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Almanac - Friday 1/17/20

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Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks to female students at the Can Giuoc high school in Long An province, Vietnam, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Mrs. Obama is on a visit to Vietnam to promote education for adolescent girls.

Happy Birthday, Michelle Obama!

Today is Friday, January 17, 2020.  Only 291 days until the 2020 Presidential Election.    

  • Sunrise: 7:23am         
  • Sunset: 5:16pm ...giving us 9 hours and 52 minutes of daylight.  58% of the waning gibbous moon will be visible, rising at 12:16am.  

Tides at the Golden Gate                 

  • High: 5:06am/5:29am             
  • Low: 11:24am/10:56pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • International Mentoring Day
  • International Fetish Day
  • National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • National Oysters Rockefeller Day
  • National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • National Bootleggers Day
  • Arbor Day - Florida
  • Celebration of St. Anthony the Abbot, patron saint of pigs & butchers
  • Cable Car Day
  • Kid Inventors' Day
  • Popeye Day

On this day in…

1377 - The Papal See was transferred from Avignon in France back to Rome.

1562 - French Protestants were recognized under the Edict of St. Germain.

1773 - Captain Cook's Resolution became the first ship to cross the Antarctic Circle.

1795 - The Dudingston Curling Society was organized in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1806 - James Madison Randolph, grandson of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, was the first child born in the White House.

1852 - The independence of the Transvaal Boers was recognized by Britain.

1871 - Andrew S. Hallidie received a patent for a cable car system.

1882 - Thomas Edison's exhibit opened the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London.

1893 - The Kingdom of Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown when a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate.

1900 - The U.S. took Wake Island where there was in important cable link between Hawaii and Manila.

1900 - Yaqui Indians in Texas proclaimed their independence from Mexico.

1900 - Mormon Brigham Roberts was denied a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for his practicing of polygamy.

1905 - Punchboards were patented by a manufacturing firm in Chicago, IL.

1912 - English explorer Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole. Norwegian Roald Amundsen had beaten him there by one month. Scott and his party died during the return trip.

1913 - All partner interests in 36 Golden Rule Stores were consolidated and incorporated in Utah into one company. The new corporation was the J.C. Penney Company.

1916 - The Professional Golfers Association was formed in New York City.

1928 - The fully automatic, film-developing machine was patented by A.M. Josepho.

1934 - Ferdinand Porsche submitted a design for a people's car, a "Volkswagen," to the new German Reich government.

1938 - "Stepmother" debuted on CBS radio.

1945 - Soviet and Polish forces liberated Warsaw during World War II.

1945 - Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody. Wallenberg was credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews.

1946 - The United Nations Security Council held its first meeting.

1949 - "The Goldbergs" debuted on CBS-TV. The program had been on radio since 1931. The TV version lasted for four years.

1959 - Senegal and the French Sudan joined to form the Federal State of Mali.

1961 - In his farewell address, U.S. President Eisenhower warned against the rise of "the military-industrial complex."

1966 - A B-52 carrying four H-bombs collided with a refuelling tanker. The bombs were released and eight crewmembers were killed.

1977 - Double murderer Gary Gilmore became the first to be executed in the U.S. in a decade. The firing squad took place at Utah State Prison.

1991 - Coalition airstrikes began against Iraq after negotiations failed to get Iraq to retreat from the country of Kuwait.

1992 - An IRA bomb, placed next to a remote country road in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, killed seven building workers and injured seven others.

1994 - The Northridge earthquake rocked Los Angeles, CA, registering a 6.7 on the Richter Scale. At least 61 people were killed and about $20 billion in damage was caused.

1995 - More than 6,000 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 devastated the city of Kobe, Japan.

1997 - A court in Ireland granted the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country's history.

1997 - Israel gave over 80% of Hebron to Palestinian rule, but held the remainder where several hundred Jewish settlers lived among 20,000 Palestinians.

1998 - U.S. President Clinton gave his deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit against him. He was the first U.S. President to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil lawsuit.

2001 - Congo's President Laurent Kabila was shot and killed during a coup attempt. Congolese officials temporarily placed Kabila's son in charge of the government.

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

  • Benjamin Franklin 1706
  • David Lloyd George (Britain) 1863
  • Carl Laemmle 1867
  • Noah Beery 1883
  • Mack Sennett 1884
  • Marjorie Gateson 1891
  • Al Capone 1899 - Gangster
  • Nevil Shute 1899
  • Vido Musso 1913
  • George Handy 1920
  • Betty White 1922 - Actress
  • Moira Shearer 1926 - Ballerina, actress
  • Eartha Kitt 1927 - Actress, singer
  • Vidal Sassoon 1928
  • Jacques Plante 1929
  • James Earl Jones 1931 - Actor, "Star Wars" movies as the voice of Darth Vader
  • Sheree North 1933 - Actress
  • Shari Lewis (Hurwitz) 1934
  • Maury Povich 1939 - Talk show host
  • Muhammad Ali 1942 - Boxer
  • Chris Montez 1944
  • William Hart (Delfonics) 1945 - Singer
  • Mick Taylor 1948 - Musician (Rolling Stones)
  • Andy Kaufman 1949 - Comedian
  • Steve Earle 1955 - Singer
  • Paul Young 1956 - Singer
  • Steve Harvey 1957 - Actor, comedian
  • Susanna Hoffs (Bangles) 1957 - Singer
  • John Crawford (Berlin) 1960
  • Jim Carrey 1962 - Actor, comedian ("Batman Forever," "Liar Liar," "The Mask")
  • Michelle Obama 1964
  • Shabba Ranks 1966 - Singer
  • Naveen Andrews 1969 - Actor ("Lost")
  • Kid Rock 1971 - Rapper