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Wednesday February 25, 2015

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  • 56th Day of 2015 309 Remaining
  • Spring Begins in 23 Days
  • Sunrise:6:45
  • Sunset:5:59
  • 10 Hours 14 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:11:21am
  • Moon Set:12:47am
  • Phase:First Quarter
  • Full Moon March 5 @ 10:06am

As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.

  • Tides
  • High:3:33am/5:24pm
  • Low:10:39am/10:26pm
  • Rainfall:
  • This Year to Date:17.01
  • Last Year:5.89
  • Avg YTD:17.64
  • Annual Avg:23.80
  • Holidays
  • Inconvenience Yourself Day
  • National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
  • National Clam Chowder Day
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  • National Day-Kuwait
  • Revolution Day –Suriname
  • On This Day
  • 1836 --- Inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.
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  • 1862 --- Congress passes the Legal Tender Act, authorizing the use of paper notes to pay the government's bills. This ended the long-standing policy of using only gold or silver in transactions, and it allowed the government to finance the enormously costly Civil War long after its gold and silver reserves were depleted.
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  • 1870 --- Hiram R. Revels, R-Miss., became the first black member of the United States Senate as he was sworn in to serve out the unexpired term of Jefferson Davis.
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  • 1908 --- At midnight (Feb 25/26), service through the Hudson & Manhattan railway tunnels opened to the public, carrying passengers between Manhattan and Hoboken New Jersey. It was the first railroad tunnel under a major river in the U.S. 
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  • 1913 --- The 16th Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution was officially declared ratified. It gave Congress the power to levy an income tax.
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  • 1928 --- The Federal Radio Commission issued the first U.S. television license to Charles Jenkins Laboratories in Washington, DC. 
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  • 1940 --- The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens played in the first hockey game to be televised in the U.S. The game was aired on W2WBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position. The Rangers beat the Canadiens 6-2.
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  • 1948 --- Under pressure from the Czechoslovakian Communist Party, President Eduard Benes allows a communist-dominated government to be organized. Although the Soviet Union did not physically intervene (as it would in 1968), Western observers decried the virtually bloodless communist coup as an example of Soviet expansion into Eastern Europe.
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  • 1949 --- Actor Robert Mitchum is released from a Los Angeles County prison farm after spending the final week of his two-month sentence for marijuana possession there. In the fall of 1948, Mitchum, the star of classics such as Cape Fear and Night of the Hunter, was smoking a joint at a small party in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles when detectives burst in and arrested him. There is some reason to believe that Mitchum's arrest was less than fair and designed to bring publicity to the Los Angeles Police Department's anti-drug efforts. Although high-priced studio lawyers questioned irregularities in the case, it was later agreed that Mitchum would accept 60 days in jail and several years' probation.
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  • 1950 --- "Your Show of Shows" debuted on NBC.
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  • 1956 --- Sylvia Plath meets her future husband, Ted Hughes, at a party in Cambridge, UK. The two poets fell in love at first sight and married four months later.
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  • 1957 --- Buddy Holly and the Crickets recorded "That'll Be The Day." The song would be their first hit. A previously recorded version, on July 22, 1956, was produced poorly and the vocals were performed differently. 
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  • 1958 --- Procter & Gamble Company registered 'Mr. Clean' trademark (cleanser, detergent).
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  • 1964 --- Cassius Clay, age 22, defeats champion Sonny Liston in a technical knockout to win the world heavyweight boxing crown. The highly anticipated match took place in Miami Beach. Clay, who later became known to the world as Muhammad Ali, went on to become the first fighter to capture the heavyweight title three times. Liston was a reserved, feared fighter, a decade older than 
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      Cassius Clay, and had been world heavyweight champ since defeating Floyd Patterson in 1962. By contrast, Clay was a mouthy underdog who had won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. While training for their fight, Clay, a natural self-promoter, taunted Liston and boasted to reporters that he would win by knockout. Clay came out strong during the fight, using speed and footwork to his advantage against the slower Liston. After the sixth round, Liston, who was suffering from cuts and bruises under his eyes and an apparent injured shoulder, announced he couldn’t continue. Clay won the match by technical knockout and then announced to the world, “I am the greatest!”
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  • 1971 --- In both houses of Congress, legislation is initiated to forbid U.S. military support of any South Vietnamese invasion of North Vietnam without congressional approval. This legislation was a result of the controversy that arose after the invasion of Laos by South Vietnamese forces in Operation Lam Son 719. On February 8, South Vietnamese forces had launched a major cross-border operation into Laos to interdict the Ho Chi Minh Trail and destroy the North Vietnamese supply dumps in the area.
  • 1986 --- In the face of mass demonstrations against his rule, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos and his entourage are airlifted from the presidential palace in Manila by U.S. helicopters. Elected in 1966, Marcos declared martial law in 1972 in response to leftist violence. In the next year, he assumed dictatorial powers. Backed by the United States, his regime was marked by misuse of foreign support, repression, and political murders. In 1986, Marcos defrauded the electorate in a presidential election, declaring himself the victor over Corazon Aquino, the wife of an assassinated rival. Aquino also declared herself the rightful winner, and the public rallied behind her. Deserted by his former supporters, Marcos and his wife, Imelda, fled to Hawaii in exile, where they faced investigation on embezzlement charges.
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  • Birthdays
  • George Harrison
  • Adelle Davis
  • John Foster Dulles
  • Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • Enrico Caruso
  • Vyacheslav Molotov
  • Zeppo Marx
  • Millicent Fenwick
  • Jim Backus
  • Bobby Riggs
  • Ralph Stanley
  • Tea Leoni
  • Carrot Top
  • Julio Iglesias Jr.
  • Chelsea Handler