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Thursday November 1, 2012


  • 306th Day of 2012 / 60 Remaining
  • 50 Days Until The First Day of Winter

  • Sunrise:7:36
  • Sunset:6:11
  • 10 Hours 35 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise: 8:14pm
  • Moon Set:10:11am
  • Moon’s Phase: 92 %

  • The Next Full Moon
  • November 28 @ 6:47 am
  • Full Beaver Moon
  • Full Frosts Moon

For both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full Moon was also called the Frost Moon.

  • Tides
  • High: 1:42am/12:12pm
  • Low: 6:32am/7:15pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:1.40
  • Last Year:1.49
  • Normal To Date:1.39
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • National Authors' Day
  • National Cook For Your Pets Day
  • National Family Literacy Day
  • National French Fried Clam Day
  • National Vinegar Day

  • World Vegan Day
  • Day(s) of the Dead/Dia(s) De Los Muertos-Mexico
  • Independence Day-Antigua
  • Independence Day -Barbuda
  • Liberty Day-Virgin Islands
  • Revolution Day-Algeria
  • Children’s Day-Panama
  • All Hallows Day /All Saints' Day-Catholic
  • Puno Jubilee Week-Peru
  • Remembrance Day-Slovenia

  • On This Day In …
  • 1512 --- The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, one of Italian artist Michelangelo's finest works, is exhibited to the public for the first time Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists, was born in the small village of Caprese in 1475. The son of a government administrator, he grew up in Florence, a center of the early Renaissance movement, and became an artist's apprentice at age 13. Demonstrating obvious talent, he was taken under the wing of Lorenzo de' Medici, the ruler of the Florentine republic and a great patron of the arts. After demonstrating his mastery of sculpture in such works as the “Pieta” (1498) and “David” (1504), he was called to Rome in 1508 to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel—the chief consecrated space in the Vatican. Michelangelo's epic ceiling frescoes, which took several years to complete, are among his most memorable works. Central in a complex system of decoration featuring numerous figures are nine panels devoted to biblical world history. The most famous of these is “The Creation of Adam”, a painting in which the arms of God and Adam are stretching toward each other. In 1512, Michelangelo completed the work.

  • 1604 --- William Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello" was first performed, at Whitehall Palace in London.

  • 1755 --- A devastating earthquake hits Lisbon, Portugal, killing as many as 50,000 people, on this day in 1755. The city was virtually rebuilt from scratch following the widespread destruction. Lisbon was Portugal’s capital and largest city during the prosperous 18th century, when diamonds and gold from the Portuguese colony in Brazil made many in the country wealthy. About 10 percent of Portugal’s 3 million people lived in Lisbon and, as one of the biggest ports on the Atlantic Ocean, the city played a critical role in world trade. In 1755, Lisbon was also a major center of Catholicism and was home to Catholic religious authorities. On All Saints Day, three tremors over the course of 10 minutes suddenly struck Lisbon. The worst of the quakes is thought to have had a magnitude of 8.0, though this is just an estimate as no recording equipment existed at the time. The shaking was felt as far away as Morocco. The devastating effects of the earthquake were felt throughout the city. Close to the coast, a 20-foot tsunami rushed ashore and killed thousands. Many people were observing All Saints Day in churches at the time and died when the buildings collapsed. Fires broke out all over the city and winds spread the flames quickly. The royal palace was destroyed, as were thousands of homes. Much of the country’s cultural history, preserved in books, art and architecture, was wiped away in an instant. Many of the city’s residents, including hundreds of escaped prisoners, fled Lisbon immediately. The death toll has been estimated at between 10,000 and 50,000. The Marquis of Pombal was assigned the task of rebuilding the city. The twisting narrow streets that had once made up Lisbon were replaced by broad avenues. The reconstruction also featured one of the first uses of prefabricated buildings. While the rebuilding was a notable success, some used the tragedy for their own purposes. Religious authorities proclaimed that the earthquake was caused by the wrath of God, brought on the city because of its sins. The famous author Voltaire, who witnessed the quake, parodied this line of thinking—along with those who insist that everything that happens is for the best—in the book Candide.

  • 1765 --- The British Parliament enacted The Stamp Act in the American colonies. The act was repealed in March of 1766 on the same day that the Parliament passed the Declaratory Acts which asserted that the British government had free and total legislative power of the colonies.

  • 1800 --- U.S. President John Adams became the first president to live in the White House.

  • 1848 --- The first medical school exclusively for women opened its doors -- to twelve students. The Boston Female Medical School was founded by Samuel Gregory. Twenty-six years later, the school merged with Boston University School of Medicine becoming one of the first coed, medical colleges in the world.

  • 1913 --- Knute Rockne and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame beat Army at West Point, 35-13. Notre Dame had been an unknown in college football. What turned it around was the attention of thousands as Rockne handed Army its first loss of the season, thanks to a new secret weapon: the forward pass.

  • 1936 --- In a speech in Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini described the alliance between his country and Nazi Germany as an "axis" running between Rome and Berlin.

  • 1950 --- Two Puerto Rican nationalists attepted to assassinate President Harry S Truman at Blair House, Washington, DC (where the Truman’s were living during a three-year renovation of the White House). One of the gunman and one White House policemen were killed.

  • 1952 --- The United States detonates the world's first thermonuclear weapon, the hydrogen bomb, on Eniwetok atoll in the Pacific. The test gave the United States a short-lived advantage in the nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union. Following the successful Soviet detonation of an atomic device in September 1949, the United States accelerated its program to develop the next stage in atomic weaponry, a thermonuclear bomb. Popularly known as the hydrogen bomb, this new weapon was approximately 1,000 times more powerful than conventional nuclear devices. Opponents of development of the hydrogen bomb included J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the fathers of the atomic bomb. He and others argued that little would be accomplished except the speeding up of the arms race, since it was assumed that the Soviets would quickly follow suit.The opponents were correct in their assumptions. The Soviet Union exploded a thermonuclear device the following year and by the late 1970s, seven nations had constructed hydrogen bombs. The nuclear arms race had taken a fearful step forward.

  • 1969 --- Elvis Presley hit number one in the U.S. with Suspicious Minds. It was his first #1 pop single since Good Luck Charm in 1962 and his last #1 pop single.

  • 1979 --- Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urged all Iranians to demonstrate on November 4 and to expand their attacks against the U.S. and Israel. On November 4, Iranian militants seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took 63 Americans hostage.

  • Birthdays
  • Antony Kiedis
  • Stephen Crane
  • Larry Flynt
  • Marcia Wallace
  • Kinky Friedman
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Sir Benjamin Lee Guiness
  • Sakutaro Hagiwara
  • Fernando Valenzuela