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Monday November 4, 2013

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  • 308th Day of 2013 / 57 Remaining
  • 47 Days Until The First Day of Winter

  • Sunrise:6:39
  • Sunset:5:07
  • 10 Hours 28 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:7:54am
  • Moon Set:6:19pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 2 %

  • The Next Full Moon
  • November 17 @ 7:16am
  • Full Beaver Moon
  • Full Frosty Moon

This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

  • Tides
  • High:10:26am
  • Low:4:21am/5:15pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • Normal To Date:1.76
  • This Year:0.44
  • Last Year:1.60
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • Mischief Night
  • National Chicken Lady Day
  • National Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Awareness and Appreciation Day
  • Use Your Common Sense Day
     
  • Flag Day-Panama
  • Victory Day-Italy
  • Constitution Day-Tonga
  • National Day-Micronesia
  • Unity Day-Russia
  • Bandi Chhor Divas-Sikhism

  • On This Day In …
  • 1879 --- James and John Ritty invented the first cash register. They came up with the idea to prevent bartenders from stealing at the Pony House Restaurant in Dayton, Ohio.
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  • 1879 --- African-American inventor, Thomas Elkins received a patent for a refrigerating machine, which could be used to cool food (or even human corpses according to the patent application).
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  • 1922 --- British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen discover a step leading to the tomb of King Tutankhamen in the
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    Valley of the Kings in Egypt. When Carter first arrived in Egypt in 1891, most of the ancient Egyptian tombs had been discovered, though the little-known King Tutankhamen, who had died when he was 18, was still unaccounted for. After World War I, Carter began an intensive search for "King Tut's Tomb," finally finding steps to the burial room hidden in the debris near the entrance of the nearby tomb of King Ramses VI in the Valley of the Kings. On November 26, 1922, Carter and fellow archaeologist Lord Carnarvon entered the interior chambers of the tomb, finding them miraculously intact.

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    Thus began a monumental excavation process in which Carter carefully explored the four-room tomb over several years, uncovering an incredible collection of several thousand objects. The most splendid architectural find was a stone sarcophagus containing three coffins nested within each other. Inside the final coffin, which was made out of solid gold, was the mummy of the boy-king Tutankhamen, preserved for more than 3,000 years. Most of these treasures are now housed in the Cairo Museum.

  • 1924 --- Nellie T. Ross of Wyoming was elected America's first woman governor so she could serve out the remaining term of her late husband, William B. Ross.
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  • 1939 --- At the 40th National Automobile Show the first air-conditioned car was put on display.
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  • 1948 --- T.S. Eliot (Thomas Stearns Eliot) won the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry.”

  • 1956 --- A spontaneous national uprising that began 12 days before in Hungary is viciously crushed by Soviet tanks and troops on this day in 1956. Thousands were killed and wounded and nearly a quarter-million Hungarians fled the country. The problems in Hungary
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    began in October 1956, when thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding a more democratic political system and freedom from Soviet oppression. In response, Communist Party officials appointed Imre Nagy, a former premier who had been dismissed from the party for his criticisms of Stalinist policies, as the new premier. Nagy tried to restore peace and asked the Soviets to withdraw their troops. The Soviets did so, but Nagy then tried to push the Hungarian revolt forward by abolishing one-party rule. He also announced that Hungary was withdrawing from the Warsaw Pact (the Soviet bloc's equivalent of NATO). On November 4, 1956, Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest to crush, once and for all, the national uprising. Vicious street fighting broke out, but the Soviets' great power ensured victory. At 5:20 a.m., Hungarian Prime Minister Imre Nagy announced the invasion to the nation in a grim, 35-second broadcast, declaring: "Our troops are fighting. The Government is in place." Within hours, though, Nagy sought asylum at the Yugoslav Embassy in Budapest. He was captured shortly thereafter and executed two years later.

  • 1961 --- Bob Dylan made his concert hall debut in New York City. The show was seen by 50 people who paid two dollars each at Carnegie Hall.
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  • 1979 --- 3,000 militants overran the U.S. Embassy in
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    Teheran, Iran. They captured 54 embassy staff members. Religious extremist and Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini praised their actions. The militants demanded that the Shah of Iran, who had ruled for decades and was now seeking medical treatment in the West, be turned over to them for trial; that the United States apologize for crimes against the Iranian people; and that the Shah’s assets be given to them. The Iran(ian) Hostage Crisis, as it came to be known, lasted 444 days, ending on President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration day, Jan. 20, 1981.

  • 1984 --- Nicaragua held its first free elections in 56 years.

  • 1995 --- Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is fatally shot after attending a peace rally held in Tel Aviv's Kings Square in Israel. Rabin later died in surgery at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. The 73-year-old prime minister was walking to his car when he was shot in the arm and the back by Yigal Amir, a 27-year-old Jewish law student who had connections to the far-right Jewish group Eyal. Israeli police arrested Amir at the scene of the shooting, and he later confessed to the assassination, explaining at his arraignment that he killed Rabin because the prime minister wanted "to give our country to the Arabs."

  • 1999 --- The United Nations imposed economic sanctions against the Taliban that controlled most of Afghanistan. The sanctions were imposed because the Taliban had refused to turn over Osama bin Laden, who had been charged with masterminding the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

  • 2001 --- Just two outs away from their fourth championship in a row, the New York Yankees lose to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh game of a hard-fought World Series. "You saw the light at the end of the tunnel," Yankee reliever Mike Stanton lamented after the game, "and it was taken away."

  • 2008 --- Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States, as the country chose him as its first black chief executive.

  • Birthdays
  • Kathy Griffin
  • Walter Cronkite
  • Art Carney
  • Laura Bush
  • Robert Mapplethorpe
  • Will Rogers
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Doris Roberts
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Loretta Swit
  • Ralph Macchio
  • Diddy
  • Andrea McArdle