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Monday October 27, 2014

  • Cranky Co-Workers Day
  • Navy Day
  • American Beer Day
  • Etiquette Day

  • Independence Day-Turkmenistan
  • National Flag Day-Greece

  • On This Day
  • 1659 --- William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson, two Quakers who came from England in 1656 to escape religious persecution, are executed in the Massachusetts Bay Colony for their religious beliefs. The two had violated a law passed by the Massachusetts General Court the year before, banning Quakers from the colony under penalty of death. The Religious Society of Friends, whose members are commonly known as Quakers, was a Christian 
    movement founded by George Fox in England during the early 1650s. Quakers opposed central church authority, preferring to seek spiritual insight and consensus through egalitarian Quaker meetings. They advocated sexual equality and became some of the most outspoken opponents of slavery in early America. Robinson and Stevenson, who were hanged from an elm tree on Boston Common in Boston, were the first Quakers to be executed in America.

  • 1775 --- King George III speaks before both houses of the British Parliament to discuss growing concern about the rebellion in America, which he viewed as a traitorous action against himself and Great Britain. He began his speech by reading a "Proclamation of Rebellion" and urged Parliament to move quickly to end the revolt and bring order to the colonies.

  • 1787 --- The first of the Federalist Papers were published in the New York Independent. The series of 85 essays, written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, were published under the pen name "Publius." 

  • 1858 --- Rowland H. Macy opened R.H. Macy Dry Goods on the corner of Sixth Ave. and 14th St. in New York City. First day sales were $11.06 but by the end of the first year, sales totaled almost $90,000. By 1877, R.H. Macy & Co. had become a full-fledged department store occupying 11 adjacent buildings.

  • 1873 --- Joseph Glidden submits an application to the U.S. Patent Office for his clever new design for a fencing wire with sharp barbs, an invention that will forever change the face of the American West.

  • 1878 --- The Manhattan Savings Bank in New York City was robbed of over $3,000,000. The robbery was credited to George "Western" Leslie even though there was not enough evidence to convict him, only two of his associates were convicted. 

  • 1904 --- The first subway cars were placed in operation, forming the New York City subway system. The cars operated between the Brooklyn Bridge and Broadway; from City Hall to W. 145th Street. This was the first underwater, underground rail system in the world.

  • 1917 --- Jascha Heifetz made his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Heifetz was a 16-year-old sensation who had played the violin since age 5.

  • 1938 --- Du Pont announced "nylon" as the new name for its new synthetic yarn. 

  • 1940 --- French Gen. Charles de Gaulle, speaking for the Free French Forces from his temporary headquarter in equatorial Africa, calls all French men and women everywhere to join the struggle to preserve and defend free French territory and "to attack the enemy wherever it is possible, to mobilize all our military, economic, and moral resources... to make justice reign."

  • 1947 --- “The one, the only Groucho” Marx appeared as quizmaster on You Bet Your Life for the first time-- on ABC radio. George Fenneman was Groucho’s eternal straight man. Fenneman stayed with Marx during the program’s run on radio (1948 - 1959) and TV (1950 - 1961). 

  • 1954 --- Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were divorced. They had been married on January 14, nine months earlier.

  • 1954 --- The show that ultimately altered TV for kids premiered on ABC-TV. Disneyland will be historically noted as ABC’s first smash. Many NBC and CBS affiliates in those days took ABC as a second network just to have the Disneyland show. Over the 
    years, Disneyland changed names a few times. It was also titled, Walt Disney, Walt Disney Presents, Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, The Wonderful World of Disney,Disney’s Wonderful World, The Disney Sunday Movie and The Magical World of Disney.

  • 1960 --- Ben E. King recorded his first solo songs. They were "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand by Me."

  • 1962 --- The Soviet Union adds to the Cuban Missile Crisis by calling for the dismantling of U.S. missile basis in Turkey. U.S. President Kennedy agreed to the new aspect of the agreement. 

  • 1963 --- Peter, Paul and Mary were sitting pretty at #1 and #2 on the U.S. album chart with Peter, Paul and Mary and In the Wind.

  • 1975 --- Use of the Heimlich Maneuver, developed by Dr Henry Heimlich to aid someone choking on food, was endorsed by the American Medical Association Commission on Emergency Medical Services in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

  • 1975 --- Bruce Springsteen was simultaneously on the cover of "Time" and "Newsweek." This was the first time this happened for a rock star. 

  • 1978 --- Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord. 

  • 1985 --- The Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals. It was was an all-Missouri feud, if you will; the I-70 Series; Kansas City versus St. Louis. The Kansas City Royals won, shutting out the St. Louis Cardinals in game seven this day, 11-0. The Royals rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series. Series MVP Bret Saberhagen pitched the shutout.

  • 1997 --- The U.S. released a redesigned $50 bill. The new notes incorporated features to protect against counterfeiting and make U.S. currency more easily identifiable for people with low vision. The Series 1996 $50 note followed the introduction in March 1996 of the redesigned $100 note as part of a program to maintain the security of U.S. currency.

  • 2002 --- The Anaheim Angels won their first World Series. They beat the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 of the series. 

  • 2004 --- Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918, finally vanquishing the so-called "Curse of the Bambino" that had plagued them for 86 years. "This is for anyone who has ever rooted for the Red Sox."

  • 2005 --- White House counsel Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court after three weeks of criticism from fellow conservatives.

  • 2008 --- Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was convicted of seven corruption charges for lying about free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy oil contractor. (A judge later dismissed the case, saying prosecutors had withheld evidence.)
  • Birthdays
  • Emily Post
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Roy Lichtenstein
  • Theodore Roosevelt 
  • Dylan Thomas
  • Captain James Cook
  • Isaac Singer
  • Oliver Tambo
  • H R Haldeman
  • Nannette Fabray
  • John Gotti
  • Ruby Dee
  • John Cleese
  • Carrie Snodgrass
  • Fran Leibowitz
  • Jayne Kennedy
  • Roberto Benigni

  • 300th Day of 2014 / 65 Remaining
  • 55 Winter Begins in Days

  • Sunrise:7:30
  • Sunset:6:16
  • 10 Hours 44 Minutes

  • Moon Rise:11:08am
  • Moon Set:8:36pm
  • Moon Phase:16%
  • Next Full Moon November 6 @ 2:22pm
  • Full Beaver Moon
  • Full Frosty Moon

This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

  • Tides:
  • High Tide:2:19am/1:15pm
  • Low Tide:7:13am/8:08pm

  • Rainfall
  • This Year to Date:0.74
  • Last Year:0.44
  • Avg YTD:1.17
  • Annual Avg:23.80