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October 23, 2013

Mmmmm! It's Boston Cream Pie Day!
  • Sunrise ~ 7:27am;  Sunset ~ 6:21pm
  • Moonset ~ 11:45am; Moonrise ~ 10:00pm - 85% visible, waning
  • Tides at the Golden Gate ~ High: 3:58am/2:30pm; Low: 8:40am/9:20pm

Special Celebrations today...

  • Cambodia Peace Treaty Day-  Cambodia

  • Chulalongkorn Day - Thailand

  • Day of Proclamation of the Republic - Hungary

  • Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day

  • National Boston Cream Pie Day

  • National Canning Day

On this day in...

1752 Nicolas Appert was born.  Inventor of the canning process, preserving food by sealing it in sterilized containers. He published the results of 14 years of research in 1810 & received 12,000 franc award from French government.

1864 - During the U.S. Civil War, Union forces led by Gen. Samuel R. Curtis defeated the Confederate forces in Missouri that were under Gen. Stirling Price.

1910 - Blanche S. Scott became the first woman to make a public solo airplane flight in the United States.

1915 - The first U.S. championship horseshoe tourney was held in Kellerton, IA.

1915 - Approximately 25,000 women demanded the right to vote with a march in New York City, NY.

1929 - In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged starting the stock-market crash that began the Great Depression.

1930 - J.K. Scott won the first miniature golf tournament. The event was held in Chattanooga, TN.

1942 - During World War II, the British began a major offensive against Axis forces at El Alamein, Egypt.

1944 - During World War II, the Battle of Leyte Gulf began.

1946 - The United Nations General Assembly convened in New York for the first time.

1956 - Hungarian citizens began an uprising against Soviet occupation. On November 4, 1956 Soviet forces enter Hungary and eventually suppress the uprising.

1956 - NBC broadcasted the first videotape recording. The tape of Jonathan Winters was seen coast to coast in the U.S.

1958 - Russian poet and novelist Boris Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. He was forced to refuse the honor due to negative Soviet reaction. Pasternak won the award for writing "Dr. Zhivago".

1962 - During the Cuban Missile Crisis, the U.S. naval "quarantine" of Cuba was approved by the Council of the Organization of American States (OAS).

1962 - The U.S. Navy reconnaissance squadron VFP-62 began overflights of Cuba under the code name "Blue Moon."

1971 - The U.N. General Assembly voted to expel Taiwan and seat Communist China.

1973 - U.S. President Richard M. Nixon agreed to turn over the subpoenaed tapes concerning the Watergate affair.

1978 - China and Japan formally ended four decades of hostility when they exchanged treaty ratifications.

1980 - The resignation of Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin was announced.

1984 - "NBC Nightly News" aired footage of the severe drought in Ethiopia.

1985 - U.S. President Reagan arrived in New York to address the U.N. General Assembly.

1989 - Hungary became an independent republic, after 33 years of Soviet rule.

1992 - Japanese Emperor Akihito became the first Japanese emperor to stand on Chinese soil.

1993 - Joe Carter (Toronto Blue Jays) became only the second player to end the World Series with a homerun.

1995 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin and U.S. President Bill Clinton agree to a joint peacekeeping effort in the war-torn Bosnia.

1998 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a breakthrough in a land-for-peace West Bank accord.

1998 - Japan nationalized its first bank since World War II.

If today's your birthday, you share it with...

Nicolas Appert 1752
Gertrude Ederle 1906
'Bruiser' (Frank) Kinard 1914
James Daly 1918

Ewel Blackwell 1922

Ned Rorem 1923
Johnny Carson 1925
Sonny Criss 1927
Boozoo Chavis 1930
Diana Dors 1931
Jim Bunning 1931
Juan "Chi-Chi" Rodriguez 1935
Charlie Foxx 1939
Pelé 1940
Eleanor (Ellie) Greenwich 1940
Michael Crichton 1942
Barbara Ann Hawkins 1943
Greg Ridley 1947
Michael Rupert 1951
Pauline Black 1953
Dwight Yoakam 1956
Sam Raimi 1959
"Weird Al" Yankovic 1959
Doug Flutie 1962
Roberto Agustin Trujillo 1964 

Al Leiter 1965 

Junior Bryant  1968 

Jimmy Wayne 1972 

Keith Van Horn 1975 

Ryan Reynolds 1976 

Masiela Lusha 1985