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Monday June 23, 2014


  • 174th Day of 2014 / 191 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 91 Days

  • Sunrise:5:48
  • Sunset:8:35
  • 14 Hours 47 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:3:15am
  • Moon Set:5:25pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 12 %

  • The Next Full Moon
  • July 12 @ 4:26 am
  • Full Buck Moon
  • Full Thunder Moon
  • Full Hay Moon  

July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also named for the thunderstorms that are most common during this time. And in some areas it was called the Full Hay Moon.

  • Tides
  • High:9:42am/8:46pm
  • Low:3:10am/2:30pm

  • Holidays
  • National Pecan Sandy Day
  • Let It Go Day

  • U.N. Public Service Day
  • Victory Day-Estonia
  • Independence Day(Jura)- Switzerland
  • Ligo Day-Latvia
  • Midsummer Party-Denmark
  • Jonsok/Sankthansaften/Midsummer’s Eve-Norway

  • On This Day In …
  • 1683 --- William Penn signed a friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania. 

  • 1700 --- Russia gave up its Black Sea fleet as part of a truce with the Ottoman Empire. 

  • 1836 --- The U.S. Congress approved the Deposit Act, which contained a provision for turning over surplus federal revenue to the states.

  • 1848 --- A bloody insurrection of workers in Paris erupted.
  • 1865 --- Confederate General Stand Watie, who was also a Cherokee chief, surrendered the last sizable Confederate army at Fort Towson, in the Oklahoma Territory. 

  • 1868 --- Christopher Latham Sholes of Wisconsin patented a mechanical writing machine, called a type-writer. It was as large as a desk, made of black walnut and had black and white keys. He 
    signed a deal with the Remington Arms company for its manufacture in 1873. It was Remington who turned it into a more practical machine. 

  • 1904 --- The first American motorboat race got underway on the Hudson River in New York. 

  • 1917 --- The ‘Sultan of Swat’ did just that on this day ... he swatted an umpire! Babe Ruth punched an umpire with his fist after he was given the “Yer outta here, Bub!” in a baseball game between Boston and Washington. Ruth, pitching at the time, threw four pitches, all called balls by the home plate umpire. Ruth stomped off the pitcher’s mound to the plate and tongue-lashed Brick Owens with a volley of unmentionable cuss words. Ruth was ejected and fined 
    $100. Here’s the rub. Ernie Shore came into the game and pitched what would have been the fourth perfect game in major-league baseball history as the Red Sox defeated Washington 4-0. In truth it was the only perfect game ever thrown by a relief pitcher. However, Shore came into the game with Ruth’s walk on first so the entire game was not perfect. The base runner was cut down stealing second.

  • 1926 --- The first lip reading tournament in America was held in Philadelphia.

  • 1931 --- Aviators Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on the first round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane.

  • 1940 --- Adolph Hitler surveys notable sites in the French capital, now German-occupied territory. In his first and only visit to Paris, Hitler made Napoleon's tomb among the sites to see. "That was the greatest and finest moment of my life," he said upon leaving. 

  • 1941 --- Lena Horne recorded St. Louis Blues for Victor Records and launched an illustrious singing career in the process. She was 23 years old at the time. 

  • 1947 --- The Senate joined the House in overriding President Harry S. Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act, which allows the president to intervene in labor disputes.

  • 1956 --- 99.95 percent of Egyptian voters mark their ballots to elect Gamal Abdel Nasser as the first president of the Republic of Egypt. Nasser, who toppled the Egyptian monarchy in 1952 in a military 
    coup, was the only presidential candidate on the ballot. In the same ballot, Nasser's new constitution, under which Egypt became a one-party socialist state with Islam as the official religion, was approved by 99.8 percent of voters.

  • 1961 --- The Antarctic Treaty, signed by twelve nations in 1959, finally took effect on this day. The treaty guaranteed that the continent of Antarctica would be used for peaceful, scientific purposes only. The twelve original signers of the treaty were Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States. Since that time, 28 other nations have signed on to the pact.

  • 1964 --- Arthur Melin of the Wham-O company (of Frisbee fame) patented the hula-hoop. Great exercise.

  • 1965 --- Smokey Robinson & The Miracles released "Tracks Of My Tears".

  • 1966 --- Civil Rights marchers in Mississippi were dispersed by tear gas.

  • 1967 --- Hopes for better U.S.-Soviet relations run high as U.S. President Johnson meets with Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin in 
    Glassboro, New Jersey, for a three-day summit. The meeting ended inconclusively, however, as issues such as Vietnam and the Middle East continued to divide the two superpowers.

  • 1969 --- Warren E. Burger was sworn in as chief justice of the United States.

  • 1972 --- Title IX of the education amendments of 1972 is enacted into law. Title IX prohibits federally funded educational institutions from discriminating against students or employees based on sex. It begins: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." As a result of Title IX, any school that receives any federal money from the elementary to university level--in short, nearly all schools--must provide fair and equal treatment of the sexes in all areas, including athletics.

  • 1973 --- President Richard Nixon's advisor, H.R. Haldeman, tells the president to put pressure on the head of the FBI to "stay the hell out of this [Watergate burglary investigation] business." In essence, Haldeman was telling Nixon to obstruct justice, which is one of the 
    articles Congress threatened to impeach Nixon for in 1974. In audio tapes of that day's conversation in the Oval Office, Haldeman tells Nixon that the press and FBI investigators have come close to linking the men who burglarized the Democratic National Committee headquarters in 1972, housed in the Watergate building, to the White House.

  • 1992 --- Mafia boss John Gotti, who was nicknamed the "Teflon Don" after escaping unscathed from several trials during the 1980’s, 
    is sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty on 14 accounts of conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering. Moments after his sentence was read in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, hundreds of Gotti's supporters stormed the building and overturned and smashed cars before being forced back by police reinforcements.

  • 1995 --- Al Davis announced “The Raiders organization has chosen to relocate to Oakland.” In a deju-vu-all-over-again kind of situation, the Raiders owner made the decision to take his team back to where it had come from. And the Raiders sued the NFL, claiming it forced the team to move by insisting that a second team be allowed to play at a new stadium Davis wanted to build at Hollywood Park in 
    suburban Inglewood. Davis said the other team would have crippled his team financially when it came to selling luxury suites and building fan loyalty. He demanded more than $1 billion for the ‘right’ to the LA market and for compensation to his team for revenue to be lost because of the failed deal.

  • 2003 --- Apple Computer Inc. unveiled the new Power Mac desktop computer.

  • 2003 --- In London, Eminem gave a $450,000 necklace to a fan in the front row of a concert. He had announced while from the stage that "I'm going to give this to the sexiest woman I see."

  • 2005 --- Former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the 1964 Mississippi slayings of three civil rights workers.

  • 2005 --- Roger Ebert received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2013 --- 34-year-old aerialist Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to walk a high wire across the Little Colorado River Gorge near Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Wallenda wasn’t wearing a safety harness as he made the quarter-mile traverse on a 2-inch-
    thick steel cable some 1,500 feet above the gorge. In June of the previous year, Wallenda, a member of the famous Flying Wallendas family of circus performers, became the first person to walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls.

  • Birthdays
  • Frances McDormand
  • Melissa Rauch
  • Alfred Charles Kinsey
  • Edward VIII
  • Bob Fosse
  • Justice Clarence Thomas
  • Randy Jackson
  • June Carter Cash
  • Wilma Rudolph
  • Michael Shaara