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Tuesday, September 3, 2013


246th day of 2013, 119 days remain

Sunrise: 6:42    Sunset: 7:36pm

Moonrise: 5:02am    Moonset: 6:26pm , 6% visible

Tides at the Golden Gate:

Low:  4:54 AM  / 4:58pm

Special Celebrations...

Austrialian National Flag Day
Foundation of the Republic Day - San Marino
Independence Day - Qatar
Independence Movement Day - Tunisia
National Welsh Rarebit Day
Skyscraper Day
St. Gregory the Great, patron of educators, musicians and stone masons.
World Water Week
National Waffle Week

On this day in...

1752 - Today did not exist. Tomorrow was September 15. The Gregorian Calendar went into effect in Great Britain and its colonies, to correct an accumulated 11 day discrepancy. Most of the rest of the world had switched from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar in 1582.

1189 - England's King Richard I was crowned in Westminster.

1783 - The Revolutionary War between the U.S. and Great Britain ended with the Treaty of Paris.

1833 - The first successful penny newspaper in the U.S., "The New York Sun," was launched by Benjamin H. Day.

1838 - Frederick Douglass boarded a train in Maryland on his way to freedom from being a slave.

1895 - The first professional football game was played in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0.

1935 - Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 miles an hour. He reached 304.331 MPH on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

1939 - British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, in a radio broadcast, announced that Britain and France had declared war on Germany. Germany had invaded Poland on September 1.

1943 - Italy was invaded by the Allied forces during World War II.

1951 - "Search for Tomorrow" debuted on CBS-TV.

1954 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the final time after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years.

1966 - The television series "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" ended after 14 years.

1967 - The TV game show "What's My Line?" broadcast its final episode. The show aired over 17 years on CBS.

1967 - Nguyen Van Thieu was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution.

1967 - In Sweden, motorists stopped driving on the left side of the road and began driving on the right side.

1976 - The U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars. The unmanned spacecraft took the first close-up, color photos of the planet's surface.

1981 - David Brinkley left NBC News after 38 years to join with ABC.

1981 - Egypt arrested more than 1,500 opponents of the government.

1984 - Bruce Sutter (St. Louis Cardinals) set a National League record by earning his 38th save of the season.

1986 - Peat Marwick International and Klynveld Main Goerdeler of the Netherlands agreed to merge and form the world’s largest accounting firm.

1989 - The U.S. began shipping military aircraft and weapons, worth $65 million, to Columbia in its fight against drug lords.

1994 - Russia and China announced that they would no longer be targeting nuclear missiles or using force against each other.

Today's birthday celebrants, past and present...

Nicolo Amati 1596
Pietro-Antonio Locatelli 1695
Ferdinand Porsche 1875
Alan Ladd 1913
Tom Glazer 1914
Kitty Carlisle-Hart 1914
Helen Wagner 1918
Mort Walker 1923
Hank Thompson 1925
Irene Papas 1926
Bill Fleming 1926
Anne Jackson 1926
Hugh Sidney 1927
Tompall Glaser 1933
Richard Castellano 1934
Eileen Brennan 1935
Pauline Collins 1940
Al Jardine (Beach Boys) 1942
Valerie Perrine 1943
Dave Eichelberger 1943
George Biondo (Steppenwolf) 1945
Charlie Sheen 1965
Costas Mandylor 1965
Todd Lewis (The Toadies) 1965
Jennifer Paige 1973