Almanac - Friday 8/31/18 | KALW

Almanac - Friday 8/31/18

Aug 31, 2018

Happy Birthday to violinist Itzhak Perlman (special guest for the opening of the San Francisco Symphony on 9/5)!


Today is Friday, August 31, 2018, the 243rd day of the year with 122 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:39am   
  • Sunset: 7:41pm us 13 hours and 1 minute of daylight.  82% of the waning moon will be visible, rising at 10:50pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate  

  • High: 3:18am/3:41pm
  • Low: 8:58am/9:50pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Hero's Day - Philippines
  • Independence Day - Kyrgyzstan, Trinidad & Tobago
  • National Day - Malaysia
  • National Language Day - Moldova
  • Grape Blessing Day - Armenia
  • White Rose Day (in honor of Princess Diana) - Australia

It’s also…

  • Love Litigating Lawyers Day
  • National Diatomaceous Earth Day
  • National College Colors Day
  • National Matchmaker Day
  • National Trail Mix Day
  • National Eat Outside Day

On this day in…


1823 - Ferdinand VII was restored to the throne of Spain when invited French forces entered Cadiz. The event is known as the Battle of Trocadero.

1852 - The first pre-stamped envelopes were created with legislation of the U.S. Congress.

1881 - The first tennis championships in the U.S. were played.

1887 - The kinetoscope was patented by Thomas Edison. The device was used to produce moving pictures.

1920 - The first news program to be broadcast on radio was aired. The station was 8MK in Detroit, MI.

1920 - John Lloyd Wright was issued a patent for "Toy-Cabin Construction," which are known as Lincoln Logs. (U.S. patent 1,351,086)

1935 - The act of exporting U.S. arms to belligerents was prohibited by an act signed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1940 - Lawrence Olivier and Vivian Leigh were married.

1941 - The radio program "The Great Gildersleeve" made its debut on NBC.

1946 - Superman returned to radio on the Mutual Broadcasting System after being dropped earlier in the year.

1950 - Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers hit four home runs in a single game off of four different pitchers.

1959 - Sandy Koufax set a National League record by striking out 18 batters.

1962 - The Caribbean nations Tobago and Trinidad became independent within the British Commonwealth.

1964 - California officially became the most populated state in America.

1965 - The Department of Housing and Urban Development was created by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

1980 - Poland's Solidarity labor movement was born with an agreement signed in Gdansk that ended a 17-day strike.

1981 - The 30-year contract between Milton Berle and NBC-TV expired.

1989 - Great Britain's Princess Anne and Mark Phillips announced that they were separating. The marriage was 16 years old.

1990 - U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar met with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz to try and negotiate a solution to the crisis in the Persian Gulf.

1990 - East and West Germany signed a treaty that meant the harmonizing of political and legal systems.

1991 - Uzbekistan and Kirghiziz declared their independence from the Soviet Union. They were the 9th and 10th republics to announce their plans to secede.

1991 - In a "Solidarity Day" protest hundreds of thousands of union members marched in Washington, DC.

1993 - Russia withdrew its last soldiers from Lithuania.

1994 - A cease-fire was declared by the Irish Republican Army after 25 years of bloodshed in Northern Ireland.

1994 - Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltics after a half-century.

1998 - A ballistic missile was fired over Japan by North Korea. The missile landed in stages in the waters around Japan. There was no known target.

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

  • Caligula (Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) 0012
  • Maria Montessori 1870
  • Wilhelmina (Netherlands) 1880
  • Frederic March 1897
  • Arthur Godfrey 1903
  • William Saroyan 1908
  • Sir Bernard Lovell 1914
  • Daniel Schorr 1916
  • Alan Jay Lerner 1918
  • Richard Basehart 1919
  • G.D. Spradlin 1920
  • Buddy Hackett 1924
  • James Coburn 1928
  • Frank Robinson 1935
  • Eldridge Cleaver 1935
  • Warren Berlinger 1937
  • Jerry Allison (Buddy Holly and the Crickets) 1939
  • Jack Thompson 1940
  • Itzhak Perlman 1945
  • Ian Morrison (Them) 1945
  • Richard Gere 1949
  • Rudolph Schenker (Scorpions) 1952
  • Anthony Thistlethwaite (The Waterboys) 1955
  • Gina Schock (The Go-Go's) 1957
  • Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) 1957
  • Edwin Moses 1958
  • Chris Whitley 1960
  • Tony DeFranco (The DeFranco Family) 1960
  • Larry Waddell (Mint Condition) 1963
  • Jeff Russo (Tonic) 1969
  • Debbie Gibson 1970 - Singer