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Tuesday July 8, 2014

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  • 189th Day of 2014 / 176 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 76 Days

  • Sunrise:5:55
  • Sunset:8:34
  • 14 Hours 39 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:4:48pm
  • Moon Set: 2:30am
  • Moon Phase: 82%

  • 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:9:04am/8:01pm
  • Low:2:22am/1:40pm

  • Holidays
  • National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day

  • Gay Pride Day-Netherlands

  • On This Day In …
  • 1009 --- Christian soldiers on the First Crusade march around Jerusalem.
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  • 1497 --- Vasco de Gama left Lisbon with four ships, to search for a sea route to India. He was the first European to sail there, notwithstanding Columbus’ valiant try, and he opened the area to Portuguese trade and colonization.
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  • 1663 --- King Charles II of England granted a charter to Rhode Island.
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  • 1693 --- Uniforms for police in New York City were authorized.

  • 1776 --- Col. John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence to a crowd gathered at Independence Square in Philadelphia. A 2,000-pound copper-and-tin bell now known as the “Liberty Bell” rang out from the tower of the Pennsylvania State House, now Independence Hall, summoning citizens to the first public reading.

  • 1881 --- A patron came into Edward Berner’s drug store and sat down at the soda-fountain counter. Mr. Berner put ice cream in a dish and poured the syrup on top (chocolate syrup was only used for making flavored and ice-cream sodas, at the time). Voila! An ice cream Sunday (the spelling was later changed to ‘sundae’).
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  • 1887 --- A riot breaks out at the saloon keepers picnic in St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • 1889 --- John L. Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain in the last championship bare-knuckle fight. The bout went on for 75 rounds. It took 2 hours, 16 minutes and 23 seconds to complete.
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  • 1907 --- Florenz Ziegfeld staged his first "Follies," on the roof of the New York Theater in New York City.
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  • 1918 --- Ernest Hemingway, an 18-year-old ambulance driver for the American Red Cross, is struck by a mortar shell while serving on the Italian front, along the Piave delta, in World War I. Hemingway was working as a reporter for the Kansas City Star when war broke out in Europe in 1914. He volunteered for the Red Cross in France before the American entrance into the war in April 1917 and was later transferred to the Italian front, where he was on hand for a 
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    string of Italian successes along the Piave delta in the first days of July 1918, during which 3,000 Austrians were taken prisoner. Hemingway's experiences in Italy during World War I would become an integral part of his larger-than-life persona, as well as the material for one of his best-loved novels, A Farewell to Arms, which chronicles the love of a young American ambulance driver for a beautiful English nurse on the Italian front during the Great War.

  • 1941 --- With his team trailing 5-4 with two outs in the ninth inning, Ted Williams hits a three-run home run to lead the American League to a 7-5 victory in the All-Star Game at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.
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  • 1958 --- The first gold record album presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was awarded. It went to the soundtrack LP, Oklahoma!. The honor signified that the album had 
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    reached one million dollars in sales. The first gold single issued by the RIAA was Catch a Falling Star, by Perry Como, in March of 1958. A gold single also represents sales of one million records.

  • 1960 --- Shot down just two months before while flying a secret mission over Moscow, CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers is charged with espionage by the Soviet Union on July 8, 1960. Although he 
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    would not be found guilty until August 17 of the same year, Powers' indictment signaled a massive setback in the peace process between the United States and the Soviet Union.

  • 1967 --- Jimi Hendrix joined the Monkees on tour, as their opening act, in Jacksonville, Florida. Predictably, the reception given to the now-legendary rock icon by the young fans of the bubblegum Monkees was less than worshipful. As Mickey Dolenz later recalled, "Jimi would amble out onto the stage, fire up the amps and break out into 'Purple Haze,' and the kids in the audience would instantly 
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    drown him out with 'We want Daaavy!' God, was it embarrassing." Jimi Hendrix managed to get through a total of only seven dates with the Monkees, culminating in his final show on July 17, 1967, which may or may not have ended with Hendrix saluting the crowd with his middle finger. There was no truth to the widely circulated rumor that he'd been kicked off of the tour after protests by the Daughters of the American Revolution that his show was "too erotic."

  • 1969 --- The U.S. Patent Office issued a patent for the game "Twister." 
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  • 1970 --- Jim Ray Hart, of the Giants, hit for the cycle - a single, double, triple and home run in one game. Hart became the first National League player in 59 seasons to collect six runs batted in (RBI) during a single inning. The Giants walloped the Atlanta Braves 13-0.
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  • 1972 --- Bill Withers "Lean On Me," began its first stay at #1 on the pop charts. It returned to the #1 spot on the pop charts in March 1987 in a hip-hop inflected remake by Club Nouveau. It has also been covered by artists as diverse as Michael Bolton (1994), Anne Murray (1999) and Limp Bizkit (2005).
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  • 1981 --- The Solar Challenger became the first solar-powered airplane to cross the English Channel.
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  • 1984 --- John McEnroe made short work of Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon. Connors managed to win only four games and tied for 
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    the second lowest number of games won by a Wimbledon men’s singles finalist since 1922. McEnroe won the event in just 1 hour 20 minutes.

  • 1986 --- Kurt Waldheim was inaugurated as president of Austria despite controversy over his alleged ties to Nazi war crimes.
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  • 1997 --- Torrential rains in the Carpathian Mountains cause serious 
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    flooding in the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany on this day in 1997. In all, 104 people died as a result of the deluge. In the aftermath, authorities from each country blamed the others for the extent of the disaster.
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  • 2004 --- Enron founder and former chairman Kenneth Lay pleaded innocent to charges related to the energy company's collapse. (He was convicted, but died while the case was on appeal.)
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  • 2009 --- Concerned about the environmental impact, the town of Bundanoon in New South Wales, Australia became the world's first town to ban the sale of bottled water. 

  • Birthdays
  • Wolfgang Puck
  • Steve Lawrence
  • Sen Phil Gramm
  • Kim Darby
  • Anjelica Huston
  • Anne Quinlan
  • Beck
  • John D Rockefeller
  • Ernst Bloch
  • Louis Jordan
  • Billy Eckstine
  • Ferdinand Von Zeppelin
  • Marty Feldman
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Joan Osborne