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Thursday January 10, 2013


  • 10th Day of 2013 / 355 Remaining
  • 69 Days Until The First Day of Spring

  • Sunrise:7:25
  • Sunset:5:10
  • 9 Hours 45 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:6:10am
  • Moon Set:4:24pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 1 %

  • The Next Full Moon
  • January 26 @ 8:40pm
  • Full Wolf 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: 9:52am/11:46pm
  • Low: 3:39am/4:43pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:13.37
  • Last Year:3.34
  • Normal To Date:10.41
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • National Clean Off Your Desk Day
  • National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • Peculiar People Day

  • Coming-of-Age Day-Japan
  • Plough Monday-United Kingdom

  • On This Day In …
  • 1839 --- Indian tea became available in Britain for the first time. Up until this time only tea from China had been available, and that was very expensive. The development and import of Indian tea brought the price down so all could afford it, and it quickly became the national drink.

  • 1840 --- The penny post, whereby mail was delivered at a standard charge rather than paid for by the recipient, began in Britain.

  • 1863 --- Prime Minister Gladstone opened the first section of the London Underground Railway system, from Paddington to Farringdon Street.

  • 1920 --- The League of Nations formally comes into being when the Covenant of the League of Nations, ratified by 42 nations in 1919, takes effect.

  • 1922 --- Arthur Griffith, the founder of Sinn Fein and one of the architects of the 1921 peace treaty with Britain, is elected president of the newly established Irish Free State.

  • 1928 --- The Soviet Union ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky.

  • 1946 --- The first General Assembly of the United Nations, comprising 51 nations, convenes at Westminster Central Hall in London, England. One week later, the U.N. Security Council met for the first time and established its rules of procedure. Then, on January 24, the General Assembly adopted its first resolution, a measure calling for the peaceful uses of atomic energy and the elimination of atomic and other weapons of mass destruction. In 1944, at the Dumbarton Oaks conference in Washington, D.C., the groundwork was laid by Allied delegates for an international postwar organization to maintain peace and security in the postwar world. The organization was to possess considerably more authority over its members than the defunct League of Nations, which had failed in its attempts to prevent the outbreak of World War II. In April 1945, with celebrations of victory in Europe about to commence, delegates from 51 nations convened in San Francisco to draft the United Nations Charter. On June 26, the document was signed by the delegates, and on October 24 it was formally ratified by the five permanent members of the Security Council and a majority of other signatories.

  • 1949 --- The Radio Corporation of America, sometimes known as RCA, announced a new 7-inch, 45-rpm phonograph record. Soon, the 45, the record with the big hole in the middle, would change the pop music business. RCA even manufactured a record player that played only 45s -- with a fat spindle that made “stacking wax” real simple and automatic.

  • 1951 --- Donald Howard Rogers piloted the first passenger jet on a trip from Chicago to New York City.

  • 1960 --- Marty Robbins’ hit tune, El Paso, held the record for the longest #1 song to that time. The song ran 4 minutes and 20 seconds, giving many radio station program directors fits; because the average record length at that time was around 2 minutes, and formats didn’t allow for records much longer than that, (e.g., 2-minute record, 3 minutes for commercials, 60 seconds for promo, 2-minute record, etc.).

  • 1964 --- The Beatles' first album in the United States, "Introducing the Beatles," was released.

  • 1982 --- 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark makes a leaping catch in the end zone on a pass from quarterback Joe Montana with 51 seconds left in the National Football Conference (NFC) championship game against the Dallas Cowboys. "The Catch" set up a successful extra point kick by Ray Wersching that lifted the 49ers to a 28-27 victory and a trip to Super Bowl XVI. The drive that set up Clark’s memorable catch began with 4:54 left in the fourth quarter, when the 49ers took over possession on their own 11-yard line, with the Cowboys leading 27-21. Over the next 12 plays, Montana passed seven times and called five running plays, effectively moving his team to third down-and-three at the Dallas six-yard line. Montana moved to his right at the snap, chased by three Cowboys. Looking for wide receiver Freddie Solomon, Montana spied Clark, wide open near the back of the end zone. Off balance, Montana lofted the ball in a high spiral towards the 6’4’’ Clark, who grabbed it for a touchdown to tie the score and enable Wersching to boot the game-winner through the uprights.

  • 1984 --- Cyndi Lauper became the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry [1967] to be nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female), Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

  • 1989 --- As part of an arrangement to decrease Cold War tensions and end a brutal war in Angola, Cuban troops begin their withdrawal from the African nation. The process was part of a multilateral diplomatic effort to end years of bloodshed in Angola—a conflict that, at one time or another, involved the Soviet Union, the United States, Portugal, and South Africa.

  • 2000 --- It was announced that Time-Warner had agreed to buy America On-line (AOL). It was the largest-ever corporate merger priced at $162 billion. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the deal on December 14, 2000.

  • 2008 --- Tata Motors debuts the Nano, billing it as the world's cheapest car: The anticipated price tag is around $2,500. Tata, India's largest automaker, called the four-door, bubble-shaped mini-vehicle (it was just 5 feet wide and 10 feet long) the "People's Car" and declared that it would be a vehicle for families who previously hadn't been able to afford a car.

  • 2011 --- A judge ordered former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to serve three years in prison for his role in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

  • Birthdays
  • Willie McCovey(75)
  • Shawn Colvin
  • Pat Benatar
  • Galina Ulanova
  • Rod Stewart
  • Ronnie Hawkins
  • George Foreman
  • Sen Roy Blunt
  • Sen Mark Pryor
  • Ray Bolger
  • Ethan Allen
  • Max Roach
  • Sal Mineo
  • Donald Fagen
  • Cyril Neville