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Thursday April 30, 2015

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  • 120th Day of 2015 245 Remaining
  • Summer Begins in 52 Days
  • Sunrise:6:14
  • Sunset:7:59
  • 13 Hours 45 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:5:00pm
  • Moon Set:4:30am
  • Phase:90%
  • 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:9:36am/9:45pm
  • Low:3:37am/3:25pm
  • Holidays
  • Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • Raisin Day
  • Adopt A Shelter Pet Day
  • Bugs Bunny Day
  • Hairstyle Appreciation Day
  • National Animal Advocacy Day
  • National Honesty Day
  • Poem In Your Pocket Day
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  • International Jazz Day
  • Children’s Day-Mexico
  • King’s Birthday-Sweden
  • Koninginnedag/Queen’s Day-Nederlands
  • Liberation Day-Vietnam
  • Mange’ Les Morts-Haiti
  • Walpurgisnacht/Witches Night-Germany
  • Beltane/Samhain-Paganism
  • On This Day
  • 1789 --- In New York City, George Washington, the great military leader of the American Revolution, is inaugurated as the first president of the United States. In February 1789, all 69 presidential electors unanimously chose Washington to be the first U.S. president. In March, the new U.S. constitution officially took effect, and in April Congress formally sent word to Washington that he had won the presidency. He borrowed money to pay off his debts in Virginia and traveled to New York. On April 30, he came across the Hudson River in a specially built and decorated barge. The inaugural ceremony was performed on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street, and a large crowd cheered after he took the oath of office. The president then retired indoors to read Congress his inaugural address, a quiet speech in which he spoke of “the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” The evening celebration was opened and closed by 13 skyrockets and 13 cannons.
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  • 1803 --- Representatives of the United States and Napoleonic France conclude negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase, a massive land sale that doubles the size of the young American republic. What was known as Louisiana Territory comprised most of modern-day United States between the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains, with the exceptions of Texas, parts of New Mexico, and other pockets of land already controlled by the United States.
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  • 1812 --- Louisiana was admitted as the 18th state in the U.S.
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  • 1859 --- "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens was first published in serial form in a literary magazine.
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  • 1900 --- Casey Jones (John Luther Jones) died. Famed railroad engineer of the passenger train, the Cannonball Express, which crashed into a freight train near Vaughn, Mississippi. He died trying to stop his train and was immortalized as a hero in Wallace Saunders, 'The Ballad of Casey Jones'.
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  • 1904 --- The Louisiana Purchase Exposition opened in St. Louis (St. Louis World's Fair). It was at the Fair that the ice cream cone was supposed to have been invented. The hot dog and iced tea were also popularized at the Fair.
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  • 1927 --- The Federal Industrial Institution for Women, the first women’s federal prison, opens in Alderson, West Virginia. All women serving federal sentences of more than a year were to be brought here.
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  • 1938 --- Happy Rabbit appeared in the cartoon "Porky's Hare Hunt." This rabbit would later evolve into Bugs Bunny.
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  • 1939 --- The 1939 New York World's Fair opened. 'Dawn of a New Day' and 'the World of Tomorrow.'
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  • 1939 --- Lou Gehrig played his last game with the New York Yankees.
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  • 1945 --- Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.
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  • 1947 --- The name of Boulder Dam, in Nevada, was changed back to Hoover Dam.
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  • 1948 --- The Land Rover, a British-made all-terrain vehicle that will earn a reputation for its use in exotic locales, debuts at an auto show in Amsterdam.
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  • 1952 --- Mr. Potato Head is introduced to the world. Mr. Potato Head is the also the first toy to be advertised on television.
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  • 1975 --- North Vietnamese forces move into Saigon, where they meet only sporadic resistance. The South Vietnamese forces had collapsed under the rapid advancement of the North Vietnamese. The most recent fighting had begun in December 1974, when the North Vietnamese had launched a major attack against the lightly defended province of Phuoc Long, located due north of Saigon along 
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      the Cambodian border, overrunning the provincial capital at Phuoc Binh on January 6, 1975. Despite previous presidential promises to provide aid in such a scenario, the United States did nothing. By this time, Nixon had resigned from office and his successor, Gerald Ford, was unable to convince a hostile Congress to make good on Nixon’s earlier promises to rescue Saigon.
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  • 1988 --- Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania created a new record setting 4.55 mile long Banana Split: 33,000 Bananas, 2,500 gallons of Ice Cream, 600 pounds of chopped Nuts and 450 gallons of Topping.
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  • 1993 --- Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a tennis match in Hamburg, Germany. The man called himself a fan of second- ranked Steffi Graf. He was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm and received a suspended sentence. 
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  • Birthdays
  • Annie Dillard
  • Eve Arden
  • Sarah Josepha Hale
  • Franz Lehar
  • Cloris Leachman
  • Burt Young
  • Jill Clayburgh
  • Jane Campion
  • Isiah Thomas
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Johnny Farina