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Monday September 15, 2014

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  • 258th Day of the Year / 107 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 7 Days

  • Sunrise:6:52
  • Sunset:7:16
  • 12 Hours 24 Minutes

  • Moon Rise:12:11am (Tuesday)
  • Moon Set:1:50pm
  • Last Quarter
  • 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:5:20am/4:21pm
  • Low Tide:10:28am/11:35pm

  • Holidays
  • Greenpeace Day
  • Make A Hat Day
  • National Caregivers Day
  • National Crème de Menthe Day
  • National Thank You Day
  • Felt Hat Day
  • National Linguini Day

  • International Day Of Democracy
  • International Software Freedom Day
  • Battle Of Britain Day-United Kingdom
  • Independence Day-Costa Rica
  • Independence Day-El Salvador
  • Independence Day-Guatemala
  • Independence Day-Honduras
  • Independence Day-Nicaragua

  • On This Day
  • 1775 --- An early and unofficial American flag was raised by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Mott after the seizing of Fort Johnson from 
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    the British. The flag was dark blue with the white word "Liberty" spelled on it. 

  • 1776 --- British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.
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  • 1821 --- Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador became independent from Spain.

  • 1853 --- Reverend Antoinette Brown Blackwell was ordained becoming first female minister in the United States. 
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  • 1857 --- Timothy Alden of New York City earned a patent for the typesetting machine. Newspaper and magazine publishers 
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    were very happy, as the machine made the production of these publications much faster and easier to accomplish ... making them more timely.

  • 1858 --- The first mail service begins to the Pacific Coast of the U.S. under government contract. Coaches from the Butterfield Overland Mail Company took 12 days to make the journey between Tipton, MO and San Francisco.

  • 1862 --- Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson captures Harpers Ferry, Virginia (present-day West Virginia), and some 12,000 Union soldiers as General Robert E. Lee's army moves north into Maryland.

  • 1904 --- The first U.S. weather balloon was launched in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • 1909 --- Charles F. Kettering applied for a patent on his ignition system. His company Delco (Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company) later became a subsidiary of General Motors. 
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  • 1916 --- During the Battle of the Somme, the British launch a major offensive against the Germans, employing tanks for the first time in history. At Flers Courcelette, some of the 40 or so primitive tanks advanced over a mile into enemy lines but were too slow to hold 
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    their positions during the German counterattack and subject to mechanical breakdown. However, General Douglas Haig, commander of Allied forces at the Somme, saw the promise of this new instrument of war and ordered the war department to produce hundreds more.

  • 1917 --- Russia was proclaimed a republic by Alexander Kerensky, the head of a provisional government.

  • 1923 --- Oklahoma was placed under martial law by Gov. John Calloway Walton due to terrorist activity by the Ku Klux Klan. After this declaration national newspapers began to expose the Klan and its criminal activities. 

  • 1930 --- Hoagy Carmichael recorded "Georgia on My Mind." The song has been the official state song of Georgia since 1922. 
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  • 1931 --- The Philadelphia Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians to clinch their third consecutive American League pennant. The win was the ninth and final American League championship of legendary manager Connie Mack’s storied career.

  • 1935 --- The Nuremberg Laws deprived German Jews of their citizenship and made the swastika the official symbol of Nazi Germany.

  • 1940 --- The German Luftwaffe suffered the loss of 185 planes in the Battle of Britain. The change in tide forced Hitler to abandon his plans for invading Britain. 

  • 1949 --- 'The Lone Ranger' debuted on ABC-TV, sponsored by General Mills. The company began sponsoring the Lone Ranger 
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    radio broadcast in 1941 (with 'Cheerios') and continued its ties until the last television episode aired in 1957. Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels was Tonto. 

  • 1954 --- The famous picture of Marilyn Monroe, laughing as her skirt is blown up by the blast from a subway vent, is shot during the filming of The Seven Year Itch. The scene infuriated her husband, Joe DiMaggio, who felt it was exhibitionist, and the couple divorced shortly afterward.
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  • 1955 --- Tan M&Ms are replaced by the new blue M&Ms. The tan ones originally replaced violet M&Ms in 1949.
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  • 1959 --- Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet head of state to visit the United States. During the next two weeks, Khrushchev's visit dominated the news and provided some dramatic and humorous moments in the history of the Cold War.

  • 1962 --- The Beatles were called "a nothing group" after an interview with Peter Jones of the "London Daily Mirror." 

  • 1963 --- Four black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, in the deadliest act of the civil rights era.
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  • 1963 --- Matty, Felipe and Jesus Alou, the famed Alou Brothers of baseball, took to the outfield andplayed together for the first time. 
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    The brothers played for the San Francisco Giants, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 13-5, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

  • 1965 --- "Lost in Space" and "Green Acres" premiered on CBS TV. 

  • 1971 --- Twelve members of the Don’t Make a Wave Committee founded Greenpeace, the environmental organization committed to a green and peaceful world. The group from Vancouver, British Columbia was aboard the Phyllis Cormack sailing to Amchitka, Alaska to protest nuclear testing.
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  • 1978 --- Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks to win his 3rd World Heavyweight Boxing title. 
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  • 1979 --- Bob Dylan released the album "Slow Train Coming." It was his first religiously themed album. 
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  • 1979 --- Bob Watson of the Boston Red Sox hit a single, double, triple, and home run to become thefirst player in the major leagues to hit for the cycle in both leagues. Boston walloped the Baltimore Orioles 10-2.

  • 1982 --- The first edition of the USA Today newspaper was published. The paper was called “The Nation’s Newspaper.” Critics called the satellite-transmitted, colorful, splashy, somewhat glitzy 
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    publication, “News McNugggets,” “The Nation’s Comic Book” and the winner of the “Pulitzer Prize for Best Investigative Paragraph.”

  • 1990 --- Bruce Hornsby began filling in on keyboard for The Grateful Dead following the death of Brent Mydland.
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  • 2001 --- President George W. Bush identified Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and told Americans to prepare for a long, difficult war against terrorism.

  • 2011 --- Research from the University of Cambridge shows that fluctuations of serotonin levels in the brain, which often occur when someone hasn’t eaten or is stressed, affects brain regions that enable people to regulate anger.

  • Birthdays
  • Agatha Christie
  • William Taft (27th President)
  • Tommy Lee Jones
  • James Fenimore Cooper
  • Roy Acuff
  • Cannonball Adderley
  • Jean Renoir
  • Bobby Short
  • Gaylord Perry
  • Jessye Norman
  • Oliver Stone