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Wednesday July 30, 2014


  • 211th Day of the Year / 154 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 54 Days

  • Sunrise:6:12
  • Sunset:8:19
  • 14 Hours 7 Minutes

  • Moon Rise:9:34am
  • Moon Set:10:11pm
  • Moon’s Phase 13%
  • 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:12:56am/2:16pm
  • Low Tide:7:31am/7:59pm

  • Holidays
  • Father-In-Law Day
  • National Cheesecake Day

  • Independence Day-Vanuatu

  • On This Day
  • 1619 --- The first representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, Va.

  • 1729 --- The city of Baltimore was founded.

  • 1792 --- The French national anthem, "La Marseillaise" by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, was first sung in Paris.

  • 1898 --- Scientific American carried the first magazine automobile ad. The Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH invited readers to “Dispense with a Horse.”

  • 1930 --- Host Uruguay won soccer's first World Cup with a 4-2 victory over Argentina in the final in Montevideo.

  • 1932 --- Walt Disney's "Flowers and Trees" premiered. It was the first Academy Award winning cartoon and first cartoon short to use Technicolor. 

  • 1942 --- The WAVES were created by legislation signed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The members of the Women's Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service were a part of the U.S. Navy.
  • 1945 --- The USS Indianapolis is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and sinks within minutes in shark-infested waters. Only 317 of the 1,196 men on board survived. However, the Indianapolis had already completed its major mission: the delivery of key components of the atomic bomb that would be dropped a week later at Hiroshima to Tinian Island in the South Pacific.

  • 1959 --- Willie McCovey stepped to the plate for the first time in his major-league baseball career. McCovey of the San Francisco Giants batted 4-for-4 in his debut against Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia 
    Phillies. He hit two singles and two triples, driving in two runs. It was the start of an all-star career that landed McCovey in baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

  • 1965 --- U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965 into law. Truman and his wife were on hand as they were selected by President Johnson to be the first and second persons, respectively, to be enrolled in Medicare and the first recipients of the new Medicare cards. President Johnson (LBJ) said that Truman had “planted the seeds of compassion and duty” that led to the enactment of Medicare. House Representative Cecil B. 
    King (D-California) and Senator Clinton P. Anderson (D-New Mexico) were the two legislators who introduced the bill to Congress. The first bills of 1965, H.R. 1 and S. 1, were what eventually resulted in the Medicare program some six months later. The Medicare program, providing hospital and medical insurance for Americans age 65 or older, was signed into law as an amendment to the Social Security Act of 1935. Some 19 million people enrolled in Medicare when it went into effect in 1966. In 1972, eligibility for the program was extended to Americans under 65 with certain disabilities and people of all ages with permanent kidney disease requiring dialysis or transplant.

  • 1966 --- If there is one song that has been played more times by more bands in more garages than any ever written, it is probably "Louie Louie," The Kingsmen's classic 1966 hit. But if any other 
    song warrants a place in the conversation, it would be "Wild Thing," the three-chord masterpiece that became a #1 hit for The Troggs on this day in 1966 and instantly took its rightful place in the rock-and-roll canon.

  • 1968 --- 'Apple,' the Beatles (Apple Corps) clothing store in London closed (opened, Dec 5, 1967). They simply gave away the inventory.

  • 1969 --- During his first overseas trip as president--which included stops in Guam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Pakistan, Romania, and Britain--Richard Nixon makes an unscheduled five-and-a-half hour visit to South Vietnam. On the South Vietnam 
    stopover, Nixon met with President Nguyen Van Thieu to discuss U.S. troop withdrawals and later met with senior U.S. military commanders to discuss possible changes in military tactics. Nixon also visited U.S. troops of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division at Di An, 12 miles south of Saigon.

  • 1971 --- Apollo 15 astronauts David R. Scott and James B. Irwin landed on the moon.

  • 1971 --- A mid-air collision between a Boeing 727 and a fighter jet in Japan kills 162 people. The military plane was flying without radar. All Nippon Airways Flight 58 was traveling from Chitose Airport in Hokkaido to Tokyo, filled largely with members of a group dedicated to the assistance of war victims. Takeoff was uneventful and the plane soon reached 28,000 feet. Cruising over the Japanese Alps, Flight 58 suddenly encountered two military jets. One of the Japanese F-86 Sabre jets was piloted by Captain Kuma; the other was being flown by his student, Sergeant Ichikawa, who had only a few hours of flying experience. Neither jet was equipped with radar, which would have indicated the presence of the Boeing 727. Ichikawa's fighter jet struck the airliner and sent both planes plunging into the mountains. Ichikawa was able to eject himself and parachute to safety. Everyone on board Flight 58, however, was killed.

  • 1974 --- Under coercion from the U.S. Supreme Court, President Richard M. Nixon releases subpoenaed White House recordings--suspected to prove his guilt in the Watergate cover-up--to special prosecutor Leon Jaworski. The same day, the House 
    Judiciary Committee voted a third article of impeachment against the president: contempt of Congress in hindering the impeachment process. The previous two impeachment articles voted against Nixon by the committee were obstruction of justice and abuse of presidential powers.

  • 1975 --- Former Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in suburban Detroit.

  • 1975 --- Thirty-five nations, called together by the United States and the Soviet Union, begin a summit meeting in Helsinki, Finland, to discuss some pressing international issues. The meeting temporarily revived the spirit of detente between the United States and Russia.

  • 1976 --- Bruce Jenner wins gold in the decathlon at the Montreal Olympics. His 8,617 points set a world record in the event.

  • 1984 --- Reggie Jackson hit the 494th home run of his career, passing the Yankees’ Lou Gehrig and taking over 13th place on the all-time home run list. Larry Sorenson was the victim who gave up Reggie’s milestone homer.

  • 1999 --- The Blair Witch Project, a low-budget, independent horror film that will become a massive cult hit, is released in U.S. theaters. Shot with shaky, handheld cameras, the documentary-style movie told the story of three student filmmakers who disappeared into the 
    woods and were never heard from again, although their footage was later discovered. With the help of a Web-based viral marketing strategy--a relatively new concept at the time--The Blair Witch Projectgenerated huge buzz over the question of whether or not it was based on a true story. In fact, the story was entirely fake.

  • 2003 --- The last of 21,529,464 Volkswagen Beetles built since World War II rolls off the production line at Volkswagen's plant in Puebla, Mexico. One of a 3,000-unit final edition, the baby-blue vehicle was sent to a museum in Wolfsburg, Germany, where Volkswagen is headquartered.

  • Birthdays
  • Emily Bronte
  • Buddy Guy
  • Hilary Swank
  • Lisa Kudrow
  • Alton Brown
  • Henry Ford
  • Casey Stengel
  • Bud Selig
  • Peter Bogdanovich
  • Paul Anka
  • David Sanborn
  • Jean Reno
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Delta Burke
  • Kate Bush
  • Vivica Fox
  • Tom Green
  • Edd “Kookie” Burns
  • Eleanor Smeal
  • Laurence Fishburne