U.S.

1946 - The first Cannes Film Festival premiered. The original premier was delayed in 1939 due to World War II.

1962 - James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Governor Ross R. Barnett. Meredith was later admitted.

1963 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy proposed a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition to the moon in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

1967 - The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) was launched. It went out of service on November 27, 2008.

1977 - The first of the "boat people" arrived in San Francisco from Southeast Asia under a new U.S. resettlement program.

1982 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the U.S., France, and Italy were going to send peacekeeping troops back to Beirut.

1989 - F.W. de Klerk was sworn in as president of South Africa.

1991 - U.N. weapons inspectors left for Iraq in a renewed search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

1992 - French voters approved the Maastricht Treaty.

1995 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted to drop the national speed limit. This allowed the states to decide their own speed limits.

2013 - Apple released the iPhone 5s.

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

  • Upton Sinclair 1878 
  • Rachel Roberts 1927 
  • Johnny Dankworth 1927 
  • Anne Meara 1929 - Actress, comdian 
  • Peter Palmer 1931 
  • Sophia Loren 1934 - Actress 
  • John (Chuck) Panozzo (Styx) 1947 
  • Betsy Brantley 1955 
  • Gary Cole 1957 - Actor 
  • Alannah Currie (Thompson Twins) 1957 
  • Kristen Johnston 1965 - Actress ("3rd Rock From the Sun") 
  • Gunnar Nelson 1967 - Singer (Nelson) 
  • Matthew Nelson 1967 - Singer (Nelson) 
  • Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden) 1968