Almanac - Friday 4/3/20
It's "Find A Rainbow Day" - here's one I found on my block!
Today is Friday, April 3, 2020, the 94th day of the year. 78 days until summer, and only 214 days until presidential elections (if civilization survives).
- Sunrise: 6:51am
- Sunset: 7:35pm ...giving us 12 hours 42min of daylight. 64% of the waxing gibbous moon will be visible, rising at 2:35pm.
Tides at the Golden Gate
- High: 7:51am/2:43pm
- Low: 2:06am/2:43pm
Special celebrations & commemorations today…
- Don't Go To Work Unless It's Fun Day….well...on second thought, just DON’T GO TO WORK!
- Fan Dance Day
- Hospital Admitting Clerks Day
- International Kids Yoga Day
- National Walk To Work Day
- Find A Rainbow Day
- National Film Score Day
- National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day
- National Chocolate Mousse Day
- Pony Express Day
- Tweed Day
- Weed Out Hate
- World Party Day
On this day in…
1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida. He had sighted the land the day before.
1776 - George Washington received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard College .
1829 - James Carrington patented the coffee mill.
1860 - The first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA. The trip across country took about 10 days. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half.
1865 - Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
1866 - Rudolph Eickemeyer and G. Osterheld patented a blocking and shaping machine for hats.
1882 - The American outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward. There was later controversy over whether it was actually Jesse James that had been killed.
1910 - Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America was climbed.
1933 - First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that beer would be served at the White House. This followed the March 22 legislation that legalized "3.2" beer.
1936 - Richard Bruno Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and death of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.
1942 - The Japanese began their all-out assault on the U.S. and Filipino troops at Bataan.
1946 - Lt. General Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March, was executed in the Philippines.
1948 - U.S. President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan to revive war-torn Europe. It was $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.
1953 - "TV Guide" was published for the first time.
1967 - The U.S. State Department said that Hanoi might be brainwashing American prisoners.
1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "mountaintop" speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated.
1968 - North Vietnam agreed to meet with U.S. representatives to set up preliminary peace talks.
1972 - Charlie Chaplin returned to the U.S. after a twenty-year absence.
1979 - Jane Byrne became the first female mayor in Chicago.
1982 - John Chancellor stepped down as anchor of the "The NBC Nightly News." Roger Mudd and Tom Brokaw became the co-anchors of the show.
1983 - It was reported that Vietnamese occupation forces had overrun a key insurgent base in western Cambodia.
1984 - Sikh terrorists killed a member of the Indian Parliament in his home.
1985 - The U.S. charged that Israel violated the Geneva Convention by deporting Shiite prisoners.
1986 - The U.S. national debt hit $2 trillion.
1996 - Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski was arrested. He pled guilty in January 1998 to five Unabomber attacks in exchange for a life sentence without chance for parole.
1998 - The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 9,000 for the first time.
2000 - A U.S. federal judge ruled that Microsoft had violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors. Microsoft said that they would appeal the ruling.
2010 - The first Apple iPad was released.
If today’s your birthday, you share it with…
- John Harrison 1693 - Carpenter, clockmaker, inventor of the marine chronometer
- Washington Irving 1783 - Author
- William M. "Boss" Tweed 1823 - Political boss, known for his Tweed "Ring" that stole millions of dollars from New York City
- Sally Rand 1904 - Burlesque dancer, actress
- Herb Caen 1916 - Journalist
- Jan Sterling (Adriance) 1923 - Actress
- Doris Day 1924 - Singer, actress
- Marlon Brando 1924 - Actor
- Helmut Kohl 1930 - Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1982-1998
- Jane Goodall 1934 - Anthropologist, author
- Jan Berry 1941 - Songwriter, singer (Jan and Dean)
- Marsha Mason 1942 - Actress
- Wayne Newton 1942 - Singer
- Tony Orlando 1944 - Singer
- Richard Thompson 1949 - Musician (Fairport Convention)
- Mel Schacher 1951 - Musician (Grand Funk Railroad)
- Alec Baldwin 1958 - Actor
- David Hyde Pierce 1959 - Actor
- Eddie Murphy 1961 - Comedian