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KALW Almanac - Friday 1/10/19


It's Oysters Rockefeller Day...yum!


Today is Friday, January 10, 2020.  Only 298 days until the 2020 Presidential Election.    

  • Sunrise: 7:25am        
  • Sunset: 5:09pm ...giving us 9 hours and 44 minutes of daylight.   98% of the waxing crescent moon will be visible, rising at 5:17pm.  

Tides at the Golden Gate                

  • High: 12:04am/10:26am            
  • Low: 4:20am/5:22pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • League of Nations Day
  • National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • National Oysters Rockefeller Day
  • Bittersweet Chocolate Day

On this day in…

1776 - "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine was published.

1840 - The penny post, whereby mail was delivered at a standard charge rather than paid for by the recipient, began in Britain.

1861 - Florida seceded from the United States.

1863 - Prime Minister Gladstone opened the first section of the London Underground Railway system, from Paddington to Farringdon Street.

1870 - John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.

1901 - Oil was discovered at the Spindletop oil field near Beaumont, TX.

1911 - Major Jimmie Erickson took the first photograph from an airplane while flying over San Diego, CA.

1920 - The League of Nations ratified the Treaty of Versailles, officially ending World War I with Germany.

1920 - The League of Nations held its first meeting in Geneva.

1927 - Fritz Lang's film "Metropolis" was first shown, in Berlin.

1928 - The Soviet Union ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky.

1943 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt sailed from Miami, FL, to Trinidad thus becoming the first American President to visit a foreign country during wartime.


1946 - The first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly took place with 51 nations represented.

1950 - Ben Hogan appeared for the first time in a golf tournament since an auto accident a year earlier. He tied ‘Slammin’ Sammy Snead in the Los Angeles Open, however, Hogan lost in a playoff.

1951 - Donald Howard Rogers piloted the first passenger jet on a trip from Chicago to New York City.

1957 - Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Britain, following the resignation Anthony Eden.

1971 - "Masterpiece Theatre" premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cooke. The introduction drama series was "The First Churchills."

1978 - The Soviet Union launched two cosmonauts aboard a Soyuz capsule for a redezvous with the Salyut VI space laboratory.

1981 - In El Salvador, Marxist insurgents launched a "final offensive".

1984 - The United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century.

1990 - Chinese Premier Li Peng ended martial law in Beijing after seven months. He said that crushing pro-democracy protests had saved China from "the abyss of misery."

1990 - Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. completed a $14 billion merger. The new company, Time Warner, was the world's largest entertainment company.

1994 - In Manassas, VA, Lorena Bobbitt went on trial. She had been charged with maliciously wounding her husband John. She was acquitted by reason of temporary insanity.

1997 - Shelby Lynne Barrackman was strangled to death by her grand-father when she licked the icing off of cupcakes. He was convicted of the crime on September 15, 1998.

2000 - It was announced that Time-Warner had agreed to buy America On-line (AOL). It was the largest-ever corporate merger priced at $162 billion. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the deal on December 14, 2000.

2001 - American Airlines agreed to acquire most of Trans World Airlines (TWA) assets for about $500 million. The deal brought an end to the financially troubled TWA.

2002 - In France, the "Official Journal" reported that all women could get the morning-after contraception pill for free in pharmacies.

2003 - North Korea announced that it was withdrawing from the global nuclear arms control treaty and that it had no plans to develop nuclear weapons.

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

  • Ray Bolger 1904
  • Paul Henreid 1908
  • Max Roach 1925
  • Johnnie Ray 1927
  • Sherrill Milnes 1935 - Opera singer
  • Willie McCovey 1938 - Baseball player
  • Sal Mineo 1939
  • Bill Toomey 1939
  • Scott McKenzie (Philip Blondheim) 1939
  • Walter Hill 1941 - Movie director
  • Jim Croce 1943 - Musician
  • Frank Sinatra Jr. 1944 - Singer
  • William Sanderson 1944 - Actor ("Newhart")
  • Rod Stewart 1945 - Singer
  • Bob Lang (Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders) 1946
  • Donald Fagen 1948 - Singer, musician (Steely Dan)
  • Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers) 1948
  • George Foreman 1949 - Boxer
  • Pat Benatar (Pat Andrzejewski) 1953 - Singer
  • Michael Schenker 1955 - Guitarist (Scorpions)
  • Shawn Colvin 1958 - Singer
  • Curt Kirkwood 1959 - Musician (Meat Puppets)
  • Evan Handler 1961 - Actor
  • Brad Roberts 1963 - Singer (Crash Test Dummies)
  • Trini Alvarado 1967 - Actress