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Twosday April 1, 2014

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  • 91st Day of 2014 / 274 Remaining
  • 81 Days Until The First Day of Summer

  • Sunrise:6:53
  • Sunset:7:33
  • 12 Hours 43 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:8:04am
  • Moon Set:9:59pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 5 %

  • The Next Full Moon
  • April 15 @ 12:45 am
  • Full Pink Moon
  • Full Sprouting Moon
  • Full Egg Moon
  • Full Grass Moon
  • Full Fish Moon

This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

  • Tides
  • High:12:15am/1:12pm
  • Low:6:42am/6:44pm

  • Rainfall
  • This Year:10.90
  • Last Year:15.77
  • Average Year to Date:21.47

  • Holidays
  • April Fool's Day
  • All Fool's Day
  • Boomer Bonus Day
  • National Fun Day
  • National Fun at Work Day
  • Reading is Funny Day
  • Sorry Charlie Day
  • National Sourdough Bread Day

  • Islamic Republic Day-Iran
  • Saint Lazarus Day-Bulgaria
  • Cyprus National Day-Cyprus
  • Youth Day-Benin

  • On This Day In …
  • 1582 --- France adopted the new Gregorian calendar.  Prior to that, the new year was celebrated on April 1.  (The new year actually started on March 25, which fell during Holy Week - so the celebrations were delayed until the first day of April).  One explanation of the origin of ‘April Fools Day’ is that those who failed to accept the new start of the year on January 1 became the object of practical jokes.  (Pope Gregory XIII introduced the new Gregorian Calendar in 1582.  It is possible that Charles IX of France may have changed the start of the New Year to January in 1564).

  • 1748 --- The ruins of Pompeii were found.

  • 1789 -- The U.S. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York City.

  • 1793 --- In Japan, the volcano Unsen erupted killing more than 50,000 people.

  • 1826 --- Samuel Morey of Oxford, New Hampshire patented the internal combustion engine. It was pretty much the kind of engine we still use in cars and trucks, but not as complicated and needing less maintenance than those of today.

  • 1853 --- Cincinnati, Ohio, became the first U.S. city to pay its firefighters a regular salary.
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  • 1893 --- The first dishwashing machine became an award winning success at the 1893 Columbian Exposition, which used Josephine Garis Cochran’s hand operated, mechanical dishwashers in its
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    kitchens.  (She patented her original version on December 28, 1886.)  Her company eventually evolved into KitchenAid.

  • 1905 --- Paris and Berlin were linked by telephone.

  • 1924 --- Adolf Hitler is sentenced for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch of November 8, 1923. The attempted coup in Munich by right-wing members of the army and the Nazi Party was foiled by the government, and Hitler was charged with high treason. Despite his conviction, Hitler was out of jail before the end of the year, with his political position stronger than ever.

  • 1927 --- The first automatic record changer was introduced by His Master's Voice.
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  • 1929 --- Louie Marx introduced the Yo-Yo.

  • 1931 --- Jackie Mitchell became the first female in professional baseball when she signed with the Chattanooga Baseball Club.
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  • 1934 --- Bonnie & Clyde killed 2 police officers.
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  • 1938 --- The Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, NY.
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  • 1945 --- U.S. forces invaded Okinawa during World War II. It was the last campaign of World War II.

  • 1946 --- Weight Watchers was formed.

  • 1946 --- An undersea earthquake off the Alaskan coast triggers a massive tsunami that kills 159 people in Hawaii. In the middle of the night, 13,000 feet beneath the ocean surface, a 7.4-magnitude tremor was recorded in the North Pacific. (The nearest land was Unimak Island, part of the Aleutian chain.) The quake triggered devastating tidal waves throughout the Pacific, particularly in Hawaii.
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  • 1952 --- The Big Bang theory was proposed in "Physical Review" by Alpher, Bethe & Gamow.

  • 1957 --- All of Great Britain was fooled this April Fool’s Day by England’s famous newscaster, Richard Dimbleby. The newscaster, wrapping up the day’s news on Panorama, the BBC’s current affairs program, reported about the “spring spaghetti crop in southern
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    Switzerland.” The filmed report showed the spaghetti (some ten pounds of the stuff) being picked from a tree. Many Brits believed him, by Jove! One member of our staff remembers doing something similar by asking radio listeners to “send us $100 and we’ll send you 25 words or less.”

  • 1963 --- Workers of the International Typographical Union ended their strike that had closed nine New York City newspapers. The strike ended 114 days after it began on December 8, 1962.

  • 1963 --- ABC television network airs the premiere episode of General Hospital, the daytime drama that will become the network’s most enduring soap opera and the longest-running serial program produced in Hollywood.

  • 1970 --- President Richard Nixon signs legislation officially banning cigarette ads on television and radio. Nixon, who was an avid pipe smoker, indulging in as many as eight bowls a day, supported the legislation at the increasing insistence of public health advocates.

  • 1970 --- The "Woodstock" movie premiered in Hollywood.
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  • 1976 --- Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.
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  • 1979 --- Iran was proclaimed to be an Islamic Republic by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini after the fall of the Shah.

  • 1984 --- Marvin Gaye, at the age of 44, was killed by his father. Gaye's father received probation after he pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
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  • 1985 --- George Plimpton played an April Fool’s joke on readers of Sports Illustrated this day. He introduced the U.S. to Sidd Finch, a 28-year-old aspiring monk, who could throw a 168 MPH fastball! Whoa! Finch was said to be a free-agent pitcher in the New York Mets’ spring training camp; that he had learned the art of the pitch while playing the French horn in his spare time.

  • 1987 --- Steve Newman became the first man to walk solo around the world. The 15,000-mile trek took him four years and untold pairs of shoes to complete.
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  • 1991 --- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that jurors could not be barred from serving due to their race.

  • 1999 --- The Canadian territory of Nunavut was created. It was carved from the eastern part of the Northwest Territories and covered about 772,000 square miles.
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  • 2001 --- Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was arrested on corruption charges after a 26-hour armed standoff with police at his Belgrade villa.
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  • 2001 --- China began holding 24 crewmembers of a U.S. surveillance plane. The EP-3E U.S. Navy crew had made an emergency landing after an in-flight collision with a Chinese fighter jet. The Chinese pilot was missing and presumed dead. The U.S. crew was released on April 11, 2001.

  • Birthdays
  • Toshiro Mifune
  • Heather Young
  • Jimmy Cliff
  • Jane Powell
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Florence Blanchfield
  • Justice Samuel Alito
  • Debbie Reynolds
  • Ali McGraw
  • Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Method Man
  • Rachel Maddow
  • Edgar Wallace
  • Lon Chaney
  • Whittaker Chambers
  • Rudolph Isley
  • Gil Scott-Heron
  • Libby Riddles