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Almanac - Friday 11/15/19

It's America Recycles Day! Today is Friday, November 15, 2019, the 319th day of the year, with 46 days remaining.  And only 354 days until the 2020 Presidential Election.    

  • Sunrise: 6:50am      
  • Sunset: 4:59pm ...giving us 10 hours and 10 minutes of daylight.   

94% of the waning gibbous moon will be visible, rising at 7:41pm.  

Tides at the Golden Gate             

  • High: 1:56am/12:26pm         
  • Low: 6:20am/7:16pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • King's Birthday - Belgium 
  • Peace Day - Ivory Coast 
  • Proclamation of the Republic - Brazil 
  • Shichi - Go - San (Seven - Five - Three) - Japan 
  • America Recycles Day 
  • National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
  • Spicy Hermit Cookie Day 
  • National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

National Bundt Day  
Celebration of St. Albert the Great, patron of natural sciences and students

On this day in…

1777 - The Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, precursor to the U.S. Constitution.

1806 - Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop that became known as Pikes Peak.

1864 - Union Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops began their "March to the Sea" during the U.S. Civil War.

1867 - the first stock ticker was unveiled in New York City.

1889 - Brazil's monarchy was overthrown.

1901 - Miller Reese patented an electrical hearing aid.

1902 - Anarchist Gennaro Rubin failed in his attempt to murder King Leopold II of Belgium.

1920 - The League of Nations met for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland.

1926 - The National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) debuted with a radio network of 24 stations. The first network radio broadcast was a four-hour "spectacular."

1939 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

1965 - The Soviet probe, Venera 3, was launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On March 1, 1966, it became the first unmanned spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet when it crashed on Venus.

1966 - The flight of Gemini 12 ended successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean.

1969 - In Washington, DC, a quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration against the Vietnam War.

1985 - Britain and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in governing Northern Ireland.

1986 - A government tribunal in Nicaragua convicted American Eugene Hasenfus of charges related to his role in delivering arms to Contra rebels. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison and was pardoned a month later.

1986 - Ivan F. Boesky, reputed to be the highest-paid person on Wall Street, faced penalties of $100 million for insider stock trading. It was the highest penalty ever imposed by the SEC.

1988 - The Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state at the close of a four-day conference in Algiers.

1993 - A judge in Mineola, NY, sentenced Joey Buttafuoco to six months in jail for the statutory rape of Amy Fisher. Fisher was serving a prison sentence for shooting and wounding Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo.

2006 - Andy Warhol's painting of Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong sold for $17.4 million. At the same auction "Orange Marilyn" sold for $16.2 million and "Sixteen Jackies" sold for $15.6 million.

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

  • William Pitt the Elder 1708 
  • Georgia O'Keeffe 1887 
  • Joseph Wapner 1919 
  • Ed Asner 1929 
  • Whitman Mayo 1930 
  • Petula Clark 1932 
  • Sam Waterston 1940 
  • Daniel Barenboim 1942 - Israeli pianist and conductor 
  • Frida Lyngstad (ABBA) 1945 
  • Kevin Eubanks 1957 


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.