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Friday November 22, 2013

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  • 326th Day of 2013 / 39 Remaining
  • 29 Days Until The First Day of Winter

  • Sunrise:6:59
  • Sunset:4:53
  • 9 Hours 55 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:9:30pm
  • Moon Set:10:46am
  • Moon’s Phase: 77 %

  • The Next Full Moon
  • December 17 @ 1:29amam
  • Full Cold Moon
  • Full Long Nights Moon

During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.

  • Tides
  • High:2:31am/12:48pm
  • Low:7:32am/7:52pm

  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • Normal To Date:3.57
  • This Year:1.70
  • Last Year:4.08
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • National Stop the Violence Day

  • Independence Day-Lebanon
  • Buss und Bettag-Germany

  • On This Day In …
  • 1718 --- English pirate Edward Teach (a.k.a. "Blackbeard") was killed during a battle off the coast of North Carolina. British soldiers
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    cornered him aboard his ship and killed him. He was shot and stabbed more than 25 times.

  • 1783 --- John Hanson, the first president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation, dies in his home state
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    of Maryland. Hanson is sometimes called the first president of the United States, but this is a misnomer, since the presidency did not exist as an executive position separate from Congress until the federal Constitution created the role upon its ratification in 1789.

  • 1906 --- Delegates attending the Berlin Radiotelegraphic Conference in Germany voted to use SOS as the letters for the new international signal. The international use of "SOS" (...---...) was ratified in 1908. Its meaning? No, not “Save Our Ship” or “Save Our Souls” as many believe. Its only meaning was as a distress signal, quick to transmit by Morse code and not easily misread. It is not an acronym.

  • 1909 --- Helen Hayes appeared for the first time on the New York stage. She was a member of the cast of Old Dutch, which opened at the Herald Square Theatre.

  • 1935 --- The first transpacific airmail flight left San Francisco with over 20,000 folks waving good-bye. The China Clipper began its
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    8,000-mile journey with 110,865 letters on board, piloted by Captain Edwin Musick. The Pan American Martin 130 took off from San Francisco. 59 hours and 48 minutes later, it landed at Manila in the Philippines.

  • 1941 --- The Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences released the first Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA), listing specific recommended intakes for calories and nine essential nutrients - protein, iron, calcium, vitamins Aand D, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

  • 1955 --- RCA paid the unheard of sum of $25,000 to Sam Phillips of Memphis, TN for the rights to the music of a truck driver from Tupelo, Mississippi: Elvis Presley. Thanks to negotiations with Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, RCA tossed in a $5,000 bonus as well -- for a pink Cadillac for Elvis’ mother.

  • 1957 --- The Miles Davis Quintet debuted with a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

  • 1963 --- John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is assassinated while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible. First lady Jacqueline Kennedy rarely accompanied her husband on political outings, but she was beside
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    him, along with Texas Governor John Connally and his wife, for a 10-mile motorcade through the streets of downtown Dallas on November 22. Sitting in a Lincoln convertible, the Kennedys and Connallys waved at the large and enthusiastic crowds gathered along the parade route. As their vehicle passed the Texas School Book Depository Building at 12:30 p.m., Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired three shots from the sixth floor, fatally wounding President Kennedy and seriously injuring Governor Connally. Kennedy was pronounced dead 30 minutes later at Dallas' Parkland
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    Hospital. He was 46. On November 24, Oswald was brought to the basement of the Dallas police headquarters on his way to a more secure county jail. A crowd of police and press with live television cameras rolling gathered to witness his departure. As Oswald came into the room, Jack Ruby emerged from the crowd and fatally wounded him with a single shot from a concealed .38 revolver. Ruby, who was immediately detained, claimed that rage at Kennedy's murder was the motive for his action. Some called him a hero, but he was nonetheless charged with first-degree murder. The official Warren Commission report of 1964 concluded that neither Oswald nor Ruby were part of a larger conspiracy, either domestic or international, to assassinate President Kennedy. Despite its seemingly firm conclusions, the report failed to silence conspiracy theories surrounding the event, and in 1978 the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded in a preliminary report that Kennedy was "probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy" that may have involved multiple shooters and organized crime. The committee's findings, as with those of the Warren Commission, continue to be widely disputed.

  • 1967 --- Arlo Guthrie's ballad/song 'Alice's Restaurant' was released.
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  • 1967 --- The U.N. Security Council approved Resolution 242, which called for Israel to withdraw from territories it captured in 1967, and implicitly called on adversaries to recognize Israel's right to exist.

  • 1977 --- Regular passenger service on the Concorde began between New York and Europe.

  • 1983 --- Maytag built its last wringer-washing machine, a Master Model E. It had been introduced in 1939.
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  • 1986 --- Mike Tyson was only 20 years and 4 months old, becoming the youngest to wear the world heavyweight boxing crown. He knocked out Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas, NV.

  • 1988 --- In the presence of members of Congress and the media, the Northrop B-2 "stealth" bomber is shown publicly for the first time at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. The aircraft, which was developed in great secrecy for nearly a decade, was designed with stealth characteristics that would allow it to penetrate an enemy's
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    most sophisticated defenses unnoticed. At the time of its public unveiling, the B-2 had not even been flown on a test flight. It rapidly came under fire for its massive cost--more than $40 billion for development and a $1 billion price tag for each unit.

  • 1990 --- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher failed to win reelection as leader of the Conservative Party (over differences on European Community policy) and announced her resignation after eleven years in office.

  • 1997 --- After 41 days, one hour and 55 minutes at sea, New Zealanders Rob Hamill and Phil Stubbs rowed triumphantly into the marina at Port St. Charles, Barbados. They had just set a new Atlantic Ocean rowboat record, knocking over 30 days off the previous one, held by Mike Nester and Sean Crowley (set in 1986). Hamill and Phil Stubbs started from Los Gigantes on the island of Tenerife (Canary Islands) Oct 12.

  • 1998 --- CBS's "60 Minutes" aired a tape of Jack Kevorkian giving lethal drugs in an assisted suicide of a terminally ill patient.

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    Kevorkian was later sentenced to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder.

  • 2005 --- Angela Merkel was elected as Germany's first female chancellor.
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  • Birthdays
  • Charles de Gaulle
  • Billie Jean King
  • Steve Van Zandt
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Robert Vaughn
  • Jesse Colin Young
  • Guoin S Bluford
  • Tina Weymouth
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Mariel Hemmingway
  • Boris Becker
  • Abagail Adams
  • Wiley Post
  • Hoagy Carmichael
  • Geraldine Page
  • Terry Gilliam
  • Aston Barrett
  • George Eliot