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Almanac - Friday 9/14/18

Sep 14, 2018

It's Hug Your Hound Day!

Today is Friday, September 14, 2018, the 257th day of the year with 108 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:51am   
  • Sunset: 7:19pm us 12 hours and 28 minutes of daylight.  20% of the now waxing moon will be visible, rising at 12:07pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate  

  • High: 3:52am/3:45pm
  • Low: 9:17am/10:13pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • San Jacinto Day - Nicaragua

It’s also…

  • Hug Your Hound Day
  • Live Creative Day
  • Stand Up To Cancer Day
  • Eat a Hoagie Day
  • National Bakery Day
  • National Cream-filled Donut Day
  • Feast of Notburga of Eben, patron of waiters, waitresses and farmers.

On this day in…


1807 - Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge. Two weeks earlier Burr had been found innocent of treason.

1812 - Moscow was set on fire by Russians after Napoleon Bonaparte's troops invaded.

1814 - Francis Scott Key wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner," a poem originally known as "Defense of Fort McHenry," after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry, MD, during the War of 1812. The song became the official U.S. national anthem on March 3, 1931.

1847 - U.S. forces took control of Mexico City under the leadership of General Winfield Scott.

1866 - George K. Anderson patented the typewriter ribbon.

1899 - In New York City, Henry Bliss became the first automobile fatality.

1901 - U.S. President William McKinley died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, at age 42, succeeded him.

1915 - Carl G. Muench received a patent for Insulit, the first sound-absorbing material to be used in buildings.

1938 - The VS-300 made its first flight. The craft was based on the helicopter technology patented by Igor Sikorsky.

1940 - The Selective Service Act was passed by the U.S. Congress providing the first peacetime draft in the United States.

1948 - In New York, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at the site of the United Nations' world headquarters.

1959 - Luna II, a Soviet space probe, became the first man-made object on the moon when it crashed on the surface.

1960 - The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded. The core members were Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.

1963 - Mary Ann Fischer gave birth to America's first surviving quintuplets.

1965 - "My Mother The Car" premiered on NBC TV. The series was canceled after only a few weeks after the debut.

1972 - "The Waltons" premiered on CBS-TV.

1975 - Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born saint.

1978 - "Mork & Mindy" premiered on ABC-TV.

1983 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted 416-0 in a resolution condemning the Soviet Union for the shooting down of a Korean jet on September 1.

1984 - Joe Kittinger became the first person to fly a balloon solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

1987 - Tony Magnuson cleared 9.5 feet above the top of the U-ramp and set a new skateboard high jump record.

1989 - Joseph T. Wesbecker shot and killed eight people and wounded twelve others at a printing plant in Louisville, KY. Wesbecker, 47 years old, was on disability for mental illness. He took his own life after the incident.

1994 - It was announced that the season was over for the National Baseball League on the 34th day of the players strike. The final days of the regular season were canceled.

1998 - Jaime Jarrin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998 - Israel announced that they had successfully tested its Arrow-2 missile defense system. The system successfully destroyed a simulated target.

1999 - Disney World closed down for the first time in its 28-year history. The closure was due to Hurricane Floyd heading for Florida.

1999 - It was announced that "US" magazine would change from monthly to weekly and change its name to "USWeekly."

2001 - Nintendo released the GameCube home video game console in Japan.

2001 - The FBI released the names of the 19 suspected hijackers that had taken part in the September 11 terror attacks on the U.S.

2009 - Greyhound UK began operations as an hourly service between London and Portsmouth or Southampton.

2015 - In Livingston, LA, and Hanford, WA, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors detected gravitational waves for the first time. The news was reported on February 11, 2016.

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

  • Charles Dana Gibson 1867
  • Margaret Sanger 1879  
  • Jack Hawkins 1910
  • Clayton Moore 1914
  • Kay Medford 1920
  • Hughes Rudd 1921
  • Constance Baker Motley 1921
  • Bud Palmer 1923
  • Jerry Coleman 1924
  • Allan Bloom 1930
  • Zoe Caldwell 1933
  • Harve Presnell 1933
  • Kate Millett 1934
  • Walter Koenig 1936
  • Nicol Williamson 1938
  • Priscilla Mitchell 1941
  • Joey Heatherton 1944
  • Pete Agnew (Nazareth) 1946
  • Sam Neill 1947
  • John "Bowser" Bauman (Sha Na Na) 1947
  • Steve Gaines (Steven Earl Gaines) 1949 - Musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Paul Kossoff (Free) 1950
  • Barry Cowsill (The Cowsills) 1954
  • Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) 1955
  • Joe Penny 1956
  • John Berry 1959
  • Mary Crosby 1959
  • Mary Frances 1959
  • Morten Harket (a-ha) 1959
  • Faith Ford 1964
  • Don Cortese 1968
  • Craig Montoya (Everclear) 1970
  • Kimberly Williams-Paisley 1971
  • Andrew Lincoln 1973 - Actor (TV: "The Walking Dead")
  • Adam Lamberg 1984