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Wednesday November 6, 2013

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  • 310th Day of 2013 / 55 Remaining
  • 45 Days Until The First Day of Winter

  • Sunrise:6:41
  • Sunset:5:05
  • 10 Hours 24 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:9:59am
  • Moon Set:8:18pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 14 %

  • 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:1:04am/11:57am
  • Low:5:57am/6:53pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • Normal To Date:1.94
  • This Year:0.44
  • Last Year:1.60
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • Saxophone Day
  • Zero-Tasking Day
  • National Healthy Eating Day 2013
  • National Nachos Day
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  • Eid-Al-Adha-Islam
  • Constitution Day-Dominican Republic
  • Green March Day-Morocco

  • On This Day In …
  • 1528 --- Spanish conquistador Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca is shipwrecked on a low sandy island off the coast of Texas. Starving, dehydrated, and desperate, he is the first European to set foot on the soil of the future Lone Star state. Cabeza de Vaca's unintentional journey to Texas was a disaster from the start. A series of dire accidents and Indian attacks plagued his expedition's 300 men as they explored north Florida. The survivors then cobbled together five flimsy boats and headed to sea, where they endured vicious storms, severe shortages of food and water, and attacks from Indians wherever they put to shore. With his exploration party reduced to only 80 or 90 men, Cabeza de Vaca's motley flotilla finally wrecked on what was probably Galveston Island just off the coast of Texas. Unfortunately, landing on shore did not end Cabeza de Vaca's trials. During the next four years, the party barely managed to eke out a tenuous existence by trading with the Indians located in modern-day east Texas. The crew steadily died off from illness, accidents, and attacks until only Cabeza de Vaca and three others remained. In 1532, the four survivors set out on an arduous journey across the present-day states of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Captured by the Karankawa Indians, they lived in virtual slavery for nearly two years. Only after Cabeza de Vaca had won the respect of the Karankawa by becoming a skilled medicine man and diplomat did the small band win their freedom. In 1536, the men encountered a party of Spanish slave hunters in what is now the Mexican state of Sinaloa. They followed them back to Mexico City, where the tale of their amazing odyssey became famous throughout the colony and in Europe. Despite the many hardships experienced by Cabeza de Vaca and his men during their northern travels, their stories inspired others to intensify exploration of the region that would one day become Texas.

  • 1860 --- Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States over a deeply divided Democratic Party, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency. Lincoln received only 40 percent
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    of the popular vote but handily defeated the three other candidates: Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge, Constitutional Union candidate John Bell, and Northern Democrat Stephen Douglas, a U.S. senator for Illinois.

  • 1869 --- The first intercollegiate football game was played -- in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rutgers beat Princeton 6-4, with each team fielding 25 men, though not all at once.
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  • 1905 --- The original stage production of Sir James Barrie’s Peter Pan opened in New York. Who was the original Peter Pan? Maude Adams starred in the play that ran 223 performances.
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  • 1906 --- President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt embarks on a 17-day trip to Panama and Puerto Rico, becoming the first president to make an official diplomatic tour outside of the continental United States. Although presidents before Roosevelt had traveled outside the U.S. in other diplomatic capacities prior to or after serving as president, Roosevelt was the first to make a "state" visit while in office. His trip to Panama and Puerto Rico signaled a new era in how presidents conducted diplomatic relations with other countries.

  • 1917 --- Led by Bolshevik Party leader Vladimir Lenin, leftist revolutionaries launch a nearly bloodless coup d'État against
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    Russia's ineffectual Provisional Government. The Bolsheviks and their allies occupied government buildings and other strategic locations in the Russian capital of Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) and within two days had formed a new government with Lenin as its head. Bolshevik Russia, later renamed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), was the world's first Marxist state.

  • 1923 --- Jacob Schick was granted a patent for the electric shaver.

  • 1962 --- The United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution condemning South Africa's racist apartheid policies and calling on all its members to end economic and military relations with the country.

  • 1967 --- Phil Donahue began a TV talk show in Dayton, Ohio. Later, the show moved to Chicago, was syndicated by Multimedia Productions and was highly rated for 29 years.
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  • 1969 --- A tie occurred -- for the first time -- in voting for the Cy Young Award. Pitchers Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers and Mike Cuellar of the Baltimore Orioles won equal votes for best pitcher in the American League.

  • 1973 --- Singer Gram Parsons' manager Phil Kaufman was fined $300 for stealing Parsons' body from the Los Angeles International Airport. Kaufman claimed that it was Parson's wish to be cremated.

  • 1979 --- The world premiere of the movie The Rose was held at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City (with a party at the Roseland
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    Ballroom). The movie starred Bette Midler as a rock singer caught in the fast lane of drugs and death. The premiere and party raised $60,000 for the Phoenix House, a drug rehab organization.

  • 1986 --- Former Navy radioman John A. Walker Jr., was sentenced in Baltimore to life imprisonment. Walker had admitted to being the head of a family spy ring.

  • 1995 --- The owner of the Cleveland Browns football team announces that he is moving the team to Baltimore. The team owner, Art Modell, had purchased the Browns in October 1960 for $4 million. He loved his team and the fans, he said, but Cleveland
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    Stadium was a mess and the city, after building a new baseball stadium and a new basketball arena, didn’t seem inclined to fix it. "They took me for granted," Modell said, "until I had to pull the trigger."

  • 2009 --- The government reported that unemployment rose to 10.2 percent in the U.S. in October, the first time the jobless rate had hit double digits since 1983.

  • Birthdays
  • Sally Field
  • Glenn Frey
  • Maria Shriver
  • John Philip Sousa
  • Antoine-Joseph (Adolphe) Sax
  • James Naismith
  • Walter Johnson
  • Emma Stone
  • Ethan Hawke
  • Mike Nichols
  • Ignacy Ian Paderewski
  • Doug Sahm
  • Lori Singer
  • Charles Henry Dow