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Tuesday September 16, 2014

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  • 259th Day of the Year / 106 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 6 Days

  • Sunrise:6:53
  • Sunset:7:15
  • 12 Hours 22 Minutes

  • Moon Rise:12:11am
  • Moon Set:2:40pm
  • Moon Phase:43%
  • 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:6:39am/5:25pm
  • Low Tide:11:43am

  • Holidays
  • Ann Bradstreet Day
  • Mayflower Day
  • National POW/MIA Recognition Day
  • Step Family Day
  • National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day
  • National Collect Rocks Day
  • National Play-Doh Day
  • Trail Of tears Commemoration Day
  • Wrinkled Raincoat Day
  • Guacamole Day
  • Get Ready Day
  • Working Parents Day

  • International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer
  • Independence Day-Mexico
  • Constitution Day-Papua New Guinea
  • Malaysia Day-Malaysia
  • Owain Glyndwr Day-Wales

  • On This Day
  • 1400 --- Owain Glyndwr was proclaimed Prince of Wales after rebelling against English rule. He was the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales. 
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  • 1620 --- The Mayflower sails from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers. The ship was headed for Virginia, where the colonists--half religious dissenters and half entrepreneurs--had been authorized to settle by the British crown. 
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    However, stormy weather and navigational errors forced the Mayflower off course, and on November 21 the "Pilgrims" reached Massachusetts, where they founded the first permanent European settlement in New England in late December.

  • 1630 --- The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.
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  • 1776 --- General George Washington arrives at Harlem Heights, on the northern end of Manhattan, and takes command of a group of 
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    retreating Continental troops. The day before, 4,000 British soldiers had landed at Kip's Bay in Manhattan (near present-day 34th Street) and taken control of the island, driving the Continentals north, where they appeared to be in disarray prior to Washington's arrival.

  • 1782 --- The Great Seal of the United States was impressed on document to negotiate a prisoner of war agreement with the British. It was the first official use of the impression.
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  • 1810 --- Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest, launches the Mexican War of Independence with the issuing of his Grito de Dolores, or "Cry of Dolores," The revolutionary tract, so-named 
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    because it was publicly read by Hidalgo in the town of Dolores, called for the end of 300 years of Spanish rule in Mexico, redistribution of land, and racial equality. Thousands of Indians and mestizos flocked to Hidalgo's banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and soon the peasant army was on the march to Mexico City.

  • 1893 --- The largest land run in history begins with more than 100,000 people pouring into the Cherokee Strip of Oklahoma to claim valuable land that had once belonged to Native Americans. 
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    With a single shot from a pistol the mad dash began, and land-hungry pioneers on horseback and in carriages raced forward to stake their claims to the best acres.

  • 1908 --- General Motors was founded on this day. The man responsible for the beginning of the huge auto-manufacturing company (maker of Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Chevrolet) was William Crapo ‘Billy’ Durant.

  • 1932 --- In his cell at Yerovda Jail near Bombay, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi begins a hunger strike in protest of the British government's decision to separate India's electoral system by caste.
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  • 1940 --- President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Selective Service and Training Act, which requires all male citizens between the ages of 26 and 35 to register for the military draft, beginning on October 16. The act had been passed by Congress 10 days earlier.
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  • 1947 --- The first aluminum foil, Reynolds Metals 'Reynolds Wrap' goes on sale.
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  • 1953 --- The St. Louis Browns of the American League were given permission to move to Baltimore, MD, where they became the Baltimore Orioles.

  • 1964 --- Shindig premiered on ABC-TV. The program had go-go girls and the biggest rock bands of the day in a dance party environment. Regulars were Jimmie O’Neill and the Shindig Dancers. The first show featured Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, The Wellingtons, Bobby Sherman and comic Alan Sues. The second season of "Shindig!" one year later was opened with the Rolling Stones performing "Satisfaction."
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  • 1965 --- The Dean Martin Show debuted on NBC-TV. It was a weekly variety show that continued on the network for nine years. 
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    Regulars over the years were The Goldiggers, Ken Lane, The Ding-a-Ling Sisters, Tom Bosley, Dom DeLuise, Nipsey Russell, Rodney Dangerfield and Les Brown and His Band. The theme song? Everybody Loves Somebody.

  • 1968 --- The Jimi Hendrix Experience released the album "Electric Ladyland." It was the third and final album by the band. 
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  • 1972 --- "The Bob Newhart Show" premiered on CBS.
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  • 1974 --- U.S. President Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for draft-evaders and deserters during the Vietnam War. 

  • 1976 --- The Episcopal Church formally approved women to be ordained as priests and bishops.

  • 1978 --- The Grateful Dead recorded a concert at the pyramids in Egypt.
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  • 1978 --- An extremely deadly earthquake rocks Iran, killing more than 25,000 people. The 7.7-magnitude quake struck the northeastern part of the country, an area that has traditionally seen much seismic activity.
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  • 1981 --- Welterweight boxer "Sugar" Ray Leonard knocks out Thomas Hearns in the 13th round to unify boxing’s middleweight 
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    title. Leonard was behind on all three judges’ scorecards and fighting with one eye closed when he delivered a right hand to his opponent’s head that sent Hearns crashing to the canvas.

  • 1982 --- Hours after the Israeli forces enter West Beirut, Phalangist militiamen begin a massacre of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. Within two days, 1,000 men, women, and children were dead. The Phalangists, a Christian faction in Lebanon, 
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    were closely allied with Israel. After entering West Beirut, Israeli commanders ordered the Phalangists into the refugee camps in search of terrorists, even though the militiamen were known to be enraged at the Palestinians for the recent murder of their leader. Israel later condemned the massacre and denied any responsibility. On September 29, a United Nations peacekeeping force returned to Lebanon to prevent more bloodshed.

  • 1987 --- The Montreal Protocol was signed by 24 countries in an effort to save the Earth's ozone layer by reducing emissions of harmful chemicals by the year 2000.

  • 1988 --- Tom Browning made it into the history books of major league baseball when he pitched a perfect game. The 12th perfect game in history was a National League match between Cincinnati and Los Angeles with a score of 1-0.
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  • 1994 --- Exxon Corporation was ordered by federal jury to pay $5 billion in punitive damages to the people harmed by the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill. 
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  • 1998 --- Universal paid $9 million for the rights to the Dr. Seuss classics "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Oh, the Places You'll Go."

  • 1999 --- Hurricane Floyd stormed ashore, pounding North Carolina with 110 mph winds, dumping more than a foot of rain, damaging 
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    12,000 homes and claiming more than 50 lives. Floyd also caused the largest peacetime evacuation in U.S. history, with 2.6 million people ordered away from the shores in the hurricane’s path.

  • 2013 --- A 34-year-old man goes on a rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., killing 12 people and wounding several others 
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    over the course of an hour before he is fatally shot by police. Investigators later determined that the gunman, Aaron Alexis, a computer contractor for a private information technology firm, had acted alone.

  • Birthdays
  • JC Penney
  • Clive Bell
  • Allen Funt
  • Lauren Bacall
  • BB King
  • Charlie Byrd
  • Peter Falk
  • Elgin Baylor
  • Mickey Rourke
  • Molly Shannon