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Monday December 19, 2011

353rd Day of 2011 / 12 Remaining

  • 3 Days Until Winter Begins
  • Sunrise:7:20
  • Sunset:4:53
  • 9 Hr 33 Min

    • Moon Rise:1:40am
    • Moon Set:12:51pm
    • Moon’s Phase: %


    • The Next Full Moon
    • January 8 @ 11:32pm
    • Full Wolf Moon
    • Full Old Moon

    Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

    • Tides
    • High:6:15am/7:29pm
    • Low:12:58pm


    • Rainfall
    • This Year:3.35
    • Last Year:8.42
    • Year To Date Average:6.79
    • Annual Average: 22.28


    •  Holidays
    • Oatmeal Muffin Day
    • National Hard Candy Day
    • Chocolate Pizza Day
    • Music Man Day
    • I've Got My Big Fat Guy Pants On Day
    • Greetings from Space Day


    • UN Day For South-South Cooperation
    • Separation Day-Anguilla
    • St Nicholas Day(Orthodox)-Ukraine
    • Las Posadas-Mexico
    • Sveti Nikola-Serbia
    • This Day In History
    • 45BC --- Julius Caesar popped in unannounced with 2,000 men for dinner at Cicero’s country villa. Cicero wrote his friend Atticus that he entertained the group "in style," but that Caesar was not the sort of guest to whom you’d say, "Do please come again on your way back."
    • 1562 --- The Battle of Dreux was fought between the Huguenots and the Catholics, beginning the French Wars of Religion.
    • 1732 --- First issue of ‘Poor Richard's Almanac’ was published.
    • 1776 --- Thomas Paine published his first ''American Crisis'' essay. He wrote, ' These are the times that try men's souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. ''
    • 1777 --- With the onset of the bitter winter cold, the Continental Army under General George Washington, still in the field, enters its winter camp at Valley Forge, 22 miles from British-occupied Philadelphia. Washington chose a site on the west bank of the Schuylkill River that could be effectively defended in the event of a British attack. During 1777, Patriot forces under General Washington suffered major defeats against the British at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown; Philadelphia, the capital of the United States, fell into British hands. The particularly severe winter of 1777-1778 proved to be a great trial for the American army, and of the 11,000 soldiers stationed at Valley Forge, hundreds died from disease. However, the suffering troops were held together by loyalty to the Patriot cause and to General Washington, who stayed with his men. As the winter stretched on, Prussian military adviser Frederick von Steuben kept the soldiers busy with drills and training in modern military strategy. When Washington's army marched out of Valley Forge on June 19, 1778, the men were better disciplined and stronger in spirit than when they had entered. Nine days later, they won a victory against the British under Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Monmouth in New Jersey.
    • 1843 --- "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens, was first published in England.
    • 1863 --- Frederick Walton of London patented Linoleum. The standard kitchen flooring.
    • 1871 -- Albert L. Jones patented corrugated paper which could be used to make boxes.
    • 1903 --- The Williamsburg Bridge opened in New York City. It opened as the largest suspension bridge on Earth and remained the largest until 1924. It was also the first major suspension bridge to use steel towers to support the main cable.
    • 1907 --- A coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pa., killed 239 workers.
    • 1918 --- Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column in "The New York Globe".
    • 1955 --- Carl Perkins recorded the hit "Blue Suede Shoes."
    • 1957 --- Meredith Willson’s The Music Man opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. The Broadway show starred Robert Preston and had a run of 1,375 shows. It also had 76 trombones and 101 cornets in the band ... and a librarian named Marian, remember?
    • 1958 --- President Dwight Eisenhower broadcast history's first Christmas greeting from outer space, a message transmitted from the U.S. satellite Atlas, expressing America's wish for "peace and goodwill toward men everywhere.".
    • 1974 --- Nelson A. Rockefeller was sworn in as vice president, replacing Gerald R. Ford, who became president when Richard M. Nixon resigned.
    • 1984 --- Britain and China signed an accord returning Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997.
    • 1995 --- Two bandits tried to rob Z's Sports Tap bar in Chicago where a police retirement party was underway. The 100 off-duty police officers arrested the suspects at the scene without a fight.
    • 1996 --- The school board of Oakland voted to recognize Black English, also known as "ebonics." The board later reversed its stance.
    • 1998 --- U.S. President Bill Clinton became only the second U.S. president to be impeached when the House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment, charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice. In the subsequent trial, however, he was acquitted.
    • 2000 --- A volcano outside Mexico City spewed a fiery fountain of ash and rock in its most spectacular eruption in more than a millennium. It left towns around the mountain’s base deserted as frightened residents fled. The eruption of the 17,886-foot mountain was its biggest show in 1,200 years, as the mountain, known locally as ‘Popo’, filled nearby valleys with lava.


    • Birthdays
    • Leonid Brezhnev
    • Phil Ochs
    • Edwin Stanton
    • Edith Piaf
    • Jake Gyllenhall
    • Jennifer Beals
    • Maurice White
    • Cicely Tyson
    • Tim Reid
    • Elaine Joyce
    • Alyssa Milano
    • Kristy Swanson
    • Warren Sapp
    • David Susskind
    • Alvin Lee