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Monday March 2, 2015

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  • 61st Day of 2015 304 Remaining
  • Spring Begins in 18 Days
  • Sunrise:6:38
  • Sunset:6:04
  • 11 Hours 26 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:3:40pm
  • Moon Set:4:46am
  • Phase:92%
  • 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:8;24am/9:54pm
  • Low:2:36am/3:14pm
  • Rainfall:
  • This Year to Date:17.01
  • Last Year:8.11
  • Avg YTD:18.48
  • Annual Avg:23.80
  • Holidays
  • Fun Facts About Names Day
  • National Banana Cream Pie Day
  • National Read Across America Day
  • Old Stuff Day
  • Dr Seuss Day
  • Texas Independence Day
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  • Fast of 19 Days-Baha’i
  • On This Day
  • 1776 --- In advance of the Continental Army's occupation of Dorchester Heights, Massachusetts, General George Washington orders American artillery forces to begin bombarding Boston from their positions at Lechmere Point, northwest of the city center.
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  • 1807 --- The U.S. Congress passed an act to "prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States ... from any foreign kingdom, place, or country." 
  • 1836 --- Texas declared its independence from Mexico.
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  • 1863 --- Congress authorized a track width of 4-ft 8-1/2 in. as the standard for the Union Pacific Railroad, which would become the standard width for most of the world.
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  • 1877 --- Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote.
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  • 1899 --- Mount Rainier National Park in Washington was established by the U.S. Congress. 
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  • 1917 --- The Russian Revolution began with Czar Nicholas II abdicating. 
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  • 1923 --- Canada and the U.S. sign the 'Halibut Treaty' (Convention for the Preservation of the Halibut Fishery of the Northern Pacific Ocean) to preserve North Pacific fish stocks, providing for joint management of the Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) and a 3-month closed winter season.  This was Canada's first treaty negotiated independently of Britain.
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  • 1925 --- State and federal highway officials developed a nationwide route-numbering system and adopted the familiar U.S. shield-shaped, numbered marker. 
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  • 1933 --- The classic film 'King Kong' premiered at Radio City Music Hall and the RKO Roxy theaters in New York City.
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  • 1935 --- Porky Pig, Warner Bros. Loony Tunes character, made his debut in the animated short 'I Haven't Got a Hat'
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  • 1946 --- Ho Chi Minh was elected President of Vietnam.
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  • 1951 --- By a vote of 44 to 7, the United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning the communist government of the People's Republic of China for acts of aggression in Korea. It was the first time since the United Nations formed in 1945 that it had condemned a nation as an aggressor.
  • 1959 --- Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis held the first of two recording sessions that yielded the album "Kind of Blue."
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  • 1962 --- The Twilight Zone episode 'To Serve Man' premiered. It is about aliens who arrive here ‘to serve man,’ but not quite in the way we assumed. Their manual on how ‘to serve man’ turns out to be a cookbook.
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  • 1962 --- Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points against the New York Knicks. It was the first time that a professional basketball player had scored 100 points in a single contest; the previous record, 78, had been set by Chamberlain earlier in the season. During the game, Chamberlain sank 36 field goals and 28 foul shots, both league records.
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  • 1964 --- "Twist and Shout" by the Beatles was released in the U.S. 
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  • 1965 --- The movie version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" had its world premiere in New York.
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  • 1967 --- Senator Robert Kennedy (D-New York) proposes a three-point plan to help end the war. The plan included suspension of the U.S. bombing of North Vietnam and the gradual withdrawal of U.S. and North Vietnamese troops from South Vietnam with replacement by an international force. Secretary of State Dean Rusk rejected Kennedy's proposal because he believed that the North Vietnamese would never agree to withdraw their troops.
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  • 1969 --- In a dramatic confirmation of the growing rift between the two most powerful communist nations in the world, troops from the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China fire on each other at a border outpost on the Ussuri River in the eastern region of the USSR, north of Vladivostok. In the years following this incident, the United States used the Soviet-Chinese schism to its advantage in its Cold War diplomacy. The cause of the fire 
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      fight between Soviet and Chinese troops was a matter of dispute. The Soviets charged that Chinese soldiers crossed the border between the two nations and attacked a Soviet outpost, killing and wounding a number of Russian guards. The intruders were then driven back with heavy casualties. The Chinese report indicated that it was the Soviets who crossed the border and were repulsed. Either way, it was the first time that either side openly admitted to a clash of arms along the border, though it had been rumored for years that similar run-ins were occurring.
  • 1972 --- Pioneer 10, the world's first outer-planetary probe, is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a mission to Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet. In December 1973, after successfully negotiating the asteroid belt and a distance of 620 million miles, Pioneer 10 reached Jupiter and sent back to Earth the first close-up images of the spectacular gas giant.
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  • 1986 --- Corazon Aquino was sworn into office as president of the Philippines. Her first public declaration was to restore the civil rights of the citizens of her country.
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  • 1989 --- A phone call to the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile begins a chain of events that results in an 11 day embargo of Chilian fruit. The anonymous phone call, and another one on March 9, warns that Red Flame grapes on the way to the U.S. have been injected with cyanide. Over 2 million crates of Chilean fruit is impounded and 20.000 Chilean food workers lose their jobs. Consumers in the U.S. and several other countries stop eating grapes of any kind for a month. No real evidence of contamination was found. 
  • 1998 --- Images from the American spacecraft Galileo indicated that the Jupiter moon Europa has a liquid ocean and a source of interior heat.   
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  • 2000 --- In Great Britain, Chile's former President Augusto Pinochet Ugarte was freed from house arrest and allowed to return to Chile. Britain's Home Secretary Jack Straw had concluded that Pinochet was mentally and physically unable to stand trial. Belgium, France, Spain and Switzerland had sought the former Chilean leader on human-rights violations.
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  • 2004 --- NASA announced that the Mars rover Opportunity had discovered evidence that water had existed on Mars in the past. 
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  • 2008 --- Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin's hand-picked successor, scored a crushing victory in Russia's presidential election.
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