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Almanac - Friday 12/6/19


Enjoy a bowl on Gazpacho Soup Day!

Today is Friday, December 6, 2019, the 340th day of the year, with 25 days remaining.  And only 340 days until the 2020 Presidential Election.    

  • Sunrise: 7:11am        
  • Sunset: 4:514pm ...giving us 9 hours and 41 minutes of daylight.   64% of the waxing gibbous moon will be visible, rising at 2:04pm.  

Tides at the Golden Gate               

  • High: 7:34am/7:53pm           
  • Low: 12:34am/2:00pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Constitution Day - Spain 
  • Farmer's Day - Ghana 
  • Foundation of Quito Ecuador 
  • Independence Day Finland 
  • St. Nicholas Day - Europe
  • Faux Fur Friday
  • Miners' Day
  • National Pawnbrokers Day
  • National Salesperson Day
  • National Gazpacho Day 
  • Microwave Oven Day 
  • National Bartender Appreciation Day
  • Feast of Nicholas of Myra, patron of bakers, barrel makers, brewers, coopers.

On this day in…

1735 - In London, French surgeon Claudius Amyand peformed the first successful appendectomy at St. George's Hospital. The patient was an 11-year old boy that had swallowed a pin.

1774 - Austria became the first nation to introduce a state education system.

1790 - The U.S. Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia.

1865 - The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment abolished slavery in the U.S.

1876 - The city of Anaheim was incorporated for a second time.

1877 - Thomas Edison demonstrated the first gramophone, with a recording of himself reciting Mary Had a Little Lamb.

1883 - "Ladies' Home Journal" was published for the first time.

1884 - The construction of the Washington Monument was completed by Army engineers. The project took 34 years.

1889 - Jefferson Davis died in New Orleans. He was the first and only president of the Confederate States of America.

1907 - In Monongah, WV, 361 people were killed in America's worst mine disaster.

1917 - More than 1,600 people died when two munitions ships collided in the harbor at Halifax, Nova Scotia.

1917 - Finland proclaimed independence from Russia.

1921 - The Catholic Irish Free State was created as a self-governing dominion of Britain when an Anglo-Irish treaty was signed.

1923 - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge became the first president to give a presidential address that was broadcast on radio.

1926 - In Italy, Benito Mussolini introduced a tax on bachelors.

1947 - Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by U.S. President Truman.

1957 - AFL-CIO members voted to expel the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The Teamsters were readmitted in 1987.

1957 - America's first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed when the satellite blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, FL.

1960 - Gene Autry and Bob Reynolds were granted the Los Angeles Angels baseball franchise by the American League.

1973 - Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the vice-president of the United States after vice-president Spiro Agnew resigned.

1982 - 11 soldiers and 6 civilians were killed when a bomb exploded in a pub in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland. The Irish National Liberation Army was responsible for planting the bomb.

1983 - In Jerusalem, a bomb planted on a bus exploded killing six Israelis and wounding 44.

1985 - Congressional negotiators reached an agreement on a deficit-cutting proposal that later became the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings law.

1989 - The worst mass shooting in Canadian history occurred when a man gunned down 14 women at the University of Montreal's school of engineering. The man then killed himself.

1989 - Egon Krenz resigned as leader of East Germany.

1990 - Iraq announced that it would release all its 2,000 foreign hostages.

1990 - U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle was enshrined in the Little League Museum's Hall of Excellence.

1992 - Germany's primary political parties agreed to tighten postwar asylum laws.

1992 - In India, thousands of Hindu extremists destroyed a mosque. The following two months of Hindu-Muslim rioting resulted in at least 2,000 people being killed.

1993 - Former priest James R. Porter was sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison. Porter had admitted molesting 28 children in the 1960s.

1994 - Orange County, CA, filed for bankruptcy protection due to investment losses of about $2 billion. The county is one of the richest in the U.S. and became the largest municipality to file for bankruptcy.

1997 - A Russian Antonov 124 military transport crashed into a residential area in Irkutsk, Russia, shortly after takeoff. 70 people were killed.

1998 - In Venezuela, former Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Chavez was elected president. He had staged a bloody coup attempt against the government six years earlier.

1998 - Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavour connected the first two building blocks of the international space station in the shuttle cargo bay.

2002 - Winona Ryder was sentenced to 36 months of probation and 480 hours of community service stemming from her conviction for shoplifting from Saks Fifth Avenue. She was also ordered to pay $10,000 in fines and restitution.

2002 - Officials released the detailed plans for a $4.7 million memorial commemorating Princess Diana. The large oval fountain was planned to be constructed in London's Hyde Park. 

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

  • Henry VI (England) 1421 
  • William S. Hart 1870 
  • Alfred Joyce Kilmer 1886 
  • Osbert Sitwell 1892 
  • Ira Gershwin 1896 
  • Alfred Eisenstadt 1898 
  • Agnes Moorehead 1906 
  • Lester Gillis (George "Baby Face" Nelson) 1908 - Bank robber 
  • Dave Brubeck 1920 
  • Wally Cox 1924 
  • David Ossman 1936 
  • Helen Cornelius 1941 
  • Len Barry 1942 
  • Jonathan King 1944 
  • James Naughton 1945 
  • Tom Hulce 1953 
  • Wil Shriner 1953 
  • JoBeth Williams 1953 
  • Miles Chapin 1954 
  • Steven Wright 1955 
  • Peter Buck (R.E.M.) 1956 
  • Janine Turner 1962 
  • Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl) 1962 
  • Ulf Ekberg (Ace of Base) 1970 
  • Ryan White 1971 


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.