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Thursday October 10, 2013

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  • 283rd Day of 2013 / 82 Remaining
  • 72 Days Until The First Day of Winter

  • Sunrise:7:14
  • Sunset:6:38
  • 11 Hours 24 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:1:06pm
  • Moon Set:11:27pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 37 %

  • The Next Full Moon
  • October 18 @ 4:37pm
  • Full Barley Moon
  • Full Hunter’s Moon

This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.

  • Tides
  • High:4:15am/3:11pm
  • Low:9:10am/10:12pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • Normal To Date:0.44
  • This Year:0.02
  • Last Year:0.44
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • National Angel Food Cake Day
  • Double Tenth Day
  • Tuxedo Day
     
  • World Mental Health Day
  • World Porridge Day
  • Double Tenth Day-Taiwan
  • Independence Day-Fiji
  • Thanksgiving-Canada
  • Moi Day-Kenya
  • Party Foundation Day-North Korea

  • On This Day In …
  • 1845 --- The United States Naval Academy opens in Annapolis, Maryland, with 50 midshipmen students and seven professors. Known as the Naval School until 1850, the curriculum included mathematics and navigation, gunnery and steam, chemistry, English, natural philosophy, and French. The Naval School officially became the U.S. Naval Academy in 1850, and a new curriculum went into effect, requiring midshipmen to study at the academy for four years and to train aboard ships each summer--the basic format that remains at the academy to this day.

  • 1865 --- The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt.

  • 1886 --- Griswold Lorillard (of Lorillard tobacco fame) wore a tailless dress coat that was tailored in England. He wore it to the country
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    club at Tuxedo Park, New York; therefore, the name: tuxedo. The rest is formal fashion history. The tux would later replace the tailcoat..

  • 1911 --- China's Manchu dynasty was overthrown by revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen.

  • 1913 --- U.S. President Woodrow Wilson triggered the explosion of
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    the Gamboa Dike that ended the construction of the Panama Canal.

  • 1933 --- Waldo L. Semon received a patent on a method for making plasticized PVC, now know as Vinyl.

  • 1935 --- George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess premieres on Broadway. Porgy and Bess began its journey to the Broadway stage when George Gershwin wrote a letter late one night to the author of a book he was reading proposing that the two of them collaborate on an operatic adaptation. The African-American poet DuBose Heyward, author of the novel Porgy, immediately agreed to
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    Gershwin's proposal, but commercial commitments in New York prevented Gershwin from actually beginning work on the project for another seven years. In the meantime, singer Al Jolson attempted to mount a musical version of Porgy starring himself in blackface, but that effort foundered in 1932, leaving the way open for the Gershwin-Heyward collaboration that would feature an all-African American cast of classically trained singers—revolutionary casting in 1930s America. Over the course of more than two years beginning in the spring of 1933, DuBose Heyward and the two Gershwins—George's brother, Ira, joined on as co-lyricist in 1934—collaborated mostly by U.S. Mail, with only occasional face-to-face meetings. In this fashion, they nevertheless managed to create some of the greatest songs in American musical-theater history, including "Summertime," "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "Bess, You Is My Woman Now."

  • 1943 --- Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of China.

  • 1964 --- The 18th Summer Olympic Games opened in Tokyo.
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  • 1965 --- The Red Baron made his first appearance in the "Peanuts" comic strip.
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  • 1965 --- The Supremes made their first appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
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  • 1966 --- The Beach Boys released the single "Good Vibrations."

  • 1968 --- Two of the season’s best pitchers were on the mound for game seven of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals. It was Mickey Lolich against Bob Gibson, with Lolich winning and being named Series MVP in the process. The Tigers were only the third team to win a world championship after being down three games to one. The clubs combined for ninety-nine strikeouts in sixty-three innings of play.

  • 1970 --- "Tears Of A Clown" was released by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.

  • 1973 --- Less than a year before Richard M. Nixon's resignation as president of the United States, Spiro Agnew becomes the first U.S. vice president to resign in disgrace. The same day, he pleaded no contest to a charge of federal income tax evasion in exchange for the dropping of charges of political corruption. He was subsequently fined $10,000, sentenced to three years probation, and disbarred by the Maryland court of appeals. Agnew, a Republican, was elected chief executive of Baltimore County in 1961. In 1967, he became governor of Maryland, an office he held until his nomination as the Republican vice presidential candidate in 1968. During Nixon's successful campaign, Agnew ran on a tough law-and-order platform, and as vice president he frequently attacked opponents of the Vietnam War and liberals as being disloyal and un-American. Reelected with Nixon in 1972, Agnew resigned on October 10, 1973, after the U.S. Justice Department uncovered widespread evidence of his political corruption, including allegations that his practice of accepting bribes had continued into his tenure as U.S. vice president.

  • 1984 --- The U.S. Congress passed the 2nd Boland Amendment which outlawed solicitation of 3rd-party countries to support the Contras. The amendment barred the use of funds available to CIA, defense, or intelligence agencies for "supporting, directly or indirectly, military or paramilitary operations in Nicaragua by any nation, group, organization or individual."

  • 1985 --- The hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro reaches a dramatic climax when U.S. Navy F-14 fighters intercept an Egyptian airliner attempting to fly the Palestinian hijackers to freedom and force the jet to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily. American and Italian troops surrounded the plane, and the terrorists were taken into Italian custody. On July 10, 1986, an Italian court later convicted three of the terrorists and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from 15 to 30 years. Three others, including Mohammed Abbas, were convicted in absentia for masterminding the hijacking and sentenced to life in prison. They received harsher penalties because, unlike the hijackers, who the court found were acting for "patriotic motives," Abbas and the others conceived the hijacking as a "selfish political act" designed "to weaken the leadership of Yasir Arafat." The fourth hijacker was a minor who was tried and convicted separately.

  • 1997 --- Jodie Williams, key organizer of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, won the Nobel Peace Prize. And what did she say was her secret weapon for organizing 1,000 different human rights and arms control groups on six continents? “E-mail.”

  • 2002 --- The House voted 296-133 to give President George W. Bush broad authority to use military force against Iraq. (The Senate followed suit the next day.)

  • 2010 --- In China, Canton Tower opened to the public.
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  • Birthdays
  • Helen Hayes
  • Giuseppe Verdi
  • Thelonius Monk
  • David Lee Roth
  • Peter Coyote
  • Ben Vereen
  • John Prine
  • Tanya Tucker
  • Nora Roberts
  • Julia Sweeney
  • Brett Favre
  • James Clavell
  • Cyril Neville