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Tuesday June 5, 2012

  • 157th Day of 2012 / 209 Remaining
  • 15 Days Until Summer Begins
  • Sunrise:5:48
  • Sunset:8:29
  • 14 Hours 41 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:9:59pm
  • Moon Set:7:06am
  • Moon’s Phase: 97 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • June 4 @ 4:11am
  • Full Strawberry Moon
  • Full Rose Moon
  • Full Milk Moon
  • This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June, so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!
  • Tides
  • High:1:16pm
  • Low:6:13am/6:05pm
  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:15.80
  • Last Year:28.51
  • Normal To Date:23.67
  • Annual Seasonal Average: 23.80
  • Holidays
  • Children's Awareness Memorial Day
  • National Cancer Survivors Day
  • National Gingerbread Day
  • National Shut Up Day
  • Family Yahtzee Day
  • UN World Environment Day
  • Constitution Day-Denmark
  • Day of the Rice God-Japan
  • Father's Day-Denmark
  • Liberation Day-Seychelles
  • Dame Lois Browne-Evans Day-Bermuda
  • On This Day In …
  • 1752 --- Benjamin Franklin flew a kite for the first time to demonstrate that lightning was a form of electricity.
  • 1783 --- A hot-air balloon was demonstrated by Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier. It reached a height of 1,500 feet.
  • 1851 --- Harriet Beecher Stow published the first installment of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in "The National Era."
  • 1856 --- The first Vegetarian Community was established in Kansas.
  • 1876 --- For one thin dime, visitors to Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition were able to buy foil-wrapped bananas, a popular taste treat in the United States.
  • 1883 --- Horlick's developed the process to dehydrate milk, and patented it in 1883, calling it Malted Milk. Horlick's originally produced a food for babies and invalid's, that could be shipped without spoiling.
  • 1936 --- Actor Charlie Chaplin announced in Hollywood he was through playing his classic silent movie character, the "little tramp." Chaplin said, "I can’t make the little tramp talk. He has never talked and will never talk."
  • 1956 --- Elvis Presley set his guitar aside and put every part of his being into a blistering, scandalous performance of "Hound Dog." This was not Presley's first television appearance, nor even his first appearance on Milton Berle. Between January and March 1956, Elvis made six appearances on Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey's Stage Show, and on April 3, he appeared for the first time with Uncle Miltie. But every one of those appearances featured Elvis either in close-up singing a slow ballad, or full body but with his movements somewhat restricted by the acoustic guitar he was playing. It was on his second Milton Berle Show appearance that he put the guitar aside and America witnessed, for the very first time, the 21-year-old Elvis Presley from head to toe, gyrating his soon-to-be-famous (or infamous) pelvis. Reaction to Elvis' performance in the mainstream media was almost uniformly negative. "Mr. Presley has no discernible singing ability....For the ear, he is an unutterable bore," wrote critic Jack Gould in the next day's New York Times. "His one specialty is an accented movement of the body that heretofore has been primarily identified with the repertoire of the blonde bombshells of the burlesque runway. The gyration never had anything to do with the world of popular music and still doesn't." In the New York Daily News, Ben Gross described Presley's performance as "tinged with the kind of animalism that should be confined to dives and bordellos," while the New York Journal-American's Jack O'Brien said that Elvis "makes up for vocal shortcomings with the weirdest and plainly suggestive animation short of an aborigine's mating dance." Meanwhile, the Catholic weekly America got right to the point in its headline: "Beware of Elvis Presley."
  • 1960 --- The Hollywood Argyles, a fake group created by singer Gary Paxton, entered the Billboard Hot 100 with "Alley Oop." Paxton had acquired the song from Burbank service station attendant Dallas Frazier. The Argyles included Frazier and fellow gas station worker Buddy Mize. Singer Sandy Nelson played the garbage can and did the screaming. When the song hit, Paxton sent a dozen groups on the road, all called The Hollywood Argyles.
