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Monday September 19, 2014

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  • VFW Day
  • Broadway Musicals Day
  • Happy Goose Day
  • National Coffee Day
  • National Poisoned Blackberries Day

  • World Heart Day
  • International Inventors Day
  • Michaelmas-United Kingdom
  • Manman Aloumandia-Haiti

  • On This Day
  • 1780 --- British spy John André is court-martialed, found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging. André, an accomplice of Benedict 
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    Arnold, had been captured by Patriots John Paulding, David Williams and Isaac Van Wart six days earlier on September 23, after they found incriminating papers stashed in his boot.

  • 1789 --- The U.S. War Department established a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

  • 1829 --- Greater London’s Metropolitan Police went into action. There was much opposition to the act of Parliament that authorized the police force. Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel had requested the 
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    act (the police were called ‘Bobbies’ in honor of him). The Bobbies first official headquarters were at Scotland Yard; and Scotland Yard became the official name of the police force.

  • 1916 --- The New York Times reports that John D. Rockefeller's is the world's first billionaire.

  • 1920 --- Radios for 10 bucks! That’s what Joseph Horne Company’s department store in Pittsburgh, PA was selling. The radios were 
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    advertised in The Pittsburgh Sun for $10 and up. One could get a ready-made radio in a box with headphones and tuning knob.

  • 1946 --- Mystery fans remember when The Adventures of Sam Spade debuted on CBS radio this Sunday night. (It had aired in the 
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    summer of 1946 on ABC on Friday nights.) The Adventures of Sam Spade, with Howard Duff playing Spade, became a big hit in the Sunday night radio lineup

  • 1947 --- Dizzy Gillespie presented his first Carnegie Hall concert in New York, adding a sophisticated jazz touch to the famous concert emporium.
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  • 1951 --- The first network football game was televised by CBS-TV in color. The game was between the University of California and the University of Pennsylvania. Cal won 35-0.
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  • 1954 --- The movie musical "A Star Is Born" made its world premiere in Hollywood.
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  • 1954 --- Willie Mays, centerfielder for the New York Giants, makes an amazing over-the-shoulder catch of a fly ball hit by Cleveland Indians first baseman Vic Wertz to rob Wertz of extra bases in 
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    Game 1 of the 1954 World Series. The catch has gone down as one of the greatest in the history of baseball.

  • 1957 --- The New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds, losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1. The Giants moved to San Francisco for the next season.
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  • 1960 --- “My Three Sons” was welcomed into U.S. homes on ABC-TV. Fred MacMurray, who was a movie actor, had a difficult time making the adjustment to the small screen. But adjust he did, 
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    and “My Three Sons” endured so well that CBS bought the successful hit for somewhere between seven and ten million dollars in 1965.

  • 1962 --- U.S. President John F. Kennedy nationalized the Mississippi National guard in response to city officials defying federal court orders. The orders had been to enroll James Meredith at the University of Mississippi. 
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  • 1963 --- "The Judy Garland Show" premiered on CBS-TV. Also debuting on CBS that night "My Favorite Martian".
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  • 1963 --- The Rolling Stones opened their first English tour in London at the New Victoria. Also on the bill were Bo Diddley and the Everly Brothers.
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  • 1965 --- Hanoi publishes the text of a letter it has written to the Red Cross claiming that since there is no formal state of war, U.S. pilots shot down over the North will not receive the rights of prisoners of war (POWs) and will be treated as war criminals.

  • 1967 --- Gladys Knight and the Pips released 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine.'
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  • 1976 --- At his 41st birthday party, Jerry Lee Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits. He hit his bass player, Norman Owens, twice in the chest while attempting to shoot a soda bottle. 
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  • 1977 --- It was the most-watched prize fight in history, as Muhammad Ali beat Ernie Shavers (in a decision) to claim the heavyweight championship boxing crown. The bout was televised 
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    from New York City’s Madison Square Garden and was officiated by the first woman official of a heavyweight title boxing match Eva Shain.

  • 1978 --- Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment a little more than one month after becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church.
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  • 1982 --- Flight attendant Paula Prince buys a bottle of cyanide-laced Tylenol. Prince was found dead on October 1, becoming the final victim of a mysterious ailment in Chicago, Illinois. Over the previous 24 hours, six other people had suddenly died of unknown causes in
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    northwest Chicago. After Prince's death, Richard Keyworth and Philip Cappitelli, firefighters in the Windy City, realized that all seven victims had ingested Extra-Strength Tylenol prior to becoming ill. Further investigation revealed that several bottles of the Tylenol capsules had been poisoned with cyanide.

  • 1983 --- The War Powers Act was used for the first time by the U.S. Congress when they authorized President Reagan to keep U.S. Marines in Lebanon for 18 more months. 

  • 1984 --- Prince's single "Let's Go Crazy" hit No. 1. He then held the No. 1 single, album and film simultaneously. Only the Beatles had accomplished the feat previously. 
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  • 1988 --- Stacy Allison of Portland, Oregon, becomes the first American woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, which at 29,035 feet above sea level is the highest point on earth. Allison, a member of the Northwest American Everest Expedition, climbed the Himalayan peak using the southeast ridge route.
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  • 1992 --- Brazilian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to impeach President Fernando Collor de Mello.
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  • 1996 --- The Nintendo 64 video game system known as the first ‘true’ 64-bit system, hit North American shelves. That first day, Nintendo sold 500,000 systems, with the Mario64 game selling the same with it. Needless to say, Nintendo’s system was a big sucess.

  • 1998 --- The family of Frank Sinatra filed suit against Ross Stores Inc. for copyright infringement. The suit alleged that an album of 75 songs, "The Sinatra Collection," was unauthorized. 

  • 2005 --- New York Times reporter Judith Miller is released from a federal detention center in Alexandria, Virginia, after agreeing to testify in the investigation into the leaking of the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame. Miller had been behind bars since July 6, 2005, for refusing to reveal a confidential source and testify before a grand jury that was looking into the so-called Plame Affair. She decided to testify after the source she had been protecting, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, signed a waiver giving her permission to speak.

  • 2010 --- In China, Canton Tower became operational.
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  • Birthdays
  • Lech Walesa
  • Suzzy Roche
  • Les Claypool
  • Bryant Gumbel
  • Horatio Nelson
  • Greer Garson
  • Trevor Howard
  • Pompei
  • Gene Autry
  • Anita Ekberg
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Andrew “Dice” Clay

  • 272nd Day of the Year / 93Remaining
  • Winter Begins in 83 Days

  • Sunrise:7:04
  • Sunset:6:55
  • 11 Hours 51 Minutes

  • Moon Rise:12:15pm
  • Moon Set:9:50pm
  • Moon Phase:29%
  • 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:3:17am/2:34pm
  • Low Tide:8:20am/9:25pm

  • Rainfall
  • This Year:0.69
  • Last Year:.044
  • YTD Avg:0.22
  • Annual Avg:23.80