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Tuesday July 1, 2014

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  •  182nd Day of 2014 / 183 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 83 Days

  • Sunrise:5:51
  • Sunset:8:35
  • 14 Hours 44 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:10:00am
  • Moon Set:11:07pm
  • Moon Phase: 17%

  • 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:1:13am/3:09pm
  • Low:8:06am/8:38pm

  • Holidays
  • Second Half of the New Year Day
  • National Ginger Snap Day
  • Early Bird Day

  • Canada Day
  • Half Year Day-China
  • Independence Day-Burundi
  • Republic Day-Ghana
  • Independence Day-Rwanda
  • Freedom Day-Surinam
  • Emancipation Day-St Eustatius

  • On This Day In …
  • 0096 --- Vespasian, a Roman Army leader, was hailed as a Roman Emperor by the Egyptian legions. 

  • 1798 --- Napoleon Bonaparte took Alexandria, Egypt.
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  • 1847 --- The first adhesive postage stamps went on sale. Ben Franklin graced the nickel stamp while George Washington was pictured on the ten-cent stamp. The cost of mailing a one-ounce letter was 5 cents. That’s more than it cost one hundred years later.
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  • 1862 --- Congress established the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

  • 1863 --- One of the most crucial battles of the Civil War (between the States) began. Confederate General Robert E. Lee led his troops on an invasion of the North. Union General George Meade defeated the Southern forces at the Battle of Gettysburg.
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  • 1867 --- This is the day the Confederation of Upper and Lower Canada and the Maritime Provinces became the Dominion of Canada. This Canadian national holiday is known asCanada Day, formerly Dominion Day.

  • 1874 --- The first zoo in the United States opened in Philadelphia, PA. Over 3,000 visitors paid 25 cents (adults) or 10 cents (children) to see the 1,000 animals housed in the Philadelphia Zoological Society zoo.

  • 1893 --- The first bicycle race track in America to be made out of wood was opened in San Francisco.
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  • 1897 --- Three years after the first issue of "Billboard Advertising" was published, the publication was renamed, "The Billboard". 

  • 1898 --- Theodore Roosevelt and his "Rough Riders" waged a victorious assault on San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
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  • 1905 --- The USDA Forest Service was created within the Department of Agriculture. The agency was given the mission to sustain healthy, diverse, and productive forests and grasslands for present and future generations. 

  • 1909 --- Thomas Edison began commercially manufacturing his new "A" type alkaline storage batteries. 
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  • 1916 --- Coca-Cola started using their new contoured bottle to stay ahead of the competition.
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  • 1916 --- The massive Allied offensive known as the Battle of the Somme began in France. The battle was the first to use tanks. 
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  • 1934 --- The Federal Communications Commission, as mandated in the Communications Act of 1934, replaced the Federal Radio Commission as the regulator of broadcasting in the United States.

  • 1940 --- In Washington, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was opened to traffic. The bridge collapsed during a wind storm four months later, on November 7.
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  • 1941 --- Bulova Watch company sponsored the first TV commercial. Remember “It’s Bulova Watch Time?” It was broadcast over WNBT-TV in New York City, and was a familiar advertising message on TV, radio and in print for many years. That first TV ad, incidentally, cost the watchmaker $9.
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  • 1943 --- "Pay-as-you-go" income tax withholding began.

  • 1946 --- The U.S. exploded a 20-kiloton atomic bomb near Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. 
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  • 1951 --- Bob Feller set a major league baseball record as he pitched his third no-hitter for the Cleveland Indians.
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  • 1953 --- Cheez Whiz was introduced nationwide by Kraft.
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  • 1956 --- Elvis Presley got an invitation from Steve Allen to appear on The Tonight Show. Although Elvis showed up in formal wear, the penguin suit didn’t hamper his ability to sing Hound Dog to a sad-eyed basset hound. It looked a little strange, however.
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  • 1960 --- Somalia gained its independence from Britain through the unification of Somaliland with Italian Somalia. 

  • 1963 --- Birthday greetings go out to Mr. Zip of the United States Post Office. He’s the familiar character seen on the sides of mailboxes and on posters. Mr. Zip was introduced to help educate people to use the 5-digit ZIP (Zone Improvement Program) code. Mr. Zip now has new members of the family. There are four digits after the original five, to get that mail to you even faster. No matter what you call it it’s still snail mail to us.

  • 1967 --- Scott McKenzie scored his first hit with the single, San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair). The song became an anthem for the Love Generation and the young people of flower power.
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  • 1968 --- The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was signed by 60 countries. It limited the spreading of nuclear material for military purposes. On May 11, 1995, the treaty was extended indefinitely. 

  • 1974 --- Isabel Peron became the president of Argentina upon the death of her husband, Juan. 
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  • 1979 --- Susan B. Anthony was commemorated on a U.S. coin, the Susan B. Anthony dollar. 
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  • 1979 --- Sony introduced the Walkman. 
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  • 1980 --- U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed legislation that provided for 2 acres of land near the Lincoln Memorial for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

  • 1984 --- The Motion Picture Association of America established the "PG-13" rating.
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  • 1987 --- The Grateful Dead's "In The Dark" LP was released. 
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  • 1989 --- The Montreal Protocol, an international treaty, went into effect. It limited the production of ozone-destroying chemicals. 

  • 1991 --- President George H.W. Bush nominated federal appeals court judge Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.
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  • 1994 --- For 33 years, Yasser Arafat was regarded by Israelis as a terrorist and sworn enemy of the State of Israel, never to be permitted on Israeli soil. The leader of the Palestinian Liberation 
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    Organization visited the Gaza Strip this day, the result of a signed agreement between Israel and the PLO. The treaty gave the PLO ruling power over the territory and the city of Jericho.

  • 1997 --- Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule after 156 years as a British colony.
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  • 2000 --- Vermont's civil unions law went into effect, granting gay couples most of the rights, benefits and responsibilities of marriage.
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  • 2005 --- The last Thunderbird, Ford Motor Company's iconic sports car, emerges from a Ford factory in Wixom, Michigan.
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  • Birthdays
  • Wally Amos
  • Walter White
  • David Ross Brower
  • Liv Tyler
  • Deborah Harry
  • Olivia De Havilland
  • James Cotton
  • Willie Dixon
  • Karen Black
  • Twyla Tharp
  • Fred Schneider
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Evelyn “Champagne” King
  • Carl Lewis
  • Pamela Anderson
  • Missy Elliott
  • Charles Laughton
  • George Sand
  • Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales
  • Estee Lauder
  • Jamie Farr
  • Delaney Bramlett