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Thursday October 17, 2013


  • 290th Day of 2013 / 75 Remaining
  • 65 Days Until The First Day of Winter

  • Sunrise:7:21
  • Sunset:6:28
  • 11 Hours 7 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:5:46pm
  • Moon Set:6:00am
  • Moon’s Phase: 98 %

  • 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:10:12am/10:57pm
  • Low:3:50am/4:35pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • Normal To Date:0.68
  • This Year:0.44
  • Last Year:0.03
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • Mulligan Day
  • National Cake Decorating Day
  • Black Poetry Day
  • National Pasta Day

  • International Day For The Eradication of Poverty
  • Family Day-South Africa

  • On This Day In …
  • 1777 --- American troops defeated British forces in Saratoga, NY. It was the turning point in the American Revolutionary War.

  • 1814 --- At the Horseshoe Brewery in London the metal bands on a huge beer brewing vat snapped and a tidal wave of 3,555 barrels of Porter beer crashed through the brewery walls, destroying several tenements, and killing 8 people.

  • 1845 --- According to a Boston newspaper, the audience walked out of a reading that included The Raven. The audience walked out, not because of the material, but because of their objection to Edgar Allan Poe, the reader and author of the macabre poem.

  • 1888 --- The first issue of "National Geographic Magazine" was released at newsstands. The highly acclaimed magazine was

    published on a somewhat irregular basis at first. Material was hard to come by in the early years, so the publisher just waited to publish the next issue until enough material accumulated to fill it. The science and travel magazine, the official journal of the National Geographic Society (incorporated January 27, 1888), soon became a monthly and it wasn’t long before it became famous for its maps and photographic essays of exotic locales and peoples. At last check, National Geographic Magazine maintained a paid circulation of some 8.5 million readers worldwide.

  • 1919 --- The Radio Corporation of America (RCA) was formed. The company became a giant in electronics, especially radios and TVs. It would later own its own TV network (NBC) and other broadcast interests.

  • 1931 --- Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released in 1939.

  • 1945 --- Col. Juan Peron staged a coup, becoming absolute ruler of Argentina.

  • 1957 --- Albert Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

  • 1967 --- “Gimme a head with hair. Long, beautiful hair...” The rock musical HAIR opened at the New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater for a limited run. After much trial and error, involving several

    openings and closings, HAIR eventually opened on Broadway at the Biltmore Theater on April 29, 1968. It closed on July 1, 1972 after 1,742 performances.

  • 1971 --- Roberto Clemente’s bat, Steve Blass’ pitching, and the leadership of Willie Stargell made the Pittsburgh Pirates World Series winners. After losing the first two games, the Bucs came back to win three consecutive -- and eventually their fourth world championship. Steve Blass hurled a four-hitter and Roberto Clemente homered as the Pirates won Game 7, 2-1.

  • 1973 --- The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) began an oil-embargo against several countries including the U.S. and Great Britain. The incident stemmed from Western support of Israel when Egypt and Syria attacked the nation on October 6, 1973. The embargo lasted until March of 1974.

  • 1974 --- The Oakland A’s beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1, to win the World Series. In Game 5, played this day, Joe Rudi connected with a homer off Dodger reliever Mike Marshall to break a

    2-2 tie. Oakland's bullpen ace, Rollie Fingers preserved the one run lead and the A’s were world champions for the third consecutive year. The A’s were the only team other than the Yankees to win 3 straight series.

  • 1977 --- "Street Survivors" was released by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Three days later vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines (Steve's sister) and road manager Dean Kilpatrick were killed when their plane crashed in Gillsburg, MS. The other four members of the band were seriously injured but survived the crash.

  • 1978 --- U.S. President Carter signed a bill that restored full U.S. citizenship rights to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

  • 1979 --- Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of the destitute in Calcutta.

  • 1989 --- An earthquake hits the San Francisco Bay Area on this day in 1989, killing 67 people and causing more than $5 billion in damages. Though this was one of the most powerful and destructive earthquakes ever to hit a populated area of the United States, the death toll was quite small. The proximity of the San Andreas Fault to San Francisco was well-known for most of the 20th century, but the knowledge did not stop the construction of many un-reinforced

    brick buildings in the area. Finally, in 1972, revised building codes forced new structures to be built to withstand earthquakes. The new regulations also called for older buildings to be retrofitted to meet the new standards, but the expense involved made these projects a low priority for the community. On October 17, the Bay Area was buzzing about baseball. The Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, both local teams, had reached the World Series. The first game of the series was scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. Just prior to the game, with the


    cameras on the field, a 7.1-magnitude tremor centered near Loma Prieta Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains rocked the region from Santa Cruz to Oakland. Though the stadium withstood the shaking, much of the rest of San Francisco was not so fortunate. The city's marina district suffered great damage. Built before 1972, on an area of the city where there was no underlying bedrock, the liquefaction of the ground resulted in the collapse of many homes. Burst gas mains and pipes also sparked fires that burned out of control for


    nearly two days. Also hard hit by the quake were two area roads, the Nimitz Expressway and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

  • 2007 --- President George W. Bush, raising Beijing's ire, presented the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal and urged Chinese leaders to welcome the monk to Beijing.

  • Birthdays
  • Arthur Miller
  • Rita Hayworth
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Ernie Els
  • Jimmy Breslin
  • Michael McKean
  • Margot Kidder
  • George Wendt
  • Mike Judge
  • Norm MacDonald
  • Eminem
  • Ziggy Marley
  • Montgomery Clift
  • Charles Kraft
  • Irene Ryan
  • Evel Knievel
  • Gary Puckett
  • Bob Seagren