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Tuesday February 26, 2013

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  • 57th Day of 2013 / 308 Remaining
  • 22 Days Until The First Day of Spring

  • Sunrise:6:45
  • Sunset:6:01
  • 11 Hours 16 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:7:20pm
  • Moon Set:6:53am
  • Moon’s Phase: 99 %

  • The Next Full Moon
  • March 27 @ 2:30am
  • Full Worm Moon
  • Full Crust Moon
  • Full Lenten Moon
  • Full Crow Moon
  • Full Sap Moon

As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

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

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:14.35
  • Last Year:6.87
  • Normal To Date:17.79
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • For Pete's Sake Day
  • Open That Bottle Night
  • National Pistachio Day
  • Tell A Fairy Tale Day
  • National Personal Chefs Day

  • International Sword Swallowers Day
  • Liberation Day-Kuwait

  • On This Day In …
  • 1815 --- Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the island of Elba to begin his second conquest of France.

  • 1895 --- Michael Joseph Owens of Toledo, Ohio patented an automatic glass blowing machine that could make multiple bottles at the same time. A big advance in bottle making. He founded the Owens Bottle Machine Co., and the Libbey-Owens Glass Company.

  • 1919 --- The Grand Canyon was established as a National Park by an act of the U.S. Congress. The gigantic gorge that cuts through the high plateaus of the northwest corner of Arizona was formed by thousands of years of erosion. The raging Colorado River was the culprit. Called one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon National Park covered 1,218,375 acres ... and still does. It measures 18 miles across, over two hundred miles long, and is a mile from its rim to the Colorado River below. The Grand Canyon, home to American Indian tribes for many hundreds of years, was first discovered by European explorers on the Coronado expedition of 1540. An inspiration for artists, musical compositions, amusement park attractions, novels and more, it remains one of nature’s most magnificent displays, attracting over two million sightseers a year.

  • 1929 -- U.S. President Coolidge signed a bill creating the Grand Teton National Park. Home to some of the most stunning alpine scenery in the United States, the territory in and around Grand Teton National Park also has a colorful human history. The first Anglo-American to see the saw-edged Teton peaks is believed to be John Colter. After traveling with Lewis and Clark to the Pacific, Colter left the expedition during its return trip down the Missouri in 1807 to join two fur trappers headed back into the wilderness. He spent the next three years wandering through the northern Rocky Mountains, eventually finding his way into the valley at the base of the Tetons, which would later be called Jackson Hole.

  • 1933 --- A ground-breaking ceremony was held at Crissy Field for the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • 1939 --- Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of F.D.R. resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution in support of African American opera singer Marian Anderson. Anderson had encountered racism, discrimination, and segregation in the U.S. (Although the DAR now forbids discrimination in membership based on race or creed, some members held segregationist views when segregation was tolerated in the U.S.)

  • 1955 --- “Billboard” reported that the 45rpm single format was outselling the 78s for the first time.

  • 1970 --- National Public Radio was incorporated.

  • 1983 --- Michael Jackson’s Thriller hit #1 in the U.S. The album spent a total of 37 weeks at number one.

  • 1993 --- A terrorist bomb explodes in a parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City, leaving a crater 60 feet wide and causing the collapse of several steel-reinforced concrete floors in the vicinity of the blast. Although the terrorist bomb failed to critically damage the main structure of the skyscrapers, six people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured. The World Trade Center itself suffered more than $500 million in damage. After the attack, authorities evacuated 50,000 people from the buildings, hundreds of whom were suffering from smoke inhalation. The evacuation lasted the whole afternoon. City authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) undertook a massive manhunt for suspects, and within days several radical Islamic fundamentalists were arrested. In March 1994, Mohammed Salameh, Ahmad Ajaj, Nidal Ayyad, and Mahmoud Abouhalima were convicted by a federal jury for their role in the bombing, and each was sentenced to life in prison. Salameh, a Palestinian, was arrested when he went to retrieve the $400 deposit he had left for the Ryder rental van used in the attack. Ajaj and Ayyad, who both played a role in the construction of the bomb, were arrested soon after. Abouhalima, who helped buy and mix the explosives, fled to Saudi Arabia but was caught in Egypt two weeks later. The mastermind of the attack--Ramzi Ahmed Yousef--remained at large until February 1995, when he was arrested in Pakistan. He had previously been in the Philippines, and in a computer he left there were found terrorist plans that included a plot to kill Pope John Paul II and a plan to bomb 15 American airliners in 48 hours. On the flight back to the United States, Yousef reportedly admitted to a Secret Service agent that he had directed the Trade Center attack from the beginning and even claimed to have set the fuse that exploded the 1,200-pound bomb. His only regret, the agent quoted Yousef saying, was that the 110-story tower did not collapse into its twin as planned--a catastrophe that would have caused thousands of deaths. Eyad Ismoil, who drove the Ryder van into the parking garage below the World Trade Center, was captured in Jordan that year and taken back to New York. All the men implicated had ties to Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, a radical Egyptian religious leader who operated out of Jersey City, New Jersey, located just across the Hudson River from Manhattan. In 1995, Rahman and 10 followers were convicted of conspiring to blow up the United Nations headquarters and other New York landmarks. Prosecutors argued that the World Trade Center attack was part of that conspiracy, though little clear evidence of this charge was presented.

  • 1998 --- A jury rejected a lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who claimed Oprah Winfrey’s televised comments about mad-cow disease caused the beef market to plummet and cost them millions of dollars.

  • 2009 --- The Pentagon reveresed its 18-year policy of not allowing media to cover returning war dead. The reversal allowed some media coverage with family approval.

  • Birthdays
  • Victor Hugo
  • Johnny Cash
  • Levi Strauss
  • John H Kellogg
  • “Fats” (Antoine) Domino
  • Michael Bolton
  • Mitch Ryder
  • Erykah Badu
  • King Wenceslas
  • Buffalo Bill Cody
  • William Frawley
  • Jackie Gleason
  • Tony Randall
  • Godfrey Cambridge