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Almanac - Friday 6/5/20


It’s a great day for a veggie burger!  Or if you’d rather, it’s also Donut Day - wash ‘em both down with some moonshine, as it’s also National Moonshine Day.

Today is Friday, June 5, 2020, the 156nd day of the year, with 209 days remaining. 15 days till summer, and only 151 days until presidential elections (if civilization survives).  

  • Sunrise: 5:48am      
  • Sunset: 8:29pm ...giving us 14 hours and 40 minutes of daylight.   98% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 8:45pm.  

Tides at the Golden Gate       

  • High: 1:02pm/11:49pm       
  • Low: 5:53am/5:34pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Constitution Day - Denmark, Faroe Islands
  • Father's Day - Denmark
  • Liberation Day - Seychelles
  • President's Birthday- Equatorial Guinea, Guinea
  • Dame Lois Browne-Evans Day - Bermuda
  • World Environment Day
  • Baby Boomers Recognition Day
  • Hot Air Balloon Day
  • National Moonshine Day
  • National Veggie Burgers Day
  • Doughnut Day or Donut Day
  • National Moonshine Day 
  • Gingerbread Day 
  • National Veggie Burger Day 
  • Feast day of St. Boniface, patron saint of brewers

On this day in…

1595 - Henry IV's army defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Fontaine-Francaise.

1752 - Benjamin Franklin flew a kite for the first time to demonstrate that lightning was a form of electricity.

1794 - The U.S. Congress prohibited citizens from serving in any foreign armed forces.

1827 - Athens fell to the Ottomans.

1851 - Harriet Beecher Stow published the first installment of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in "The National Era."

1865 - The first safe deposit vault was opened in New York. The charge was $1.50 a year for every $1,000 that was stored.

1884 - U.S. Civil War General William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential nomination, saying, "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected."

1917 - American men began registering for the World War I draft.

1924 - Ernst F. W. Alexanderson transmitted the first facsimile message across the Atlantic Ocean.

1927 - Johnny Weissmuller set two world records in swimming events. Weissmuller set marks in the 100-yard, and 200-yard, free-style swimming competition.

1933 - President Roosevelt signed the bill that took the U.S. off of the gold standard.

1940 - During World War II, the Battle of France began when Germany began an offensive in Southern France.

1944 - The first B-29 bombing raid hit the Japanese rail line in Bangkok, Thailand.

1946 - The first medical sponges were first offered for sale in Detroit, MI.

1947 - U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at Harvard University in which he outlined the Marshall Plan.

1956 - Premier Nikita Khrushchev denounced Josef Stalin to the Soviet Communist Party Congress.

1967 - The Six Day War between Israel and Egypt, Syria and Jordan began.

1973 - The first hole-in-one in the British Amateur golf championship was made by Jim Crowford.

1981 - In the U.S., the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS.

1998 - A strike at a General Motors parts factory began. It lasted for seven weeks.

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

  • Adam Smith 1723 - Author
  • "Pancho" Villa - Mexican Revolutionary general
  • John Maynard Keynes 1883 - Economist
  • Dennis Gabor 1900 - Electrical engineer, inventor of holography
  • Tony Richardson 1928 - Director, producer
  • Bill Moyers 1934 - Broadcast journalist
  • Spalding Gray 1941 - Actor, playwright, screenwriter
  • Don Reid 1945 - Musician (The Statler Brothers)
  • Fred Stone 1946 - Musician (Sly & The Family Stone)
  • Laurie Anderson 1947 - Singer
  • Suze Orman 1951 - TV personality
  • Kenny G. 1956 - Musician
  • Richard Butler 1956 - Musician (Psychedelic Furs)
  • Ron Livingston 1967 - Actor 
  • Brian McKnight 1969 - Singer
  • Mark Wahlberg 1971 - Actor, singer 
  • Chad Allen 1974 - Actor
  • Liza Weil 1977 - Actress ("The Gilmore Girls")
  • Pete Wentz 1979 - Musician (Fall Out Boy)


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.