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Tuesday September 23, 2014


  • First Day Of Autumn
  • Checkers Day
  • Dogs In Politics Day
  • Restless Leg Awareness Day
  • Hug A Vegetarian Day
  • Love Note Day
  • Celebrate Bisexuality Day
  • National Pancake Day

  • Unification Day-Saudi Arabia
  • Mabon-Wiccan
  • Shubun no Hi(Autumnal Equinox)-Japan
  • Grito de Lares-Puerto Rico

  • On This Day
  • 1642 --- The first commencement at Harvard College, in Cambridge, MA, was held. 

  • 1779 --- The U.S. ship Bonhomme Richard, commanded by John Paul Jones, wins a hard-fought engagement against the British ships of war Serapis and Countess of Scarborough, off the eastern coast of England. Jones took command of the Bonhomme Richard in August and sailed around the British Isles. On September 23, the Bonhomme Richard engaged the Serapis and the 
    smaller Countess of Scarborough, which were escorting the Baltic merchant fleet. After inflicting considerable damage to the Bonhomme Richard, Richard Pearson, the captain of the Serapis, asked Jones if he had struck his colors, the naval signal indicating surrender. From his disabled ship, Jones replied, "I have not yet begun to fight," and after three more hours of furious fighting it was the Serapis and Countess of Scarborough that surrendered

  • 1780 --- John Andre, a British spy, was captured with papers revealing that Benedict Arnold was going to surrender West Point, NY, to the British. 

  • 1806 --- Amid much public excitement, American explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark return to St. Louis, Missouri, from the first recorded overland journey from the Mississippi River to the Pacific coast and back.

  • 1845 --- The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York was formed by Alexander Joy Cartwright. It was the first baseball team in America.

  • 1846 --- The planet Neptune was discovered by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle.

  • 1848 --- The first commercial chewing gum is introduced, State of Maine Spruce Gum.

  • 1875 --- Billy the Kid is arrested for the first time after stealing a basket of laundry. He later broke out of jail and roamed the 
    American West, eventually earning a reputation as an outlaw and murderer and a rap sheet that allegedly included 21 murders.

  • 1908 --- The baseball term, “Merkle’s Boner” and the expression, “You’re a bonehead,” had their origins on this day -- at the final game of the National League pennant race between the Chicago 
    Cubs and the New York Giants. The Giants were at bat, two men were on base and the score was tied 1-1. The batter hit safely, scoring the winning run. But, Chicago claimed that Fred Merkle, who had been on first, never advanced to second, that he went straight to the dugout upon seeing the winning run come in. Chicago Cubs’ Johnny Evers tried to tag Merkle but was hampered by hundreds of 
    fans pouring on to the field. Fans called the play a ‘boner’, etc. It was later decided that the game was a tie, and the teams met again for a playoff, a 4-2 Cubs win.

  • 1912 --- "Keystone Comedy" by Mack Sennett was released.

  • 1930 --- Flashbulbs were patented by Johannes Ostermeier of Athegnenber, Germany. Now that’s an invention that used to be 
    very popular in the little box cameras. You popped the bulb into the socket in front of a silver reflector dish. The bulb would get all crinkly looking and milky white in color after it was used.

  • 1949 --- In a surprisingly low-key and carefully worded statement, President Harry S. Truman informs the American people that the Soviets have exploded a nuclear bomb. The Soviet accomplishment, years ahead of what was thought possible by most U.S. officials, caused a panic in the American government.

  • 1952 --- The first Pay Television sporting event took place. The Rocky Marciano-“Jersey” Joe Walcott fight was seen in 49 theaters 
    in 31 cities. Marciano became the world heavyweight boxing champion, knocking out Walcott in the 13th round in Philadelphia PA. It was Rocky’s 43rd consecutive victory.

