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Thursday June 6, 2013

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  • 157th Day of 2013 / 208 Remaining
  • 15 Days Until The First Day of Summer

  • Sunrise:5:47
  • Sunset:8:29
  • 14 Hours 42 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:4:31am
  • Moon Set:6:57pm
  • Moon’s Phase:3 %

  • 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:11:19am/9:59pm
  • Low:4:32am/4:01pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:16.36
  • Last Year:15.77
  • Normal To Date:23.68
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • National Applesauce Cake Day
  • D-Day

  • Dragon Boat Festival-China
  • Flag Day-Sweden
  • Memorial Day-South Korea
  • Pushkin’s Birthday-Russia
  • Clean Air Day-Canada

  • On This Day In …
  • 1844 --- The first YMCA was founded in London by George Williams, a young draper’s assistant who had come to London to learn the drapery trade. At that time, wholesale drapery houses employed large numbers of young men, who were given room and board at their work places. They worked long hours and had poor living conditions. Williams sought permission to hold prayer meetings in his bedroom with other young men who, like himself, shared the Christian faith. Soon, the group expanded, drawing to it young men who were alone and lonely in the City of London.

  • 1882 --- The first electric flatiron, or what we call the electric iron, was patented by Henry W. Seely of New York City.

  • 1890 --- The United States Polo Association was formed in New York City, NY.

  • 1904 --- The National Tuberculosis Association was formed in Atlantic City, NJ.

  • 1932 --- In the U.S., the first federal tax on gasoline went into effect. It was a penny per gallon.

  • 1933 --- The first U.S. drive-in to show movies was opened in Camden, New Jersey, on Crescent Boulevard. Those first drive-in moviegoers got to see Wife Beware, a flick not destined to be a classic. The screen measured a huge 40 feet by 50 feet and was easily seen by everyone in the first cars in the front to the 500th car in the back row. Everyone (including the whole town) could hear the sound, too ... with a slight delay for the folks in the back row because the sound emanated from speakers mounted next to the screen. Admission was 25 cents per person plus 25 cents for the car, maximum $1.00. As drive-in movies became popular throughout the country, families would regularly park their cars in the front rows so the kids in their PJs could play on the swings and monkey bars before the movie started. The rest parked wherever, since a good number of those moviegoers weren’t there to see the movie anyway! The passion pits that dotted the country, some with in-car heaters and through-your-radio sound have all but disappeared, as TV, video cassettes and DVDs have made movie viewing more convenient. Those drive-ins that do remain, however, offer more than just all-day swap shops in their huge lots. Some have four or five, even six screens, showing first run films at about $7.00 per carload. (Those stowing away in the trunk will be tossed out of the theatre immediately.) Be sure to visit the snack bar at intermission for the pizza with the mushroomy-rooms ... and try not to spill your drinks and popcorn while searching for your car ... and remember to remove the speaker from your side window before you drive off. The breaking glass kinda puts a damper on the passion.

  • 1934 --- U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Securities Exchange Act, which established the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • 1938 --- Stella Dallas was presented for the first time on the NBC Red radio network. The serial was “the true to life story of mother love and sacrifice.” Stella Dallas continued to do this and so much more until 1955.

  • 1944 --- The term D-Day is used routinely as military lingo for the day an operation or event will take place, but for many it is also synonymous with June 6, 1944, the day the Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II. Within three months, the northern part of France would be freed and the invasion force would be preparing to enter Germany, where they would meet up with Soviet forces moving in from the east. With Hitler's armies in control of most of mainland Europe, the Allies knew that a successful invasion of the continent was central to winning the war. Hitler knew this too, and was expecting an assault on northwestern Europe in the spring of 1944. He hoped to repel the Allies from the coast with a strong counterattack that would delay future invasion attempts, giving him time to throw the majority of his forces into defeating the Soviet Union in the east. Once that was accomplished, he believed an all-out victory would soon be his. On the morning of June 5, 1944, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe gave the go-ahead for Operation Overlord, the largest amphibious military operation in history. On his orders, 6,000 landing craft, ships and other vessels carrying 176,000 troops began to leave England for the trip to France. That night, 822 aircraft filled with parachutists headed for drop zones in Normandy. An additional 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion.

  • 1949 --- George Orwell's novel of a dystopian future, Nineteen Eighty-four, is published. The novel's all-seeing leader, known as "Big Brother," becomes a universal symbol for intrusive government and oppressive bureaucracy.

  • 1962 --- The Beatles auditioned for producer George Martin of EMI Records. After listening to a playback of the audition tapes, Martin said, “They’re pretty awful.” He changed his mind after meeting the group, however. The rest, of course, is rock-music history.

  • 1966 --- James H. Meredith, who in 1962 became the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi, is shot by a sniper shortly after beginning a lone civil rights march through the South. Known as the "March Against Fear," Meredith had been walking from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, in an attempt to encourage voter registration by African Americans in the South.

  • 1971 --- For the last time, we saw Polish dancing bears, a little mouse named Topo Gigio, remembered The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, the comedy of Jackie Mason, John Byner, Rich Little, Richard Pryor and so many more, as The Ed Sullivan Show left CBS-TV. Gladys Knight and The Pips and singer Jerry Vale appeared on the final show. The Ed Sullivan Show had been a showcase for more than 20 years for artists who ranged from Ethel Merman to Ella Fitzgerald, from Steve and Eydie to the Beatles. The Ed Sullivan Show was the longest running variety show on TV.

  • 1978 --- California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a ballot measure calling for major cuts in property taxes.

  • 1984 --- In a bloody climax to two years of fighting between the Indian government and Sikh separatists, Indian army troops fight their way into the besieged Golden Temple compound in Amritsar--the holiest shrine of Sikhism--and kill at least 500 Sikh rebels. More than 100 Indian soldiers and scores of nonbelligerent Sikhs also perished in the ferocious gun and artillery battle, which was launched in the early morning hours of June 6. The army also attacked Sikh guerrillas besieged in three dozen other temples and religious shrines throughout the state of Punjab. Indian officials hailed the operation as a success and said it "broke the back" of the Sikh terrorist movement.

  • 1990 --- The 2 Live Crew album "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" was ruled obscene by a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

  • 2004 --- Phylicia Rashad became the first African-American actress to win a Tony for a leading dramatic role for her work in a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun."

  • 2005 --- The United States Supreme Court ruled that federal authorities could prosecute sick people who smoke marijuana on doctor's orders. The ruling concluded that state medical marijuana laws did not protect uses from the federal ban on the drug.

  • Birthdays
  • Alexander Pushkin
  • Thomas Mann
  • Paul Giamatti
  • Rep Eric Cantor
  • Roy Innes
  • Gary U.S. Bonds
  • Sandra Bernhard
  • Harvey Fierstein
  • Bjorn Borg
  • Jimmy Jam
  • Colin Quinn
  • Nathan Hale
  • Robert Englund
  • Levi Stubbs
  • Peter Albin
  • Amanda Pays