  • 1963 --- British Secretary of War John Profumo resigns his post following revelations that he had lied to the House of Commons about his sexual affair with Christine Keeler, an alleged prostitute. At the time of the affair, Keeler was also involved with Yevgeny "Eugene" Ivanov, a Soviet naval attache who some suspected was a spy. Although Profumo assured the government that he had not compromised national security in any way, the scandal threatened to topple Prime Minister Harold Macmillan's government.
  • 1967 --- Ongoing political problems (control and reunification of Jerusalem, access through the strait of Tiran, control of the West Bank of the Jordan River, etc.) came to a head, causing a major outbreak of hostilities (later referred to as the Six Day War) between Israel and Egypt. The Israelis, who had at first met strong Egyptian resistance, destroyed 50 of Egypt’s tanks and stormed through Gaza, and this was only Day One; the beginning of a quick and ferocious victory for the Israeli ground and air forces, led by Defense Minister Moshe Dayan; and a humiliating defeat for Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser. Both sides are still blaming the other for firing the first shot.
  • 1968 --- Senator Robert F. Kennedy, a presidential candidate, is shot three times in a hail of gunfire in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Five others were wounded. The senator had just completed a speech celebrating his victory in the California presidential primary. The shooter, Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan, had a smoking .22 revolver wrested from his grip and was promptly arrested. Kennedy, critically wounded, was rushed to the hospital, where he fought for his life for the next 24 hours. On the morning of June 6, he died. He was 42 years old. On June 8, Kennedy was buried at Arlington Nationa Cemetery, also the final resting place of his assassinated older brother, President John F. Kennedy. Appointed attorney general by President Kennedy, he proved a vigorous member of the cabinet, zealously prosecuting cases relating to civil rights while closely advising the president on domestic and foreign issues. After Kennedy's assassination in 1963, he joined President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration but resigned in 1964 to run successfully in New York for a Senate seat. Known in Congress as an advocate of social reform and defender of the rights of minorities, he also voiced criticism of the war in Vietnam. In 1968, he was urged by many of his supporters to run for president as an anti-war and socially progressive Democratic. Hesitant until he saw positive primary returns for fellow anti-war candidate Eugene McCarthy, he announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on March 16, 1968. Fifteen days later, President Johnson announced that he would not seek reelection, and Vice President Hubert Humphrey became the key Democratic hopeful, with McCarthy and Kennedy trailing closely behind. Kennedy conducted an energetic campaign and on June 4, 1968, won a major victory in the California primary. He had won five out of six primaries and seemed a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination and, some thought, the presidency. Shortly after midnight, he gave a victory speech to his supporters in the Ambassador Hotel and then, while making his way to a press conference by a side exit, was fatally wounded by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. Sirhan was arrested at the scene and indicted for first-degree murder. A mentally unstable drifter, his motives in killing Kennedy have never been clear. Some have alleged that Sirhan was part of a larger assassination conspiracy. These researchers cite LAPD and Coroner’s forensic evidence and witness testimony that proves the existence of additional shooters who were not detained.
  • 1975 --- Egypt reopened the Suez Canal to international shipping, eight years after it was closed because of the 1967 war with Israel.
  • 1977 --- The Apple II, the first personal computer went on sale.
  • 1981 --- In the U.S., the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were the first recognized cases of what came to be known as AIDS.
  • 1993 --- A New Jersey court ruled that a father had to pay for the legal defense of his two teenage sons, who were charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill him.
  • 2004 --- The U.S.S. Jimmy Carter, the most advanced nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy, was christened at a shipyard in Groton, Connecticut. With Jimmy grinning ear to ear, Wife Rosalynn broke a bottle of champagne against the sub.
  • Birthdays
  • Bill Moyers
  • Laurie Anderson
  • Suze Orman
  • Brian McKnight
  • Pat Garrett
  • Pancho Villa
  • Spalding Gray
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Kenny G
  • William Boyd
  • Thomas Chippendale
  • Charles ‘Joe’ Clark