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Wednesday July 9, 2014


  • 190th Day of 2014 / 175 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 75 Days

  • Sunrise:5:56
  • Sunset:8:33
  • 14 Hours 37 Minutes of Daylight

  • Moon Rise:5:51pm
  • Moon Set: 3:17am
  • Moon Phase: 90%

  • 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:10:03am/8:49pm
  • Low:3:10am/2:37pm

  • Holidays
  • National Sugar Cookie Day
  • National Hop-a-Park Day
  • Flag Day-Alaska

  • Independence Day-Argentina
  • Youth Day-Morocco
  • Martyrdom of the Bab-Bahai
  • Constitution Day-Palau
  • Sao Paulo State Civil Holiday-Brasil
  • Senior Race Day-Isle of Man

  • On This Day In …
  • 0118 --- Hadrian, Rome's new emperor, made his entry into the city.

  • 1540 --- England's King Henry VIII had his 6-month-old marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, annulled. 

  • 1776 --- The Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington's troops in New York.
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  • 1777 --- New York elects Brigadier General George Clinton as the first governor of the independent state of New York. Clinton would go on to become New York's longest-serving governor, as well as the longest-serving governor in the United States, holding the post until 1795, and again from 1801 to 1804. He served as vice president of the United States, under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, from 1805 until his death in 1812.

  • 1789 --- In Versailles, the French National Assembly declared itself the Constituent Assembly and began to prepare a French constitution. 

  • 1815 --- The first natural gas well in the U.S. was discovered by accident, near Charleston, West Virginia. They had been digging a salt brine well.

  • 1816 --- Argentina declared independence from Spain.

  • 1846 --- An American naval captain occupies the small settlement of Yerba Buena. The following year, the Americans renamed the village San Francisco. When the Mexicans formally 
    ceded California to the United States in the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe, San Francisco was still a small town with perhaps 900 occupants. That same year, however, gold was discovered at the nearby Sutter's Fort.

  • 1868 --- The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment was designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of recently freed slaves. It did this by prohibiting 
    states from denying or abridging the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, depriving any person of his life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or denying to any person within their jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

  • 1869 --- Henry Tibbe invented the corncob pipe. The pipe was made from a white kernel corn that was used to make taco and tortilla flour.

  • 1872 --- The doughnut cutter was patented by John F. Blondel.

  • 1877 --- The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club begins its first lawn tennis tournament at Wimbledon, then an outer-suburb of London. Twenty-one amateurs showed up to compete in the Gentlemen's Singles tournament, the only event at the first Wimbledon. The winner was to take home a 25-guinea trophy.

  • 1896 --- William Jennings Bryan caused a sensation at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago with his "cross of gold" speech denouncing supporters of the gold standard. Bryan went on to win the party's nomination.

  • 1900 --- The Commonwealth of Australia was established by an act of the British Parliament, uniting the separate colonies under a federal government.

  • 1910 --- The first airplane to fly a mile in the air did so this day with W.R. Brookins of Atlantic City, NJ at the controls.

  • 1942 --- 42-year-old Leroy "Satchel" Paige pitches two innings for the Cleveland Indians in his debut with the newly--and barely--integrated American League. The game came 21 years after the great pitcher’s first Negro League appearance. Paige was named to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Team for the American League in 1952 and 1953, when he was 46 and 47 years old respectively. In 1965, Paige pitched for the Kansas City Athletics, which made him, at 59 years, 2 months and 18 days, the oldest pitcher ever to play a game in the major leagues. Arguably the greatest pitcher of his era, Paige was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971.

  • 1956 --- Dick Clark made his debut as host of "Bandstand" on a Philadelphia TV station. The name of the show was changed to "American Bandstand" when it went to ABC-TV. 

  • 1958 --- An magnitude 7 earthquake in Southeast Alaska triggered a landslide that dropped into Lituya Bay. The resulting 1720 foot wave washed away the forest on the opposite shore. This was the largest wave ever recorded.

  • 1960 --- President Eisenhower  and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev trade verbal threats over the future of Cuba. In the following years, Cuba became a dangerous focus in the Cold War competition between the United States and Russia. The relationship between the United States and Cuba deteriorated rapidly after the Eisenhower-Khrushchev exchange. The Castro regime accelerated its program of expropriating American-owned property. In response, the Eisenhower administration severed diplomatic relations with Cuba in January 1960.

  • 1962 --- Bob Dylan walked into a studio and recorded the song that would make him a star. Dylan's recording of "Blowin' In The Wind" would first be released nearly a full year later, on his breakthrough 
    album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. This was not the version of the song that most people would first hear, however. That honor went to the cover version by Peter, Paul and Mary—a version that became a smash hit on the pop charts.

  • 1968 --- The first All-Star baseball game to be played indoors took place at the Astrodome in Houston, TX. The game produced only eight hits over nine innings and no runs were batted in. Willie Mays 
    of the San Francisco Giants scored the only run on a single in the first inning. He moved to second on an errant pick-off play, went to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a double play. The National League beat the American League 1-0.

  • 1972 --- Paul McCartney appeared on stage for the first time since 1966 as his group, Wings, opened at Chateauvillon in the south of France. 

  • 1995 --- The rock band the Grateful Dead played their last concert, 
    at Soldier Field in Chicago, after a 30-year run, much of it spent on the road. Lead guitarist Jerry Garcia died the following month.

  • 2002 --- The baseball All-Star game in Milwaukee finished in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings when both teams ran out of pitchers.

  • 2004 --- A Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded the CIA had provided unfounded assessments of the threat posed by Iraq that the Bush administration relied on to justify going to war.

  • 2005 --- Danny Way, a daredevil skateboarder, rolled down a large ramp and jumped across the Great Wall of China. He was the first person to clear the wall without motorized aid.

  • 2006 --- The Fiat 500 Club Italia, an organization formed in appreciation of the iconic 500--"Cinquecento" in Italian--car produced by the automaker Fiat (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino), holds what the Guinness Book of World Records will call the world's largest parade of Fiat cars on July 9, 2006, between Villanova d'Albenga and Garlenda, Italy.

  • 2011 --- South Sudan became the world's newest nation, officially breaking away from Sudan after two civil wars over five decades that had cost millions of lives.

  • Birthdays
  • June Jordan
  • Ed Ames
  • Brian Dennehy
  • Courtney Love
  • Tom Hanks
  • Chris Cooper
  • Kelly McGillis
  • OJ Simpson
  • John Tesh
  • Jimmy Smits
  • Jack White
  • Elias Howe
  • Dorothy Thompson
  • Clara Bow
  • Bon Scott
  • Debbie Sledge