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Monday January 14, 2013

  • 14th Day of 2013 / 351 Remaining
  • 65 Days Until The First Day of Spring

  • Sunrise:7:24
  • Sunset:5:14
  • Hours Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:9:05am
  • Moon Set:9:01pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 12 %

  • 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: 9:14am/11:11pm
  • Low: 2:50am/4:06pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:13.36
  • Last Year:3.34
  • Normal To Date:11.16
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • Ratification Day
  • National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

  • Maghi-Sikhism
  • Pongal / Makar Sankranti-Hinduism
  • Old New Year-Julian Calander
  • Vinegrower's Day-Bulgaria

  • On This Day In …
  • 1639 --- In Hartford, Connecticut, the first constitution in the American colonies, the "Fundamental Orders," is adopted by representatives of Wethersfield, Windsor, and Hartford. The Dutch discovered the Connecticut River in 1614, but English Puritans from Massachusetts largely accomplished European settlement of the region. During the 1630s, they flocked to the Connecticut valley from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and in 1638 representatives from the three major Puritan settlements in Connecticut met to set up a unified government for the new colony.  Roger Ludlow, a lawyer, wrote much of the Fundamental Orders, and presented a binding and compact frame of government that put the welfare of the community above that of individuals. It was also the first written constitution in the world to declare the modern idea that "the foundation of authority is in the free consent of the people." In 1662, the Charter of Connecticut superseded the Fundamental Orders; though the majority of the original document's laws and statutes remained in force until 1818.

  • 1784 --- At the Maryland State House in Annapolis, the Continental Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris. The document, negotiated in part by future President John Adams, contained terms for ending the Revolutionary War and established the United States as a sovereign nation. The treaty outlined America's fishing rights off the coast of Canada, defined territorial boundaries in North America formerly held by the British and forced an end to reprisals against British loyalists. Two other future presidents, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, were among the delegates who ratified the document on January 14, 1874. Thomas Jefferson had planned to travel to Paris to join Adams, John Jay and Benjamin Franklin for the beginning of talks with the British in 1782. However, after a delay in his travel plans, Jefferson received word that a cessation of hostilities had been announced by King George III the previous December. Jefferson arrived in Paris in late February after the treaty had already been negotiated by Adams, Franklin and Jay. Adams' experience and skill in diplomacy prompted Congress to authorize him to act as the United States' representative in negotiating treaty terms with the British. Following his role in ending the Revolutionary War and his participation in drafting the Declaration of Independence, Adams succeeded George Washington as the second president of the United States in 1797.

  • 1873 --- ‘Celluloid’ was registered as a trademark. It was the wonderful invention of John Hyatt in 1869. While waiting for a patent, he used the celluloid to wrap his Christmas presents. Then he got the idea that somebody might be able to make movies with the stuff.

  • 1898 --- Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" under the pen name Lewis Carroll, died in Guildford, England, at age 65.

  • 1900 --- The Giacomo Puccini opera "Tosca" had its world premiere in Rome. The opera made its U.S. debut on February 4, 1901.

  • 1914 --- Henry Ford announced the newest advance in assembly line production of cars. The new continuous motion method reduced assembly time of a car from 12½ hours to 93 minutes.

  • 1943 --- U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with Allied leaders during the opening day of the famous Casablanca Conference in Morocco. Roosevelt, Gen. Charles DeGaulle, leader of free France, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain, and Gen. Henri Giraud, High Commissioner of French North and West Africa met to hammer out the strategy that called for the unconditional surrender of the Axis powers. On his way to the conference, Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office.

  • 1954 --- Marilyn Monroe married baseball great, Joe DiMaggio. The marriage lasted nine months. After her death (in 1962), DiMaggio had red roses delivered to her crypt two to three times a week for some twenty years.

  • 1963 --- George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama with a pledge of "segregation forever."

  • 1966 --- David Jones changed his last name to Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from the Monkees.

  • 1968 --- Super Bowl II (at Miami): Green Bay Packers 33, Oakland Raiders 14. Packers had won every Super Bowl to date. MVP: Packers’ QB Bart Starr. Tickets: $12.00.

  • 1970 --- A display of John Lennon's erotic "Bag One" lithographs opened in London. 2 days later Scotland Yard seized prints as evidence of pornography.

  • 1972 --- Comedian Redd Foxx, whose last name was really Sanford, debuted on NBC-TV in Sanford & Son. Demond Wilson starred as Fred Sanford’s son. Quincy Jones composed the catchy theme song.

  • 1973 --- Elvis Presley drew the largest audience for a single TV show to that time -- an estimated one billion viewers in 40 countries. Elvis - Aloha From Hawaii, a live, worldwide concert from Honolulu International Center Arena (later known as the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena). Performed at 12:30 a.m. Hawaiian Time, it was beamed live via Globecam Satellite to Australia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, South Vietnam and other countries, and was seen on a delayed basis in approximately 30 European countries. The first American airing was April 4th on NBC-TV. The show was also released as a two-record album, and became one of Elvis’s top-selling LPs.

  • 1985 --- Martina Navratilova joined Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert Lloyd as the only professional tennis players to win 100 tournaments. To accomplish this, Martina defeated Manuela Maleeva to win the Virginia Slims competition in Washington, D.C.

  • 1990 --- The Fox network’s animated show The Simpsons premiered. “D’oh!”

  • 1993 --- Late-night TV talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS

  • 1994 --- U.S. President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed Kremlin accords to stop aiming missiles at any nation and to dismantle the nuclear arsenal of Ukraine.

  • 1999 --- Metallica sued Victoria's Secret, claiming that the manufacturer infringed on its trademark by marketing a line of "Metallica" lip pencils.

  • 2004 --- Former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow pleaded guilty to conspiracy as he accepted a 10-year prison sentence.

  • 2004 --- President George W. Bush unveiled a plan to send astronauts to the moon, Mars and beyond.

  • 2005 --- Army Specialist Charles Graner Jr., the reputed ringleader of a band of rogue guards at the Abu Ghraib prison, was convicted at Fort Hood, Texas, of abusing Iraqi detainees. (He was later sentenced to 10 years in prison.)

  • 2005 --- A probe, from the Cassini-Huygens mission, sent back pictures during and after landing on Saturn's moon Titan. The mission was launched on October 15, 1997.

  • 2008 --- Republican Bobby Jindal, the first elected Indian-American governor in the United States, took office in Louisiana.

  • Birthdays
  • T-Bone Burnett
  • Albert Schweitzer
  • Jack Jones
  • Allen Toussaint
  • Julian Bond
  • Carl Weathers
  • Lawrence Kasdan
  • Emily Watson
  • LL Cool J
  • Jason Bateman
  • Benedict Arnold
  • Andy Rooney
  • Dave Grohl