Almanac - Friday 10/12/18 | KALW

Almanac - Friday 10/12/18

Oct 12, 2018

It's International Moment of Frustration Scream Day


Today is Friday, October 12, 2018, the 285th day of the year. There are 80 days remaining until the end of the year. 70 days until winter begins and 25 days until mid-term elections.

  • Sunrise: 7:16am   
  • Sunset: 6:37pm us 11 hours and 24 minutes of daylight.  8% of the now waxing moon will be visible, rising at 10:53am.

Tides at the Golden Gate  

  • High: 2:48am/2:12pm
  • Low: 7:57am/8:42pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Day of Liberation from the French - Laos
  • Discovery Day - Bahamas
  • Fair at McLean's Town - Bahamas
  • Independence Day - Equatorial Guinea
  • National Day - Spain
  • Columbus Day - Colombia
  • Our Lady of Aparecida - Brazil
  • World Arthritis Day
  • World Egg Day
  • International Moment of Frustration Scream Day

It’s also…

  • Drink Local Wine Day
  • Free Thought Day
  • National Family Bowling Day (or Kids Bowl Free Day)
  • National Farmer's Day
  • National Savings Day
  • Stem Cell Awareness Day

On this day in…


1492 Christopher Columbus arrived at the Bahamas.

1609 The English nursery rhyme 'Three Blind Mice' was first published in the folk music compilation 'Deuteromelia' by Thomas Ravenscroft.

1810 The first Oktoberfest is celebrated in Munich. Oktoberfest originated as a horse race to celebrate the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria (later King Louis I) to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Today it is a 2 week festival ending on the 1st Sunday in October, during which more than 1 million gallons of beer are consumed at the Munich festival.

1823 Charles Macintosh, of Scotland, began selling 'Macintosh' raincoats (Macs) composed of two sheets of fabric with rubber latex sandwiched between them.

1849 In Great Britain, Charles Rowley patented a safety pin. (However, safety pins existed prior to his patent).

1914 Margaret E. Knight died. American inventor, she invented an improved paper bag machine to make bags with flat bottoms.

1920 Construction of the Holland Tunnel began. The  first Hudson River automobile tunnel, linking New York City and Jersey City, New Jersey.  It opened to traffic on Nov 13, 1927.

1923 Jean Nidetch was born. founder of ‘Weight Watchers’, offering dieting products and services. It began as a discussion group for weight loss.

1965 Paul Hermann Muller died. A Swiss chemist who discovered that DDT was a potent insecticide. It was the most widely used insecticide for more than 20 years, and helped to increase food production around the world. Due mainly to its accumulation in animals that eat insects, and its toxic effects on them and those further up the food chain, it has been banned in the U.S. since 1972.

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

  • Elmer Sperry 1860
  • Perle Mesta 1891
  • Dick Gregory 1932
  • Luciano Pavarotti 1935
  • Samuel Moore (Sam & Dave) 1935
  • Melvin Franklin (Temptations) 1942
  • Chris Wallace 1947
  • Takeshi Kaga 1950 
  • Hugh Jackman 1968
  • Garfield Bright (Shai) 1969
  • Martie Seidel (Dixie Chicks) 1969
  • Kirk Cameron 1970