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Friday June 14, 2013


  • 165 Day of 2013 / 200 Remaining
  • 7 Days Until The First Day of Summer

  • Sunrise:5:47
  • Sunset:8:33
  • 14 Hours 46 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:22:22am
  • Moon Set:12:17am(Sat)
  • Moon’s Phase: 31 %

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

The Strawberry Moon 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:2:25am/4:24pm
  • Low:9:13am/10:12pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • Normal To Date:23.76
  • This Year:16.36
  • Last Year:15.77
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • National Strawberry Shortcake Day
  • Bourbon Day
  • Family History Day
  • Flag Day

  • World Sea Turtle Day
  • World Blood Donor Day
  • Rice Planting Festival-Japan
  • Freedom Day-Malawi
  • Liberation Day-Falkland Islands

  • On This Day In …
  • 1775 --- The Continental Army was founded by the Second Continental Congress for purposes of common defense. This event is considered to be the birth of the United States Army. On June 15, George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief.

  • 1777 --- The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the "Stars and Stripes" as the national flag of the United States. The Flag Resolution stated "Resolved: that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." On May 20, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed June 14 "Flag Day" as a commemoration of the "Stars and Stripes."

  • 1789 --- English Captain William Bligh and 18 others, cast adrift from the HMS Bounty seven weeks before, reach Timor in the East Indies after traveling nearly 4,000 miles in a small, open boat. On April 28, Fletcher Christian, the master's mate on the Bounty, led a successful mutiny against Captain Bligh and his supporters. The British naval vessel had been transporting breadfruit saplings from Tahiti for planting on British colonies in the Caribbean. The voyage was difficult, and ill feelings were rampant between the captain, officers, and crew. Bligh, who eventually would fall prey to a total of three mutinies in his career, was an oppressive commander and insulted those under him. On April 28, near the island of Tonga, Christian and 25 petty officers and seamen seized the ship. The captain and 18 of his crew were set adrift in a small boat with 25 gallons of water, 150 pounds of bread, 30 pounds of pork, six quarts of rum, and six bottles of wine.

  • 1834 --- Cyrus Hall McCormick patented his reaping machine.

  • 1834 --- While thoughts of summer sun and sand are upon us, we pause to take a short lesson about one of mankind’s greatest inventions. Isaac Fischer, Jr. of Springfield, Vermont decided that it was time to patent sandpaper.

  • 1841 --- The first Canadian parliament opened in Kingston.

  • 1846 --- Anticipating the outbreak of war with Mexico, American settlers in California rebel against the Mexican government and proclaim the short-lived California Republic. The political situation in California was tense in 1846. Though nominally controlled by Mexico, California was home to only a relatively small number of Mexican settlers. Former citizens of the United States made up the largest segment of the California population, and their numbers were quickly growing. Mexican leaders worried that many American settlers were not truly interested in becoming Mexican subjects and would soon push for annexation of California to the United States. For their part, the Americans distrusted their Mexican leaders. When rumors of an impending war between the U.S. and Mexico reached California, many Americans feared the Mexicans might make a preemptive attack to forestall rebellion.

  • 1919 --- Lindbergh did it all by himself; but the true, first, nonstop transatlantic flight took place on this day. Actually, it took two days for Captain John Alcock and Lt. Arthur Brown to fly their Vickers Vimy bomber to Ireland from St. Johns, Newfoundland. The 1,900-mile flight ended in a crash landing in a peat bog in Clifden, County Galway, Ireland.

  • 1922 --- Warren G. Harding became the first president heard on radio, as Baltimore station WEAR broadcast his speech dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry.

  • 1923 --- It was the beginning of the country music recording industry. Ralph Peer of Okeh Records recorded Fiddlin’ John Carson doing The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane -- and the first country music recording was in the can.

  • 1940 --- German troops entered Paris. As Paris became occupied loud speakers announced the implementation of a curfew being imposed for 8 p.m.

  • 1943 --- The Supreme Court ruled schoolchildren could not be compelled to salute the flag of the United States if doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs.

  • 1951 --- Univac 1 was unveiled in Washington, DC. Billed as the world’s first commercial computer, Univac was designed for the U.S. Census Bureau. The massive computer was 8 feet high, 7-1/2 feet wide and 14-1/2 feet long. It had lots and lots of tubes that dimmed lights all over Washington when it cranked out information.

  • 1954 --- President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an order adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • 1954 --- Over 12 million Americans "die" in a mock nuclear attack, as the United States goes through its first nationwide civil defense drill. Though American officials were satisfied with the results of the drill, the event stood as a stark reminder that the United States—and the world—was now living under a nuclear shadow.

  • 1965 --- Bob Dylan recorded "Like A Rolling Stone."

  • 1968 --- A Federal District Court jury in Boston convicts Dr. Benjamin Spock and three others, including Yale University Chaplain William Sloane Coffin, Jr., of conspiring to aid, abet, and counsel draft registrants to violate the Selective Service Act.

  • 1970 --- The Grateful Dead released their "Workingman's Dead" LP.

  • 1982 --- The large Argentine garrison in Port Stanley (capital and only town in the Falkland Islands) was overrun by British troops, effectively ending the Falklands War. Argentina had invaded the British dependent territory(ies) in April 1982. During the brief war, Argentina suffered 655 killed, while Britain lost 236.

  • 1988 --- In New Jersey, students in a school were kept in an extra 45 minutes by a six-foot black bear that had wandered into the playground. They kept it at bay by tossing out peanut butter sandwiches until the game warden arrived to take him away.

  • Birthdays
  • Burl Ives
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Steffi Graf
  • Rep Steny Hoyer
  • Don Newcombe
  • Janet Lennon
  • Barry Melton
  • Pat Summitt
  • Eric Heiden
  • Yasmine Bleeth
  • Che Guevara
  • Antoine Joseph “Adolphe” Sax
  • Pierre Salinger
  • Marla Gibbs
  • Donald Trump
  • Boy George (O’Dowd)