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Friday January 27, 2012


  • 27th Day of 2012 / 339 Remaining
  • 53 Days Until Spring Begins
  • Sunrise:7:18am
  • Sunset:5:28pm
  • 10 Hr 10 Min
  • Moon Rise:9:21am
  • Moon Set:10:17pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 20 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • February 7 @ 1:56pm
  • Full Snow Moon
  • Full Hunger 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:1:29am/1:12pm
  • Low:7:30am/7:25pm
  • Rainfall
  • This Year:6.06
  • Last Year:12.35
  • Normal To Date12.17:
  • Annual Average: 22.28
  • Holidays
  • Mozart Day
  • Thomas Crapper Day
  • Activity Professionals Day
  • National Chocolate Cake Day
  • Listen to Classical Music During Lunch Day
  • National Preschool Fitness Day
  • Fun at Work Day
  • UN Int’l Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
  • Holocaust Memorial Day-UK
  • Vietnam Day-Vietnam
  • On This Day In …
  • 1521 --- The Diet of Worms begins. Not a fad diet, but the assembly of the Holy Roman Empire at which Martin Luther made his famous appearance.
  • 1870 --- Kappa Alpha Theta, the first women’s Greek letter society, or sorority, was founded at Indiana Asbury University -- now DePauw University -- in Greencastle, Indiana.
  • 1880 --- American inventor Thomas Alva Edison of Menlo Park, New Jersey, patented the incandescent electric lamp.
  • 1888 --- National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C., for "the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge."
  • 1910 --- Thomas Crapper, said to be the inventor and developer of the flush toilet mechanism that most of us use, died on this day.
  • 1926 --- John Baird, a Scottish inventor, demonstrated a pictorial transmission machine called television.
  • 1944 --- Casey Stengel resigned as manager of the Boston Braves, a position he had held since 1938. He became manager of the New York Yankees in 1948. Here are some famous Stengelisms: “The Yankees don’t pay me to win every day -- just two out of three.”; “The secret of managing a club is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the five guys who are undecided.”; and “You have to draft a catcher, because if you don’t have one, the ball will roll all the way back to the screen.”
  • 1944 --- Soviet forces permanently break the Leningrad siege line, ending the almost 900-day German-enforced containment of the city, which cost hundreds of thousands of Russian lives. The siege began officially on September 8, 1941. The people of Leningrad began building antitank fortifications and succeeded in creating a stable defense of the city, but as a result were cut off from all access to vital resources in the Soviet interior, Moscow specifically. In 1942, an estimated 650,000 Leningrad citizens perished from starvation, disease, exposure, and injuries suffered from continual German artillery bombardment.
  • 1950 --- 'Science' magazine announce the discovery of the new antibiotic, terramyacin. What made it unusual is that Pfizer & Co. had discovered the antibiotic in a soil sample from Indiana. Pfizer had been searching soil samples from around the world for new bacteria fighting organisms.
  • 1956 --- Elvis Presley released "Heartbreak Hotel."
  • 1958 --- "Little" Richard Wayne Penniman interrupted his music career to enter a theological seminary in Huntsville, Alabama, where he received a degree.
  • 1961 --- Leontyne Price made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. She sang in the role of Leonora in Il Trovatore. Price was only the seventh black singer to make a debut at the Met. Marian Anderson was the first (1955).
  • 1967 --- A launch pad fire during Apollo program tests at Cape Canaveral, Florida, kills astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chafee. An investigation indicated that a faulty electrical wire inside the Apollo 1 command module was the probable cause of the fire. The astronauts, the first Americans to die in a spacecraft, had been participating in a simulation of the Apollo 1 launch scheduled for the next month.
  • 1968 --- Otis Redding’s (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay was released on this day, seven weeks after the singer’s death. It became #1 on March 16, 1968 and remained at the top spot for a month. Redding began his recording career in 1960 with Johnny Jenkins and The Pinetoppers (on Confederate Records). He sang duet with Carla Thomas and had 11 chart hits. Redding of Dawson, GA was killed in a plane crash at Lake Monona near Madison, WI. Four members of the Bar-Kays were also killed in the crash. The Dock of the Bay, his only number one song, was recorded just three days before his death.
  • 1970 --- "I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch and we're putting it out for dinner." That's the way John Lennon told the story of "Instant Karma," one of his most memorable songs as a solo artist and the third Lennon single to appear before the official breakup of the Beatles. The only exaggeration in John's description was the part about dinner: "Instant Karma" wasn't actually released to the public until 13 days after it was written and recorded over the course of a single Tuesday, on January 27, 1970. By any measure, it was one of the fastest pop songs ever to come to market. The January 27 session came about spontaneously. Lennon wrote the song that morning and, as he said, "I knew I had a hit record." What got the record finished that same day and gave it its incredible sound, however, was the unexpected appearance of Phil Spector that evening in the EMI studios. After several run-throughs under Spector's direction, John said, "Suddenly we went in the room and heard what he'd done to it...it was fantastic. It sounded like there was [sic] fifty people playing." John's happiness with the results would lead directly to Spector's taking over the dormant Let it Be project—a development that ended up driving a further wedge between Lennon and McCartney prior to the official breakup of the Beatles.
  • 1993 --- American Chad Rowan (Akebono) was awarded the highest rank in sumo wrestling, making him the first foreign Yokozuna. The 6-foot-9, 510-pound naturalized Japanese citizen born in Hawaii became the 64th person to hold the top rank in the Japanese sport’s 2,000-year history.
  • 1994 --- Rueben Mattus died at age 81. Starting as a teenager he sold his family’s homemade ice cream to small stores in the Bronx for 30 years. Then in 1959 he took a chance, doubled the price, and changed the name to Haagen-Dazs.
  • 1997 --- It was revealed that French national museums were holding nearly 2,000 works of art stolen from Jews by the Nazis during World War II
  • 1998 --- First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing on NBC's Today show, charged the allegations of sexual impropriety against her husband were the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."
  • 2010 --- Appled enveiled the "iPad".
  • Birthdays
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • Tracy Lawrence
  • Jerome Kern
  • Alan Cumming
  • Chief Justice John Roberts
  • Bobby "Blue" Bland
  • James Cromwell
  • Keith Olbermann
  • Mimi Rogers
  • Bridget Fonda
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Hyman Rickover
  • William Randolph Hearst Jr.
  • David Seville
  • Skitch (Lyle) Henderson
  • Donna Reed
  • Samuel Gompers