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Wednesday October 16, 2013

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  • 289th Day of 2013 / 76 Remaining
  • 66 Days Until The First Day of Winter

  • Sunrise:7:20
  • Sunset:6:29
  • 11 Hours 9 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:5:11pm
  • Moon Set:4:56am
  • Moon’s Phase: 94 %

  • 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:9:37am/10:04pm
  • Low:3:07am/3:52pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • Normal To Date:0.64
  • This Year:0.44
  • Last Year:0.03
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • Boss’s Day
  • Dictionary Day
  • Ether Day
  • Feral Cat Day
  • Hagfish Day
  • National Liqueur Day

  • World Food Day

  • On This Day In …
  • 1701 --- The Collegiate School was founded in Killingworth, CT. The school moved to New Haven in 1745 and changed its name to Yale College.

  • 1829 --- In Boston, MA, the first modern hotel in America opened. The Tremont Hotel had 170 rooms that rented for $2 a day and included four meals. It was the first hotel with indoor plumbing, with toilets and rooms for baths in the basement.

  • 1846 --- The painkiller, ether, was demonstrated successfully for the first time -- in Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. The drug was administered by William T.G. Morton, a ‘dentist’ (he never attended dental or medical school), of Charlestown, MA.

  • 1854 --- An obscure lawyer and Congressional hopeful from the state of Illinois named Abraham Lincoln delivers a speech regarding the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which Congress had passed five months earlier. In his speech, the future president denounced the act and outlined his views on slavery, which he called "immoral."

  • 1859 --- Abolitionist John Brown leads a small group on a raid against a federal armory in Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia), in an attempt to start an armed slave revolt and destroy the institution of slavery.

  • 1901 --- President Theodore Roosevelt invited educator Booker T. Washington to dinner at the White House. Other presidents had
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    invited African-Americans to meetings at the White House, but Washington was the first African-American to dine at the White House.

  • 1916 --- Margaret Sanger, Fania Mindell and Ethel Burne, all from New York, decided that the poor should have some help in controlling the size of their families. They felt they could help if they opened a birth control clinic because “no social progress is possible, especially where poverty is a factor, unless the size of families is limited.” They opened the doors of the first such clinic in the United States, right smack in the middle of Brooklyn
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    at 46 Amboy Street. Ms. Sanger served 30 days in jail for her bold action. A year earlier she had been indicted for using the U.S. mail to disseminate birth control information in three languages throughout the United States. A public nurse, Margaret Sanger went on to become the first president of the International Planned Parenthood Foundation in 1953.

  • 1928 --- The frosted electric light bulb was patented. No, it wasn’t the work of Thomas Edison, Westinghouse, General Electric, or any
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    of his army, either. It was one Marvin Pipkin who lit up at receiving this patent.

  • 1934 --- The embattled Chinese Communists break through Nationalist enemy lines and begin an epic flight from their encircled headquarters in southwest China. Known as Ch'ang Cheng—the "Long March"—the retreat lasted 368 days and covered 6,000 miles, nearly twice the distance from New York to San Francisco.

  • 1946 --- At Nuremberg, Germany, 10 high-ranking Nazi officials are executed by hanging for their crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, and war crimes during World War II. Two weeks earlier, the 10 were found guilty by the International War Crimes Tribunal and sentenced to death along with two other Nazi officials. Among those condemned to die by hanging were Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi minister of foreign affairs; Hermann Goering, founder of the Gestapo and chief of the German air force; and Wilhelm Frick, minister of the interior. Seven others, including Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's former deputy, were given prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life. Three others were acquitted.

  • 1951 --- Little Richard held his first recording session in Atlanta, GA.
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  • 1958 --- Chevrolet begins to sell a car-truck hybrid that it calls the El Camino. Inspired by the Ford Ranchero, which had already been on the market for two years, the El Camino was
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    a combination sedan-pickup truck built on the Impala body, with the same "cat's eye" taillights and dramatic rear fins. It was, ads trilled, "the most beautiful thing that ever shouldered a load!" "It rides and handles like a convertible," Chevy said, "yet hauls and hustles like the workingest thing on wheels."

  • 1965 --- The Beatles were decorated with the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth.
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  • 1969 --- The New York Mets, a previously hapless expansion team, won the World Series 4 games to 1 over American League powerhouse the Baltimore Orioles.
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  • 1973 --- Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, who negotiated a cease-fire in the Vietnam War, were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize; Tho declined the award.

  • 1976 --- Stevie Wonder’s album, Songs in the Key of Life wound up at number one in the U.S. It turned out to be no fluke. With greats,
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    such as Sir Duke, Isn’t She Lovely and I Wish, the double-album stayed at #1 for 14 weeks. Other tracks: Love’s in Need of Love Today, Have a Talk with God, Village Ghetto Land, Contusion, Knocks Me Off My Feet, Pastime Paradise, Summer Soft, Ordinary Pain, Saturn, Ebony Eyes, Joy Inside My Tears, Black Man, Ngiculela - Es Una Historia/I Am S inging, If It’s Magic, As, Another Star, All Day Sucker, Easy Goin’ Evening (My Mama’s Call).

  • 1984 --- Bishop Desmond Tutu, General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for
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    “his role as a unifying leader figure in the campaign to resolve the problem of apartheid in South Africa.”

  • 1987 --- Rescuers freed Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old girl who had been trapped in an abandoned well for 58 hours in Midland, Texas.

  • 1996 --- A stampede of soccer fans before a World Cup qualifying match in Guatemala City kills 84 people and seriously injures more than 100 on this day in 1996. The Guatemala national team was set to face off against Costa Rica on a Wednesday night in Guatemala City. Approximately 60,000 fans, most dressed in blue and white, the country's traditional colors, came to the stadium, which has a capacity of only 45,000. Apparently, counterfeiters had sold thousands of fake tickets to the event. Although the stadium was already full to capacity about an hour before the match was scheduled to begin, fans continued to push their way into the venue through a narrow passage. As those in front of them had nowhere to go, people began to be crushed and suffocated. Fist fights that broke out in the crowd exacerbated the situation, which ended in a panicked stampede.

  • 2002 --- It was reported that North Korea had told the U.S. that it had a secret nuclear weapons program in violation of an 1994 agreement with the U.S.

  • Birthdays
  • Bob Weir
  • Eugene O’Neill
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Flea (Michael Balzary)
  • Tim Robbins
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Suzanne Summers
  • Bob Mould
  • Sue Bird
  • Noah Webster
  • David Ben-Gurion
  • Michael Collins
  • Nico