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Tuesday May 28, 2013

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  • 148th Day of 2013 / 217 Remaining
  • 24 Days Until The First Day of Summer

  • Sunrise:5:50
  • Sunset:8:23
  • 14 Hours 33 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:11:53pm
  • Moon Set:9:44am
  • Moon’s Phase:82 %

  • The Next Full Moon
  • June 23 @ 4:33am
  • Full Strawberry Moon
  • Full Rose Moon

This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!

  • Tides
  • High:1:12am/3:14pm
  • Low:8:07am/8:24pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:16.32
  • Last Year:15.64
  • Normal To Date:23.58
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • National Hamburger Day
  • Julia Pierpont Day
  • Slugs Return from Capistrano Day

  • International Jazz Day
  • Day of the Republic-Azerbaijan
  • National Day-Ethiopia
  • National Flag Day-Philippines
  • Restoration Of Statehood Day-Armenia
  • Zartusht-No-Diso(Shensai)-Zoroastrian

  • On This Day In …
  • 1533 --- England's Archbishop declared the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid.

  • 1774 --- The First Continental Congress convened in Virginia.

  • 1863 --- The 54th Massachusetts Infantry, the most famous African-American regiment of the war, leaves Boston for combat in the South. For the first two years of the war, President Abraham Lincoln resisted the use of black troops despite the pleas of men such as Frederick Douglass, who argued that no one had more to fight for than African Americans. Lincoln finally endorsed, albeit timidly, the introduction of blacks for service in the military in the Emancipation Proclamation. On May 22, 1863, the War Department established the Bureau of Colored Troops to recruit and assemble black regiments.

  • 1892 --- The Sierra Club is formed in San Francisco for nature conservation.

  • 1897 --- Jell-O was introduced.

  • 1902 --- Owen Wister's The Virginian is published by Macmillan Press. It was the first "serious" Western and one of the most influential in the genre.

  • 1928 --- Walter P. Chrysler merged his Chrysler Corporation with Dodge Brothers, Inc. The Dodge Motor Car Company had been purchased several years earlier from the widows of John and Horace Dodge, the two founders, by Clarence Dillon’s banking firm for $148 million. The merger of Chrysler and Dodge, the largest automobile industry merger in history at the time, placed the newly consolidated firm third in production and sales, just behind General Motors and Ford Motor Company. Twenty years later to the day, Chrysler Corporation granted its employees a 13 cents an hour wage increase, ending a 17-day strike. The increase was two-cents higher than the raise given to General Motors’ employees three days earlier. GM workers’ base pay was increased to $1.61 per hour and was tied to a cost-of-living formula. Chrysler workers received a flat $1.63 per hour with no ties. $1.61 or $1.63 per hour with or without cost-of-living ties was a lot of money in 1948. Walter Chrysler had died eight years earlier. We’re pretty sure he would have been amazed at what it cost to make a car then ... and what Chryslers and other cars are selling for today.

  • 1929 --- Warner Brothers debuted the first all-color talking picture. The film debuted at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. Ethel Waters, Joe E. Brown and Arthur Lake starred in On With the Show.

  • 1934 --- The Dionne quintuplets were born near Callender, Ontario to Oliva and Elzire Dionne. They were the first quints (that’s five babies, for those who may have forgotten) to survive infancy. This increase in Canada’s population became known as Marie, Cecile, Yvonne, Emilie and Annette.

  • 1935 --- John Steinbeck's first successful novel, Tortilla Flat, is published on this day. Tortilla Flat describes the antics of several drifters who share a house in California. The novel's endearing comic tone captured the public's imagination, and the novel became a financial success. Steinbeck's next works, In Dubious Battle and Of Mice and Men, were both successful, and in 1938 his masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath was published. The novel, about the struggles of an Oklahoma family who lose their farm and become fruit pickers in California, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1939.

  • 1937 --- U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt pushed a button in Washington, DC, signaling that vehicular traffic could cross the newly opened Golden Gate Bridge in California.

  • 1937 --- The government of Germany--then under the control of Adolf Hitler of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party--forms a new state-owned automobile company, then known as Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH. Later that year, it was renamed simply Volkswagenwerk, or "The People's Car Company."

  • 1957 --- National League owners vote unanimously to allow the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers to move to San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively, at the mid-season owner’s meeting in Chicago, Illinois. There were, however, conditions attached to the owners’ decision. First, either both teams had to move or neither could, which meant that if one team reconsidered, the other would have to change their plans as well. Second, both teams had to announce their plans before October 1, 1957. In the end, both teams did move: The Giants hosted a farewell party at a game on September 29, and the Dodgers formally announced their move on October 8. West Coast baseball fans were overjoyed, and the people of New York City were heartbroken.

  • 1957 --- The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) was established. The NARAS is known for organizing the Grammy Awards.

  • 1987 --- Matthias Rust, a 19-year-old amateur pilot from West Germany, takes off from Helsinki, Finland, travels through more than 400 miles of Soviet airspace, and lands his small Cessna aircraft in Red Square by the Kremlin. The event proved to be an immense embarrassment to the Soviet government and military. Rust, described by his mother as a "quiet young man...with a passion for flying," apparently had no political or social agenda when he took off from the international airport in Helsinki and headed for Moscow.

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    He entered Soviet airspace, but was either undetected or ignored as he pushed farther and farther into the Soviet Union. Early on the morning of May 28, 1987, he arrived over Moscow, circled Red Square a few times, and then landed just a few hundred yards from the Kremlin. Curious onlookers and tourists, many believing that Rust was part of an air show, immediately surrounded him. Very quickly, however, Rust was arrested and whisked away. He was tried for violating Soviet airspace and sentenced to prison. He served 18 months before being released. The repercussions in the Soviet Union were immediate. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sacked his minister of defense, and the entire Russian military was humiliated by Rust's flight into Moscow. U.S. officials had a field day with the event--one American diplomat in the Soviet Union joked, "Maybe we should build a bunch of Cessnas." Soviet officials were less amused.

  • 1999 --- After 22 years of controversial restoration, Leonardo de Vinci's masterpiece 'The Last Supper' is returned to public display.

  • 2006 --- Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth on the career list and move into second place behind Hank Aaron.

  • Birthdays
  • Gladys Knight
  • T-Bone Walker
  • Jim Thorpe
  • Jerry West
  • Beth Howland
  • Sondra Locke
  • John Fogerty
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Sen Marco Rubio
  • Ian Fleming