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KALW Almanac - Friday 6/12/20


Enjoy a falafel ball or wrap today on International Falafel Day!


Today is Friday, June 12, 2020, the 172nd day of the year, with 202 days remaining. 8 days till summer, and only 144 days until presidential elections (if civilization survives).  

  • Sunrise: 5:47am       
  • Sunset: 8:33pm ...giving us 14 hours and 45 minutes of daylight.   64% of the waning moon will be visible, rising at 1:23am.  

Tides at the Golden Gate        

  • High: 4:46am/6:59pm       
  • Low: 11:28am

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Chaco Peace - Paraguay
  • Independence Day - Philippines
  • Dia dos Namorados (Valentine's Day) - Brazil
  • Russia Day - Russia
  • World Day Against Child Labor
  • Crowded Nest Awareness Day
  • International Falafel Day
  • National Jerky Day
  • National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
  • Victims of Orlando, Florida Attack Day
  • Superman Day

On this day in…

1099 - Crusade leaders visited the Mount of Olives where they met a hermit who urged them to assault Jerusalem.

1442 - Alfonso V of Aragon was crowned King of Naples.

1665 - England installed a municipal government in New York. It was the former Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam.

1812 - Napoleon's invasion of Russia began.

1838 - The Iowa Territory was organized.

1839 - Abner Doubleday created the game of baseball, according to the legend.

1849 - Lewis Haslett patented a gas mask. 

1897 - Carl Elsener patented his penknife. The object later became known as the Swiss army knife.

1898 - Philippine nationalists declared their independence from Spain.

1900 - The Reichstag approved a second law that would allow the expansion of the German navy.

1901 - Cuba agreed to become an American protectorate by accepting the Platt Amendment.

1918 - The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurred on World War I's Western Front in France.

1921 - U.S. President Warren Harding urged every young man to attend military training camp.

1923 - Harry Houdini, while suspended upside down 40 feet above the ground, escaped from a strait jacket.

1926 - Brazil quit the League of Nations in protest over plans to admit Germany.

1935 - U.S. Senator Huey Long of Louisiana made the longest speech on Senate record. The speech took 15 1/2 hours and was filled by 150,000 words.

1937 - The Soviet Union executed eight army leaders under Joseph Stalin.

1941 - In London, the Inter-Allied Declaration was signed. It was the first step towards the establishment of the United Nations.

1944 - Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung announced that he would support Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek in the war against Japan.

1963 - Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, MS.

1967 - State laws which prohibited interracial marriages were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

1971 - Tricia Nixon and Edward F. Cox were married in the White House Rose Garden.

1981 - Major league baseball players began a 49 day strike. The issue was free-agent compensation.

1987 - U.S. President Reagan publicly challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

1990 - The parliament of the Russian Federation formally declared its sovereignty.

1991 - Russians went to the election polls and elected Boris N. Yeltsin as the president of their republic.

2009 - In the U.S., The switch from analog TV transmission to digital was completed.

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

  • David Rockefeller 1915 - Banker
  • Irwin Allen 1916 - Television and film producer, nicknamed "The Master of Disaster"
  • Samuel Z. Arkoff 1918 - Movie producer
  • Uta Hagen 1919 - Actress
  • George H.W. Bush 1924 - 41st President of the United States, father of President George W. Bush
  • Vic Damone 1928 - Singer
  • Anne Frank 1929 
  • Jim Nabors 1930 - Actor, singer ("Gomer Pyle, USMC")
  • Rona Jaffe 1932 - Novelist
  • Chick Corea 1941 - Musician
  • Marv Albert 1941 - Sportscaster
  • Timothy Busfield 1957 - Actor ("The West Wing," "thirtysomething")
  • Jenilee Harrison 1959 - Actress
  • John Linnell 1959 - Musician (They Might Be Giants)
  • Grandmaster Dee 1962 - Musician (Whodini)
  • Paula Marshall 1964 - Actress ("Gary Unmarried")