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Friday March 7, 2014

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  • 66th Day of 2014 / 299 Remaining
  • 13 Days Until The First Day of Spring

  • Sunrise:6:31
  • Sunset:6:09
  • 11 Hours 38 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:10:37am
  • Moon Set:12:13am
  • Moon’s Phase: 43 %

  • 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:2;45am/4:45pm
  • Low:9:52am/9:45pm

  • Rainfall
  • This Year:8.65
  • Last Year:14.54
  • Average Year to Date:19.10

  • Holidays
  • Fun Facts About Names Day
  • National Be Heard Day
  • Peace Corps Day
  • National Crown Roast of Pork Day
  • National Cereal Day

  • Bun Day-Iceland
  • Discovery Day / Magellan Day-Guam
  • Eight Hour or Labor Day-Australia/Tasmania
  • Fasching-Austria,Germany

  • On This Day In …
  • 322 B.C.E. --- Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, died.

  • 1854 --- Charles Miller received a patent for the sewing machine that stitches buttonholes

  • 1876 --- Alexander Graham Bell received a patent (U.S. Patent No. 174,465) for his telephone.
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  • 1897 --- Dr. John Kellogg served corn flakes for the first time to his patients at his hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. They wouldn't be sold commercially until 1906.
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  • 1901 --- It was announced that blacks had been found enslaved in parts of South Carolina.

  • 1908 --- Cincinnati's mayor, Mark Breith announced before the city council that, "Women are not physically fit to operate automobiles."

  • 1911 --- Willis Farnsworth of Petaluma, CA patented the coin-operated locker.

  • 1926 --- The first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversation took place, between New York City and London.

  • 1933 --- Charles Darrow created the game we know as Monopoly. Or was it? Maybe Lizzie J. Magie’s The Landlord’s Game, patented on January 5, 1904, was the real monopoly game. Or was it? Lizzie's game was very similar to Monopoly, except she, a Quaker from Virginia, created it as a political comment to promote a single land-ownership tax. She shared it with other Quakers and proponents of the tax measure. Families copied the game, adding

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    their own favorite street names and changing the rules as they pleased. The name of the game changed as the rules changed. A Reading, Pennsylvania college student, Dan Layman, played the version his friends called Monopoly in the late 1920s. Once out of college, and back home in Indianapolis, he produced the game under the name, Finance. His dorm-mate, Louis Thun, copyrighted several rules that the two had written. Was Layman’s the real Monopoly game? Or was it Ruth Hoskins and friends, Quakers who lived in Atlantic City, who made the Monopoly game we still play? Ruth learned how to play the game from a friend of Layman’s in Indianapolis. She then moved to Atlantic City and shared it with other friends. In 1930, they made a version complete with Atlantic City street names like Boardwalk, Park Place, Virginia and Pennsylvania Avenues; even including Marven Gardens, a residential section at the edge of Margate City, a suburb of Atlantic City. Charles Darrow, an inventor of sorts, first saw and played the game in 1931, when he and his wife were introduced to Monopoly by

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    mutual friends of Ruth Hoskins. The Darrows, who lived in Germantown, Pennsylvania, were penniless. The Depression had left them destitute. Fascinated with the game, Darrow made some modifications, misspelled Marven Gardens as Marvin Gardens, added copyrighted artwork and produced games which he then began to sell on this day in 1933. The popularity of the game was instant. Darrow could not keep up with the demand. He eventually sold his ‘rights’ to Parker Brothers who initially turned Darrow away, saying that his game had “52 fundamental errors.” The 50-year-old company eventually agreed to give Darrow royalties on every Monopoly game sold, on the condition that they could write “short version” game rules. Ultimately, Darrow became a millionaire at age 46.

  • 1939 --- Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians recorded one of the most popular songs of the century. The standard, Auld Lang Syne, was recorded for Decca Records.

  • 1954 --- Russia defeated Canada 7-2 to capture the world ice-hockey title in Stockholm, Sweden. It marked the first time that Russia participated in the ice-hockey competition and started a
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    dynasty -- until being checked by Team USA in the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, NY.

  • 1955 --- Comedienne Phyllis Diller made her debut at the Purple Onion in San Francisco, CA, leading to a stage, club and television career that spanned more than three decades.
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  • 1955 --- Peter Pan, with Mary Martin and Cyril Richard, was presented as a television special for the first time.

  • 1974 --- The drumbeat of bad news was growing louder by the month for President Nixon, as was talk of his possible impeachment. But in politics as in entertainment, the show must go on, and though engulfed in a scandal that would soon bring his presidency to a disgraceful end, Nixon still found time to provide piano accompaniment to the legendary singer Pearl Bailey at a White House dinner on March 7, 1974. "President Nixon and Pearl Bailey, performing as an impromptu 'Dick and Pearl Show,' momentarily upstaged Watergate, the energy crisis, troubles in the Middle East and the economy Thursday night," raved the Washington Post, the very paper whose investigative reporters broke the story of the Watergate scandal. It was at the end of her scheduled solo performance before the attendees of the Midwinter Governors' Conference that Ms. Bailey invited the president onstage and coerced him into taking over at the piano. "You don't play as well as I sing," she joked, "but I don't sing as well as you govern."
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    After he played a few bars of "Home on the Range," Ms. Bailey interrupted, "Mr. President, I wanted to sing a song, not ride a horse." "Wild Irish Rose" and "God Bless America" went over much better, and between the president's game spirit and Ms. Bailey's famous combination of beautiful singing and lightning quick banter, the performance was judged a great success.

  • 1975 --- The Senate revised its filibuster rule, allowing 60 senators to limit debate in most cases, instead of the previously required two-thirds of senators present.

  • 1977 --- President Jimmy Carter meets with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. For two days, the president and Mrs. Carter played host to the prime minister and his wife during the Israelis' first trip to
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    Washington, D.C. The meetings with Rabin led eventually to the Camp David peace talks held between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Rabin's replacement, Menachem Begin, in 1978.

  • 1987 --- Mike Tyson defeats James "Bonecrusher" Smith to unify the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles. Already the youngest-ever heavyweight champion after winning the title at just 19 years old the year before, Tyson became the youngest undisputed heavyweight champion in boxing history.

  • 1994 --- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parodies that poke fun at an original work can be considered "fair use" that does not require permission from the copyright holder.

  • 2003 --- Scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center announced that they had transferred 6.7 gigabytes of uncompressed data from Sunnvale, CA, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 58 seconds. The data was sent via fiber-optic cables and traveled 6,800 miles.

  • 2009 --- NASA's Kepler Mission, a space photometer for searching for extrasolar planets in the Milky Way galaxy, was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
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  • 2010 --- Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director, for her movie “The Hurt Locker,” about an American bomb squad that disables explosives in Iraq in
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    2004. Prior to Bigelow, only three women had been nominated for a best director Oscar: Lina Wertmueller for 1975’s “Seven Beauties,” Jane Campion for 1993’s “The Piano” and Sofia Coppola for 2003’s “Lost in Translation.”

  • 2011 --- Reversing course, President Barack Obama approved the resumption of military trials at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ending a two-year ban.

  • Birthdays
  • Maurice Ravel
  • Luther Burbank
  • Ivan lendl
  • Wanda Sykes
  • Jeff Kent
  • Willard Scott
  • Janet Guthrie
  • Peter Wolf
  • Lynn Swann
  • Rachel Weisz
  • Michael York