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Tuesday April 21, 2015

  • 111th Day of 2015 254 Remaining
  • Summer Begins in 61 Days
  • Sunrise:6:25
  • Sunset:7:51
  • 13 Hours 26 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:8:50am
  • Moon Set:11:16pm
  • Phase:12%
  • 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.
  • Tides
  • High:12:47am/2:24pm
  • Low:7:33am/7:36pm
  • Holidays
  • Kindergarten Day
  • John Muir Day
  • Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day
  • Keep Off The Grass Day
  • National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
  • Kartini Day-Indonesia
  • National Tree Planting Day-Kenya
  • International Creativity and Innovation Day
  • On This Day
  • 753 BC --- According to tradition, Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. Actually, the Romulus and Remus myth originated sometime in the fourth century B.C., and the exact date of Rome’s founding was set by the Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro in the first century B.C.
  • 1649 --- The Maryland Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all Christians, was passed by the Maryland assembly.
  • 1836 --- During the Texan War for Independence, the Texas militia under Sam Houston launches a surprise attack against the forces of Mexican General Santa Anna along the San Jacinto River. The Mexicans were thoroughly routed, and hundreds were taken prisoner, including General Santa Anna himself.
  • 1865 --- A train carrying the coffin of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln leaves Washington, D.C. on its way to Springfield, Illinois, where he would be buried on May 4. The train carrying Lincoln’s body traveled through 180 cities and seven states on its way to Lincoln’s home state of Illinois. Scheduled stops for the special funeral train were published in newspapers. At each stop, Lincoln’s coffin was taken off the train, placed on an elaborately decorated horse-drawn hearse and led by solemn processions to a public building for viewing. In cities as large as Columbus, Ohio, and as small as Herkimer, New York, thousands of mourners flocked to pay tribute to the slain president. In Philadelphia, Lincoln’s body lay in state on in the east wing of Independence Hall, the same site where the Declaration of Independence was signed.
  • 1892 --- The first Buffalo was born in Golden Gate Park.
  • 1918 --- In the skies over Vauz sur Somme, France, Manfred von Richthofen, the notorious German flying ace known as “The Red Baron,” is killed by Allied fire. Richthofen had penetrated deep into Allied territory in pursuit of a British aircraft. The Red Baron was flying too near the ground–an Australian gunner shot him through his chest, and his plane crashed into a field alongside the road from Corbie to Bray. Another account has Captain A. Roy Brown, a Canadian in the Royal Air Force, shooting him down. British troops recovered his body, and he was buried with full military honors. He was 25 years old. In a time of wooden and fabric aircraft, when 20 air victories ensured a pilot legendary status, Manfred von Richthofen downed 80 enemy aircraft.
  • 1930 --- A fire at an Ohio prison kills 320 inmates, some of whom burn to death when they are not unlocked from their cells. It is one of the worst prison disasters in American history.
  • 1945 --- Soviet forces fighting south of Berlin, at Zossen, assault the headquarters of the German High Command. The only remaining opposing “force” to the Russian invasion of Berlin are the “battle groups” of Hitler Youth, teenagers with anti-tank guns, strategically placed in parks and suburban streets.
  • 1960 --- Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the seat of national government from Rio de Janeiro.
  • 1960 --- Dick Clark testified before a congressional committee investigating payola. He admitted that he had a financial interest in 27 percent of the records he played on his show in a period of 28 months.
  • 1962 --- The Top Of The Needle restaurant in the Seattle, Washington Space Needle, was officially opened. It was the second revolving restaurant in the U.S. It seats 260 and rotates completely once every hour.
  • 1965 --- The Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency report a “most ominous” development: a regiment of the People’s Army of Vietnam–the regular army of North Vietnam–division is now operating with the Viet Cong in South Vietnam. Prior to this, it was believed that South Vietnam was dealing with an internal insurgency by the Viet Cong; the report detailed that, in fact, the Viet Cong forces were being joined in the war against the Saigon government by North Vietnamese army units. In short, the report revealed that South Vietnam was now involved in a much larger war than originally believed.
  • 1967 --- Svetlana Alliluyeva (Svetlana Stalina) defected in New York City. She was the daughter of Joseph Stalin. 
  • 1969 --- Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band played at London's Royal Albert Hall. 
  • 1972 --- Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explored the surface of the moon.
  • 1975 --- South Vietnam president, Nguyen Van Thieu, resigned, condemning the United States.
  • 1977 --- The musical "Annie," based on the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," opened on Broadway.
  • 1980 --- Rosie Ruiz, age 26, finishes first in the women’s division of the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:31:56 on April 21, 1980. She was rewarded with a medal, a laurel wreath and a silver bowl; however, eight days later Ruiz is stripped of her victory after race officials learned she jumped into the race about a mile before the finish line.
  • 1986 --- Geraldo Rivera opened a vault that belonged to Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. Nothing of interest was found inside. 
  • 1989 --- Six days after the death of Hu Yaobang, the deposed reform-minded leader of the Chinese Communist Party, some 100,000 students gather at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to commemorate Hu and voice their discontent with China’s authoritative communist government. 
  • 1992 --- Robert Alton Harris is executed in California’s gas chamber after 13 years on death row. This was California’s first execution since former Chief Justice Rose Bird and two other state supreme court justices, Joseph Grodin and Cruz Reynoso, had been rejected by California voters. From 1979 to 1986, the Bird court had reversed 64 out of the 68 death penalty cases on appeal. Supporters of capital punishment initiated a campaign against Bird, Grodin, and Reynoso, successfully ousting them from the court in 1986. Republican Governor George Deukmejian then appointed three justices in favor of the death penalty to take their places.
  • 2002 --- In the city of General Santos, 14 people were killed and 69 were injured in a bomb attack on a department store. The attack was blamed on Muslim extremists. 
  • 2009 --- UNESCO launched The World Digital Library. The World Digital Library (WDL) is an international digital library operated by UNESCO and the United States Library of Congress.
  • Birthdays
  • Michael Franti
  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Freidrich Froebel
  • Marcel Camus
  • Iggy Pop (James Osterburg)
  • Anthony Quinn
  • Andie MacDowell
  • Charles Grodin
  • Clara Ward
  • Elaine May
  • Patti Lupone
  • Tony Danza
  • Nicole Sullivan