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Almanac - Friday 10/18/19


Raise a glass...to Global Champagne Day!

Today is Friday, October 18, 2019, the 291st day of the year, with 74 days remaining.  And only 382 days until the 2020 Presidential Election.    

  • Sunrise: 7:21am     
  • Sunset: 6:29pm ...giving us 11 hours and 10 minutes of daylight.   85% of the waning gibbous moon will be visible, rising at 9:54pm.


Tides at the Golden Gate            

  • High: 3:52am/2:38pm       
  • Low: 8:26am/5:04pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Alaska Day - US
  • National Flag Day - Chile 
  • National Independence Day - Azerbaijan 
  • Persons Day - Canada 
  • Global Champagne Day
  • International Necktie Day
  • Mammography Day
  • Meatloaf Appreciation Day
  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • Newpaper Comic Strip Appreciation Day
  • World Menopause Day

On this day in…


1469 - Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile. The marriage united all the dominions of Spain.

1685 - King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had established the legal toleration of the Protestant population.

1767 - The Mason-Dixon line was agreed upon. It was the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.

1842 - Samuel Finley Breese Morse laid his first telegraph cable.

1867 - The U.S. took formal possession of Alaska from Russia. The land was purchased of a total of $7 million dollars (2 cents per acre).

1892 - The first long-distance telephone line between Chicago, IL, and New York City, NY, was opened.

1898 - The American flag was raised in Puerto Rico only one year after the Caribbean nation won its independence from Spain.

1929 - The Judicial Committee of England’s Privy Council ruled that women were to be considered as persons in Canada.

1944 - Czechoslovakia was invaded by the Soviets during World War II.

1956 - NFL commissioner Bert Bell disallowed the use of radio-equipped helmets by NFL quarterbacks.

1961 - Henri Matiss' "Le Bateau" went on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art. It was discovered 46 days later that the painting had been hanging upside down.

1967 - The American League granted permission for the A's to move to Oakland. Also, new franchises were awarded to Kansas City and Seattle.

1968 - Two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, were suspended by the U.S. Olympic Committee for giving a "black power" salute during a ceremony in Mexico City.

1969 - The U.S. government banned artificial sweeteners due to evidence that they caused cancer.

1970 - Quebec's minister of labor was found strangled to death after eight days of being held captive by the Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ).

1971 - After 34 years, the final issue of "Look" magazine was published.

1977 - Reggie Jackson tied Babe Ruth's record for hitting three homeruns in a single World Series game. Jackson was only the second player to achieve this.

1983 - General Motors agreed to hire more women and minorities for five years as part of a settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

1985 - South African authorities hanged black activist Benjamin Moloise. Moloise had been convicted of murdering a police officer.

1989 - Egon Krenz became the leader of East Germany after Erich Honecker was ousted. Honeker had been in power for 18 years.

1989 - The space shuttle Atlantis was launched on a mission that included the deployment of the Galileo space probe.

1990 - Iraq made an offer to the world that it would sell oil for $21 a barrel. The price level was the same as it had been before the invasion of Kuwait.

1997 - A monument honoring U.S. servicewomen, past and present, was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery.

2013 - Saudi Arabia became the first nation to reject a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Jordan took the seat on December 6. 

If today’s your birthday, you share it with…

  • Giovanni Canaletto 1697 
  • Lotte Lenya (Karoline Blamauer) 1898 
  • James Brooks 1906 - Artist
  • Bobby Troup 1918 - Actor 
  • Anita O'Day 1919 - Singer
  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919 - Prime Minister of Canada
  • Melina Mercouri 1920 - Actress
  • Chuck Berry (Charles Edward Anderson Berry) 1926 - Singer
  • George C. Scott 1927 - Actor 
  • Peter Boyle 1935 - Actor ("The X-Files," "Everybody Loves Raymond")
  • Lee Harvey Oswald 1939 
  • Willie Horton 1942 - Baseball player
  • Russ Giguere 1943 - Guitar player, singer (The Association)
  • Laura Nyro 1947 - Singer, songwriter
  • Gary Richrath 1949 - Musician (REO Speedwagon)
  • Wendy Wasserstein 1950 - Writer
  • Pam Dawber 1951 - Actress ("Mork & Mindy")
  • Martina Navratilova 1956 - Tennis player
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme 1960- Actor ("Double Impact," "Hard Target")
  • Erin Moran 1960 - Actress ("Happy Days," "Joanie Loves Chachi")
  • Wynton Marsalis 1961 - Musician
  • Vincent Spano 1962 - Actor
  • Tim Cross 1966 - Musician (Sponge)
  • Michael Stich 1968 - Tennis player
  • Peter Svensson 1974 - Guitar player (The Cardigans)
  • Zach Effron 1987 - Actor, singer 
  • Joy Lauren 1989 - Actress ("Desperate Housewives")
  • Tyler Posey 1991 - Actor 

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.