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.
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.
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")