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Tuesday August 26, 2014

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  • 238th Day of the Year / 127 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 27 Days

  • Sunrise:6:35
  • Sunset:7:46
  • 13 Hours 11 Minutes

  • Moon Rise:7:38am
  • Moon Set:8:14pm
  • Moon’s Phase 1%
  • Full Moon September 8 @ 6:38pm
  • Full Corn Moon
  • Full Harvest Moon

This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.

  • Tides
  • High Tide:12:29pm
  • Low Tide:5:57am/6:11pm

  • Holidays
  • Women’s Equality Day
  • National Cherry Popsicle Day
  • National Toilet Paper Day
  • National Dog Day

  • Heroes Day-Namibia
  • Khordad Sal (Shensai)-Zoroastrian

  • On This Day
  • 55bc --- Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar. 
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  • 1346 --- During the Hundred Years War, King Edward III's English army annihilates a French force under King Philip VI at the Battle of Crecy in Normandy. The battle, which saw an early use of the deadly longbow by the English, is regarded as one of the most decisive in history.
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  • 1498 --- The master artist, Michelangelo, was commissioned to make the Pieta. Originally intended as a monument for his tomb, Michelangelo’s Florentine Pieta has interested historians for 
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    centuries because the four-figure sculpture does not feature the perfect proportions that are the hallmark of Michelangelo’s work.

  • 1847 --- Liberia was proclaimed an independent republic.

  • 1873 --- The first public school kindergarten in the U.S. was authorized by the school board of St. Louis, MO.

  • 1883 --- The first of a series of increasingly violent explosions occurred on the Indonesian island of Krakatoa. On the morning of the next day, the world’s largest explosion was heard some three 
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    thousand miles away. The volcanic island exploded, spewing five cubic miles of earth into the air -- fifty miles high. It created tidal waves up to 120 feet high, killed 36,000 people and caused oceanic and atmospheric changes over a period of many years.

  • 1902 --- Alexander P Anderson was issued U.S. patent No. 707,892 for "Improvements in the Art of Treating Starch Materials." His experiments led to his creation of 'puffed wheat' and 'puffed rice.'

  • 1920 --- The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is formally adopted into theU.S. Constitution by proclamation of Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. The amendment was the culmination of more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. Its two sections read simply: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex" and "Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

  • 1930 --- Philo Farnsworth received U.S. Patent No. 1,773,980 for a television system ("a television apparatus and process").  (Filing date: Jan 7, 1927).
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  • 1939 --- The first televised Major League baseball game is broadcast on station W2XBS, the station that was to become WNBC-TV. Announcer Red Barber called the game between the Cincinnati 
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    Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York. At the time, television was still in its infancy. Regular programming did not yet exist, and very few people owned television sets--there were only about 400 in the New York area. 

  • 1944 --- French General Charles de Gaulle enters Paris, which had formally been liberated the day before. As he entered the Place de l'Hotel, French collaborationists took a few sniper shots at him. 
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    "There are many moments that go beyond each of our poor little lives," he was quoted at the time. "Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyrized! But Paris liberated!"
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  • 1945 --- The Japanese were given surrender instructions on the U.S. battleship Missouri at the end of World War II. 
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  • 1946 --- George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' was published.
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  • 1947 --- Don Bankhead became the first black pitcher in major-league baseball this day. The Brooklyn Dodger hurler helped his own cause by slamming a home run in his first appearance at the plate.
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  • 1957 --- The Ford Motor Company rolled out the first Edsel automobile. 110,847 of the cars were built before Ford pulled the plug due to lack of sales. The car was named Edsel for the company founder’s son, Edsel Bryant Ford.
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  • 1957 --- The Soviet Union announces that it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of being fired "into any part of the world." The announcement caused great concern in the United States, and started a national debate over the "missile gap" between America and Russia.

  • 1959 --- The British Motor Corporation (BMC) launches its newest car, the small (affordable at a price tag of less than $800) Mark I Mini. The diminutive Mini went on to become one of the best-selling British cars in history. The new front-wheel-drive car was priced at around $800 and marketed under two names: Austin Seven and Morris Mini-Minor. The two vehicles were the same except for each 
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    had a different radiator grille, and by 1962 both were known simply as the Mini. The design, including an engine mounted sideways to take up less space, had created a surprising amount of space for a small-bodied car: At only 10 feet long, the Mini could sit four adults, and had a trunk big enough for a reasonable amount of luggage.
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  • 1964 --- The Kinks "You Really Got Me" was released in the U.S.
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  • 1964 --- Lyndon B. Johnson is nominated to run for the presidency at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 
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    His running mate would be Hubert H. Humphrey. Former Vice President Johnson had assumed the reins of government in November 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

  • 1967 --- Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" was released as the opening track on the U.S. release of "Are You Experienced." 
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  • 1968 --- The first Beatles single on their own Apple Records was released in the U.S. The single was "Hey Jude" b/w "Revolution." 
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  • 1968 --- As the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Chicago, thousands of antiwar demonstrators take to Chicago's streets to protest the Vietnam War and its support by the top Democratic presidential candidate, Vice President Hubert 
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    Humphrey. During the four-day convention, the most violent in U.S. history, police and National Guardsmen clashed with protesters outside the International Amphitheater, and hundreds of people, including innocent bystanders, were beaten by the Chicago police.

  • 1973 --- A U.S. Presidential Proclamation was declared that made August 26th Women's Equality Day. 

  • 1977 --- The Pretenders played their first public gig, opening for Strangeways.

  • 1982 --- Rickey Henderson tied Lou Brock’s 1974 record of 118 stolen bases in a season as the Milwaukee Brewers downed the Kansas City Royals, 10-3.
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  • 1987 --- Sonny Bono announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, CA. He won the election.
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  • 1991 --- Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised that national elections would be held.

  • Birthdays
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Ben Bradlee
  • Tom Ridge
  • Valerie Simpson
  • Branford Marsalis
  • Macaulay Culkin
  • Geraldine Ferraro
  • Mother Teresa