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Wednesday March 5, 2014

  • 64th Day of 2014 / 301 Remaining
  • 15 Days Until The First Day of Spring

  • Sunrise:6:33
  • Sunset:6:07
  • 11 Hours 34 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:9:11am
  • Moon Set: 11:16pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 24 %

  • The Next Full Moon
  • March 16 @ 10:10am
  • Full CrowMoon
  • 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: 1:14am/2:11pm
  • Low:7:47am/7:43pm

  • Rainfall
  • This Year:8.17
  • Last Year:14.35
  • Average Year to Date:18.86

  • Holidays
  • Crispus Attucks Day
  • National Cheese Doodle Day

  • Customs Chiefs Day-Vanuatu
  • National Tree Planting Day-Iran

  • On This Day In …
  • 1558 --- Francisco Fernandes supposedly introduced smoking tobacco to Europe.

  • 1623 --- The first alcohol temperance law in the colonies was enacted in Virginia.

  • 1624 --- In the American colony of Virginia, the upper class was exempted from whipping by legislation.

  • 1750 --- The first Shakespearean play in America was presented at the Nassau Street Theatre in New York City. The play enjoyed by the audience was the famous King Richard III.

  • 1770 --- A crowd of American colonists gathers at the Customs House in Boston and begins taunting the British soldiers guarding the building. The protesters, who called themselves Patriots, were protesting the occupation of their city by British troops, who were sent to Boston in 1768 to enforce unpopular taxation measures passed by a British parliament that lacked American representation.
    British Captain Thomas Preston, the commanding officer at the Customs House, ordered his men to fix their bayonets and join the guard outside the building. The colonists responded by throwing snowballs and other objects at the British regulars, and Private Hugh Montgomery was hit, leading him to discharge his rifle at the crowd. The other soldiers began firing a moment later, and when the
    smoke cleared, five colonists were dead or dying—Crispus Attucks, Patrick Carr, Samuel Gray, Samuel Maverick, and James Caldwell—and three more were injured. It is commonly believed that Crispus Attucks, an African American, was the first to fall. The deaths of the five men are regarded by some historians as the first fatalities in the American Revolutionary War.

  • 1864 --- For the first time, Oxford met Cambridge in track and field competition in England.

  • 1867 --- An abortive Fenian uprising against English rule took place in Ireland.

  • 1902 --- In France, the National Congress of Miners decided to call for a general strike for an 8-hour day.

  • 1918 --- The Soviets moved the capital of Russia from Petrograd to Moscow.

  • 1922 --- "Annie Oakley" (Pheobe Anne Oakley Mozee) broke all existing records for women’s trap shooting. She smashed 98 out of 100 clay targets thrown at 16 yards while at a match at the Pinehurst Gun Club in North Carolina. She hit the first fifty, missed the 51st, then the 67th. This was a record-breaker, true; but Annie Oakley was well-known throughout the United States and Europe for
    her expert shooting ability. In one day, ‘Little Sure Shot’ took a .22 rifle and hit 4,772 glass balls out of 5,000 tossed in the air. She could hit a playing card from 90 feet (the thin side facing her), puncturing it at least five times before it hit the ground. It was this display that named free tickets with holes punched in them, Annie Oakleys.

  • 1925 --- Frank Caruana of Buffalo, New York, became the first bowler to roll two perfect games in a row and an amazing 29 strikes in succession! He rolled five strikes in a row in a third game in sanctioned play, as well.

  • 1933 --- U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered a four-day bank holiday in order to stop large amounts of money from being withdrawn from banks.

  • 1946 --- In one of the most famous orations of the Cold War period, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill condemns the Soviet Union's policies in Europe and declares, "From Stettin in the
    Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent." Churchill's speech is considered one of the opening volleys announcing the beginning of the Cold War.

  • 1956 --- The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the ban on segregation in public schools.

  • 1960 --- Elvis Presley was honorably discharged from the Army.

  • 1963 --- Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, and Hawkshaw Hawkins died in a plane crash near Nashville.

  • 1963 --- The Hula-Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the company's co-founder, Arthur "Spud" Melin. An estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone.In 1948, friends Arthur Melin and Richard Knerr founded a company in California to sell a slingshot they created to shoot meat up to falcons they used for hunting. The company’s name, Wham-O, came from the sound the slingshots supposedly
    made. Wham-O eventually branched out from slingshots, selling boomerangs and other sporting goods. Its first hit toy, a flying plastic disc known as the Frisbee, debuted in 1957. The Frisbee was originally marketed under a different name, the Pluto Platter, in
    an effort to capitalize on America's fascination with UFOs. Melina and Knerr were inspired to develop the Hula-Hoop after they saw a wooden hoop that Australian children twirled around their waists during gym class. Wham-O began producing a plastic version of the hoop,
    dubbed "Hula" after the hip-gyrating Hawaiian dance of the same name, and demonstrating it on Southern California playgrounds. Hula-Hoop mania took off from there.

  • 1969 --- The Dade County Sheriff's Office issues an arrest warrant for Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison. He is charged with a single felony count and three misdemeanors for his stage antics at a Miami concert a few days earlier. When Morrison first got word of the charges for lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent exposure,
    profanity, and drunkenness, he thought it was a practical joke. But he soon learned that Miami authorities were entirely serious. In fact, they later added an additional charge, simulated oral copulation on guitarist Robbie Krieger during the concert.

  • 1973 --- Roberta Flack, riding at #1 on the pop music charts with, Killing Me Softly with His Song, could hardly wait to rip into the fancy frame containing her brand new gold record. She flew to the stereo machine and set the needle down on the shiny surface, only to hear Come Softly to Me. She was so impressed by this unexpected turn of the table that she wound up humming the old Fleetwoods song for three days.

  • 1977 --- Dial-a-President radio program, featuring President Jimmy Carter and CBS news anchorman Walter Cronkite, airs for the first time. The brainchild of Cronkite and CBS, the March 5 show was a test-run to see if the program could be successful. Carter and Cronkite went live on the air with Carter answering calls from all over the country from his desk in the Oval Office. Approximately 9 million
    calls flooded the CBS radio studio during the first two-hour broadcast. Questions covered a range of subjects from Carter's pardon for "draft-dodgers" to the Panama Canal Treaty to why Carter chose to let his daughter Amy attend a public school instead of a private school in Washington, D.C.

  • 1984 --- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cities had the right to display the Nativity scene as part of their Christmas display.

  • 1993 --- Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was banned for life from racing by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) after
    he failed a dope test. Johnson also had been forced out of the 1988 Seoul Olympics after failing a drug test.

  • 1998 --- NASA announced that an orbiting craft had found enough water on the moon to support a human colony and rocket fueling station.

  • 2004 --- Martha Stewart, business magnate, cookbook author and
    TV personality, was convicted of obstructing justice and lying about a well timed stock sale just before the priced plummeted.
  • Birthdays
  • Eddy Grant
  • Marsha Warfield
  • Penn Jillette
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • Rex Harrison
  • Eva Mendes
  • Antoine Cadillac
  • Teena Marie
  • Andy Gibb
  • John Frusciante