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Almanac - Monday 8-22-22

Today is Monday, August 22, 2022, the 234th day of the year; 131 days remain until the end of the year.

  • Sunrise: 6:31am
  • Sunset: 7:52pm
    …giving us 13 hours and 24 minutes of daylight.

The waning crescent moon is 18.3% illuminated.

  • Moonrise: 1:52am
  • Moonset: 5:30pm

San Francisco Bay Tides

  • High: 10:45am/8:47pm
  • Low: 3:21am/3:03pm
    ...Water Temp in Aquatic Park – around 57 degrees

Today’s special holidays and celebrations:

  • Be An Angel Day
  • National Bao Day
  • National Surgical Oncologist Day
  • National Tooth Fairy Day
  • Never Bean Better Day
  • National Spumoni Day
  • Southern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day
  • National Bring Your Cat To The Vet Day

On this day in…

1485 - The War of the Roses ended with the death of England's King Richard III. He was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. His successor was Henry VII.

1567 - The "Council of Blood" was established by the Duke of Alba. This was the beginning of his reign of terror in the Netherlands.

1770 - Australia was claimed under the British crown when Captain James Cook landed there.

1775 - The American colonies were proclaimed to be in a state of open rebellion by England's King George III.

1846 - The U.S. annexed New Mexico.

1851 - The schooner America outraced the Aurora off the English coast to win a trophy that became known as the America's Cup.

1865 - A patent for liquid soap was issued to William Sheppard.

1902 - In Hartford, CT, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt became the first president of the United States to ride in an automobile.

1906 - The Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ began to manufacture the Victrola. The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, sold for $200.

1910 - Japan formally annexed Korea.

1911 - It was announced that Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" had been stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting reappeared two years later in Italy.

1932 - The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) began its first TV broadcast in England.

1950 - Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to be accepted into a national competition.

1951 - 75,052 people watched the Harlem Globetrotters perform. It was the largest crowd to see a basketball game.

1959 - Stephen Rockefeller married Anne Marie Rasmussen. Anne had once been a maid for the powerful and wealthy Rockefeller family.

1968 - Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to Latin America.

1972 - Due to its racial policies, Rhodesia was asked to withdraw from the 20th Olympic Summer Games.

1973 - Henry Kissinger was named Secretary of State by U.S. President Nixon. Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year.

1984 - The last Volkswagen Rabbit rolled off the assembly line in New Stanton, PA.

1986 - Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to pay the estate of the late Karen Silkwood $1.38 million to settle a 10-year-old nuclear contamination lawsuit.

1990 - Angry smokers blocked a street in Moscow to protest the summer-long cigarette shortage.

1991 - It was announced by Yugoslavia that a truce ordered on August 7th with Croatia had collapsed.

1991 - Mikhail S. Gorbachev returned to Moscow after the collapse of the hard-liners' coup. On the same day he purged the men that had tried to oust him.

1996 - U.S. President Clinton signed legislation that ended guaranteed cash payments to the poor and demanded work from recipients.

2004 - In Oslo, Norway, a version of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" and his work "Madonna" were stolen from the Munch Museum. This version of "The Scream," one of four different versions, was a tempera painting on board.

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

  • Josef Strauss 1827
  • Claude Debussy 1862
  • Dorothy Parker 1893
  • Leni Riefenstahl 1902
  • Deng Xiaoping 1904
  • John Lee Hooker 1917
  • Ray Bradbury 1920
  • H. Norman Schwarzkopf 1934
  • Morton Dean 1935 - Broadcast journalist
  • Annie Proulx 1935 - Author
  • Valerie Harper 1940
  • Steve Kroft 1945 - Broadcast journalist ("60 Minutes")
  • Cindy Williams 1947 - Actress
  • Debbie Peterson 1960 - Musician (The Bangles)
  • Tori Amos 1963 - Singer
  • Mila Mason 1963
  • Mats Wilander 1964 - Tennis player
  • Kristen Wiig 1973 - Actress, comedian
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.