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Tuesday May 5, 2015

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  • 125th Day of 2015 240 Remaining
  • Summer Begins in 47 Days
  • Sunrise:6:08
  • Sunset:8:04
  • 13 Hours 56 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:9:45pm
  • Moon Set:7:26am
  • Phase:97%
  • 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:1:17pm
  • Low:6:27am/6:17pm
  • Holidays
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Cartoonist’s Day
  • Childhood Depression Awareness Day
  • National Chocolate Custard Day
  • National Ferret Day
  • National Hoagie Day
  • National Teacher Day
  • Oyster Day
  • Poem On Your Pillow Day
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  • World Asthma Day
  • International Midwives Day
  • Children’s Day-South Korea
  • Constitution Day-Kyrgyzstan
  • Coronation Day-Thailand
  • Indian Heritage Day-Guyana
  • Kodomo No Hi/Children’s Day-Japan
  • Senior Citizen’s Day-Palau
  • Nationale Bevrijdingsdag/Liberation Day-Nederlands
  • On This Day
  • 1821 --- Napoleon Bonaparte, the former French ruler who once ruled an empire that stretched across Europe, dies as a British prisoner on the remote island of Saint Helena in the southern Atlantic Ocean.
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  • 1862 --- During the French-Mexican War, a poorly supplied and outnumbered Mexican army under General Ignacio Zaragoza defeats a French army attempting to capture Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. Victory at the Battle of Puebla represented a great moral victory for the Mexican government, symbolizing the country’s ability to defend its sovereignty against threat by a powerful foreign nation.
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  • 1865 --- The Thirteenth Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery.
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  • 1877 --- Nearly a year after the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Sitting Bull and a band of followers cross into Canada hoping to find safe haven from the U.S. Army. Sitting Bull and his band stayed in the Grandmother’s Country-so called in honor of the British Queen Victoria-for the next four years. The first year was idyllic. The band found plenty of buffalo and Sitting Bull could rest and play with his children in peace. The younger warriors, though, soon tired of the quiet life. The braves made trouble with neighboring tribes, attracting the displeasure of the Canadian Mounties. While the Canadian leaders were more reasonable and sensitive about Indian affairs than their aggressive counterparts to the south, they became increasingly nervous and pressured Sitting Bull to return to the U.S.
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  • 1891 --- Music Hall was dedicated in New York City. It was later renamed Carnegie Hall. The first performer was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 
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  • 1893 --- Panic hit the New York Stock Exchange; by year's end, the country was in the throes of a severe depression.
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  • 1904 --- The third perfect game of the major leagues was thrown by Cy Young, of the Boston Red Sox, against the Philadelphia Athletics. It was the first perfect game under modern rules.
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  • 1912 --- Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda began publishing.
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  • 1917 --- Eugene Jacques Bullard becomes the first African-American aviator when he earned his flying certificate with the French Air Service. 
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  • 1925 --- John T. Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in a Tennessee public school.
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  • 1936 --- A patent was granted for the first bottle with a screw cap to Edward Ravenscroft of Glencoe, Illinois.
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  • 1945 --- In Lakeview, Oregon, Mrs. Elsie Mitchell and five neighborhood children are killed while attempting to drag a Japanese balloon out the woods. Unbeknownst to Mitchell and the children, the balloon was armed, and it exploded soon after they began tampering with it. They were the first and only known American civilians to be killed in the continental United States during World War II.
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  • 1955 --- The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) becomes a sovereign state when the United States, France, and Great Britain end their military occupation, which had begun in 1945. With this action, West Germany was given the right to rearm and become a full-fledged member of the western alliance against the Soviet Union.
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  • 1961 --- From Cape Canaveral, Florida, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a major triumph for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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  • 1965 --- The Warlocks,' who would later be known as 'The Grateful Dead,' played their first show, at Magoo's Pizza Parlor in Menlo Park, California.

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  • 1968 --- Buffalo Springfield performed their final concert in Long Beach, CA.

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  • 1978 --- Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds registered his 3,000th major league hit.
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  • 1981 --- Bobby Sands dies after refusing food for 66 days in protest of his treatment as a criminal rather than a political prisoner by British authorities. His death immediately touched off widespread rioting in Belfast, as young Irish-Catholic militants clashed with police and British Army patrols and started fires. After Sands’ death, the hunger strike continued, and nine more men perished before it was called off on October 3, 1981, under pressure from Catholic Church leaders and the prisoners’ families. In the aftermath of the strike, the administration of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher agreed to give in to several of the protesters’ demands, including the right to wear civilian clothing and the right to receive mail and visits. Prisoners were also allowed to move more freely and no longer were subject to harsh penalties for refusing prison work. Official recognition of their political status, however, was not granted.
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  • 1985 --- President Ronald Reagan angers Jewish leaders and Holocaust survivors by visiting the Bitburg war cemetery in Germany. Then-German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who suggested the visit, accompanied Reagan to the cemetery, where 2,000 German troops are buried. Reagan laid a wreath at the base of a monument to fallen German soldiers. What he did not know was that the cemetery included the graves of 49 of Hitler’s infamous SS (Schutzstaffel), the paramilitary organization that planned and carried out the massacre of approximately 6 million people in death camps during World War II. Reagan’s visit to Bitburg angered not only Jewish leaders and families of Holocaust victims, but also political leaders and citizens in America, France, Britain, West Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
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  • 1986 --- It was announced that Cleveland had been chosen as the city where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would be built.
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  • 1995 --- Dallas, Texas is hit by torrential rains and a severe hailstorm that leaves 17 dead and many others seriously wounded. The storm, which hit both Dallas and Tarrant counties, was the worst recorded hail storm to hit the United States in the 20th century. The storm came on a Friday afternoon, when warm weather had drawn many people to outdoor events in the area. It came on suddenly and many people had not yet sought shelter when tennis-ball-sized hail began to fall. Victims suffered broken bones, deep lacerations or bruises from the hail stones. The hail also broke windows, dented cars and trucks and destroyed crops. Air traffic throughout the country was delayed because of the sudden problems in Dallas.
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  • Birthdays
  • Nellie Bly
  • James Beard
  • Soren Kierkegard
  • Tyrone Power
  • Ann B Davis
  • Pat Carroll
  • Sandy Baron
  • Tammy Wynette
  • Michael Palin
  • Annette Bening
  • Tina Yothers
  • Karl Marx