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Almanac - Friday 8-19-22

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Today is Friday, August 19, 2022, the 231st day of the year; 134 days remain until the end of the year.

  • Sunrise: 6:28am
  • Sunset: 7:57pm
    …giving us 13 hours and 31 minutes of daylight.

The waning crescent moon is 44.2% illuminated, setting at 2:41pm.
San Francisco Bay Tides

  • High: 7:15am/6:05pm
  • Low: 12:20am/11:43am
    ...Water Temp in Aquatic Park – around 57 degrees

Today’s special holidays and celebrations:

  • Aviation Day
  • "Black Cow" Root Beer Float Day
  • Coco Chanel Day
  • International Bow (Hair) Day
  • International Orangutan Day
  • Kool-Aid Day
  • Men's Grooming Day
  • Talk Like Jar Jar Binks Day
  • Potato Day
  • World Photo Day
  • World Humanitarian Day

On this day in…

1812 - "Old Ironsides" (the USS Constitution) won a battle against the British frigate Guerriere east of Nova Scotia.

1848 - The discovery of gold in California was reported by the New York Herald.

1856 - Gail Borden received a patent for his process of condensing milk by vacuum.

1909 - The first car race to be run on brick occurred at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1917 - Team managers John McGraw and Christy Matthewson were arrested for breaking New York City's blue laws. The crime was their teams were playing baseball on Sunday.

1919 - Afghanistan gained independence from Britain.

1934 - Adolf Hitler was approved for sole executive power in Germany as Fuehrer.

1960 - Francis Gary Powers, an American U-2 pilot, was convicted of espionage in Moscow.

1960 - Two dogs were launched in a satellite into Earth's orbit by the Soviet Union.

1962 - Homero Blancas shot a 55 at the Premier Invitational Golf Tournament held in Longview, TX. It was the lowest score in U.S. competitive golf history.

1974 - During an anti-American protest in Nicosia, Cyprus, U.S. Ambassador Rodger P. Davies was fatally wounded by a bullet while in the American embassy.

1981 - Two Libyan SU-22s were shot down by two U.S. Navy F-14 fighters in the Gulf of Sidra.

1991 - Soviet hard-liners announced that President Mikhail Gorbachev had been removed from power. Gorbachev returned to power two days later.

2020 - Apple Inc. became the first company to be valued at over $2 trillion.

In addition to, perhaps…you, today’s birthday celebrants include or included…

  • Bernard Baruch 1870
  • Orville Wright 1871
  • Georges Enesco 1881
  • Coco Chanel 1883
  • Alfred Lunt 1892
  • Ogden Nash 1902
  • Philo Taylor Farnsworth 1906
  • June Collyer 1907
  • George Rowles 1918
  • Malcolm Forbes 1919
  • Gene Roddenberry 1921
  • L.Q. Jones 1927
  • Willie Shoemaker 1931
  • Debra Paget 1933
  • Bobby Richardson 1935
  • Diana Muldaur 1938
  • Ginger Baker 1939 - Musician (Cream, Blind Faith)
  • Johnny Nash 1940
  • Jill St. John 1940 - Actress
  • Fred Thompson 1942 - Actor, politician
  • Billy J. Kramer (The Dakotas) 1943
  • Eddy Raven 1944
  • Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) 1945
  • Bill Clinton 1946
  • Tipper Gore 1948
  • Gerald McRaney 1948
  • Jim Carter 1948
  • Deana (Dina) Martin 1948 - Singer, actor, daughter of Dean Martin
  • John Deacon (Queen) 1951
  • Jonathan Frakes 1952
  • Mary Matalin 1953
  • Peter Gallagher 1955 - Actor
  • Adam Arkin 1956 - Actor
  • Gary Chapman 1957
  • Martin Donovan 1957
  • John Stamos 1963
  • Kevin Dillon 1965
  • Kyra Sedgwick 1965 - Actress ("The Closer")
  • Lee Ann Womack 1966 - Country singer
David Latulippe is host of On the Arts, KALW's weekly radio magazine of the performing arts, as well as for Explorations in Music, and the Berkeley Symphony broadcasts. He has also hosted and produced the radio series From the Conservatory, Music from Mills, and Music at Menlo, and is principal guest host for Revolutions Per Minute.