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Tuesday September 30, 2014

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  • Blasphemy Day
  • Chewing Gum Day
  • National Mud Pack Day
  • National Mulled Cider Day
  • Ask A Stupid Question Day

  • International Translation Day
  • Independence Day-Botswana
  • Custom’s Day-Marshall Islands
  • Maitresse Delai-Haiti

  • On This Day
  • 1641 --- Once upon a time, when New York and New Jersey were known as the New Netherlands, an ordinance by the authorities declared that an annual fair be held at Fort Amsterdam (now, New 
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    York City). The ruling actually stated that there would be two fairs, a Cattle Fair on October 15 and a Hog Fair on November 1; and that all who had anything to buy or sell could attend.

  • 1788 --- The Pennsylvania Legislature elected the first two members of the U.S. Senate - William Maclay of Harrisburg and Robert Morris of Philadelphia.

  • 1791 --- The Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart opera The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote) premiered in Vienna, Austria. 
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  • 1846 --- Dr. William Morton performed a painless tooth extraction after administering ether to a patient.

  • 1868 --- The first volume of Louisa May Alcott's beloved children's book Little Women is published. The novel will become Alcott's first bestseller and a beloved children's classic.
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  • 1889 --- The Wyoming state convention approves a constitution that includes a provision granting women the right to vote. Formally admitted into the union the following year, Wyoming thus became the first state in the history of the nation to allow its female citizens to vote.

  • 1927 --- George Herman "Babe" Ruth hit his 60th homerun of the season. He broke his own record with the homerun. The record stood until 1961 when Roger Maris broke the record. 

  • 1935 --- Porgy and Bess was presented for the first time -- at the Colonial Theatre in Boston. It was a flop!  It was revived in 1942. It wasn’t a flop that time. It ran longer than any revival in the history of U.S. musical theater.
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  • 1935 --- The Adventures of Dick Tracy came to radio for the first time -- on the Mutual Radio Network. Based on the comic strip created by Chester Gould, the 15-minute adventure show was heard Monday thru Friday at 5:45 p.m.
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  • 1938 --- British and French Prime Ministers Neville Chamberlain and Edouard Daladier sign the Munich Pact with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The agreement averted the outbreak of war but gave Czechoslovakia away to German conquest.
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  • 1946 --- An international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.
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  • 1947 --- The World Series came to television for the first time. The New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-3. The Gillette Safety Razor Company and Ford Motor Company were the 
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    sponsors. Together, they paid $65,000 for coverage of the entire series! Announcers: Bob Edge (who also did the razor commercials), Bob Stanton and Bill Slater.

  • 1951 --- The Red Skelton Show debuted on NBC-TV (almost 10 years to the day after Red made his radio debut). America’s ‘Clown 
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    Prince of Comedy’ was a hit for years on radio and an even bigger one on TV. Later, he would move to CBS-TV. Overall, The Red Skelton Show remained a fixture on U.S. television for 20 years.

  • 1954 --- Julie Andrews, who would later become a household name in movies, TV and on records,opened on Broadway for the first time. The future star of The Sound of Music appeared in The Boy Friend this night.
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  • 1955 --- 24-year-old actor James Dean is killed in Cholame, California, when the Porsche he is driving hits a Ford Tudor sedan at an intersection. Only one of Dean’s movies, “East of Eden,” had been released at the time of his death (“Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant” opened shortly afterward), but he was already on his way to superstardom--and the crash made him a legend.
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  • 1958 --- The Frisbee was patented. The pie tins of the Frisbee Pie Company of Connecticut were the inspiration for the creation of the 
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    Frisbee. A Wham-O employee supposedly saw drivers for the pie company showing Yale students how to throw the pie tins.

  • 1960 --- The last episode of 'The Howdy Doody Show' airs on NBC.
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  • 1962 --- James H. Meredith, an African American, is escorted onto the University of Mississippi campus by U.S. Marshals, setting off a deadly riot. Two men were killed before the racial violence was 
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    quelled by more than 3,000 federal soldiers. The next day, Meredith successfully enrolled and began to attend classes amid continuing disruption.

  • 1962 --- The National Farm Workers Association, founded by Cesar Chavez and a forerunner of the United Farm Workers, held its first meeting in Fresno, Calif.
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  • 1964 --- The first large-scale antiwar demonstration in the United States is staged at the University of California at Berkeley, by 
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    students and faculty opposed to the war. Nevertheless, polls showed that a majority of Americans supported President Lyndon Johnson's policy on the war.

  • 1966 --- The Republic of Botswana declared its independence from Britain.

  • 1966 --- Albert Speer and Baldur von Schirach were released at midnight from Spandau prison after completing their 20-year sentences. Speer was the Nazi minister of armaments and von Schirach was the founder of Hitler Youth. 

  • 1976 --- California enacted the Natural Death Act of California. The law was the first example of right-to-die legislation in the U.S. 

  • 1982 --- The TV sitcom 'Cheers' debuted. The long running series (1982-1993) was set in a bar named Cheers in Boston, Massachusetts. 
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  • 1987 --- Mikhail S. Gorbachev retired President Andrei A. Gromyko from the Politburo and fired other old-guard leaders in a shake-up at the Kremlin.

  • 1987 --- Roy Orbison recorded "A Black And White Night Live" at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles.
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  • 1991 --- Haiti's first freely elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was overthrown by Brigadier General Raoul Cedras. Aristide was later returned to power

  • 1992 --- George Brett of the Kansas City Royals reached 3,000 career hits during a game against the California Angels.
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  • 1993 --- A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck southern India, killing an estimated 10,000 people.
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  • 1998 --- Gov. Pete Wilson of California signed a bill into law that defined "invasion of privacy as trespassing with the intent to capture audio or video images of a celebrity or crime victim engaging in a personal or family activity." The law went into effect January 1, 1999.

  • 1999 --- The Giants played the Dodgers in the last baseball game to be played at Candlestick Park (3Com Park). L.A. won 9-4.
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  • 1999 --- In Tokaimura, Japan, radiation escaped a nuclear facility after workers accidentally set off an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction. The Tokaimura nuclear plant is located 87 miles northwest of Tokyo and supplies power to much of the surrounding region. On September 30, workers were mixing liquid uranium when they made 
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    a serious, and inexplicable, mistake. Instead of pouring five pounds of powdered uranium into nitric acid, the workers poured 35 pounds, seven times too much. The resulting chain reaction caused gamma rays and stray neutrons to flood the purification chamber, where the radioactive water was treated. One employee immediately collapsed and the others fled the scene.

  • 2004 --- California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that bans the production and sale of foie gras beginning in 2012.

  • Birthdays
  • Truman Capote(Streckfus Persons)
  • Angie Dickinson
  • Robin Roberts
  • Johnny Mathis
  • Marilyn McCoo
  • Rula Lenska
  • Barry Williams
  • Fran Drescher
  • Jenna Elfman
  • Martina Hingis
  • Hans Geiger
  • William Wrigley Jr
  • Elie Wiesel

  • 273rd Day of the Year / 92Remaining
  • Winter Begins in 82 Days

  • Sunrise:7:05
  • Sunset:6:53
  • 11 Hours 48 Minutes

  • Moon Rise:1:12pm
  • Moon Set:10:39pm
  • Moon Phase:39%
  • 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:4:27am/3:29pm
  • Low Tide:9:20am/10:29pm