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Monday November 18, 2013

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  • 322nd Day of 2013 / 43 Remaining
  • 33 Days Until The First Day of Winter

  • Sunrise:6:54
  • Sunset:4:55
  • 10 Hours 1 Minute of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:6:02pm
  • Moon Set:7:47am
  • Moon’s Phase: 99 %

  • 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:10:16am
  • Low:4:28am/5:16pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • Normal To Date:3.13
  • This Year:0.44
  • Last Year:3.02
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • National Vichyssoise Day
  • Married to a Scorpio Support Day

  • Independence Day-Latvia
  • National Holiday-Oman
  • Flag Day-Uzbekistan
  • Independence Day-Morocco
  • Vertieres’ Day-Haiti

  • On This Day In …
  • 1307 --- The story of William Tell shooting the apple off of his young
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    son’s noggin is said to have taken place on this day. The story is of either Swiss, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, or Persian origin.

  • 1863 --- President Abraham Lincoln boards a train for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver a short speech at the dedication of a cemetery of soldiers killed during the battle there on July 1 to July 3, 1863. The address Lincoln gave in Gettysburg became one of the most famous speeches in American history.

  • 1865 --- Samuel L. Clemens published "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" under the pen name "Mark Twain" in the New York "Saturday Press."
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  • 1874 --- Women's Christian Temperance Union was formed in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • 1883 --- North American railroads switched to a new Standard Railway Time (SRT), resulting in the creation of four standard time zones adopted were Eastern Standard Time, Central Daylight Time, Mountain Standard Time, and Pacific Daylight Time.

  • 1928 --- Walt Disney debuted his talking, animated cartoon, Steamboat Willie, at the Colony Theatre in New York. The short film featured a character who had been named Mortimer. Walt changed the name to Mickey Mouse. Steamboat Willie was the first cartoon
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    with synchronized sound. And, for those of you who don’t remember, Steamboat Willie was in black and white. Disney’s first color cartoon wasn’t released for another four years. The star of the film has changed somewhat over the years; but Mickey Mouse is still with us, in cartoons, on TV, in books and even in his own stores.

  • 1951 --- Chuck Connors (Los Angeles Angels) became the first player to oppose the major league draft. Connors later became the star of the television show "The Rifleman."

  • 1951 --- Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly launched one of the most highly-praised TV productions in history. See It Now debuted on CBS. On that first program, Murrow showed a live camera shot of
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    the Atlantic Ocean, followed by a live shot of the Pacific, then he said, “We are impressed by a medium through which a man sitting in his living room has been able to look at two oceans at once.”

  • 1956 --- Fats Domino appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and performed his hit "Blueberry Hill."
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  • 1966 --- Sandy Koufax, the ace pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, retires from baseball. He was just 30 years old, and he was retiring after a great season--he’d led the Dodgers to a National League pennant and won his third Cy Young award. But he had chronic arthritis in his pitching arm, and he was afraid that if he kept playing baseball, eventually he wouldn’t be able to use his left hand at all. "In those days there was no surgery," he said much later. "The wisdom was if you went in there, it would only make things worse and your career would be over, anyway. Now you go in, fix it, and you’re OK for next spring."

  • 1969 --- Apollo 12 astronauts Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr. and Alan L. Bean landed on the lunar surface during the second manned mission to the moon.
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  • 1970 --- Linus Pauling declares that large doses of Vitamin C will keep the common cold at bay.

  • 1978 --- The worst case of murder-suicide in history took place in
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    Jonestown, Guyana. Religious-cult leader Jim Jones (Peoples Temple) directed the ingestion of Kool-Aid (laced with cyanide) by at least 900 of his followers. He and his mistress then followed suit. Earlier in the day, Jones had directed the murder of California Congressman Leo J. Ryan, three newspeople and several

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    ‘defectors’. Ryan, on a fact-finding tour of Jonestown, was boarding a privated airplane with the small group when they were shot down.

  • 1987 --- A fire in a London subway station kills 30 commuters and injures scores of others on this day in 1987. It is the worst fire in the history of the city's underground rail system. The King's Cross station in London is one of the city's busiest; it contains two terminals and is at the intersection of several subway lines. Late on a Wednesday afternoon, people began to smell smoke coming from beneath one of the station's escalators. Even though several people
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    reported the smell to station employees, no action was taken. At 7:50 p.m., flames were spotted beneath the escalator. By that time, it was too late. Smoke filled the station as the fire quickly spread, leaving no clear path of escape. The London Fire Brigade arrived to find general chaos and panic; they were also faced with what one witness described as a "shock wave of fire." The heat level rose rapidly since the fire was trapped far below street level. One

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    firefighter, Colin Townley, and 30 commuters died in this catastrophic fire. Another 80 people were hospitalized. It was later revealed that debris and grease had built up under the escalator, but the exact cause of ignition is unknown.

  • 1987 --- After nearly a year of hearings into the Iran-Contra scandal, the joint Congressional investigating committee issues its final report. It concluded that the scandal, involving a complicated plan whereby some of the funds from secret weapons sales to Iran were used to finance the Contra war against the Sandinista government in Nicaragua, was one in which the administration of Ronald Reagan exhibited "secrecy, deception, and disdain for the law." Naming several members of the Reagan administration as having been directly involved in the scheme (including National Security Advisor John Poindexter and deceased CIA Director William Casey), the report stated that Reagan must bear "ultimate responsibility." A number of government officials were charged and convicted of various crimes associated with the scandal.

  • 1996 --- Tony Silva, a world-renowned expert and outspoken protector of exotic birds, is sentenced to seven years in prison without parole for leading an illegal parrot smuggling operation. Silva was only one of many to be arrested during "Operation Renegade," a three-year international probe into bird smuggling by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Law Enforcement, although his case was by far the best known. Silva's indictment and guilty plea shocked the international community of academic experts, conservationists, zoologists, and collectors interested in exotic birds, most of whom had known and respected him as a benevolent bird lover. However, Silva's image greatly changed when he was accused of smuggling more than 100 hyacinth macaws, valued at almost $1.4 million, as well as hundreds of other exotic birds. Hyacinth macaws are extremely rare, having a wild population numbering between only 2,000 and 5,000. During smuggling operations, many of the birds die.

  • 1998 --- Alice McDermott beats out front-runner Tom Wolfe for the National Book Award with her novel Charming Billy, losing a bet with her children.

  • 2004 --- Parliament voted to ban Fox hunting in the U.K. effective in February 2005.
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  • Birthdays
  • Louis Daguerre
  • Imogene Coca
  • Alan Shepard
  • Hank Ballard
  • Graham Parker
  • Kevin Nealon
  • Warren Moon
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Steve Fratus