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Wednesday 28, 2014


  • 148th Day of 2014 / 217 Remaining
  • Summer Begins in 24 Days

  • Sunrise:5:50
  • Sunset:8:23
  • 14 Hours 33 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:6:00am
  • Moon Set:8:28pm
  • New Moon @ 11:43am
  • The Next Full Moon
  • June 12 @ 4:26 am
  • Full Rose Moon
  • Full Strawberry Moon
  • Strawberry Moon 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!

  • Tides
  • High:12:22pm/11:07pm
  • Low:5:29am/5:13pm

  • Rainfall
  • This Year:12.65
  • Last Year:16.36
  • Average Year to Date:23.58

  • Holidays
  • International Jazz Day
  • Julia Pierpont Day
  • Slugs Return from Capistrano Day
  • National Hamburger Day

  • Day of the Republic-Azerbaijan
  • National Day-Ethiopia
  • Flag Day-Philippines
  • Restoration of Statehood Day-Armenia
  • Zartusht-No-Diso(Shensai)-Zoroastrian

  • On This Day In …
  • 1533 --- England's Archbishop declared the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn valid. 

  • 1754 --- In the first engagement of the French and Indian War, a Virginia militia under 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeats a French reconnaissance party. In a surprise attack, the Virginians killed 10 French soldiers from Fort Duquesne, including the French commander, Coulon de Jumonville, and took 21 prisoners.

  • 1805 --- Napoleon crowned himself in Milan, Italy. 

  • 1863 --- The first black regiment left Boston to fight in the Civil War.

  • 1892 --- The Sierra club was organized in San Francisco

  • 1897 --- Jell-O was introduced.

  • 1928 --- Walter P Chrysler worked out a deal that made automotive history and took him from rags to riches. He merged his Chrysler Corporation with Dodge Brothers Inc. The merger of Chrysler and Dodge, the largest automobile industry merger in history at the time, placed the newly consolidated firm third in production and sales, just behind General Motors and Ford Motor Company.

  • 1929 --- Warner Brothers debuted the first all-color talking picture. The film debuted at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. Ethel Waters, Joe E. Brown and Arthur Lake starred in On With the Show.

  • 1934 --- The Dionne Quintuplets were born to Elizire and Oliva Dionne in Ontario, Canada. They were the first quintuplets known to survive their infancy.

  • 1935 --- John Steinbeck's first successful novel, Tortilla Flat, is published on this day. Steinbeck, a native Californian, had studied writing intermittently at Stanford between 1920 and 1925, but never 
    graduated. Tortilla Flat describes the antics of several drifters who share a house in California. The novel's endearing comic tone captured the public's imagination, and the novel became a financial success.

  • 1937 --- The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco officially opened to vehicle traffic on the 2nd day of a week-long opening celebration.

  • 1937 --- The government of Germany--then under the control of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party--forms a new state-owned automobile company, then known as Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH. Later that year, it was renamed simply Volkswagenwerk, or "The People's Car Company."

  • 1953 --- The first 3-D (three-dimensional) cartoon premiered at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California. The production, a Walt Disney creation/RKO picture, was titled,Melody.

  • 1955 --- "Billboard" reported that "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" was the most popular song in the U.S. 

  • 1957 --- National League owners vote unanimously to allow the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers to move to San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively, at the mid-season owner’s meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

  • 1957 --- The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) was established. The NARAS is known for organizing the Grammy Awards. 

  • 1959 --- Able and Baker were two monkeys who survived a trip into space from a launch at Cape Canaveral, FL.

  • 1965 --- Methane gas causes a mine explosion near Dharbad, India, that kills 375 people and injures hundreds more on this day in 1965. The blast was so powerful that even workers on the surface of the mine were killed.

  • 1966 --- Percy Sledge hit number one with his first -- and what turned out to be his biggest -- hit. When a Man Loves a Woman would stay at the top of the pop music charts for two weeks.

  • 1969 --- Mick Jagger and girlfriend Marianne Faithful were arrested in their London home on marijuana possession charges. 

  • 1982 --- The legendary train, Orient Express, made popular through Agatha Christie’s thrilling mystery novel, Murder on the Orient Express, was reborn. The 26-hour train trip resumed across the European continent after a long respite.

  • 1987 --- Matthias Rust, a 19-year-old amateur pilot from West Germany, takes off from Helsinki, Finland, travels through more than 400 miles of Soviet airspace, and lands his small Cessna aircraft in Red Square by the Kremlin. The event proved to be an immense embarrassment to the Soviet government and military. He entered Soviet airspace, but was either undetected or ignored as he pushed farther and farther into the Soviet Union. Early on the morning of 
    May 28, 1987, he arrived over Moscow, circled Red Square a few times, and then landed just a few hundred yards from the Kremlin. Curious onlookers and tourists, many believing that Rust was part of an air show, immediately surrounded him. Very quickly, however, Rust was arrested and whisked away. He was tried for violating Soviet airspace and sentenced to prison. He served 18 months before being released.

  • 1991 --- Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, falls to forces of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), formally ending 17 years of Marxist rule in the East African country. In 1974, Haile Selassie, the leader of Ethiopia since 1930, was deposed in a military coup. Ethiopia's new rulers set up a Marxist regime, executed thousands of their political opponents, and aligned themselves with the Soviet Union. War with Somalia and severe droughts during the 1980s brought famine to the Ethiopian people, leading to considerable internal strife and independence movements in the regions of Eritrea and Tigre. In early 1991, the EPRDF, a Tigrean-led coalition of rebel organizations under the leadership of Meles Zenawi, began to achieve real successes and defeated the Ethiopian army, forcing military dictator Haile Mariam Mengistu to flee the country.

  • 1996 --- U.S. President Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal were convicted of fraud. 

  • 1998 --- Dr. Susan Terebey discovered a planet outside of our solar system with the use of photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. 

  • 1998 --- Phil Hartman, famous for his work onSaturday Night Live and NewsRadio, is shot to death by his troubled wife, Brynn, in a murder-suicide. He was 49.
  • 1999 --- After 22 years of controversial restoration, Leonardo de Vinci's masterpiece 'The Last Supper' is returned to public display.

  • 2010 --- Hawaii became the first state to ban the sale, possession, trade or distribution of shark fins.  The law is designed to prevent the over fishing and extinction of sharks harvested for their fins.

  • Birthdays
  • T-Bone Walker
  • Gladys Knight
  • Jim Thorpe
  • Ian Fleming
  • Thomas Moore
  • Joseph Ignace Guillotine
  • Jerry West
  • Rudy Giuliani
  • John Fogerty
  • Sandra Locke
  • Morgan Fox
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck