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Wednesday May 21, 2014

  • 141st Day of 2014 224 Remaining
  • Summer Begins in 31 Days
  • Sunrise 5:54
  • Sunset 8:18
  • 14 Hours 24 Minutes

  • Moon Rise 1:33am
  • Moon Set 1:13pm
  • Phase – Last Quarter
  • Next Full Moon June 12 @ 9:13pm
  • Full Strawberry Moon
  • This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!

  • High Tide 4:37am/6:15pm
  • Low Tide 11:11am

  • Holidays
  • National Waitstaff Day
  • Armed Forces Day
  • Gemini Begins
  • "I Need a Patch for That" Day
  • National Strawberries & Cream Day

  • Lag B'Omer (begins at sundown)-Jewish
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  • Independence Day-Montenegro
  • Naval Glories Day(Battle of Iquique)-Chile

  • On This Day In …
  • 1790 --- Paris was divided into 48 zones.

  • 1819 --- Bicycles were first seen in the U.S. in New York City. They were originally known as "swift walkers." 

  • 1881 --- Clara Barton founded the American National Red Cross, in Washington D.C., an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross.

  • 1881 --- The United States Lawn Tennis Association was formed in New York City

  • 1891 --- From the You Won’t Believe Your Eyes department: Peter Jackson and Jim Corbett fought to a draw in San Francisco, CA. Nothing wrong with that except the boxing match wentan unprecedented 61 rounds! 

  • 1892 --- The opera "I Pagliacci" by Ruggiero Leoncavallo was first performed, in Milan, Italy.

  • 1911 --- Six years after the First Moroccan Crisis, during which Kaiser Wilhelm's sensational appearance in Morocco provoked international outrage and led to a strengthening of the bonds between Britain and France against Germany, French troops occupy the Moroccan city of Fez on May 21, 1911, sparking German wrath and a second Moroccan Crisis.

  • 1922 --- The cartoon, On the Road to Moscow, by Rollin Kirby, won a Pulitzer Prize. It was the first cartoon awarded the Pulitzer.
  • 1927 --- Charles A. Lindbergh arrived to a hero’s welcome in Paris, in his spindly monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis (the famous plane is now displayed in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC). Lindbergh’s flight marked the first time that a person had flown across the Atlantic Ocean. The event got more press coverage than any other single even in history to that time. In American 
    newspapers alone, it was estimated that some 27,000 columns of words were used to describe Lindbergh’s epic journey. A depiction of that famous flight was portrayed by one of America’s great motion picture actors, Jimmy Stewart, in the film, The Spirit of St. Louis. Upon his return to American soil, Lucky Lindy was given another hero’s welcome.

  • 1929 --- The first automatic electric stock quotation board was used by Sutro and Company of New York City. 

  • 1932 --- Five years to the day that American aviator Charles Lindbergh became the first pilot to accomplish a solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, female aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first pilot to repeat the feat, landing her plane in Ireland after flying across the North Atlantic. Earhart traveled over 2,000 miles from Newfoundland in just under 15 hours.

  • 1945 --- Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were married. Legend has it that the couple fell in love in 1943 during making of the film, To Have and Have Not. Theirs would become one of Hollywood’s most enduring marriages.

  • 1947 --- Joe DiMaggio and five of his New York Yankee teammates were fined $100 because they had not fulfilled contract requirements to do promotional duties for the team. 

  • 1955 --- Chuck Berry went into a recording session for Chess Records, performing a restyled version of Ida Red. What came out of that hot session was Ida Red’s new name and Chuck Berry’s first hit, “Maybellene” which topped the R & B charts at #1, and the pop charts at #5.

  • 1959 --- Gypsy, a musical based on the life of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, opened on Broadway. Ethel Merman played Gypsy’s mother, 
    Rose, who pushed her two daughters into burlesque. With music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Gypsy closed on March 25, 1961 after 702 performances.

  • 1960 --- The first tremor of a series hits Valdivia, Chile. By the time they end, the quakes and their aftereffects kill 5,000 people and leave another 2 million homeless. Registering a magnitude of 7.6, the first earthquake was powerful and killed several people. It turned out to be only a foreshock, however, to one of the most powerful tremors ever recorded. At 3:11 p.m. the following afternoon, an 8.5-magnitude quake rocked southern Chile. The epicenter of this tremendous shaking was just off the coast under the Pacific Ocean. 
    There, the Nazca oceanic plate plunged 50 feet down under the South American plate. The earthquake caused huge landslides of debris down the mountains of the region, as well as a series of tsunamis in the coastal region of Chile. At 4:20 p.m., a 26-foot wave hit the shore, taking most structures and buildings with it when it receded. But the worst was still to come. Minutes later, a slower 35-foot wave rolled in; it is estimated that this wave killed more than 1,000 people, including those who had thought they had moved safely to high ground.

  • 1969 --- John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a ten-day "bed-in" in Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

  • 1971 --- Paul McCartney released "Ram." 

  • 1979 --- Former San Francisco City Supervisor Dan White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

  • 1980 --- "The Empire Strikes Back," the second movie in the "Star Wars" series, was released.

  • 1980 --- Joe Strummer, of the Clash, was arrested at a Hamburg, West Germany, show after smashing his guitar over the head of an audience member. 

  • 1982 --- The British landed in the Falkland Islands and fighting began.

  • 1988 --- In an attempt to consolidate his own power and ease political and ethnic tensions in the Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan, Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev dismisses the Communist Party leaders in those two republics.

  • 1991 --- The prime minister of India from 1984 until 1989, Rajiv Gandhi was in the midst of a campaign rally for reelection when a 
    bomb exploded in his hand. Like his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. The bomb was hidden in a bouquet of flowers handed to Rajiv by a so-called admirer.

  • 1992 --- Amy Fisher, the so-called "Long Island Lolita," is arrested for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco on the front porch of her Massapequa, New York, home. Fisher, only 17 at the time of the shooting, was having an affair with 38-year-old Joey Buttafuoco, Mary Jo's husband. The tawdry story soon became a tabloid and talk-show fixture, the source of three television movies, and countless jokes.

  • 2009 --- After months of numerous mechanical failures, a new recycling system was activated on the international space station.  The new system recycles astronauts urine and sweat into drinking water.

  • Birthdays
  • Plato
  • Lisa Edelstein
  • William C Coleman
  • Andrei Sakharov
  • Sen Al Franken
  • Elizabeth Fry
  • Henri Rousseau
  • Fats Waller
  • Ron Isley
  • Mr T
  • Judge Reinhold
  • Leo Sayer
  • Armand Hammer
  • Peggy Cass
  • Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace)