Almanac - 1/11/19 | KALW

Almanac - 1/11/19

Jan 11, 2019

Happy Birthday, Jim Hightower!

Today is Friday, January 11, 2019. 68 days until spring begins.  662 days until the 2020 presidential election.    

  • Sunrise: 7:25am       
  • Sunset: 5:11pm ...giving us 9 hours and 45 minutes of daylight.
  • 18% of the waning crescent moon now visible, rising at 10:49am.

Tides at the Golden Gate         

  • High: 3:32am/2:21pm              
  • Low: 8:52am/8:53pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Constitution Day - Micronesia
  • Dia de los Maestros - Panama
  • Hostos Day - Puerto Rico
  • Independence Manifesto - Morocco
  • International Thank-You Day
  • National Unity Day - Nepal
  • Republic Day - Albania
  • Sir John A. Macdonald's Birthday - Canada
  • Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health Day
  • Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
  • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
  • National Milk Day
  • Hot Toddy Day
  • Kagami-Biraki (Rice Cakes Festival) - Japan

On this day in…

1569 - England's first state lottery was held.

1770 - The first shipment of rhubarb was sent to the United States by Benjamin Franklin, from London.

1805 - The Michigan Territory was created.

1861 - Alabama seceded from the United States.

1867 - Benito Juarez returned to the Mexican presidency, following the withdrawal of French troops and the execution of Emperor Maximilian.

1878 - In New York, milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time by Alexander Campbell.

1902 - "Popular Mechanics" magazine was published for the first time.

1913 - The first sedan-type car was unveiled at the National Automobile Show in New York City. The car was manufactured by the Hudson Motor Company.

1922 - At Toronto General Hospital, Leonard Thompson became the first person to be successfully treated with insulin.

1935 - Amelia Earhart Putnam became the first woman to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

1938 - In Limerick, ME, Frances Moulton assumed her duties as the first woman bank president.

1942 - Japan declared war against the Netherlands. The same day, Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East Indies.

1943 - The United States and Britain signed treaties relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.

1947 - "Murder and Mrs. Malone" debuted on ABC radio.

1958 - "Seahunt" debuted on CBS-TV. The show was aired on the network for four years.

1964 - U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released a report that said that smoking cigarettes was a definite health hazard.

1973 - The Open University awarded its first degrees.

1973 - Owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule on a trial basis.

1977 - France released Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

1978 - Two Soviet cosmonauts aboard the Soyuz 27 capsule linked up with the Salyut 6 orbiting space station, where the Soyuz 26 capsule was already docked.

1980 - Nigel Short, age 14, from Bolton in Britain, became the youngest International Master in the history of chess.

1986 - Author James Clavell signed a 5$ million deal with Morrow/Avon Publishing for the book "Whirlwind". The book is a 2,000 page novel.

1988 - U.S. Vice President George Bush met with representatives of independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh to answer questions about the Iran-Contra affair.

1991 - An auction of silver and paintings that had been acquired by the late Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, brought in a total of $20.29 million at Christie's in New York.

1996 - Ryutaro Hashimoto become Japan's prime minister. He replaced Tomiichi Murayama who had resigned on January 5, 1996.

2000 - The merger between AOL and Time Warner was approved by the U.S. government with restrictions.

2000 - The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the second Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorative stamp in a ceremony at The Wall.

2001 - The Texas Board of Criminal Justice released a review of the escape of the "Texas 7." It stated that prison staff missed critical opportunities to prevent the escape by ignoring a fire alarm, not reporting unsupervised inmates and not demanding proper identification from inmates.

2001 - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission approved the merger of America Online and Time Warner to form AOL Time Warner.

Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...

  • Alexander Hamilton 1755 - US Founding Father, soldier, economist, political philosopher, first US Secretary of the Treasury.
  • Ezra Cornell 1807
  • John A. MacDonald (Canada) 1815
  • Eugenio De Hostos 1839
  • Henry Gordon Selfridge 1864
  • Reinhold Gliere 1875 (composer)
  • Alice Paul 1885
  • Monte Blue 1890
  • Alan Paton 1903
  • Carroll Shelby 1923
  • Don Cherry 1924
  • Slim Harpo (James Moore) 1924
  • Grant Tinker 1926
  • Rod Taylor 1930 - Actor
  • Jack Nimitz 1930
  • Goldie Hill 1933
  • Mitchell Ryan 1934
  • John Chretien 1934 - Canadian prime minister
  • Clarence Clemons (E Street Band) 1942
  • Jim Hightower 1943
  • Kristine Kaufmann 1945
  • Naomi Judd 1946 - Singer (The Judds)
  • Anna Calder-Marshall 1947
  • Dennis (Frederick) Greene (Sha-Na-Na) 1949
  • Ben Crenshaw 1952 - Golfer
  • John Sessions 1953
  • Robert Earl Keen 1956 - Singer
  • Phyllis Logan 1956 - Actress ("Downton Abbey")
  • Vicki Peterson 1958 - Musician (The Bangles)
  • Kim Coles 1962 - Actress
  • Jason Connery 1963
  • Tom Rowlands 1968 - Musician (The Chemical Brothers)
  • Maxee Maxwell (Brownstone) 1969
  • Mary J. Blige 1971 - Singer
  • Amanda Peet 1972 - Actress ("Whole Nine Yards")