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Tuesday January 20, 2015

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  • 20th Day of 2014 / 345 Remaining
  • Spring Begins in 59 Days

  • Sunrise:7:21
  • Sunset:5:20
  • 9 Hours 59 Minutes

  • Moon Rise:7:10am
  • Moon Set: 6:02pm
  • New Moon
  • Full Moon February 3 @ 3:10pm
  • Snow Moon
  • Hunger Moon

Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

  • Tides:
  • High Tide:9:57am/11:38pm
  • Low Tide:3:56am/4:47pm

  • Rainfall
  • This Year to Date:15.14
  • Last Year:2.12
  • Avg YTD:12.01
  • Annual Avg:23.80

  • Holidays
  • Camcorder Day
  • National Cheese Lovers Day
  • National Coffee Break Day
  • National Disc Jockey Day
  • Penguin Awareness Day
  • Day Of Acceptance
  • Buttercrunch Day

  • Martyr’s Day-Azerbaijan
  • Foundation Day-Brazil

  • Birthdays
  • Aristotle Onassis
  • Joy Adamson
  • Federico Fellini
  • George Burns
  • Anne J Clugh
  • Theobald Wolfe Tone
  • DeForest Kelly
  • Slim Whitman
  • Patricia Neal
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • David Lynch
  • Bill Maher
  • Melissa Rivers

  • On This Day
  • 1801 --- John Marshall was appointed chief justice of the United States.

  • 1885 --- The roller coaster was patented by La Marcus Thompson of, where else, Coney Island, NY. His coaster was 450 feet long with the highest drop being 30 feet.
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  • 1937 --- Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to be inaugurated on January 20th. The 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution set the date, officially, for the swearing in of the President and Vice President. The amendment was ratified by Congress in 1933.
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  • 1958 --- Elvis Presley got a little U.S. mail this day with greetings from Uncle Sam. The draft board in Memphis, TN ordered the King to report for duty; but allowed a 60-day deferment for him to finish the film, King Creole.
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  • 1961 --- 87-year-old Robert Frost recited his poem "The Gift Outright" at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Although Frost had written a new poem for the occasion, titled "Dedication," faint ink in his typewriter made the words difficult to read, so he recited "The Gift Outright" from memory.
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  • 1964 --- This was a big day in U.S. record stores as the first album by The Beatles was released. The LP, Meet the Beatles, became a huge success and was #1 on the charts by February 15, 1964. The British Invasion had begun.
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  • 1980 --- Bleachers at a bullring in Sincelejo, Colombia, collapse, resulting in the deaths of 222 people. The collapse at Sincelejo, the deadliest tragedy at a sporting event in Colombia's history, was the result of overcrowding and poor construction. In addition to the 222 spectators killed, hundreds more were injured. Despite the fact that bullrings were more closely regulated and inspected in the aftermath of Sincelejo, a temporary bleachers in Honda, 60 miles southeast of Bogota, collapsed in February 1989.

  • 1980 --- In a letter to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and a television interview, U.S. President Jimmy Carter proposes that the 1980 Summer Olympics be moved from the planned host city, Moscow, if the Soviet Union failed to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan within a month.
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  • 1981 --- Iran released 52 Americans that had been held hostage for 444 days. The hostages were flown to Algeria and then to a U.S. base in Wiesbaden, West Germany. The release occurred minutes after the U.S. presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan. 
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  • 1985 --- Super Bowl XIX (at Palo Alto): San Francisco 49ers 38, Miami Dolphins 16. The only Super Bowl played at Stanford University Stadium saw Bill Walsh’s 49ers overwhelm Don Shula’s Dolphins. The 1984 49ers, the first team to win 15 games in a regular season (15-1), outscored opponents by 2 to 1 and had ten players voted to the Pro Bowl. MVP: 49ers QB Joe Montana. 
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    Tickets: $60.00. It was the most-watched Super Bowl game in history, seen by an estimated 115.9 million people. The program with the largest audience ever (aside from man landing on the moon) was the final episode of "M*A*S*H" in 1983. Super Bowl XIX also marked the first time that TV commericals sold for a million dollars a minute.
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  • 1986 --- The U.S. observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
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  • 1986 --- New footage of the 1931 horror classic, Frankenstein, was found. It depicted the monster, played by Boris Karloff, throwing a girl into a lake and showed a hypodermic needle in the monster’s arm! Yeeeeeow! The scenes had been cut because they were considered too shocking for the 1930’s theatre crowd. They have since been put back in and the film has been rereleased.

  • 1987 --- Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite was kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon. He was there attempting to negotiate the release of Western hostages. He was not freed until November 1991. 
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  • 1994 --- Shannon Faulkner became the first woman to attend classes at The Citadel in South Carolina. Faulkner joined the cadet corps in August 1995 under court order but soon dropped out.
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  • 1996 --- Yasser Arafat is elected president of the Palestinian National Council with 88.1 percent of the popular vote, becoming the first democratically elected leader of the Palestinian people in history.
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