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Friday October 11, 2013

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  • 284th Day of 2013 / 81 Remaining
  • 71 Days Until The First Day of Winter

  • Sunrise:7:15
  • Sunset:6:36
  • 11 Hours 21 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:1:57pm
  • Moon Set:12:41am(Saturday)
  • Moon’s Phase: First Quarter

  • 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:5:27am/4:20pm
  • Low:10:31am/11:20pm

  • 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
  • General Pulaski Memorial Day
  • National Coming Out Day
  • National Face Your Fears Day
  • National Sausage Pizza Day

  • World Egg Day
  • Antifascist Uprising Day-Macedonia
  • Revolution Day-Palau

  • On This Day In …
  • 1811 --- The Juliana, the first steam-powered ferryboat, was put into operation by the inventor John Stevens. The ferry went between New York City, NY, and Hoboken, NJ.

  • 1869 --- Thomas Edison filed for a patent on his first invention. The electric machine was used for counting votes for the U.S. Congress, however the Congress did not buy it.

  • 1881 --- Roll film for cameras was patented. Was it George Eastman or Mr. Fuji who patented the stuff? No. That honor belongs to D.H. Houston of Cambria, Wisconsin.

  • 1887 --- The first accurate adding machine patented by Don Eugene Felt. (The Comptometer).
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  • 1899 --- The South African Boer War begins between the British Empire and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State. The Boers, also known as Afrikaners, were the descendants of the original Dutch settlers of southern Africa. Britain took possession of the Dutch Cape colony in 1806 during the Napoleonic wars, sparking resistance from the independence-minded Boers, who resented the Anglicization of South Africa and Britain's anti-slavery policies. In 1833, the Boers began an exodus into African tribal territory, where they founded the republics of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State. The two new republics lived peaceably with their British neighbors until 1867, when the discovery of diamonds and gold in the region made conflict between the Boer states and Britain inevitable.

  • 1939 --- U.S. President Roosevelt was presented with a letter from Albert Einstein that urged him to develop the U.S. atomic program rapidly.

  • 1939 --- Coleman Hawkins recorded "Body and Soul."

  • 1958 --- The lunar probe Pioneer 1 was launched; it failed to go as far as planned, fell back to Earth and burned up in the atmosphere.

  • 1958 --- Spencer Tracy’s classic movie, The Old Man and the Sea was released. Based on Ernest Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, it is the story of an aging fisherman
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    attempting to find himself, and hopefully a fish, on a fishing trip near Cuba. Tracy was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance, but was edged out that year by David Niven (for Separate Tables). Dimitri Tiomkin’s music for The Old Man and the Sea did win the Oscar for “Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.”

  • 1962 --- Pope John XXIII convenes an ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church—the first in 92 years. In summoning the ecumenical council—a general meeting of the bishops of the church—the pope hoped to bring spiritual rebirth to Catholicism and cultivate greater unity with the other branches of Christianity.

  • 1968 --- The U.S. launched Apollo 7. Described by commander Walter M. Schirra, Jr. as a “magnificent flying machine,” Apollo 7
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    traveled some 4.5 million miles in orbit around the Earth to become the first manned flight in NASA’s lunar-landing program. The mission also featured the first live TV transmission from a spacecraft in orbit.

  • 1975 --- Saturday Night Live (SNL), a topical comedy sketch show featuring Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Garrett Morris, Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman, makes its debut on NBC; it will go on to become the longest-running, highest-rated
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    show on late-night television. The 90-minute program, which from its inception has been broadcast live from Studio 8H in the GE Building at Rockefeller Center, includes a different guest host and musical act each week. The opening sketch of each show ends with one actor saying, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”

  • 1983 --- The last hand cranked telephones in the United States were taken out of service as the 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Main were switched over to direct dial service.

  • 1984 --- Space-shuttle Challenger astronaut Dr. Kathy Sullivan
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    became the first U.S. woman to perform an EVA (extra-vehicular activity), or walk in space.

  • 1986 --- Following up on their successful November 1985 summit meeting in Geneva, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavik, Iceland, to continue
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    discussions about curbing their intermediate missile arsenals in Europe. Just when it appeared that agreement might be reached, the talks fell apart amid accusations and recriminations, and U.S.-Soviet relations took a giant step backwards.

  • 1991 --- Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, law professor Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence
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    Thomas of sexually harassing her; Thomas reappeared before the panel to denounce the proceedings as a "high-tech lynching."

  • 1994 --- The Colorado Supreme Court declared that the anti-gay rights measure in the state was unconstitutional.

  • 1994 --- U.S. troops in Haiti took control of the National Palace.

  • 2003 --- A bench-clearing brawl between the Boston Red Sox
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    and the New York Yankees interrupts the third game of the American League playoffs in Boston. During the fight, 73-year-old Yankee bench coach Don Zimmer charged out of the dugout and tried to tackle Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, but Martinez dodged the older man’s blows and threw him to the ground. The next day, Martinez tried to apologize to the injured Zimmer, but the coach demurred. "I was the guy who charged him and threw the punch," he wrote in his memoirs. "To the people who said Pedro beat up an old man I said, ‘No, an old man was dumb enough to try and beat up on Pedro.’"

  • 2008 --- Luc Costermans sets a new world speed record for blind drivers: 192 mph. Costermans set the record in a borrowed Lamborghini Gallardo on a long, straight stretch of airstrip near
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    Marseilles, France. He was accompanied by a carload of sophisticated navigational equipment as well as a human co-pilot, who gave directions from the Lamborghini's passenger seat.

  • Birthdays
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Jane Krakowski
  • Henry J Heinz
  • Nathaniel Wyeth
  • Steve Young
  • Joan Cusack
  • Luke Perry
  • MC Lyte
  • Jerome Robbins
  • Art Blakey
  • Elmore Leonard
  • Daryl Hall
  • Mason Weems