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Wednesday July 23, 2014

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  • 204th Day of the Year / 161 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 61 Days

  • Sunrise:6:06
  • Sunset:8:25
  • 14 Hours 19 Minutes

  • Moon Rise:3:29am
  • Moon Set:6:00pm
  • Moon’s Phase 9%
  • Full Moon August 10 @ 11:10am
  • Full Sturgeon Moon

The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

  • Tides
  • High Tide:10:26am/9:07pm
  • Low Tide:3:39am/3:09pm

  • Rainfall (July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:0.08
  • Last Year:0.00
  • Average YTD:0.00
  • Annual Average:23.80

  • Holidays
  • National Hot Dog Day
  • Hot Enough For Ya Day
  • National Day of the Cowboy

  • Revolution Day-Egypt
  • Bata’s Fiesta-Equatorial Guinea
  • Martyr’s Day-Armenia
  • National Children’s Day-Indonesia

  • On This Day
  • 1715 --- The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts. 
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  • 1827 --- The first swimming school in the U.S. opened in Boston, MA. Actually, the first lesson proved interesting: A student was suspended from a pole on a rope while “learning the use of his limbs.” Famous people who were former students: John Quincy Adams, James Audubon.

  • 1829 --- William Austin Burt of Mount Vernon, Mich., received a patent for his typographer, a forerunner of the typewriter.
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  • 1904 --- The Ice Cream cone was invented. Charles E. Minches invents the ice cream cone for his customers convenience at the St. Louis World's Fair (The Louisiana Purchase Exhibition). This is only one account, there are several other candidates.
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  • 1914 --- Austria-Hungary issued an ultimatum to Serbia following the killing of Archduke Francis Ferdinand by a Serb assassin; the dispute led to World War I.
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  • 1945 --- French Marshal Henri Petain, who had headed the Vichy government during World War II, went on trial, charged with treason.
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  • 1945 --- The first passenger train observation car was placed in service by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
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  • 1950 --- To the strains of Back in the Saddle Again, by Ray Whitley and Gene Autry, TV viewers were treated to the first performance of The Gene Autry Show. Autry and his sidekick, Pat Buttram, 
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    maintained law and order in the U.S. Southwest for six years. And they did it in a most entertaining manner. Gene sang just like he did in the movies and his horse, Champion, would do some amazing horse tricks, and Pat Buttram would invariably get into silly situations.

  • 1952 --- In Egypt, the Society of Free Officers seizes control of the government in a military coup d'etat staged by Colonel Gamal Abdal 
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    Nasser's Free Officers. King Farouk, whose rule had been criticized for its corruption and failures in the first Arab-Israeli war, was forced to abdicate and relinquish power to General Muhammad Naguib, the figurehead leader of the coup.
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  • 1954 --- A law is passed that states that "The Secretary of the Navy is authorized to repair, equip, and restore the United States Ship Constitution, as far as may be practicable, to her original appearance, but not for active service, and thereafter to maintain the United States Ship Constitution at Boston, Massachusetts." 
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  • 1962 --- The Telstar communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe. The bird was used to send TV programs between the United States and Europe.

  • 1982 --- Vic Morrow and two child actors, Renee Shinn Chen and Myca Dinh Le, are killed in an accident involving a helicopter during filming on the set of Twilight Zone: The Movie. Morrow, age 53, and the children, ages six and seven, were shooting a Vietnam War battle scene in which they were supposed to be running from a 
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    pursuing helicopter. Special-effects explosions on the set caused the pilot of the low-flying craft to lose control and crash into the three victims. The accident took place on the film’s last scheduled day of shooting.

  • 1984 --- 21-year-old Vanessa Williams gives up her Miss America title, the first resignation in the pageant's history, after Penthouse magazine announces plans to publish nude photos 
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    of the beauty queen in its September issue. Williams originally made history on September 17, 1983, when she became the first black woman to win the Miss America crown.

  • 1987 --- Billy Williams, Catfish Hunter   and Ray Dandridge were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Joining the trio, St. Louis Cardinals/CBS radio announcer Jack Buck, who became the 11th person to receive the Ford Frick Award for broadcasters.

  • 1996 --- At the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the U.S. women’s gymnastics team wins it’s first-ever team gold.
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  • 2000 --- Tiger Woods won the British Open at St. Andrews, Scotland to become the youngest player (24 years of age) to win the career ‘Grand Slam’ of golf (The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and British Open).
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  • 2010 --- The largest recorded hailstone ever recovered in the U.S. fell during a severe thunderstorm in Vivian, South Dakota.  Verified by the National Climatic Extremes Committee, it weighed 1 pound, 15 ounces, and measured 8 inches in diameter with a circumference of 18.62 inches.
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  • Birthdays
  • Haile Selassie
  • Vincent Sardi
  • Alison Krauss
  • Gloria DeHaven
  • Justice Anthony Kennedy
  • Edie McClurg
  • Don Imus
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Slash (Saul Hudson)
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman
  • Marlon Wayans
  • Nomar Garciaparra
  • Raymond Chandler
  • Calvert DeForest
  • Don Drysdale
  • David Essex