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Friday June 21,2013


  • 172 Day of 2013 / 193 Remaining
  • The First Day of Summer

  • Sunrise:5:48
  • Sunset:8:35
  • 14 Hours 47 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:6:52pm
  • Moon Set:4:07am
  • Moon’s Phase:96 %

  • 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:10:44am/9:33pm
  • Low:3:50am/3:23pm

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

  • Holidays
  • Summer Solstice
  • Summer Begins-Northern Hemisphere
  • Winter Begins-Southern Hemisphere
  • National Daylight Appreciation Day
  • Anne and Samantha Day
  • Baby Boomers Recognition Day
  • Go Skateboarding Day
  • National Peaches & Cream Day

  • Midsummer-Wiccan
  • Alban Arthuan/Solstice(Southern Hemisphere)-Celticism
  • Alban Heruin/Solstice(Northern Hemisphere)-Celticism
  • Litha/Solstice(Northern Hemisphere)-Pagansim
  • Yule/Solstice(Southern Hemisphere)-Paganism
  • World Humanist Day
  • National Day-Greenland
  • Organic Act Day-U.S. Virgin Islands
  • National Aboriginal Day-Canada
  • National Music Day-France

  • On This Day In …
  • 1404 --- Owain Glyndwr established a Welsh Parliament at Machynlleth and was crowned Prince of Wales.

  • 1788 --- The colony of New Hampshire became the ninth state to enter the United States of America. It had been a long time coming. For 38 years, the fishing colony, first settled in 1623, and named in 1630 by Captain John Mason after his Hampshire, England home, was a part of the Massachusetts colony. Then, in 1679 it became a separate royal colony. Concord, the capital of the Granite State, was also central to much of the Revolutionary War. The official state bird is the purple finch, and has a matching state flower, the purple lilac.

  • 1834 --- Cyrus McCormick patented the first practical mechanical reaper for farming. His invention allowed farmers to more than double their crop size.

  • 1859 --- Andrew Lanergan of Boston, MA received the first rocket patent. Did the receipt of this patent make Mr. Lanergan of Boston the first rocket scientist?

  • 1893 --- The first Ferris Wheel opened at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Invented by George Washington Ferris, it had 36 cars and carried 60 passengers 264 feet high.

  • 1933 --- A barge loaded with grain arrived in New Orleans to complete the first Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico barge trip.

  • 1948 --- Columbia Records announced that it was offering a new Vinylite long-playing record that could hold 23 minutes of music on each side. One of the first LPs produced was of the original cast of the Broadway show, South Pacific. Critics quickly scoffed at the notion of LPs, since those heavy, breakable, 78 RPM, 10-inch disks with one song on each side, were selling at an all-time high. It didn’t take very long though, for the 33-1/3 RPM album -- and its 7-inch, 45 RPM cousin to revolutionize the music industry and the record buying habits of millions.

  • 1955 --- Johnny Cash's first single, "Cry Cry Cry," was released.

  • 1963 --- Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was chosen to succeed the late Pope John XXIII as head of the Roman Catholic Church, taking the name Paul VI.

  • 1964 --- Three civil rights workers disappeared in Philadelphia, Miss. Their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam six weeks later. Eight members of the Ku Klux Klan went to prison on federal conspiracy charges; none served more than six years.

  • 1970 --- Brazil, led by soccer legend Pele, wins its third World Cup championship with a 4-1 victory over Italy. The game, at Aztec Stadium in Mexico City, was attended by 112,000 spectators, most of whom could but marvel at the spectacular play Pele and the Brazilians showcased in their triumph. The game was supposed to be a match between Italy’s counter-attacking style and Brazil’s "beautiful game," but rain the night before the match had left the field damp and slow, limiting Brazil’s usual freewheeling style in the first half. Italy played with characteristic precision, but was stifled by Brazil’s defense, which was usually overshadowed by the team’s world-class attack. Brazil’s captain, Carlos Alberto Torres, directed the dominant defense from his left fullback position and continuously turned the ball upfield to his fabulous midfielders and forwards.

  • 1972 --- Billy Preston received a gold record for the instrumental hit, Outa-Space. Preston, who played for gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, back in 1956, was also in the film St. Louis Blues as a piano player. He was a regular on the Shindig TV show in the 1960s; and recorded with The Beatles on the hits Get Back and Let It Be. Preston also performed at The Concert for Bangladesh in 1969. Many well-known artists utilized his keyboard talents, including Sly & The Family Stone and the Rolling Stones.

  • 1973 --- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states may ban materials found to be obscene according to local standards.

  • 1974 --- The U.S. Supreme Court decided that pregnant teachers could no longer be forced to take long leaves of absence.

  • 1982 --- John Hinckley Jr. was found innocent by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Ronald Reagan and three others.

  • 1989 --- The U.S. Supreme Court in Texas v. Johnson ruled that burning the American flag as a political protest is protected by the First Amendment. In 1984, on Dallas City Hall property, Gregory Lee Johnson burned an American flag to protest Reagan administration policies. He was tried and convicted (one year in jail and $2,000 fine) under a Texas law outlawing flag desecration. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals had reversed the conviction and the state then appealed to the Supreme Court, which ruled 5-to-4 against the Texas law.

  • 1990 --- An earthquake near the Caspian Sea in Iran kills more than 50,000 and injures another 135,000 people on this day in 1990. The 7.7-magnitude tremor wrecked havoc on the simply constructed houses in the area.

  • 1995 --- Microsoft and Netscape officials met at Netscape headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Notes taken by Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen indicate that Microsoft offered to buy a share of its rival if Netscape would stop making Navigator for the Windows market. The Andreessen notes would be used later in the U.S. government’s massive antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. (Microsoft founder Bill Gates was painted as the master string-puller in a no-holds-barred plan to destroy Netscape Communications Corp. when it refused to collaborate on a plot to divide the market for Internet browser software.)

  • 1997 --- The Women's National Basketball Association made its debut.

  • 2000 --- 22 Asian-American veterans received the Medal of Honor for bravery on the battlefield. The ceremony was held at the White House on this day, some 55 years after World War II ended.

  • 2005 --- Edgar Ray Killen, an 80-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman, was found guilty of manslaughter in the deaths of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Miss., 41 years to the day earlier.

  • 2010 --- Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty to charges of plotting a failed car bombing in New York's Times Square. (He was later sentenced to life in prison.)

  • Birthdays
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Martha Washington
  • Juliette Lewis
  • Prince William
  • Mariette Hartley
  • Bernie Kopell
  • Joe Flaherty
  • Meredith Baxter Bernie
  • Michael Gross
  • Ray Davies
  • Nils Lofgren
  • Berke Breathed
  • Kathy Mattea
  • Henry Qssawa Tanner
  • Jane Russell
  • Maureen Stapleton
  • Carl Stokes
  • Ron Ely
  • Sammi Davis-Voss