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Tuesday March 4, 2014

  • 63rd Day of 2014 / 302 Remaining
  • 16 Days Until The First Day of Spring

  • Sunrise:6:35
  • Sunset:6:06
  • 11 Hours 31 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:8:32am
  • Moon Set:10:15pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 15 %

  • 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: 12:34am/1:10pm
  • Low:6:52am/6:55pm

  • Rainfall
  • This Year:8.11
  • Last Year:14.35
  • Average Year to Date:18.74

  • Holidays
  • Admission Day-Vermont
  • Courageous Followers Day
  • March Forth - Do Something Day
  • National Day of Unplugging
  • National Grammar Day
  • Old Inauguration Day
  • National Pound Cake Day
  • Shrove Tuesday
  • Paczki Day

  • International Pancake Day
  • World Day Of Prayer
  • Bursting Day-Iceland

  • On This Day In …
  • 1634 --- Samuel Cole supposedly opened the first tavern in the U.S., in Boston. What took so long?
  • 1681 --- England's King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn for an area of land that later became Pennsylvania.

  • 1766 --- The British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act, which had caused bitter and violent opposition in the U.S. colonies.

  • 1789 --- The Constitution went into effect as the first Congress met in New York City.

  • 1791 --- Vermont, the 14th state, was admitted to the union on this day. It sits way up in the northeast corner of the United States, adjacent to New York, nestled in the Green Mountains. No wonder it’s known as the Green Mountain State! Coincidentally, that’s what the French phrase ‘vert mont’ means. Montpelier is Vermont’s
    capital city. Hail Vermont is the state song which goes right along with the state motto: Vermont, Freedom and Unity. The hermit thrush stands alone as the state bird; and the red clover is the colorful state flower which attracts the state insect, the honeybee. The Morgan horse is the state animal, and the state tree ... the sugar maple tree.

  • 1794 --- The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the U.S. Congress. The Amendment limited the jurisdiction of the federal courts to automatically hear cases brought against a state by the citizens of another state. Later interpretations expanded this to include citizens of the state being sued, as well.

  • 1826 --- The first railroad in the U.S. was chartered. It was the Granite Railway in Quincy, MA.
  • 1829 --- Andrew Jackson upholds an inaugural tradition begun by Thomas Jefferson and hosts an open house at the White House. After Jackson's swearing-in ceremony and address to Congress, the
    new president returned to the White House to meet and greet a flock of politicians, celebrities and citizens. Very shortly, the crowd swelled to more than 20,000, turning the usually dignified White House into a boisterous mob scene. Some guests stood on furniture
    in muddy shoes while others rummaged through rooms looking for the president--breaking dishes, crystal and grinding food into the carpet along the way. (White House staff reported the carpets smelled of cheese for months after the party.) In an attempt to draw partygoers out of the building, servants set up washtubs full of juice and whiskey on the White House lawn. The White House
    open-house tradition continued until several assassination attempts heightened security concerns. The trend ended in 1885 when Grover Cleveland opted instead to host a parade, which he viewed in safety from a grandstand set up in front of the White House.

  • 1837 --- The state of Illinois granted a city charter to Chicago.
  • 1861 --- Abraham Lincoln becomes the 16th president of the United States.

  • 1877 --- The Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" debuted.

  • 1877 --- Emile Berliner, the man behind so many inventions, came up with a thing called the microphone. Good thing, too, because the Bell System, run by Alexander Graham Bell, was in desperate need
    of something to save it from financial ruin -- and to help the progress of the telephone. This day is also celebrated by disc jockeys, TV hosts, movie stars, department store announcers, rock groups, politicians and many others.

  • 1881 --- Eliza Ballou Garfield became the first mother of a U.S. President to live in the executive mansion. She moved into the White House with her son James, the President.

  • 1904 --- In Korea, Russian troops retreated toward the Manchurian border as 100,000 Japanese troops advanced.

  • 1917 --- Republican Jeanette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • 1925 --- Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office in Washington, DC. The presidential inauguration was broadcast on radio for the first time.

  • 1933 --- At the height of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States.
    The start of FDR's administration brought with it the first woman to serve in the Cabinet: Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.
  • 1942 --- Shirley Temple had a starring role in Junior Miss on CBS radio this day. The show, heard for the first time, cost $12,000 a week to produce and stayed on the airwaves until 1954.
  • 1942 --- The Stage Door Canteen opened on West 44th Street in New York City. The canteen became widely known as a service club for men in the armed forces and a much welcomed place to spend
    what would otherwise have been lonely hours. The USO, the United Service Organization, grew out of the ‘canteen’ operation, to provide entertainment for American troops around the world.

  • 1943 --- Irving Berlin won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for 'White Christmas' written for the film 'Holiday Inn'

  • 1944 --- Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, the head of Murder, Inc., is executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York. Lepke was the leader of the country's largest crime syndicate throughout the 1930s and was
    making nearly $50 million a year from his various enterprises. His downfall came when several members of his notorious killing squad turned into witnesses for the government.

  • 1950 --- Walt Disney’s Cinderella was released. It was the first full-length, animated, feature film in eight years from the man who brought us Mickey Mouse.
  • 1952 --- Ernest Hemingway completes his short novel The Old Man and the Sea. He wrote his publisher the same day, saying he had
    finished the book and that it was the best writing he had ever done. The critics agreed: The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and became one of his bestselling works.

  • 1975 --- Queen Elizabeth knighted Charlie Chaplin.
  • 2005 --- Martha Stewart is released from a federal prison near Alderson, West Virginia, after serving five months for lying about her sale of ImClone stock in 2001. She would serve out her remaining five-month home confinement on her 153-acre Bedford, New York, estate.

  • 2010 --- In the UK, The Guardian reported that 2.6 million households now have microchips installed in their rubbish bins by
    local British governments. The chips can identify the households and measure the weight of rubbish in the bins.

  • 2012 --- Vladimir Putin scored a decisive victory in Russia's presidential election to return to the Kremlin and extend his hold on power for six more years.

  • Birthdays
  • Miriam Makeba
  • Barbara McNair
  • Bobby Womack
  • Catherine O’Hara
  • Paula Prentiss
  • Emilio Estefan
  • Chaz Bono
  • Knute Rockne
  • Patricia Heaton
  • Prince Henry the Navigator
  • Antonio Vivaldi
  • Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini
  • Khalid Hosseini