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Wednesday September 24, 2014

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  • Responsible Dog Ownership Day-
  • Family Health And Fitness Day-
  • Fish Amnesty Day-
  • Innergize Day-
  • National Hunting and Fishing Day-
  • National Public Lands Day-
  • National Punctuation Day-
  • R.E.A.D. America Day-
  • Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving-Pennsylvania-
  • Gall Bladder Good Health Day-
  • Bluebird OF Happiness Day-
  • National Cherries Jubilee Day-

  • Rosh Hashanah-Judaism (begins at sunset)
  • Heritage Day-South Africa
  • Independence Day-Guinea-Bissau
  • Constitution Day-Cambodia
  • Manit Day-Marshall Islands
  • Pando Local Festival-Bolivia

  • On This Day
  • 0622 --- The prophet Muhammad completes his Hegira, or "flight," from Mecca to Medina to escape persecution. In Medina, 
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    Muhammad set about building the followers of his religion--Islam--into an organized community and Arabian power. The Hegira would later mark the beginning (year 1) of the Muslim calendar.

  • 1776 --- Continental Congress prepares instructions and guidance for the agents appointed to negotiate a treaty between the United States and France. The agents were also instructed to request immediate assistance in securing arms.

  • 1789 --- The Judiciary Act is passed by Congress and signed by President George Washington, establishing the Supreme Court of the United States as a tribunal made up of six justices who were to serve on the court until death or retirement. That day, President Washington nominated John Jay to preside as chief justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson to be associate justices. On September 26, all six appointments were confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

  • 1869 --- Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk. 
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  • 1934 --- Babe Ruth bid farewell to the New York Yankees. It was the Babe’s last game in Yankee Stadium and for the team. The Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox, 5-0.
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  • 1938 --- Don Budge became the first tennis player to win all four of the major titles when he won the U.S. Tennis Open. He had already won the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open. 
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  • 1941 --- Japanese consul in Hawaii is instructed to divide Pearl Harbor into five zones and calculate the number of battleships in each zone—and report the findings back to Japan. Little did Japan know that the United States had intercepted the message; unfortunately, it had to be sent back to Washington for decrypting. Flights east were infrequent, so the message was sent via sea, a more time-consuming process. When it finally arrived at the capital, staff shortages and other priorities further delayed the decryption. When the message was finally unscrambled in mid-October—it was dismissed as being of no great consequence.

  • 1955 --- Millions of Americans tuned in to watch Judy Garland make her TV debut on the Ford Star Jubilee. The CBS show received the highest television ratings to that time.
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  • 1957 --- U.S. President Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock, AR, to enforce school integration. 
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  • 1957 --- The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field before moving to Los Angeles for the next season.
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  • 1961 --- Bullwinkle J. Moose and his friend, Rocket J. (Rocky) Squirrel, were seen in prime time for the first time on NBC-TV. The Sunday night cartoon (7-7:30 p.m.) was called The Bullwinkle Show. Originally Bullwinkle and Rocky appeared on ABC in a weekday afternoon series, Rocky and His Friends.

  • 1964 --- President Lyndon B. Johnson receives a special commission's report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which had occurred on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Seven days after the assassination, Johnson appointed the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy to investigate Kennedy's death. The commission was led by Chief Justice Earl Warren and became known as the 
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    Warren Commission. It concluded that Oswald had acted alone and that the Secret Service had made poor preparations for JFK's visit to Dallas and had failed to sufficiently protect him. The report has been criticized by many, who believe that there was a conspiracy to assassinate JFK and that Oswald was framed for the killing of the president.

  • 1964 --- 'The Munsters' premiered on CBS television.
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  • 1966 --- Hurricane Inez slams into the islands of the Caribbean, killing hundreds of people. The storm left death and destruction in its wake from Guadeloupe to Mexico over the course of its nearly three-week run.

  • 1968 --- The longest-running newsmagazine on television began on CBS-TV. 60 Minutes started on this, a Tuesday, night in 1968.. 60 Minutes debuted with two correspondents: Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner.
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  • 1968 --- "The Mod Squad" premiered on ABC-TV. 
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  • 1969 --- The trial of the "Chicago Seven" begins before Judge Julius Hoffman. The defendants, including David Dellinger of the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (MOBE); Rennie Davis and Tom Hayden of MOBE and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS); and Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman of the Youth International Party (Yippies), were accused of conspiring to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. At the height of the antiwar and civil rights movements, these young leftists had organized protest marches and rock concerts at the Democratic National Convention. During the event, clashes broke out between the protesters and the police and eventually turned into full-scale rioting, complete with tear gas and police beatings. The press, already there to cover the Democratic convention, denounced the overreaction by police and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's handling of the situation. The Chicago Seven were indicted for violating the 
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    Rap Brown law, which had been tagged onto the Civil Rights Bill earlier that year by conservative senators. The law made it illegal to cross state lines in order to riot or to conspire to use interstate commerce to incite rioting. President Johnson's attorney general, Ramsey Clark, refused to prosecute the case. Although Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers was originally a defendant in the trial as well, he angrily denounced Judge Hoffman as a racist for denying his request for a separate trial. He wanted to be represented by his own lawyer, who was recovering from surgery at the time, so he loudly protested by attempting to examine his own witnesses. Judge Hoffman took the unusual measure of having Seale bound and gagged at the defendant's table before eventually separating his trial and sentencing him to 48 months in prison.

  • 1977 --- The Love Boat set sail on ABC-TV. The show’s theme, The Love Boat, written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox, was sung by Jack Jones.
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  • 1982 --- Prince's "1999" single was released.
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  • 1988 --- Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson runs the 100-meter dash in 9.79 seconds to win gold at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South 
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    Korea. Johnson’s triumph, however, was temporary: He tested positive for steroids three days later and was stripped of the medal.

  • 1991 --- The album "Nevermind" by Nirvana was released.
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  • 1996 --- The United States and the world's other major nuclear powers signed a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons. 
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  • 1996 --- Stephen King releases two new novels at once. The first, Desperation, was released under King's name, while the second, The Regulators, was published under his pseudonym, Richard Bachman.
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  • 1998 --- The U.S. Federal Reserve released into circulation $2 billion in new harder-to-counterfeit $20 bills.
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  • 2007 --- United Auto Workers walked off the job at GM plants in the first nationwide strike during auto contract negotiations since 1976. (A tentative pact ended the walkout two days later.)
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  • Birthdays
  • Confucius
  • Jim Henson
  • Sheila MacRae
  • Linda McCartney
  • Phil Hartman
  • “Mean” Joe Greene
  • Nia Vardalos
  • F Scott Fitzgerald

  • 267th Day of the Year / 98 Remaining
  • Winter Begins in 88 Days

  • Sunrise:6:59
  • Sunset:7:02
  • 12 Hours 3 Minutes

  • Moon Rise:7:24am
  • Moon Set:7:19pm
  • Moon Phase:0%
  • 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:11:38am/11:58pm
  • Low Tide:5:21am/5:46pm