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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