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Wednesday March 11, 2015

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  • 70th Day of 2015 295 Remaining
  • Spring Begins in 9 Days
  • Sunrise:7:25
  • Sunset:7:13
  • 11 Hours 48 Minutes
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  • Moon Rise:12:02am
  • Moon Set:10:45am
  • Phase:70%
  • Full Moon April 4 @ 5:07am
  • The name Full Pink Moon came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.
  • Tides
  • High:2:47am/3:59pm
  • Low:9:28am/9:09pm
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  • Rainfall:
  • This Year to Date:17.01
  • Last Year:8.68
  • Avg YTD:19.56
  • Annual Avg:23.80
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  • Holidays
  • Dream Day
  • Johnny Appleseed Day
  • Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day
  • Registered Dietician Day
  • No Smoking Day
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  • World Plumbing Day
  • Commonwealth Day-Tuvalu
  • Restoration of Statehood Day-Lithuania
  • On This Day
  • 0537 ---- The Goths began their siege on Rome.
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  • 1302 --- The characters Romeo and Juliet were married this day according to William Shakespeare.
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  • 1818 --- Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is published. The book, by 21-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, is frequently called the world’s first science fiction novel. In Shelley’s tale, a scientist animates a creature constructed from dismembered corpses. The gentle, intellectually gifted creature is enormous and physically hideous. Cruelly rejected by its creator, it wanders, seeking companionship and becoming increasingly brutal as it fails to find a mate.
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  • 1845 --- John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed died. Chapman was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present day West Virginia. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples. 
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  • 1845 --- Seven hundred Maoris led by their chief, Hone-Heke, burned the small town of Kororareka. The act was in protest to the settlement of Maoriland by Europeans, which was a breach of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi. 
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  • 1888 --- One of the worst blizzards in American history strikes the Northeast, killing more than 400 people and dumping as much as 55 inches of snow in some areas. New York City ground to a near halt in the face of massive snow drifts and powerful winds from the storm. At the time, approximately one in every four Americans lived in the area between Washington D.C. and Maine, the area affected by the Great Blizzard of 1888.
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  • 1901 --- The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the signing of a mysterious player named “Chief Tokohama” to baseball’s Baltimore Orioles by manager John McGraw. Chief Tokohama was later revealed to be Charlie Grant, an African-American second baseman. McGraw was attempting to draw upon the great untapped resource of African-American baseball talent in the face of baseball’s unspoken rule banning black players from the major leagues.
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  • 1905 --- The Parisian subway was officially inaugurated. 
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  • 1968 --- Otis Redding posthumously received a gold record for his single, "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay". 
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  • 1969 --- Levi-Strauss started selling bell-bottomed jeans.
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  • 1972 --- Neil Young's album 'Harvest' is number 1 on U.S. and U.K. charts.
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  • 1985 --- Capping his rapid rise through the Communist Party hierarchy, Mikhail Gorbachev is selected as the new general secretary and leader of the Soviet Union, following the death of Konstantin Chernenko the day before. Gorbachev oversaw a radical transformation of Soviet society and foreign policy during the next six years.
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  • 1990 --- The Lithuanian parliament voted to break away from the Soviet Union and restore its independence.
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  • 1993 --- Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to be the nation's first female attorney general.
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  • 1997 --- Paul McCartney, a former member of the most successful rock band in history, The Beatles, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his “services to music.” The 54-year-old lad from Liverpool became Sir Paul in a centuries-old ceremony of pomp and solemnity at Buckingham Palace in central London.
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  • 1998 --- The International Astronomical Union issued an alert that said that a mile-wide asteroid could come very close to, and possibly hit, Earth on Oct. 26, 2028. The next day NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that there was no chance the asteroid would hit Earth. 
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  • 2004 --- Ten bombs exploded in quick succession across the commuter rail network in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people and wounding more than 2,000 in an attack linked to al-Qaida-inspired militants.
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  • 2008 --- San Francisco passed a law requiring chain restaurants (with 20 or more locations in California) to post nutrition information on their menus.
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  • 2009 --- Toyota announces that it has sold over 1 million gas-electric hybrid vehicles in the U.S. under its six Toyota and Lexus brands. The sales were led by the Prius, the world’s first mass-market hybrid car, which was launched in Japan in October 1997 and introduced in America in July 2000.
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  • 2011 --- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a measure to eliminate most union rights for public employees, a proposal which had provoked three weeks of protests.
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  • Birthdays
  • Ralph Abernathy
  • Justice John McLean
  • Dorothy Gish
  • Lawrence Welk
  • Shemp Howard
  • Mercer Ellington
  • Rupert Murdoch
  • Sam Donaldson
  • Justice Antonin Scalia
  • Flaco Jimenez
  • Bobby McFerrin
  • Susan Richardson
  • Cheryl Lynn
  • Lisa Loeb
  • Harold Wilson