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Almanac - 11/22/19


Among the musicians that have/had today as their birthday: Hoagy Carmichael (Heart and Soul, Georgia on My Mind, The Nearness of You...several hundred others!)


Today is Friday, November 22, 2019, the 326th day of the year, with 39 days remaining.  And only 347 days until the 2020 Presidential Election.    

  • Sunrise: 6:58am       
  • Sunset: 4:54pm ...giving us 9 hours and 59 minutes of daylight.   28% of the waning gibbous moon will be visible, rising at 2:16am.  

Tides at the Golden Gate              

  • High: 8:03am/8:17pm          
  • Low: 1:02am/2:06pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Buss und Bettag (Repentance Day) - Switzerland, Germany 
  • Day of 1970 Invasion - Guinea 
  • Feast of St Cecilia - St. Lucia 
  • Independence Day - Lebanon 
  • National Stop the Violence Day - US
  • Humane Society Day
  • Substitute Educators Day
  • National Cranberry Relish Day 
  • Go For A Ride Day

On this day in…

1699 - A treaty was signed by Denmark, Russia, Saxony and Poland for the partitioning of the Swedish Empire.

1718 - English pirate Edward Teach (a.k.a. "Blackbeard") was killed during a battle off the coast of North Carolina. British soldiers cornered him aboard his ship and killed him. He was shot and stabbed more than 25 times.

1899 - The Marconi Wireless Company of America was incorporated in New Jersey.

1906 - The International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin adopted the SOS distress signal.

1909 - Helen Hayes appeared on stage for the first time. She was a member of the cast of "In Old Dutch."

1910 - Arthur F. Knight patented a steel shaft to replace wood shafts in golf clubs.

1928 - In Paris, "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel was first performed publicly.

1935 - The first trans-Pacific airmail flight began in Alameda, CA, when the flying boat known as the China Clipper left for Manila. The craft was carrying over 110,000 pieces of mail.

1942 - During World War II, the Battle of Stalingrad began.

1943 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss the measures for defeating Japan.

1963 - U.S. President Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, TX. Texas Governor John B. Connally was also seriously wounded. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson was inaugurated as the 36th U.S. President.

1967 - The U.N. Security Council approved resolution 242. The resolution called for Israel to withdraw from territories it had captured in 1967 and called on adversaries to recognize Israel's right to exist.

1972 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon lifted a ban on American travel to Cuba. The ban had been put in place on February 8, 1963.

1974 - The U.N. General Assembly gave the Palestine Liberation Organization observer status.

1975 - Juan Carlos I was proclaimed King of Spain upon the death of Gen. Francisco Franco.

1977 - Regular passenger service on the Concorde began between New York and Europe.

1983 - The Bundestag approved NATO's plan to deploy new U.S. nuclear missiles in West Germany.

1984 - Fred Rogers of PBS' "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" presented a sweater to the Smithsonian Institution.

1985 - Anne Henderson-Pollard was taken into custody a day after her husband Jonathon Jay Pollard was arrested for spying for Israel.

1985 - 38,648 immigrants became citizens of the United States. It was the largest swearing-in ceremony.

1986 - Attorney General Edwin Meese's office discovered a memo in Colonel Oliver North's office that included an amount of money to be sent to the Contras from the profits of weapons sales to Iran.

1988 - The South African government announced it had joined Cuba and Angola in endorsing a plan to remove Cuban troops from Angola.

1989 - Rene Moawad, the president of Lebanon, was assassinated less than three weeks after taking office by a bomb that exploded next to his motorcade in West Beirut.

1990 - British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced she would resign.

1993 - Mexico's Senate overwhelmingly approved the North American Free Trade Agreement.

1994 - In northwest Bosnia, Serb fighters set villages on fire in response to a retaliatory air strikes by NATO.

2005 - Angela Merkel was elected as Germany's first female chancellor.

2013 - The discovery of Siats meekerorum was announced. The dinosaur skeleton, more than 30 feet long, was found in eastern Utah.

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

  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach 1710 - Composer, second child of JS Bach
  • George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) 1819 - Novelist, journalist
  • Charles de Gaulle 1890 - President of France
  • Hoagy Carmichael 1899 - Composer, pianist, singer, actor, bandleader
  • Joaquin Rodrigo 1901 - Composer
  • Benjamin Britten 1913 - Composer, conductor, pianist
  • Rodney Dangerfield 1921 - Actor, comedian
  • Geraldine Page 1924 - Actress
  • Robert Vaughn 1932 - Actor
  • Terry Gilliam 1940 - Director, animator ("Monty Python")
  • Tom Conti 1941 - Actor, director, novelist
  • Billie Jean King 1943 - Tennis player
  • Floyd Sneed (Three Dog Night) 1943
  • Aston Barrett (Bob Marley & The Wailers) 1946
  • Steve Van Zandt 1949 - Musician (E Street Band)
  • Tina Weymouth 1950 - Musician (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club)
  • Richard Kind 1956 -Actor ("Spin City," "Mad About You")
  • Jamie Lee Curtis 1958 - Actress
  • Jason Ringenberg 1958 - Singer (Jason & the Scorchers)
  • Mariel Hemingway 1961 - Actress
  • Nicholas Rowe 1966 - Actor
  • Boris Becker 1967 - Tennis player
  • Mark Ruffalo 1967 - Actor ("13 Going on 30")
  • Scarlett Johansson 1984 - Actress (The Island)

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.