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Almanac - Friday 8/3/18

Aug 3, 2018

Happy Birthday Tony Bennett!

Today is Friday, August 3, 2018, the 215th day of the year with 150 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:15am   
  • Sunset: 8:16pm

...giving us 14 hours and 1 minute of daylight.  70% of the waning moon will be visible, setting at 12:38pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate  

  • High: 4:23am/5:14pm
  • Low: 10:16am/11:33pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Armed Forces Day - Equatorial Guinea
  • Fiesta de la Colmena - Spain
  • Independence Day - Niger
  • Martyr's Day - Guinea
  • Motupe - Peru
  • National Flag Day - Venezuela
  • Special Holiday - Makiri-Ulawa Province Solomon Islands
  • International Beer Day

It’s also…

  • Braham Pie Day or Homemade Pie Day
  • Friendship Day
  • Tomboy Tools Day
  • Twins Day
  • Watermelon Day
  • St. Lydia's Day, patron of cloth dyers

On this day in…

1492 - Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships. The voyage led him to what is now known as the Americas. He reached the Bahamas on October 12.

1750 - Christopher Dock completed the first book of teaching methods. It was titled "A Simple and Thoroughly Prepared School Management."

1777 - During the Siege of Fort Stanwix the first U.S. flag was officially flown during battle.

1880 - The American Canoe Association was formed at Lake George, NY.

1900 - Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. was founded.

1914 - Germany declared war on France. The next day World War I began when Britain declared war on Germany.

1922 - WGY radio in Schenectady, NY, presented the first full-length melodrama on radio. The work was "The Wolf", written by Eugene Walter.

1923 - Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the U.S. after the sudden death of President Harding.

1933 - The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75.

1936 - The U.S. State Department advised Americans to leave Spain due to the Spanish Civil War.

1936 - Jesse Owens won the first of his four Olympic gold medals.

1943 - Gen. George S. Patton verbally abused and slapped a private. Later, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered him to apologize for the incident.

1949 - The National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed. The league was formed by the merger between the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.

1956 - Bedloe's Island had its name changed to Liberty Island.

1958 - The Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater. The mission was known as "Operation Sunshine."

1979 - "More American Graffiti" was released.

1979 - Johnny Carson, the "Tonight Show" host, was on the cover of the Burbank, CA, telephone directory.

1981 - U.S. traffic controllers with PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, went on strike. They were fired just as U.S. President Reagan had warned.

1984 - Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

1985 - Mail service returned to a nudist colony in Paradise Lake, FL. Residents promised that they'd wear clothes or stay out of sight when the mailperson came to deliver.

1988 - The Iran-Contra hearings ended. No ties were made between U.S. President Reagan and the Nicaraguan Rebels.

1988 - The Soviet Union released Mathias Rust. He had been taken into custody on May 28, 1987 for landing a plane in Moscow's Red Square.

1989 - Hashemi Rafsanjani was sworn in as the president of Iran.

1990 - Thousands of Iraqi troops pushed within a few miles of the border of Saudi Arabia. This heightened world concerns that the invasion of Kuwait could spread.

1992 - The U.S. Senate voted to restrict and eventually end the testing of nuclear weapons.

1992 - Russia and Ukraine agreed to put the Black Sea Fleet under joint command. The agreement was to last for three years.

1995 - Eyad Ismoil was flown from Jordan to the U.S. to face charges that he had driven the van that blew up in New York's World Trade Center.

2004 - In New York, the Statue of Liberty re-opened to the public. The site had been closed since the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

2004 - NASA launched the spacecraft Messenger. The 6 1/2 year journey was planned to arrive at the planet Mercury in March 2011. On April 30, 2015, Messenger crashed into the surface of Mercury after sending back more than 270,000 pictures.

2009 - Bolivia became the first South American country to declare the right of indigenous people to govern themselves.

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

  • Ernie Pyle 1900
  • John T. Scopes 1900
  • Ray Bloch 1902
  • Margaret Kuhn 1905
  • Dolores Del Rio 1905
  • Charlie Shavers (John Kirby Sextet) 1917
  • Les Elgart 1918
  • P.D. James 1920
  • Richard Adler 1921
  • Marilyn Maxwell 1921
  • Leon Uris 1924
  • Gordon Stoker 1924 - Musician (The Jordanaires)
  • Tony Bennett 1926
  • Gordon Scott 1927
  • Alex Cord 1931
  • Elsa Martinelli 1933
  • Steven Berkoff 1937 - Actor, author, playwright
  • Martin Sheen 1940 - Actor
  • Lance Alworth 1940
  • Martha Stewart 1941 - Television personality
  • Beverly Lee 1941 - Musician (The Shirelles)
  • B.B. Dickerson 1949 - Musician (War)
  • John Landis 1950
  • JoMarie Payton 1950
  • Jay North 1951
  • Marcel Dionne 1951
  • Johnny Graham 1951 - Musician (Earth, Wind & Fire)
  • Ian Bairnson 1953 - Guitarist (Alan Parson Project)
  • John C. McGinley 1959
  • James Hetfield 1963 - Musician (Metallica)
  • Ed Roland 1963 - Musician (Collective Soul)
  • Isaiah Washington 1963 - Actor (TV: "Grey's Anatomy," "The 100")
  • Dean Sams 1966 - Musician (Lonestar)
  • Evangeline Lilly 1979 - Actress ("Lost")
  • Holly Artnstein (Dream) 1985