Almanac - Wednesday 10/3/18 | KALW

Almanac - Wednesday 10/3/18

Oct 3, 2018

It’s National Kale Day - (but it’s ALWAYS KALE-W day)...get it?


Today is Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the 272nd day of the year with 89 days remaining - 34 days until the mid-term elections, 79 days until the onset of winter.

  • Sunrise: 7:08am   
  • Sunset: 6:50pm us 11 hours and 42 minutes of daylight.  45% of the waning moon will be visible, setting at 3:35pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate  

  • High: 8:19am/7:01pm
  • Low: 12:46am/1:06am

Special international celebrations today…

  • Day of the Francisco Morazan - Honduras
  • Foundation Day - South Korea
  • Unity Day - Germany
  • World Temperance Day

It’s also…

  • Techies Day
  • Coffee With A Cop Day
  • Balloons Around The World Day
  • National Kale Day
  • National Pumpkin Seed Day
  • Pet Obesity Awareness Day
  • Walk To School Day
  • National Caramel Custard Day
  • Celebration of St. Clare of Assisi, patron of laundry workers and good weather

On this day in…


1863 - U.S. President Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of November would be recognized as Thanksgiving Day.

1888 - "The Yeomen of the Guard" was performed for the first time. It was the first of 423 shows.

1893 - The motor-driven vacuum cleaner was patented by J.S. Thurman.

1901 - The Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated. After a merger with Radio Corporation of America the company became RCA-Victor.

1906 - W.T. Grant opened a 25-cent department store.

1922 - Rebecca L. Felton became the first female to hold office of U.S. Senator. She was appointed by Governor Thomas W. Hardwick of Georgia to fill a vacancy.

1929 - The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes officially changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

1932 - Iraq was admitted into the League of Nations leading Britain to terminate their mandate over the nation. Britain had ruled Iraq since taking it from Turkey during World War I.

1935 - Italian forces invaded Abyssinia (now Ethiopia).

1941 - Adolf Hitler stated in a speech that Russia was "broken" and they "would never rise again."

1942 - The Office of Economic Stabilization was established by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He also authorized controls on rents, wages, salaries and farm prices.

1944 - During World War II, U.S. troops broke through the Siegfried Line.

1952 - Britain became the third nuclear power in the world when they successfully detonated their first atomic bomb. The U.S. and Russia were the only other nuclear powers.

1955 - "Captain Kangaroo" premiered on CBS-TV.

1955 - "The Mickey Mouse Club" premiered on ABC-TV.

1961 - "The Dick Van Dyke Show" debuted on CBS-TV.

1962 - The Sigma VII blasted off from Cape Canaveral for a nine-hour flight.

1962 - The play, "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off!" opened on Broadway.

1974 - Frank Robinson took over the management position of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. He was the first black manager in major league baseball.

1981 - Irish Nationalist in Maze Prison in Belfast, Northern Ireland called off their hunger strike. The strike had lasted 7 months and ten people had died.

1988 - The space shuttle Discovery landed safely after its four-day mission. It was the first American shuttle mission since the Challenger disaster.

1989 - East Germany suspended unrestricted travel to Czechoslovakia in an effort to slow the flow of refugees to the West.

1989 - Art Shell became the first African-American head coach in the modern NFL when he took over the Los Angeles Raiders.

1990 - The Berlin Wall was dismantled eleven months after the borders between East and West Germany were dissolved. The unification of Germany ended 45 years of division.

1990 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein made a visit to Kuwait since his country had seized control of the oil-rich nation.

1994 - The headquarters of the Haitian pro-army militia was raided by U.S. soldiers.

2001 - ESPN began its 10th season of National Hockey League (NHL) coverage.

2001 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) broke Babe Ruth's major league single-season record for walks at 171.

2003 - Ray Horn, of the duo "Siegfried & Roy," was attacked by tiger during a performance. Roy survived the attack after being dragged offstage. The tiger, a 7-year-old male named Montecore, was debuting in his first show.

2006 - North Korea announced that it would conduct a nuclear test as a key step in the manufacture of atomic bombs that it viewed as a deterrent against a U.S. attack. A date for the test was not announced.

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

  • Thomas Wolf 1900
  • Harvey Kurtzman 1902 - Founder of "Mad" magazine
  • James Herriot 1916
  • Gore Vidal 1925
  • Erik Bruhn 1928
  • Andy Hebenton 1929
  • Glenn Hall 1931
  • Harold Henning 1932
  • Neale Fraser 1933
  • Madlyn Rhue 1934
  • Eddie Cochran 1938
  • Felix Pappalardi (Mountain) 1938
  • Alan O'Day 1940
  • Barbara Ferris 1940
  • Chubby Checker 1941
  • Michael Gallagher 1941
  • Alan Rachins 1942
  • Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac) 1947
  • Ronnie Laws 1950
  • Pamela Hensley 1950
  • Dennis Eckersley 1954
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan 1954
  • Peter Frechette 1956
  • Jack Wagner 1959
  • Louis Marchiony Jr. 1960
  • Tommy Lee 1961 Musician (Motley Crue)
  • Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) 1969
  • Kevin Richardson (Backstreet Boys) 1971
  • Neve Campbell 1973
  • Erik Von Detten 1982