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Almanac - Friday 9/21/18

Sep 21, 2018

Happy Birthday and THANK YOU to Chuck Jones (1912-2002) !

Today is Friday, September 21, 2018, the 264th day of the year with 101 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:57am   
  • Sunset: 7:08pm

...giving us 12 hours and 11minutes of daylight.  83% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 5:44pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate  

  • High: 10:58am/10:06pm
  • Low: 3:57am/4:12pm

Special international celebrations today…

  • Independence Day - Belize, Malta
  • Referendum Day or Independence Day - Armenia
  • St. Michael's Day - Papua New Guinea
  • World Gratitude Day
  • World's Alzheimer's Day
  • Peace One Day

It’s also…

  • National Concussion Awareness Day
  • National Doodle Day
  • National POW/MIA Recognition Day
  • National Surgical Technologists Day
  • National Tradesmen Day
  • Miniature Golf Day

On this day in…

1792 - The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.

1784 - "The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser" was published for the first time in Philadelphia. It was the first daily paper in America.

1893 - Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline- powered automobile for a test drive. The "horseless carriage" was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea.

1897 - The New York Sun ran the "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial. It was in response to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon.

1931 - Britain went off the gold standard.

1931 - Japanese forces began occupying China's northeast territory of Manchuria.

1937 - J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" was first published.

1941 - "The Second Mrs. Burton" premiered to the entire CBS Radio Network.

1948 - Milton Berle debuted as the host of "The Texaco Star Theater" on NBC-TV. The show later became "The Milton Berle Show." Berle was the regular host until 1967.

1948 - "Life With Luigi" debuted on CBS Radio.

1949 - Communist leaders proclaimed The People's Republic of China.

1957 - "Perry Mason", the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV. The show was on for 9 years.

1961 - Antonio Abertondo swam the English Channel (in both directions) in 24 hours and 25 minutes.

1964 - Malta gained independence from Britain.

1966 - The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.

1970 - "NFL Monday Night Football" made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns won 31-21.

1973 - Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State.

1981 - The U.S. Senate confirmed Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

1981 - Belize gained full independence from Great Britain.

1982 - National Football League (NFL) players began a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.

1982 - Amin Gemayel was elected president of Lebanon. He was the brother of Bashir Gemayel who was the president-elect when he was assassinated.

1984 - General Motors and the United Auto Workers union reached an agreement that would end the previous six days of spot strikes.

1985 - North and South Korea opened their borders for their family reunion program.

1993 - Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced that he was ousting the Communist-dominated Congress. The action was effectively seizing all state power.

1996 - The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.

1996 - John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, GA.

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

  • H.G. Wells 1866
  • Gustav Holst 1874
  • Chuck Jones 1912
  • Rand Brooks 1918
  • Larry Hagman 1931 - Actor ("I Dream of Jeanie," "Dallas")
  • Leonard Cohen 1934 - Poet, songwriter
  • Henry Gibson 1935
  • James Woolsey 1941
  • Dickey Lee (Patches) 1941
  • Sam McDowell 1942
  • Jerry Bruckheimer 1943 - Producer ("CSI")
  • Fannie Flagg 1944 - Comedian, author
  • Richard Childress 1945
  • Stephen King 1947 - Author
  • Reggie Rucker 1947
  • Don Felder (The Eagles) 1947
  • Marsha Norman 1948
  • Bill Murray 1950 - Actor
  • Kenny Starr 1953
  • Arie Luyendyk 1953 - Auto racer
  • Philthy Animal (Motorhead) 1954
  • Mark Reed Levin 1957 - Lawyer, author, radio show host
  • Ethan Coen 1958 - Writer, producer
  • David Alan "Dave" Coulier 1959 - Comedian, actor, impressionist, television host ("Full House")
  • David James Elliot 1960 - Actor (TV: "JAG")
  • Nancy Travis 1961 - Actress
  • Catherine Oxenberg 1961
  • Rob Morrow 1962 - Actor ("Numb3rs," "Northern Exposure")
  • Cheryl Hines 1965 - Actress ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")
  • Faith Hill 1967 - Country singer
  • Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies) 1967
  • Ricki Lake 1968 - Actress, talk show host
  • Trugoy the Dove (De La Soul) 1968
  • Alfonso Ribeiro 1971 - Actor, dancer, game show host ("The Fresh Princeof Bel-Air")
  • Luke Wilson 1971 - Actor