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Friday November 8, 2013

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  • 312th Day of 2013 / 53 Remaining
  • 43 Days Until The First Day of Winter

  • Sunrise:6:43
  • Sunset:5:03
  • 10 Hours 20 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:11:42am
  • Moon Set:10:31pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 34 %

  • 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:3:02am/1:53pm
  • Low:8:08am/8:48pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • Normal To Date:2.12
  • This Year:0.44
  • Last Year:1.78
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • Abet and Aid Punsters Day
  • Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
  • National Parents As Teachers Day
  • X-ray Discovery Day
  • Admission Day-Montana

  • Constitution Day-Micronesia
  • Cretan National Day-Greece
  • World Town Planning Day

  • On This Day In …
  • 1789 --- Elijah Craig distilled the first bourbon whiskey from corn, in Bourbon County, Kentucky.

  • 1793 --- The Louvre Museum, in Paris, opened to the public for the first time.

  • 1889 --- The Treasure State or Montana entered the United States of America as number 41. And, it turned out to be quite a treasure. Coal, copper, lead, zinc and silver have all been mined in Montana. Helena is the capital of Montana; the western meadowlark is the state bird and the bitterroot is the state flower. Of course, this has nothing to do with some of Montana’s bitter history, its most notorious event: The Battle of Little Big Horn (Custer’s Last Stand).

  • 1895 --- Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (Röntgen), a scientist, but hardly unstable, took the first X-ray pictures. It wasn’t his eyes he was using, but his brain. He had been experimenting with electricity but failed to turn off the machine. The device he was working with overheated and emitted rays. After a number of hours of
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    head-scratching, writing equations and much hypothesis, Roentgen came upon the scientific principle that would allow him to take X-ray pictures. Other X-rays had been observed before this; but Roentgen was the only one to have performed repeated experiments -- proving that his machine worked. Roentgen may have been a clever scientist; but he had no business savvy. He never patented his X-ray machine and never received any money for it.

  • 1917 --- One day after an armed uprising led by his radical socialist Bolsheviks toppled the provisional Russian government, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin rises before the newly formed All-Russian Congress of Soviets to call for an immediate armistice with the Central Powers in World War I.

  • 1933 --- The Civil Works Administration was created by executive order by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The organization was designed to create jobs for more than 4 million unemployed people in the U.S.

  • 1942 --- Just as the Allies were preparing an invasion of North Africa during World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt broadcasts a message directed at Vichy France and its leader Marshal Petain. Petain, who chose to collaborate with the Germans in 1940 rather than fight them, was nominally the leader of France but the country was far from free. (Exiled French General Charles De Gaulle was considered the leader of the "Free French.")

  • 1952 --- 'Jambalaya (On The Bayou)' by Hank Williams was number one on the country music charts.

  • 1954 --- The American League approved the transfer of the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team to Kansas City, MO. Charles
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    O. Finley of Chicago would later tire of Kansas City and move the A’s to Oakland.

  • 1956 --- After turning down 18,000 names, the Ford Motor Company decided to name their new car the "Edsel," after Henry Ford's only son.

  • 1960 --- Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy defeated Vice President Richard M. Nixon in the presidential election. The Republican insider was Richard Nixon of California, relatively young but experienced as the nation's vice-president for eight years under Dwight Eisenhower. The Democratic newcomer was John F. Kennedy, senator from Massachusetts, who at the age of 43 was the youngest person elected president. Kennedy, the 35th U.S. President, was also the first Roman Catholic to be elected president.

  • 1965 --- “Like sands through the hourglass, these are the days of our lives...” The voice of McDonald Carey introduced the popular soap opera, Days of Our Lives, which debuted on NBC-TV.

  • 1966 --- Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California.

  • 1971 --- The album "Led Zeppelin IV," which included the song "Stairway to Heaven," was released.
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  • 1979 --- U.S. Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Mac Mathias (R-MD) introduced legislation to provide a site on the National Mall for the building of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

  • 1984 --- The first attempt to rescue two crippled satellites took place as the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (The mission was accomplished on November 14th.)
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  • 1993 --- Five Picasso paintings and other artwork were stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden. The works were valued at $52 million.

  • 1994 --- For the first time in 40 years, the Republican Party wins control of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate in midterm congressional elections. Led by Representative Newt Gingrich of Georgia, who subsequently replaced Democrat Tom Foley of Washington as speaker of the House, the empowered GOP united under the "Contract with America," a 10-point legislative plan to reduce federal taxes, balance the budget, and dismantle social welfare programs established during six decades of mostly Democratic rule in Congress.

  • 1997 --- The mighty Yangtze River (China’s largest) was successfully diverted in preparation for the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. As engineers completed the dumping of 60,000 cubic meters (78,000 cubic yards) of rockfill and cement into the river, its
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    flow was diverted through a canal. Boats on the river sounded horns and construction workers sent flares into the sky. Jiang Zemin, President of the People’s Republic of China, told the assembled crowd, “The damming of the Yangtze River is of great political and economic significance, and it proves to the whole world the Chinese people’s capability of building the world’s first-rate hydroelectric project.”

  • Birthdays
  • Minnie Riperton
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Rickie Lee Jones
  • Bram Stoker
  • Margaret Mitchell
  • Morley Safer
  • Alfre Woodard
  • Bonnie Bramlett
  • Mary Hart
  • Edmund Halley
  • Esther Rolle
  • Patti Page