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Thursday October 11, 2012

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  • 285th Day of 2012 / 81 Remaining
  • 71 Days Until The First Day of Winter

  • Sunrise:7:15
  • Sunset:6:38
  • 11 Hours 23 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:3:04am
  • Moon Set:4:13pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 17 %

  • The Next Full Moon
  • October 29 @ 12:50 pm
  • Full Hunter’s Moon
  • Full Harvest Moon

This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.

  • Tides
  • High:8:43am/8:23pm
  • Low: 2:00am/2:36pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:0.03
  • Last Year:1.49
  • Normal To Date:0.47
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • General Pulaski Memorial Day
  • National Coming Out Day
  • National Face Your Fears Day
  • National Sausage Pizza Day

  • Anti-Fascist Uprising Day-Macedonia
  • Revolution Day-Palau

  • On This Day In …
  • 1811 --- The Juliana, the first steam-powered ferryboat, was put into operation by the inventor John Stevens. The ferry went between New York City, NY, and Hoboken, NJ.

  • 1881 --- Roll film for cameras was patented. Was it George Eastman or Mr. Fuji who patented the stuff? No. That honor belongs to D.H. Houston of Cambria, Wisconsin.

  • 1958 --- Spencer Tracy’s classic movie, The Old Man and the Sea was released. Based on Ernest Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, it is the story of an aging fisherman attempting to find himself, and hopefully a fish, on a fishing trip near Cuba. Tracy was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance, but was edged out that year by David Niven (for Separate Tables). Dimitri Tiomkin’s music for The Old Man and the Sea did win the Oscar for “Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.”

  • 1962 --- Pope John XXIII convenes an ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church—the first in 92 years. In summoning the ecumenical council—a general meeting of the bishops of the church—the pope hoped to bring spiritual rebirth to Catholicism and cultivate greater unity with the other branches of Christianity.In calling the ecumenical council, he sought a "New Pentecost," a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He sought reconciliation for the world's divided Christianity and invited Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant observers to attend the proceedings. Pope John XXIII died in June 1963, but the council continued under his successor, Paul VI, until 1965. That year, Pope Paul began the process that could lead to John XXIII's canonization as a saint. In 2000, Pope John Paul II beatified John XXIII, bringing him a step closer to sainthood.

  • 1968 --- The U.S. launched Apollo 7. Described by commander Walter M. Schirra, Jr. as a “magnificent flying machine,” Apollo 7 travelled some 4.5 million miles in orbit around the Earth to become the first manned flight in NASA’s lunar-landing program. The mission also featured the first live TV transmission from a spacecraft in orbit.

  • 1975 --- Saturday Night Live (SNL), a topical comedy sketch show featuring Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Garrett Morris, Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman, makes its debut on NBC; it will go on to become the longest-running, highest-rated show on late-night television. The 90-minute program, which from its inception has been broadcast live from Studio 8H in the GE Building at Rockefeller Center, includes a different guest host and musical act each week. The opening sketch of each show ends with one actor saying, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

  • 1975 --- 26-year-old Bruce Springsteen had two heavily promoted major-label albums behind him, but nothing approaching a popular hit. Tapped by Columbia Records as the Next Big Thing back in 1973, he'd been marketed first as the "New Dylan" and then as America's new "Street Poet," but unless you were a rock-journalism junkie or had been witness to one of his raucous three-hour live shows in an East Coast rock club, you'd probably never bought one of his records or even heard his name. That would all change soon, however, for the poet laureate of the Jersey Shore. On this day in 1975, the epic single "Born to Run" became Bruce Springsteen's first-ever Top 40 hit, marking the start of his eventual transition from little-known cult figure to international superstar.

  • 1986 --- Following up on their successful November 1985 summit meeting in Geneva, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavik, Iceland, to continue discussions about curbing their intermediate missile arsenals in Europe. Just when it appeared that agreement might be reached, the talks fell apart amid accusations and recriminations, and U.S.-Soviet relations took a giant step backwards. The sticking point arose when Gorbachev requested that the talks concerning the missiles be expanded to include limitations on America's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Referred to as the "Star Wars" initiative by opponents, SDI was one of Reagan's pet projects. A multi-billion-dollar program, SDI was supposed to use space technology to provide a "shield" from nuclear attacks. Not surprisingly, Reagan refused to consider Gorbachev's suggestion, and the talks ended the next day, October 12, with no agreement in hand. Reagan charged the Soviet leader with bad faith in trying to expand the parameters of the talks; back in the Soviet Union, Gorbachev reported that Reagan seemed to be lying about his desire for serious negotiations concerning arms limitations. Talks on the missile issue did not resume until December 1987, when the two leaders met for a third summit in Washington, and Gorbachev dropped his insistence on including SDI in the negotiations.

  • 2002 --- Former President Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."

  • Birthdays
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Elmore Leonard
  • Steve Young
  • Joan Cusack
  • Jerome Robbins
  • Art Blakey
  • Daryl Hall