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Wednesday April 15, 2015

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  • 105th Day of 2015 260 Remaining
  • Summer Begins in 67 Days
  • Sunrise:6:33
  • Sunset:7:45
  • 13 Hours 12 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:4:34am
  • Moon Set:4:32pm
  • Phase:13%
  • Full Moon May 3 @ 8:44pm

Full Flower Moon In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.

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  • Holidays
  • Jackie Robinson Day
  • Income Tax Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Take A Wild Guess Day
  • National Bookmobile Day
  • Micro-volunteering Day
  • Banana Day
  • National Glazed Ham Day
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  • World Art Day
  • Army Day-Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Youth Day-Palau
  • On This Day
  • 1783 --- The Continental Congress of the United States officially ratifies the preliminary peace treaty with Great Britain that was signed in November 1782. The congressional move brings the nascent nation one step closer to the conclusion of the Revolutionary War.
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  • 1817 --- The first American school for the deaf was opened in Hartford, CT. 
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  • 1850 --- The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
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  • 1861 --- President Abraham Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops three days after the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.
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  • 1865 --- President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, dies from an assassin’s bullet. Shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington the night before, Lincoln lived for nine hours before succumbing to the severe head wound he sustained.
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  • 1871 --- "Wild Bill" Hickok became the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.
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  • 1878 --- Ivory Soap was developed by Harley Proctor. Air was whipped into the soap during production, which made it float. First sold in 1879, it was a huge success.
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  • 1912 --- The RMS Titanic, billed as unsinkable, sinks into the icy waters of the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage, killing 1,517 people. The United Kingdom’s White Star Line built the Titanic to be the most luxurious cruise ship in the world.
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  • 1934 --- In the comic strip "Blondie," Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead welcomed a baby boy, Alexander. The child would be nicknamed, Baby Dumpling. 
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  • 1944 --- The Soviet Red Army occupies Tarnopol, one of the principal cities of Eastern Galicia, across the former Polish border. Tarnopol, traditionally a part of Poland, then part of the Soviet Union, had become German-occupied territory in the great German offensive eastward in June 1941.
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  • 1945 --- British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.
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  • 1947 --- Jackie Robinson, age 28, becomes the first African-American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in a sport that had been segregated for more than 50 years. Exactly 50 years later, on April 15, 1997, Robinson’s groundbreaking career was honored and his uniform number, 42, was retired from Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig in a ceremony attended by over 50,000 fans at New York City’s Shea Stadium. Robinson’s was the first-ever number retired by all teams in the league.
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  • 1953 --- Charlie Chaplin surrendered his U.S. re-entry permit rather than face proceedings by the U.S. Justice Department. Chaplin was accused of sympathizing with Communist groups.
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  • 1955 --- The first franchised McDonald's was opened in Des Plaines, Illinois, by Ray Kroc, who bought the hamburger restaurant owned by the McDonald brothers. On opening day a 2 patty hamburger was 15 cents and French Fries were 10 cents.
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  • 1959 --- Four months after leading a successful revolution in Cuba, Fidel Castro visits the United States. The visit was marked by tensions between Castro and the American government. On January 1, 1959, Castro’s revolutionary forces overthrew the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. From the beginning of the new regime in Cuba, U.S. officials worried about the bearded revolutionary. Castro’s anti-American rhetoric, his stated plans to nationalize foreign properties in Cuba, and his association with a number of suspected leftists (including his second-in-command, Che Guevara) prompted American diplomats to keep a wary eye on him.
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  • 1967 --- Massive parades to protest Vietnam policy are held in New York and San Francisco. In New York, police estimated that 100,000 to 125,000 people listened to speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., Floyd McKissick, Stokely Carmichael and Dr. Benjamin Spock. Prior to the march, nearly 200 draft cards were burned by youths in Central Park. In San Francisco, black nationalists led a march, but most of the marchers were white.
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  • 1968 --- Aretha Franklin recorded "Think." 
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  • 1970 --- As part of the third phase of U.S. troop withdrawals announced by President Nixon, the 1st Infantry Division departs Vietnam. One of the most distinguished units in the U.S. Army, the 1st Infantry Division was organized in May 1917 and served with distinction in both World War I and II. It was deployed to the area north of Saigon in October 1965, one of the first Army infantry divisions to arrive in Vietnam. 
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  • 1983 --- Tokyo Disneyland opened.
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  • 1989 --- Students in Beijing launched a series of pro-democracy protests upon the death of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang. The protests led to the Tienanmen Square massacre. 
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  • 1989 --- In Sheffield, England, 96 people were killed and hundreds were injured at a soccer game at Hillsborough Stadium when a crowd surged into an overcrowded standing area. Ninety-four died on the day of the incident and two more later died from their injuries
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  • 1998 --- Pol Pot died at the age of 73. The leader of the Khmer Rouge regime thereby evaded prosecution for the deaths of 2 million Cambodians.
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  • 2000 --- Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles became the 24th major league player to reach 3,000 hits.
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  • 2013 --- Two bombs go off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and wounding more than 260 other people in attendance.
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  • Birthdays
  • Bessie Smith
  • A Philip Randolph
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Harold Washington
  • Nikita Khrushchev
  • Hans Conried
  • Roy Clark
  • Claudia Cardinale
  • Dave Edmunds
  • Amy Wright
  • Evelyn Ashford
  • Emma Thompson
  • Seth Rogan
  • Emma Watson