  • 1952 --- This is about a dog named Checkers. The dog, a cocker spaniel, belonged to former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon. This presidential dog was different than Him and Her, Lyndon Johnson’s beagles; Ronald Reagan’s two dogs, Lucky and Rex, George Bush’s pet dog, Millie or even Bill Clinton’s buddy, Buddy. Abraham Lincoln’s Fido, Harry S Truman’s two dogs, Mike and Feller and 
    Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Heidi were also never part of a political controversy. Checkers, however, was the subject of a speech given by Mr. Nixon, then a candidate for vice president. In the televised speech, he stated that he would not give back a gift -- whether it had political ties or not -- because it was a present for his daughter. The gift in question was Checkers and the speech was forever referred to as the “Checkers Speech.”

  • 1957 --- Nine black students who had entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside.

  • 1962 --- "The Jetsons" premiered on ABC-TV. It was the first program on the network to be carried in color. 

  • 1964 --- The Paris Opera unveils a stunning new ceiling painted as a gift by Belorussian-born artist Marc Chagall, who spent much of 
    his life in France. The ceiling was typical of Chagall's masterpieces—childlike in its apparent simplicity yet luminous with color and evocative of the world of dreams and the subconscious.

  • 1969 --- It was reported by "The London Daily Mirror" that Paul McCartney was dead. It was the first time the rumor was printed.

  • 1969 --- The trial for eight antiwar activists charged with the responsibility for the violent demonstrations at the August 1968 Democratic National Convention opens in Chicago. The defendants included David Dellinger of the National Mobilization Committee 
    (NMC); Rennie Davis and Thomas Hayden of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS); Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, founders of the Youth International Party ("Yippies"); Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers; and two lesser known activists, Lee Weiner and John Froines.

  • 1973 --- Overthrown Argentine president Juan Peron was returned to power. He had been overthrown in 1955.

  • 1980 --- David Bowie made his acting debut in the Broadway show "The Elephant Man".

  • 1981 --- Jack Henry Abbott is captured in the oil fields of Louisiana after a two-month long manhunt that began when he killed Richard Adan at the Binibon restaurant in New York City on July 18. At the time of the murder, Abbott had been out on parole 
    largely through the efforts of author Norman Mailer, who convinced officials that he had a great writing talent.

  • 1986 --- Japanese newspapers quoted Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone as saying that minorities lowered the "intelligence level" of America.

  • 1999 --- The Mars Climate Observer apparently burned up as it was about to go into orbit around the Red Planet.

  • 2004 --- Hurricane Jeanne slams into Haiti, killing thousands, on this day in 2004. Coming just days after Hurricane Ivan, Jeanne was part of a series of deadly storms to hit the region during the 2004 hurricane season.

  • 2008 --- A man in West Virginia was charged with battery on a police officer when he passed gas and allegedly 'fanned' it toward the police officer. He had been taken to the police station for a Breathalyzer test when the alleged 'fart and fan' caper occurred. The prosecutor's office later requested that the criminal complaint be dropped. 

  • Birthdays
  • John Coltrane
  • Ray Charles
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Ani DeFranco
  • Jason Alexander
  • Julio Iglesias
  • “Typhoid Mary” Mallon
  • Victoria Clafin Woodhull Martin
  • Caesar Augustus
  • Robert Bosch
  • Mary Eliza Terrell
  • Emmuska Orczy
  • Justice Tom C Clark
  • Aldo Moro
  • Mickey Rooney
  • Les McCann
  • Mary Kay Place

  • 266th Day of the Year / 99 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 89 Days

  • Sunrise:6:59
  • Sunset:7:04
  • 12 Hours 5 Minutes

  • Moon Rise:6:28am
  • Moon Set:6:47pm
  • New Moon
  • Full Moon October 8 @ 3:50am
  • Full Hunter’s Moon
  • Full Blood Moon
  • Full Sanguine Moon

This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.

  • Tides
  • High Tide:11:12am/11:18pm
  • Low Tide:4:52am/5:13pm