Almanac - Friday 11/8/19 | KALW

Almanac - Friday 11/8/19

Nov 8, 2019

It's National Cappuccino Day...enjoy! Today is Friday, November 8, 2019, the 312th day of the year, with 53 days remaining.  And only 361 days until the 2020 Presidential Election.    

  • Sunrise: 6:43am      
  • Sunset: 5:04pm ...giving us 10 hours and 24 minutes of daylight.   

79% of the waxing gibbous moon will be visible, rising at 3:36pm.  

Tides at the Golden Gate             

  • High: 9:01am/9:13pm         
  • Low: 2:13am/3:08pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Constitution Day - Micronesia 
  • Cretan National Day - Greece 
  • Queen's Birthday - Nepal 
  • St. Michael's Day - Bulgaria 
  • St. Castorus Day, patron of cattle
  • World Town Planning Day 
  • Abet and Aid Punsters Day
  • Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
  • Dunce Day
  • Intersex Day of Remembrance
  • National Parents As Teachers Day
  • Shakespeare Authorship Mystery Day
  • X-ray Day
  • National Harvey Wallbanger Day
  • National Cappuccino Day

On this day in…

1793 - The Louvre Museum, in Paris, opened to the public for the first time.

1805 - The "Corps of Discovery" reached the Pacific Ocean. The expedition was led by William Clark and Meriwether Lewis. The journey had begun on May 14, 1804, with the goal of exploring the Louisiana Purchase territory.

1880 - French actress Sarah Bernhardt made her American stage debut in "Adrienne Lecouvreur" in New York City.

1889 - Montana became the 41st U.S. state.

1895 - Wilhelm Roentgen while experimenting with electricity discovered the scientific principle involved and took the first X-ray pictures.

1910 - William H. Frost patented the insect exterminator.

1923 - Adolf Hitler made his first attempt at seizing power in Germany with a failed coup in Munich that came to be known as the "Beer-Hall Putsch."

1933 - The Civil Works Administration was created by executive order by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The organization was designed to create jobs for more than 4 million unemployed people in the U.S.

1942 - The U.S. invaded Morocco and Algeria.

1942 - During World War II, Operation Torch began as U.S. and British forces landed in French North Africa.

1950 - During the Korean conflict, the first jet-plane battle took place as U.S. Air Force Lt. Russell J. Brown shot down a North Korean MiG-15.

1954 - The American League approved the transfer of the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team to Kansas City, MO.

1956 - After turning down 18,000 names, the Ford Motor Company decided to name their new car the "Edsel," after Henry Ford's only son.

1959 - Elgin Baylor (Minneapolis Lakers) scored 64 points and set a National Basketball Association scoring record.

1966 - Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts became the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote.

1966 - Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California.

1979 - The program, "The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage", premiered on ABC-TV. The show was planned to be temporary, but it evolved into "Nightline" in March of 1980.

1979 - U.S. Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Mac Mathias (R-MD) introduced legislation to provide a site on the National Mall for the building of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

1980 - Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California announced that they had discovered a 15th moon orbiting the planet Saturn.

1981 - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek asserted that Egypt was "an African State" that was "neither East nor West".

1985 - A letter signed by four American hostages in Lebanon was delivered to The Associated Press in Beirut. The letter, contained pleas from Terry Anderson, Rev. Lawrence Jenco, David Jacobsen and Thomas Sutherland to President Reagan to negotiate a release.

1990 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush ordered more troop deployments in the Persian Gulf, adding about 150,000 soldiers to the multi-national force fighting against Iraq.

1991 - The European Community and Canada imposed economic sanctions on Yugoslavia in an attempt to stop the Balkan civil war.

1992 - About 350,000 people rallied in Berlin against racist violence.

1993 - Five Picasso paintings and other artwork were stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden. The works were valued at $52 million.

1997 - Chinese engineers diverted the Yangtze River to make way for the Three Gorges Dam.

2000 - In Florida, a statewide recount began to decide the winner of the 2000 U.S. presidential election.

2000 - Waco special counsel John C. Danforth released his final report that absolved the government of wrongdoing in the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Texas.

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

  • Edmond Halley 1656 
  • Bram Stoker 1847 
  • Margaret Mitchell 1900 
  • Gene Saks 1921 
  • Dr. Christian Barnard 1922 
  • Patti Page 1927 
  • Chris Connor 1927 
  • Morley Safer 1931 
  • Esther Rolle 1933
  • Minnie Riperton 1948
  • Bonnie Raitt 1949 
  • Mary Hart 1951 
  • Christie Hefner 1952 
  • Rickie Lee Jones 1954 
  • Leif Garrett 1961 
  • Parker Posey 1968 
  • Azura Skye 1980