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Wednesday May 15, 2013

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  • 135th Day of 2013 / 230 Remaining
  • 37 Days Until The First Day of Summer

  • Sunrise:5:58
  • Sunset:8:13
  • 14 Hours 15 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:10:39am
  • Moon Set:12:04am
  • Moon’s Phase:28 %

  • 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:2:04am/4:33pm
  • Low:9:09am/9:47pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:16.32
  • Last Year:15.64
  • Normal To Date:23.32
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • National Chocolate Chip Day
  • Nylon Stockings Day
  • Peace Officer Memorial Day
     
  • International Day of Families
  • International Conscientious Objector Day
  • Hollyhock Festival (Aoi Matsuri)-Japan
  • Independence Day-Paraguay
  • Mother’s Day-Samoa
  • Teacher’s Day-South Korea

  • On This Day In …
  • 1618 --- Johannes Kepler discovered his harmonics law.

  • 1756 --- The Seven Years War, a global conflict known in America as the French and Indian War, officially begins when England declares war on France. However, fighting and skirmishes between England and France had been going on in North America for years.

  • 1856 --- Angered by the shooting of a prominent journalist, San Franciscans form their second vigilance committee to combat lawlessness. The need for vigilance committees in San Francisco was obvious. Only two years after gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848, San Francisco had grown from a sleepy little village with 900 inhabitants to a booming metropolis with more than 200,000 residents.
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    The sudden influx of people overwhelmed the city. Harried law enforcement officials found it nearly impossible to maintain law and order, and chaos often reigned in the streets, which were lined with saloons and gambling parlors. Attracted by the promise of gold, marauding bands of Australian criminals called "Sydney ducks" robbed and extorted the people of San Francisco with near impunity. San Franciscans formed their first vigilance committee in 1851. About 200 vigilantes enrolled, most of them from the elite professional and merchant class of the city. They had headquarters along Battery Street, where they could temporarily imprison criminals, and the ringing of the city's fire bell would summon the vigilantes to action. A handful of men who were found guilty of serious crimes like murder were hanged from a nearby derrick normally used to haul freight into the second story of a warehouse. More commonly, though, the vigilantes simply deported criminals like the "Sydney ducks" back to their homelands. Whether due to the vigilante actions or because conventional law enforcement became more effective, things eventually quieted down in San Francisco and the first vigilance committee disbanded. In 1856, however, a rigged election put an Irish-Catholic politician named James P. Casey on the city board of supervisors. James King, a crusading editor of the Daily Evening Bulletin, accused Casey of being involved in criminal activity in the city. On May 14, 1856, Casey confronted King in the street and fatally wounded him with a Colt navy revolver. The next day, angry San Franciscans created the second vigilance committee. This time, however, they could not claim that the city government was not enforcing the law--the sheriff had already arrested Casey and put him in the county jail pending trial. Acting more like a raging mob than an instrument of justice, 500 vigilantes surrounded the county jail and removed Casey from the sheriff's custody on May 18. After a short but reasonably fair trial, they hanged him.
     

  • 1862 --- The U.S. Congress created the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • 1911 --- The Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Standard Oil Company, ruling it was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

  • 1918 --- Regular airmail service between New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, began under the direction of the Post Office Department, which later became the U.S. Postal Service.

  • 1923 --- Listerine was registered as a trademark.

  • 1930 --- Ellen Church, a registered nurse, became the first stewardess for an airline. Church served passengers flying between San Francisco, California and Cheyenne, Wyoming on United Airlines. She also served chicken, fruit salad and rolls. The term ‘stewardess’ has since been banished. The men and women who serve on airlines worldwide are known as flight attendants. Remember

  • 1940 --- Nylon stockings went on sale for the first time in the U.S. in Wilmington, Delaware.

  • 1942 --- Gasoline rationing began in 17 Eastern states as an attempt to help the American war effort during World War II. By the end of the year, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had ensured that mandatory gasoline rationing was in effect in all 50 states.

  • 1948 --- Israel was attacked by Transjordan, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon only hours after declaring its independence.

  • 1964 --- The Smothers Brothers, Dick and Tom, gave their first concert in Carnegie Hall in New York City.

  • 1969 --- Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigned amid a controversy over his past legal fees.

  • 1970 --- Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi, were killed when police opened fire during student protests.

  • 1972 --- During an outdoor rally in Laurel, Maryland, George Wallace, the governor of Alabama and a presidential candidate, is shot by 21-year-old Arthur Bremer. Three others were wounded, and Wallace was permanently paralyzed from the waist down. The next day, while fighting for his life in a hospital, he won major primary victories in Michigan and Maryland. However, Wallace remained in the hospital for several months, bringing his third presidential campaign to an irrevocable end.

  • 1989 --- Hershey's reduces the size of the Hershey bar to 1.55 ounces.  The price remains 40 cents.

  • 1999 --- The Russian parliament was unable a attain enough votes to impeach President Boris Yeltsin.

  • 2008 --- California's Supreme Court declared gay couples in the state could marry – a victory for the gay rights movement that was overturned by the passage of Proposition 8 the following November.

  • Birthdays
  • Wavy Gravy
  • Richard Avedon
  • Brian Eno
  • Tenzing Norgay
  • L Frank Baum
  • Madeline Albright
  • Anna Maria Alberghetti
  • Trini Lopez
  • Roger Ailes
  • KT Oslin
  • Kathleen Sibelius
  • Chazz Palminteri
  • George Brett
  • Pierre Curie
  • James Mason
  • Catherine East
  • Katherine Anne Porter
  • Richard Daley