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Tuesday May 21, 2013


  • 141st Day of 2013 / 224 Remaining
  • 31 Days Until The First Day of Summer

  • Sunrise:5:54
  • Sunset:8:18
  • 14 Hours 24 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:4:40pm
  • Moon Set:3:22am
  • Moon’s Phase:85 %

  • 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:8:50am/8:38pm
  • Low:2:40am/2:12pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:16.32
  • Last Year:15.64
  • Normal To Date:23.44
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • Armed Forces Day
  • "I Need a Patch for That" Day
  • National Waitstaff Day
  • National Strawberries & Cream Day

  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  • Lag B'Omer-Judaism (begins at sundown)
  • Independence Day-Montenegro
  • Sheep Festival-Cameroon

  • On This Day In …
  • 1542 --- On the banks of the Mississippi River in present-day Louisiana, Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto dies, ending a three-year journey for gold that took him halfway across what is now the United States. In order that Indians would not learn of his death, and thus disprove de Soto's claims of divinity, his men buried his body in the Mississippi River.

  • 1790 --- Paris was divided into 48 zones.

  • 1819 --- Bicycles were first seen in the U.S. in New York City. They were originally known as "swift walkers."

  • 1832 --- The first Democratic National Convention got under way, in Baltimore.

  • 1881 --- In Washington, D.C., humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross, an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross.

  • 1891 --- From the You Won’t Believe Your Eyes department: Peter Jackson and Jim Corbett fought to a draw in San Francisco, CA. Nothing wrong with that except the boxing match went an unprecedented 61 rounds!

  • 1892 --- The opera "I Pagliacci" by Ruggiero Leoncavallo was first performed, in Milan, Italy.

  • 1901 --- Connecticut becomes the first state to pass a law regulating motor vehicles, limiting their speed to 12 mph in cities and 15 mph on country roads.

  • 1924 --- Fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a "thrill killing" committed by Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb. The killers were students at the University of Chicago.

  • 1927 --- Charles A. Lindbergh arrived to a hero’s welcome in Paris, in his spindly monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis (the famous plane is now displayed in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC). Lindbergh’s flight marked the first time that a person had flown across the Atlantic Ocean. The event got more press coverage than any other single even in history to that time. In American newspapers alone, it was estimated that some 27,000 columns of words were used to describe Lindbergh’s epic journey. A depiction of that famous flight was portrayed by one of America’s great motion picture actors, Jimmy Stewart, in the film, The Spirit of St. Louis. Upon his return to American soil, Lucky Lindy was given another hero’s welcome.

  • 1932 --- Five years to the day that American aviator Charles Lindbergh became the first pilot to accomplish a solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, female aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first pilot to repeat the feat, landing her plane in Ireland after flying across the North Atlantic. Earhart traveled over 2,000 miles from Newfoundland in just under 15 hours.

  • 1955 --- John Lennon once famously said that "if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry.'" That's how foundational Berry's contributions were to the music that changed America and the world beginning in the mid-1950s. Even more than Elvis Presley, who was an incomparable performer, but of other people's songs, Chuck Berry created the do-it-yourself template that most rock-and-rollers still seek to follow. If there can be said to be a single day on which his profound influence on the sound and style of rock and roll began, it was this day in 1955, when an unknown Chuck Berry paid his first visit to a recording studio and cut the record that would make him famous: "Maybellene."

  • 1956 --- The United States exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb, over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.

  • 1959 --- The musical "Gypsy" starring Ethel Merman opened on Broadway.

  • 1960 --- The first tremor of a series hits Valdivia, Chile. By the time they end, the quakes and their aftereffects kill 5,000 people and leave another 2 million homeless. Registering a magnitude of 7.6, the first earthquake was powerful and killed several people. It turned out to be only a foreshock, however, to one of the most powerful tremors ever recorded.

  • 1968 --- The nuclear-powered U.S. submarine Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, was last heard from. The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of the Azores.

  • 1969 --- John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a ten-day "bed-in" in Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

  • 1970 --- The National Guard was mobilized to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.

  • 1980 --- "The Empire Strikes Back," the second movie in the "Star Wars" series, was released.

  • 1988 -- In an attempt to consolidate his own power and ease political and ethnic tensions in the Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan, Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev dismisses the Communist Party leaders in those two republics.

  • 1991 --- The prime minister of India from 1984 until 1989, Rajiv Gandhi was in the midst of a campaign rally for reelection when a bomb exploded in his hand. Like his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. The bomb was hidden in a bouquet of flowers handed to Rajiv by a so-called admirer.

  • 2009 --- After months of numerous mechanical failures, a new recycling system was activated on the international space station.  The new system recycles astronauts urine and sweat into drinking water.

  • Birthdays
  • Plato
  • Fats Waller
  • Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace)
  • Sen Al Franken
  • Leo Sayer
  • Mr T
  • Judge Reinhold
  • Ricky Williams
  • Alexander Pope
  • Elizabeth Fry
  • Henri Rousseau
  • Leon Bourgeois
  • Andrei Sakharov
  • Armand Hammer
  • Ara Parseghian
  • Ronald Isley