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Friday November 15, 2013

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  • 319th Day of 2013 / 46 Remaining
  • 36 Days Until The First Day of Winter

  • Sunrise:6:51
  • Sunset:4:57
  • 10 Hours 6 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:3:56pm
  • Moon Set:4:54am
  • Moon’s Phase: 97 %

  • 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:8:37am/10:01pm
  • Low:2:22am/3:25pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • Normal To Date:2.80
  • This Year:0.44
  • Last Year:1.83
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • America Recycles Day
  • George Spelvin Day
  • I Love to Write Day
  • National Bundt Day
  • National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

  • Dynasty Day-Belgium
  • Republic Day-Brazil
  • Shichi-Go-San-Japan
  • Peace Day-Ivory Coast

  • On This Day In …
  • 1660 --- Asser Levy applied for a license to sell kosher meat. He was the first kosher butcher in New Amsterdam (New York).

  • 1777 --- After 16 months of debate, the Continental Congress,
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    sitting in its temporary capital of York, Pennsylvania, agrees to adopt the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union on this day in 1777. Not until March 1, 1781, would the last of the 13 states, Maryland, ratify the agreement.

  • 1806 --- Lt. Zebulon Montgomery Pike sighted a mountain peak that now bears his name. What? All right, who’s the genius out there who said, “Zebulon Peak?” Those in the know, of course, realize that we speak of Pikes Peak. The massive, towering (elevation 14,110 feet) behemoth had been called “The Long One” by Ute Indians. Its
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    name was changed to honor the young army lieutenant. Zebulon Pike was leading a survey party into the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase when he spotted the snowcapped peak in the distance.

  • 1859 --- Charles Dickens' serialized novel, A Tale of Two Cities, comes to a close, as the final chapter is published in Dickens' circular, All the Year Round.

  • 1867 --- The first stock ticker is unveiled in New York City. The advent of the ticker ultimately revolutionized the stock market by
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    making up-to-the-minute prices available to investors around the country. Prior to this development, information from the New York Stock Exchange, which has been around since 1792, traveled by mail or messenger.

  • 1881 --- The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions of the United States and Canada was formed -- in Pittsburgh, PA. Five years later the organization became the American Federation of Labor (AFL).

  • 1889 --- After a 49-year reign, Pedro II, the second and last emperor of Brazil, is deposed in a military coup.

  • 1901 --- Miller Reese Hutchinson patented an electrical hearing aid.
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  • 1926 --- Network radio was born. 24 stations carried the first broadcast from (bong-bing-bong) NBC, the National Broadcasting Company. The program was a gala 4½-hour broadcast from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Two remote pickups were also on the program. Opera star Mary Garden sang from Chicago and Will Rogers presented a humorous monologue from Independence, Kansas. Charles Lindbergh was among the luminaries who attended the broadcast.

  • 1940 --- The first 75,000 men were called to armed forces duty under peacetime conscription.

  • 1943 --- At a time when classical music received nearly as much coverage as professional sports in the popular press, it was major news indeed when an unknown 25-year-old led the nation's most important symphony orchestra in a Carnegie Hall concert broadcast live to a radio audience in the millions. For The New York Times, it was a story worthy of front-page coverage: "Young Aide Leads Philharmonic, Steps In When Bruno Walter Is Ill," read the headline. The date was November 15, 1943, and the Page 1 music story in The New York Times that day was of the dramatic public debut of the young conductor Leonard Bernstein, who had led the New York Philharmonic brilliantly in the previous day's performance as a last-minute stand-in for the group's regular conductor. 

  • 1957 --- In a long and rambling interview with an American reporter, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev claims that the Soviet Union has missile superiority over the United States and challenges America to a missile "shooting match" to prove his assertion. The interview further fueled fears in the United States that the nation was falling perilously behind the Soviets in the arms race.

  • 1959 --- A farmer, his wife and two of their children were found murdered in their home in Holcomb, Kansas – a crime that was the subject of Truman Capote's non-fiction novel "In Cold Blood."

  • 1977 --- President Jimmy Carter welcomes Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the shah of Iran, and his wife, Empress (or "Shahbanou")
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    Farrah, to Washington. Over the next two days, Carter and Pahlavi discussed improving relations between the two countries. Two years later, the two leaders' political fates would be further entwined when Islamic fundamentalists overthrew the shah and took Americans hostage in Tehran.

  • 1969 --- Following a symbolic three-day "March Against Death," the second national "moratorium" opens with mass demonstrations in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Organized by the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam ("New Mobe"), an estimated 500,000 demonstrators rallied in Washington as part
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    of the largest such rally to date. It began with a march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Washington Monument, where a mass rally and speeches were held. Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Peter, Paul, and Mary, and four different touring casts of the musical "Hair" entertained the demonstrators. Later, violence erupted when police used tear gas on radicals who had split off from the main rally to march on the Justice Department. The crowd of about 6,000, led by members of the Youth International Party ("Yippies"), threw rocks and bottles and burned U.S. flags. Almost 100 demonstrators were arrested. The largest protest outside Washington was held in San Francisco, where an estimated 250,000 people demonstrated.

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    Antiwar demonstrations were also held in a number of major European cities, including Frankfurt, Stuttgart, West Berlin, and London. The largest overseas demonstration occurred in Paris, where 2,651 people were arrested.
     

  • 1969 --- Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy's Hamburger restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.
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  • 1988 --- The Palestine National Council, the legislative body of the PLO, proclaimed the establishment of an independent Palestinian state at the close of a four-day conference in Algiers.

  • 1990 --- Frank Farian, producer of Milli Vanilli, publicly admitted that Fabrice Morvan and Rob Pilatus never sang a note on the Milli Vanilli album and that they lip-synch when they perform live.

  • 1992 --- After 200 victories, seven championships and more than 1,000 career starts, Richard Petty ended his career as a driver.

  • 1994 --- Martina Navratilova ended her 19-year tennis career at Madison Square Garden in New York. Navratilova, a Tennis Hall-of-Famer, played 380 singles tournaments and 1,650 matches. She won 167 titles and 1,438 matches, with a won-lost mark of 1,438-212. She won $20,344,061.

  • 1997 --- Eddie Robinson coached his final home game at Grambling State University (losing 37-35 to North Carolina A&T). He was
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    college football’s winningest coach with 408 wins. (Robinson ended his 56-year career two weeks later at the Bayou Classic against Southern University.)

  • 2006 --- Andy Warhol's painting of Communist Party Chairman Mao
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    Zedong sold for $17.4 million. At the same auction "Orange Marilyn" sold for $16.2 million and "Sixteen Jackies" sold for $15.6 million.

  • Birthdays
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Ed Asner
  • Sam Waterston
  • Sen Howard Baker
  • Beverly D’Angelo
  • Kevin Eubanks
  • Marianne Moore
  • Petula Clark
  • Whitman Mayo
  • Barry McGuire
  • Frida Lyngstad