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Wednesday January 16, 2013

  • 16th Day of 2013 / 349 Remaining
  • 63 Days Until The First Day of Spring

  • Sunrise:7:23
  • Sunset:5:16
  • 9 Hours 53 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:10:09am
  • Moon Set:11:06pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 20 %

  • 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:11.31
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • Appreciate a Dragon Day
  • National Nothing Day
  • Religious Freedom Day
  • National Fig Newton Day
  • Prohibition Remembrance Day

  • International Hot And Spicy Food Day
  • World Religion Day
  • Haru-No-Yabuiri-Japan
  • National Day of Peace-El Salvador
  • Martyr’s Day-Benin
  • Winter Festival-Russia

  • On This Day In …
  • 1547 --- Ivan IV (popularly known as "Ivan the Terrible") was crowned czar of Russia.

  • 1847 --- A leader in the successful fight to wrest California away from Mexico, the explorer and mapmaker John C. Fremont briefly becomes governor of the newly won American territory.

  • 1866 --- Mr. Everett Barney patented the all-metal screw clamp skate. Remember those? They would clamp on to the edges of the soles of shoes and you tightened them with a key. With the advent of athletic shoes, there was no place to clamp the skates so the clamp skate disappeared.

  • 1920 --- Prohibition began in the U.S., which banned the sale of all alcoholic beverages. Gangsters flourished, importing and producing bootleg alcohol, and American drank more than ever. Prohibition was finally repealed in 1933. The end of the 'noble experiment.'

  • 1921 --- The motion picture, The Kid, opened in movie houses. The classic starred Charlie Chaplin and featured a little tyke, soon to be a Hollywood favorite. Jackie Coogan continued to make movies until his death in 1984.

  • 1957 --- Little Richard recorded "Lucille."

  • 1961 --- Mickey Mantle signed a contract which made him the highest paid baseball player in the American League. ‘The Commerce Comet’ stepped up to the plate for $75,000 for the 1961 season. Over in the National League, Willie ‘Say Hey’ Mays, was making more money than any baseball player. He had a contract for $85,000.

  • 1964 --- Hello Dolly! opened at the St. James Theatre in New York City. Carol Channing starred in the role of Mrs. Dolly Levi. The musical was an adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s play, The Matchmaker. The show, with an unforgettable title song, was hailed by critics as the “...possible hit of the season.” It was possible, all right. Hello Dolly! played for 2,844 performances. And, it returned to Broadway in the 1990s, again starring Carol Channing.

  • 1970 --- Buckminster Fuller, the designer of the geodesic dome, was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects.

  • 1970 --- Golden Glove-winning center fielder Curt Flood of the St. Louis Cardinals files suit in a New York federal court against Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, the presidents of the American and National Leagues and all 24 teams in the Major League Baseball (MLB) organization. After the Cardinals traded Flood to the Philadelphia Phillies in October 1969, Flood wrote a letter to Kuhn in late December, protesting the league’s player reserve clause, which prevented players from moving to another team unless they were traded. Kuhn denied Flood’s request to be made a free agent, and Flood decided to sue. In Flood v. Kuhn, the historic case that followed, Flood argued that the reserve clause violated antitrust laws and violated the 13th Amendment, which barred slavery and involuntary servitude. Flood was not the first player to challenge the reserve clause, but he was certainly the most prominent, and stood to lose the most. In his 12 seasons with the Cardinals, he batted an average of .293, and he was paid $90,000 in salary for the 1969 season. He was also only 31 years old, at the peak of his career. After a U.S. district court judge rejected Flood’s claim in August 1970, the case went to the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite the support of such great players as Jackie Robinson, Flood suffered when no active players agreed to testify on his behalf, and the court ruled against him in a 5-3 decision in 1972. By that time, Flood’s career was over. His lost battle turned into an eventual win for the players, however. Major League Baseball agreed to federal arbitration of players’ salary demands in 1973, and in 1975 an arbitrator effectively threw out the reserve clause, paving the way for free agency in baseball and all professional sports.

  • 1980 --- Paul McCartney was jailed in Tokyo for possession of a half pound of marijuana. He spent ten days behind bars before being kicked-out of the country by Japanese authorities. The remainder of his tour was canceled.

  • 1988 --- Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder was fired as a CBS sports commentator one day after telling a TV station in Washington, DC, that, during the era of slavery, blacks had been bred to produce stronger offspring.

  • 1991 -- At midnight in Iraq, the United Nations deadline for the Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait expires, and the Pentagon prepares to commence offensive operations to forcibly eject Iraq from its five-month occupation of its oil-rich neighbor. At 4:30 p.m. EST, the first fighter aircraft were launched from Saudi Arabia and off U.S. and British aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf on bombing missions over Iraq. All evening, aircraft from the U.S.-led military coalition pounded targets in and around Baghdad as the world watched the events transpire in television footage transmitted live via satellite from Baghdad and elsewhere. At 7:00 p.m., Operation Desert Storm, the code-name for the massive U.S.-led offensive against Iraq, was formally announced at the White House.

  • 1996 --- Jimmy Buffett’s sea plane Hemisphere Dancer was shot at by Jamaican police who mistook him for a drug smuggler. U2’s Bono was in the plane with Buffett at the time. Jimmy wrote a song about the incident, Jamaica Mistaica, that appears on the album Banana Wind.

  • 2002 --- U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that John Walker Lindh would be brought to the United States to face trial. He was charged in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA, with conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens, providing support to terrorist organizations, and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban of Afghanistan.

  • Birthdays
  • Ethel Merman
  • Joe Flacco
  • Albert Pujols
  • Marilyn Horne
  • AJ Foyt
  • Ronnie MIlsap
  • John Carpenter
  • Kate Moss
  • Sade Adu
  • Debbie Allen
  • Dizzy Dean
  • Fulgencio Batista
  • Andre Michelin