Today is Friday, January 4, 2018. Your true love should be bringing you 11 pipers piping, this being the 11th day of Christmas...could be on the loud side if they're bagpipers...earplugs recommended, just in case.
- Sunrise: 7:25am
- Sunset: 5:04pm ...giving us 9 hours and 38 minutes of daylight.
- 4% of the waning crescent moon now visible, rising at 11:14am.
Tides at the Golden Gate
- High: 9:46am/11:56pm
- Low: 3:39am/4:42pm
Special celebrations & commemorations today…
- Day of Martyrs of the Colonial Repression - Angola
- Head of State's Birthday - Samoa
- Independence Day - Myanmar
- Martyrs of Independence Day - Zaire (Democratic Congo)
- Trivia Day - USA
- World Braille Day
- World Hypnotism Day
- Dimpled Chad Day
- I Am A Mentor Day
- Pop Music Chart Day
- Tom Thumb Day
On this day in…
1850 - The first American ice-skating club was organized in Philadelphia, PA.
1884 - The socialist Fabian Society was founded in London.
1896 - Utah became the 45th U.S. state.
1928 - NBC Radio debuted "The Dodge Victory Hour" which starred Will Rogers, Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra and singer Al Jolson.
1935 - Bob Hope was heard for the first time on network radio as part of "The Intimate Revue."
1936 - The first pop music chart based on national sales was published by "Billboard" magazine.
1944 - The attack on Monte Cassino was launched by the British Fifth Army in Italy.
1948 - Britain granted independence to Burma.
1951 - During the Korean conflict, North Korean and Communist Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul.
1953 - Tufted plastic carpeting was introduced by Barwick Mills.
1957 - "Collier’s" magazine was published for the last time. The periodical was published for 69 years.
1958 - The Soviet satellite Sputknik I fell to the earth from its orbit. The craft had been launched on October 4, 1957.
1962 - New York City introduced a train that operated without conductors and motormen.
1965 - The Fender Guitar Company was sold to CBS for $13 million.
1965 - In his State of the Union address, U.S. President Johnson proclaimed the building of the "Great Society."
1972 - Rose Heilbron became the first woman judge in Britain at the Old Bailey, London.
1974 - U.S. President Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
1974 - NBC-TV presented hockey in prime time. The Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers were the teams in the National Hockey League (NHL) game.
1981 - The Broadway show "Frankenstein" lost an estimated $2 million, when it opened and closed on the same night.
1982 - Bryant Gumbel moved from NBC Sports to the anchor desk where he joined Jane Pauley as co-host of the "Today" show on NBC.
1984 - Wayne ‘The Great One’ Gretzky scored eight points (four goals and four assists) for the second time in his National Hockey League (NHL) career. Edmonton’s Oilers defeated the Minnesota North Stars, 12-8. The game was the highest-scoring NHL game to date.
1991 - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to condemn Israel's treatment of the Palestinians in the occupied territories.
1997 - The Greek Cypriot government signed an agreement to buy S-300 surface-to-air missiles from Russia.
1999 - A drifting Nicaraguan fishing boat was found by the Norwegian oil tanker Joelm. The fisherman had been lost at sea for 35 days after the engine of their vessel quit working.
1999 - Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as Minnesota's 37th governor.
2007 - Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first woman to hold the position.
2010 - In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower) opened as the world's tallest tower at 2,625 feet.
Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...
- Sir Isaac Newton 1643 (N.S.) - Physicist, mathematician
- Jakob Grimm 1785
- Louis Braille 1809
- Charles "Tom Thumb" Stratton 1838
- Augustus John 1878
- Sterling Holloway 1905
- Jane Wyman 1917
- Barbara Rush 1927 - Actress
- Jean Chretien 1934
- Floyd Patterson 1935 - Heavyweight boxing champion
- Dyan Cannon 1939 - Actress
- Grace Bumbry 1937 - Opera singer
- John McLaughlin 1942 - Musician
- Doris Kearns Goodwin 1943 - Author, historian
- Arthur Conley 1946
- Barbara Ann Cochran 1951
- Kathy Forester (The Forester Sisters) 1955 - Country singer
- Ann Magnuson 1956 - Actress
- Bernard Sumner (New Order) 1956
- Patty Loveless 1957 - Country singer
- Matt Frewer 1958
- Michael Stipe 1960 - Singer (R.E.M.)
- Patrick Cassidy 1961
- Dave Foley 1963 - Actor ("NewsRadio")
- Dot Jones 1964 - Actress ("Glee")
- Julia Ormond 1965 - Actress
- Deana Carter 1966 - Country singer
- Benjamin Darvill 1967 - Musician (Crash Test Dummies)
- Jeremy Licht 1971 - Actor