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Thursday April 4, 2013


  • 94th Day of 2013 / 271Remaining
  • 78 Days Until The First Day of Summer

  • Sunrise:6:48
  • Sunset:7:36
  • 12 Hours 48 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:3:15am
  • Moon Set:2:06pm
  • Moon’s Phase:32 %

  • The Next Full Moon
  • April 25 @ 12:59pm
  • Full Pink Moon
  • Full Sprouting Grass Moon
  • Full Egg Moon
  • Full Fish Moon

This moon’s  name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

  • Tides
  • High:6:12am/8:06pm
  • Low:12:30am/1:04pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:15.77
  • Last Year:12.94
  • Normal To Date:21.68
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • Victims of Violence Wholly Day
  • National Cordon Bleu Day
  • Vitamin C Day
  • UN International Day For Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
  • Children's Day-Taiwan
  • Independence Day-Senegal
  • Basque National Day-Spain
  • Heroes Day-Lesotho

  • On This Day In …
  • 1541 --- Ignatius of Loyola became the first superior-general of the Jesuits.

  • 1581 --- Francis Drake completed the circumnavigation of the world.

  • 1818 --- Congress decided the U.S. flag would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state.

  • 1828 --- Casparus van Wooden of Amsterdam, patented chocolate milk powder.

  • 1841 --- U.S. President William Henry Harrison, at the age of 68, became the first president to die in office. He had been sworn in only a month before he died of pneumonia.

  • 1850 --- The city of Los Angeles was incorporated.

  • 1859 --- Daniel Emmett introduced I Wish I was in Dixie’s Land (later named Dixie) in New York City. Just two years later, the song became the Civil War song of the Confederacy.

  • 1865 --- According to the recollection of one of his friends, Ward Hill Lamon, President Abraham Lincoln dreams on this night in 1865 of "the subdued sobs of mourners" and a corpse lying on a catafalque in the White House East Room. In the dream, Lincoln asked a soldier standing guard "Who is dead in the White House?" to which the soldier replied, "the President.he was killed by an assassin." Lincoln woke up at that point. On April 11, he told Lamon that the dream had "strangely annoyed" him ever since. Ten days after having the dream, Lincoln was shot dead by an assassin while attending the theater.

  • 1887 --- Susanna M. Salter became the first woman mayor in the U.S. She was duly elected by the people of Argonia, KS. Ms. Salter won by a two-thirds majority but didn’t even know she was in the running ’til she went into the voting booth. It seems that her name was submitted by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.

  • 1914 --- The first known serialized moving picture opened in New York City. The Perils of Pauline starred Pearl White.

  • 1932 --- Professor C.G. King of the University of Pittsburgh isolated vitamin C after five years of research.

  • 1939 --- Glenn Miller recorded his theme song, Moonlight Serenade, for Bluebird Records.

  • 1949 --- Twelve nations, including the United States, signed the North Atlantic Treaty.

  • 1964 --- The Beatles set an all-time record on the Top 100 chart of Billboard magazine this day. All five of the top songs were by the British rock group. In addition, The Beatles also had the number one album as Meet the Beatles continued to lead all others. The LP was the top album from February 15 through May 2, when it was replaced by The Beatles Second Album. It was estimated at the time that The Beatles accounted for 60 percent of the entire singles record business during the first three months of 1964. The top five singles by The Beatles this day were: "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Please Please Me."

  • 1967 --- Johnny Carson quit The Tonight Show. He returned three weeks later with an additional $30,000 a week! Hi yo!

  • 1968 --- Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers' strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead after his arrival at a Memphis hospital. He was 39 years old. In the months before his assassination, Martin Luther King became increasingly concerned with the problem of economic inequality in America. He organized a Poor People's Campaign to focus on the issue, including an interracial poor people's march on Washington, and in March 1968 traveled to Memphis in support of poorly treated African-American sanitation workers. On March 28, a workers' protest march led by King ended in violence and the death of an African-American teenager. King left the city but vowed to return in early April to lead another demonstration. On April 3, back in Memphis, King gave his last sermon, saying, "We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop...And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land."

  • 1975 --- A major U.S. airlift of South Vietnamese orphans begins with disaster when an Air Force cargo jet crashes shortly after departing from Tan Son Nhut airbase in Saigon. More than 138 passengers, mostly children, were killed. Operation Baby Lift was designed to bring 2,000 South Vietnamese orphans to the United States for adoption by American parents. Baby Lift lasted for 10 days and was carried out during the final, desperate phase of the war, as North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon.

  • 1981 --- Henry Cisneros became the first Mexican-American elected mayor of a major U.S. city, San Antonio, TX.

  • 1988 --- Arizona Governor Evan Mecham was voted out of office by the Arizona Senate. Mecham was found guilty of diverting state funds to his auto business and of trying to impede an investigation into a death threat to a grand jury witness.

  • Birthdays
  • Maya Angelou
  • Hugh Masakela
  • Kitty Kelley
  • Christine Lahti
  • Jill Scott
  • Arthur Murray
  • Anthony Perkins
  • Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield)
  • Tris Speaker
  • Clive Davis
  • Robert Downey Jr
  • Linus Yale
  • Ray Fosse
  • Heath Ledger
  • A Bartlett Giamatti
  • John Cameron Swayze
  • Frances Langford
  • Mike Epstein
  • Berry Oakley
  • William Jackson