Almanac - Friday 3/8/19 | KALW

Almanac - Friday 3/8/19

Mar 8, 2019

It's Poofreading Day...ummm, make that PROOFreading Day.

Today is Friday, March 8, 2019, the 67th day of the year.  12 days until spring, and a mere 606 days until the next presidential election.    

  • Sunrise: 6:31am    
  • Sunset: 6:10pm ...giving us 11 hours and 41 minutes of daylight.  A mere 1% of the now waxing moon visible, rising at 7:52am.

Tides at the Golden Gate         

  • High: 12:42am/12:30pm    
  • Low: 6:18am/6:29pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Mother's Day - Bulgaria
  • Revolution Day - Syria
  • San Juan de Dios - Peru
  • Decoration Day - Liberia
  • Day for Women's Rights & International Peace
  • Girls Write Now Day
  • Middle Name Pride Day
  • National Poofreading Day ...heh heh :)
  • National Peanut Cluster Day
  • National Retro Video Game Day
  • Tartar Sauce Day

On this day in…

1618 - Johann Kepler discovered the third Law of Planetary Motion.

1702 - England's Queen Anne took the throne upon the death of King William III.

1782 - The Gnadenhutten massacre took place. About 90 Indians were killed by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians.

1853 - The first bronze statue of Andrew Jackson is unveiled in Washington, DC.

1855 - A train passed over the first railway suspension bridge at Niagara Falls, NY.

1862 - The Confederate ironclad "Merrimack" was launched.

1880 - U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes declared that the United States would have jurisdiction over any canal built across the isthmus of Panama.

1887 - The telescopic fishing rod was patented by Everett Horton.

1894 - A dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. It was the first animal control law in the U.S.

1904 - The Bundestag in Germany lifted the ban on the Jesuit order of priests.

1905 - In Russia, it was reported that the peasant revolt was spreading to Georgia.

1907 - The British House of Commons turned down a women's suffrage bill.

1909 - Pope Pius X lifted the church ban on interfaith marriages in Hungary.

1910 - In France, Baroness de Laroche became the first woman to obtain a pilot's license.

1910 - The King of Spain authorized women to attend universities.

1911 - In Europe, International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time.

1911 - British Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Gray declared that Britain would not support France in the event of a military conflict.

1917 - Russia's "February Revolution" began with rioting and strikes in St. Petersburg. The revolution was called the "February Revolution" due to Russia's use of the Old Style calendar.

1917 - The U.S. Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the cloture rule.

1921 - Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato was assassinated while leaving the Parliament in Madrid.

1921 - French troops occupied Dusseldorf.

1933 - Self-liquidating scrip money was issued for the first time at Franklin, IN.

1941 - Martial law was proclaimed in Holland in order to extinguish any anti-Nazi protests.

1942 - During World War II, Japanese forces captured Rangoon, Burma.

1943 - Japanese forces attacked American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville. The battle lasted five days.

1945 - Phyllis Mae Daley received a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She later became the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II.

1946 - In New York City, the "Journal American" became the first commercial business to receive a helicopter license.

1946 - The French naval fleet arrived at Haiphong, Vietnam.

1948 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious instruction in public schools was unconstitutional.

1953 - A census bureau report indicated that 239,000 farmers had quit farming over the last 2 years.

1954 - France and Vietnam opened talks in Paris on a treaty to form the state of Indochina.

1954 - Herb McKenley set a world record for the quarter mile when he ran the distance in 46.8 seconds.

1959 - Groucho, Chico and Harpo made their final TV appearance together.

1961 - Max Conrad circled the globe in a record time of eight days, 18 hours and 49 minutes in the Piper Aztec.

1965 - The U.S. landed about 3,500 Marines in South Vietnam. They were the first U.S. combat troops to land in Vietnam.

1966 - Australia announced that it would triple the number of troops in Vietnam.

1973 - Two bombs exploded near Trafalgar Square in Great Britain. 234 people were injured.

1982 - The U.S. accused the Soviets of killing 3,000 Afghans with poison gas.

1985 - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported that 407,700 Americans were millionaires. That was more than double the total from just five years before.

1986 - Four French television crewmembers were abducted in west Beirut. All four were eventually released.

1988 - In Fort Campbell, KY, 17 U.S. soldiers were killed when two Army helicopters collided in midair.

1989 - In Lhasa, Tibet, martial law was declared after three days of protest against Chinese rule.

1999 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Timothy McVeigh for the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

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

  • Karl Ferdinand von Grafe 1787
  • Alvan Clark 1804
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes 1841
  • Kenneth Grahame 1859
  • Otto Hahn 1879
  • Stuart Chase 1888
  • Louise Beavers 1902
  • Claire Trevor 1909
  • Alan Hale, Jr. 1918
  • Cyd Charisse 1923
  • Sean McClory 1924
  • Dick Hyman 1927
  • Sue Ane Langdon 1936 - Actress
  • Lew DeWitt 1938 - Singer (The Statler Brothers)
  • Jim Bouton 1939 - Baseball player, author
  • Susan Clark 1940
  • Ralph Ellis 1942 - Musician (The Swinging Blue Jeans)
  • Lynn Redgrave 1943 - Actress
  • Mickey Dolenz 1945 - Singer, musician (The Monkees), actor
  • Randy Meisner 1946 - Musician (The Eagles)
  • Carole Bayer Sager 1947
  • Mike Allsup 1947 - Musician (Three Dog Night)
  • "Little" Peggy March 1948 - Singer
  • Jamie Lyn Bauer 1949
  • Jim Rice 1953 - Baseball player
  • Cheryl Baker 1954
  • Clive Burr (Iron Maiden) 1957
  • Gary Numan 1958 - Singer (Tubeway Army)
  • Pauline Murray 1958 - Musician (Penetration, Invisible Girls)
  • Aidan Quinn 1959 - Actor
  • Lester Holt 1959 - News anchor ("Today")
  • Cheryl "Salt" James (Salt-N-Pepa) 1964
  • Peter Gill (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) 1964
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. 1976 - Actor
  • James Van Der Beek 1977 - Actor ("Dawson's Creek)
  • Kameelah Williams 1978 - Singer (702)
  • Tom Chaplin 1979 - Singer (Keane)
  • Bob Moffatt (The Moffatts) 1984
  • Clint Moffatt (The Moffatts) 1984
  • David Moffatt (The Moffatts) 1984