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Monday March 3, 2014

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  • 62nd Day of 2014 / 303 Remaining
  • 17 Days Until The First Day of Spring

  • Sunrise: 6:36
  • Sunset: 6:05
  • 11 Hours 29 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise: 7:54am
  • Moon Set: 9:11pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 8 %

  • The Next Full Moon
  • March 16 @ 10:10am
  • Full Crow Moon
  • Full Crust Moon
  • Full Sap Moon
  • Full Lenten Moon

As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

  • Tides
  • High: 12:14pm
  • Low:6:01am/6:11pm

  • Rainfall
  • This Year:7.93
  • Last Year:14.35
  • Average Year to Date:18.61

  • Holidays
  • I Want You To Be Happy Day
  • National Anthem Day
  • What If Cats And Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day
  • Admission Day-Florida
  • National Mulled Wine Day

  • Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival)-Japan
  • Liberation Day-Bulgaria
  • Martyrs Day-Malawi
  • World Book Day-UK and Ireland
  • Mother’s Day-Georgia
  • Fete Du Trone-Morocco

  • National Pancake Week-March 3-9
  • National School Breakfast Week-March 3-7
  • UK: SPAM Appreciation Week-March 3-9

  • On This Day In …
  • 1791 --- The U.S. Congress passed a resolution that created the U.S. Mint.

  • 1797 --- The first patent for a washing machine was issued to Nathaniel Briggs.
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  • 1815 --- The first commercial steamboat route from Louisville to New Orleans was opened.
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  • 1845 --- Florida became the 27th state of the United States of America. The word ‘Florida’ comes from the Spanish ‘feast of flowers’. But we call it the Sunshine State. The capital of the Sunshine State is ... no, not Walt Disney World ... Tallahassee.
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    The state flower is the fragrant orange blossom and the mockingbird is the state bird. Do you think the mockingbird can mimic Donald Duck? Or maybe it sings the Florida state song, "Suwannee River". The Florida state motto is: “In God we trust.”

  • 1845 --- The U.S. Congress passed legislation overriding a U.S. President’s veto. It was the first time the Congress had achieved this.

  • 1851 --- The U.S. Congress authorized the 3-cent piece. It was the smallest U.S. silver coin.
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  • 1863 --- During the Civil War, the U.S. Congress passes a conscription act that produces the first wartime draft of U.S. citizens in American history. The act called for registration of all males between the ages of 20 and 45, including aliens with the intention of becoming citizens. Exemptions from the draft could be bought for
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    $300 or by finding a substitute draftee. This clause led to bloody draft riots in New York City, where protesters were outraged that exemptions were effectively granted only to the wealthiest U.S. citizens.

  • 1875 --- The Georges Bizet opera Carmen premiered in Paris.
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  • 1875 --- Indoor ice hockey makes its public debut in Montreal, Quebec. After weeks of training at the Victoria Skating Rink with his friends, Montreal resident James Creighton advertised in the March 3 edition of the Montreal Gazette that "A game of hockey will be played in the Victoria Skating Rink this evening between two nines
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    chosen from among the members." Prior to the move indoors, ice hockey was a casual outdoor game, with no set dimensions for the ice and no rules regarding the number of players per side. The Victoria Skating Rink was snug, so Creighton limited the teams to nine players each.

  • 1885 --- The American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) was incorporated in New York as a subsidiary of the American Bell Telephone Company.

  • 1887 --- Anne Sullivan begins teaching six-year-old Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing after a severe illness at the age of 19 months.
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  • 1894 --- The "Atlantis" was first published. It was the first Greek newspaper in America.
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  • 1901 --- The National Bureau of Standards (NBS) was chartered by the U.S. Congress (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST).

  • 1915 --- The now-famous film, The Birth of a Nation, debuted in New York City. The motion picture brought Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh and Wallace Reid to the silver screen in what has frequently been called the greatest silent film ever produced.

  • 1923 --- The first issue of the weekly periodical TIME appeared on newsstands. The first issue was 32 pages and featured a charcoal sketch of House Speaker Joseph Gurney ‘Uncle Joe’ Cannon on the cover.

  • 1929 --- A new craze began to sweep college campuses. The much publicized fad began to take shape at the Ivy League’s Harvard University. It was perceived as being kind of ‘fishy’, however, coming from the button-down minds at Harvard. The fad? Goldfish swallowing. (Gulp!)

  • 1931 --- Cab Calloway and his orchestra recorded Minnie the Moocher on Brunswick Records. It was the first recording of the
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    famous bandleader’s theme song. It was also the first jazz album to sell a million copies.

  • 1931 --- President Herbert Hoover signed into law a bill making Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem. The song was originally a poem known as "Defense of Fort McHenry."

  • 1937 --- The first annual meeting of the General Wildlife Foundation, becoming the National Wildlife Federation in 1938.

  • 1945 --- Mystery fans remember this day when they gathered around the radio set to listen to the Mutual Broadcasting System as Superman encountered Batman and Robin for the first time.
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  • 1952 --- In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a New York state law that prohibits communists from teaching in public schools. Coming at the height of the Red Scare in the United States, the Supreme Court decision was additional evidence that many Americans were concerned about possible subversive communist activity in their country.

  • 1957 --- Samuel Cardinal Stritch banned rock 'n' roll from Chicago archdiocese Roman Catholic schools.

  • 1959 --- The new home of the San Francisco Giants was officially named Candlestick Park. The name was chosen in a contest to
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    name the newly-built stadium. The contest winner didn’t have to look far, as the windswept and chilly confines of the National League stadium are located just a few hundred feet from Candlestick Point, on San Francisco Bay.

  • 1969 --- Apollo 9 was launched on a mission to test the lunar module that was used in the moon landings.

  • 1969 --- Sirhan Sirhan testified in a Los Angeles court that he killed Robert Kennedy.

  • 1978 --- The remains of Charles Chaplin were stolen from his grave in Cosier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. The body was recovered 11 weeks later near Lake Geneva.

  • 1995 --- A U.N. peacekeeping mission in Somalia ended. Several gunmen were killed by U.S. Marines in Mogadishu while overseeing the pull out of peacekeepers.

  • 1999 --- Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones began their attempt to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon non-stop. They succeeded on March 20, 1999.
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  • 2002 --- Voters in Switzerland approved joining the United Nations, abandoning almost 200 years of formal neutrality.

  • Birthdays
  • Doc Watson
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Jessica Biel
  • Jennifer Warnes
  • Robyn Hitchcock
  • Tone Loc
  • Jackie Joyner Kersee
  • George Pullman
  • William Green
  • Jean Harlow
  • Shalom Alekhem
  • Miranda Richardson
  • Herschel Walker