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Monday May 13, 2013


  • 133rd Day of 2013 / 232 Remaining
  • 39 Days Until The First Day of Summer

  • Sunrise:6:00
  • Sunset:8:11
  • 14 Hours 11 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:8:52am
  • Moon Set:11:25pm
  • Moon’s Phase:13 %

  • The Next Full Moon
  • May 24 @ 9:27pm
  • Full Flower Moon
  • Full Corn Planting Moon
  • Full Milk Moon

In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.

  • Tides
  • High:12:41am/3:00pm
  • Low:7:445am/7:51pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:16.32
  • Last Year:15.64
  • Normal To Date:23.28
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • Blame Someone Else Day
  • National Apple Pie Day

  • Gospel Day-Tuvalu
  • Global Engineering The Future Day

  • On This Day In …
  • 1568 --- At the Battle of Langside, the forces of Mary Queen of Scots are defeated by a confederacy of Scottish Protestants under James Stewart, the regent of her son, King James VI of Scotland. During the battle, which was fought out in the southern suburbs of Glasgow, a cavalry charge routed Mary's 6,000 Catholic troops, and they fled the field. Three days later, Mary escaped to Cumberland, England, where she sought protection from Queen Elizabeth I.

  • 1607 --- A group of 104 colonists arrive from England and establish the first permanent English colony in America. They name the settlement Jamestown in honor of King James I.

  • 1637 --- Cardinal Richelieu 'created' the table knife when he had the points rounded on all knives to be used at his table.  Presumably so no one could stab him.

  • 1648 --- Margaret Jones of Plymouth was found guilty of witchcraft and was sentenced to be hanged by the neck.

  • 1787 --- Captain Arthur Phillip left Britain for Australia. He successfully landed eleven ships full of convicts on January 18, 1788, at Botany Bay. The group moved north eight days later and settled at Port Jackson.

  • 1865 --- The last land engagement of the American Civil War was fought at the Battle of Palmito Ranch in far south Texas, more than a month after Gen. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA.

  • 1867 --- Confederate President Jefferson Davis became a free man after spending two years in prison for his role in the American Civil War.

  • 1873 --- Ludwig M. Wolf of Avon, CT patented the sewing machine lampholder.

  • 1888 --- Slavery was abolished in Brazil.

  • 1915 --- "Since leaving Paris yesterday we have passed through streets and streets of such murdered houses, through town after town spread out in its last writhings," the celebrated novelist Edith Wharton wrote, from the town of Nancy, in the Argonnes region of France. "And before the black holes that were homes, along the edge of the chasms that were streets, everywhere we have seen flowers and vegetables springing up in freshly raked and watered gardens." Wharton, born in New York City in 1862, settled permanently in France in 1907. Celebrated for her vivid and acutely observed novels of Victorian life, including The House of Mirth (1905) and her later classic The Age of Innocence (1920), Wharton was living in Paris when World War I broke out in the summer of 1914. From the beginning of the war, Wharton devoted herself to the Allied cause, working with the French Red Cross and leading a committee that founded hostels and schools to serve refugees, including many children, from the German-occupied zones of northeastern France and Belgium. She was eventually awarded the French Legion d'honneur (Legion of Honor) for her work.

  • 1918 --- The first airmail postage stamps were issued with airplanes on them. The denominations were 6, 16, and 24 cents.

  • 1938 --- "When the Saints Go Marching In" was recorded by Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra.

  • 1954 --- U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation authorizing construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which would connect the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean.

  • 1958 --- Velcro was trademarked.

  • 1958 --- During a goodwill trip through Latin America, Vice President Richard Nixon's car is attacked by an angry crowd and nearly overturned while traveling through Caracas, Venezuela. The incident was the dramatic highlight of trip characterized by Latin American anger over some of America's Cold War policies.

  • 1973 --- Tennis star Bobby Riggs defeated Margaret Court in a televised tennis match that was seen worldwide. The outrageous tennis hustler, however, didn’t fare so well against women’s tennis champion, Billy Jean King, in a much-hyped match at the Houston Astrodome. He lost, but helped bring women’s tennis to the forefront as a competitive sport with a growing legion of fans.

  • 1980 --- At the annual meeting of the Chrysler Corporation on this day in 1980, stockholders vote to appoint Douglas Fraser, president of the United Automobile Workers (UAW), to one of 20 seats on Chrysler's board of directors. The vote made Fraser the first union representative ever to sit on the board of a major U.S. corporation.

  • 1981 --- Pope John Paul II is shot and wounded at St. Peter's Square in Rome, Italy. Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca, an escaped fugitive already convicted of a previous murder, fired several shots at the religious leader, two of which wounded nearby tourists. Agca was immediately captured.  He was sentenced to life in prison but released in 2010 due to several amnesties and changes to the penal code. Many people argued that the very unusual and short trial must have been an effort to cover up evidence of a conspiracy. In fact, Italian authorities had their own suspicions but did not want to disclose them in a highly publicized trial. Instead, they conducted a relatively quiet investigation into the connection between Agca and Bulgaria's KGB-connected intelligence agency. The motive behind an alleged Soviet-inspired assassination must be viewed in the context of the Cold War in 1981. Pope John Paul II was Polish-born and openly supportive of the democratic movement in that country. His visit to Poland in 1979 worried the Kremlin, which saw its hold on Eastern Europe in danger. Although the exact extent of the conspiracy remains unknown today, Agca reportedly met with Bulgarian spies Sergei Antonov, Zhelio Vassilev, Todor Aivazov, and Bekir Celenk in Rome about assassinating Lech Walesa, the Polish labor union leader. However, this plan was abandoned when Agca was offered $1.25 million to kill the pope.

  • 1998 --- India did a second round of nuclear tests. The first round had been done 2 days earlier. Within hours the U.S. and Japan imposed tough economic sanctions. India claimed that the tests were necessary to maintain India's national security.

  • 2003 --- The government unveiled a new version of the $20 bill - the first to be colorized in an effort to thwart counterfeiters.

  • Birthdays
  • Joe Louis
  • Mary Wells
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Bea Arthur
  • Darius Rucker
  • Richie Valens
  • Arthur Sullivan
  • Stephen Colbert
  • Robert Pattison
  • Harvey Keitel
  • Dennis Rodman
  • Samantha Morton
  • Barry Zito
  • Dame Daphne du Maurier
  • Gil Evans
  • Jim Jones
  • Johnny Roseboro