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National Raspberry Tart Day-KALW Almanac-August 11, 2015

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  • 223rd Day of 2015 142 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 43 Days
  • Sunrise:6:22
  • Sunset:8:07
  • 13 Hours 45 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:3:45am
  • Moon Set:6:06pm
  • Phase:8%
  • Full Moon August 29 @ 11:37am
  • Full Sturgeon Moon / Full Green Corn Moon
  • Full Grain Moon/Full Red Moon
  • The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.
  • Tides
  • High:10:23am/9:18pm
  • Low:3:37am/3:21pm
  • Holidays
  • Annual Medical Check Up Day
  • Ingersoll Day
  • National Raspberry Bombe Day
  • National Raspberry Tart Day
  • Presidential Joke Day
  • Son And Daughter Day
  • Play In The Sand Day
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  • Heroes Day-Zimbabwe
  • Independence Day-Chad
  • Annual Pilgrimage-Monserrat
  • On This Day
  • 1860 --- The first successful silver mill in America began operations in Virginia City, Nevada. 
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  • 1877 --- The two moons of Mars were discovered by Asaph Hall, an American astronomer. He named them Phobos and Deimos.
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  • 1896 --- Harvey Hubbell received a patent for the electric light bulb socket with a pull-chain.
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  • 1934 --- A group of federal prisoners classified as “most dangerous” arrives at Alcatraz Island, a 22-acre rocky outcrop situated 1.5 miles offshore in San Francisco Bay. The convicts–the first civilian prisoners to be housed in the new high-security penitentiary–joined a few dozen military prisoners left over from the island’s days as a U.S. military prison. In 1963, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy ordered Alcatraz closed, citing the high expense of its maintenance. In its 29-year run, Alcatraz housed more than 1,500 convicts. In March 1964 a group of Native Americans briefly occupied the island, citing an 1868 treaty with the Sioux allowing Indians to claim any “unoccupied government land.” In November 1969, a group of nearly 100 Indian students and activists began a more prolonged occupation of the island, remaining there until they were forced off by federal marshals in June 1971. In 1972, Alcatraz was opened to the public as part of the newly created Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is maintained by the National Park Service. More than one million tourists visit Alcatraz Island and the former prison annually.
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  • 1943 --- German forces begin a six-day evacuation of the Italian island of Sicily, having been beaten back by the Allies, who invaded the island in July. The Germans had maintained a presence in Sicily since the earliest days of the war. But with the arrival of Gen. George S. Patton and his 7th Army and Gen. Bernard Montgomery and his 8th Army, the Germans could no longer hold their position. 
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  • 1951 --- The first major league baseball game to be televised in color was broadcast. The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves 8-1.
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  • 1952 --- Prince Hussein is proclaimed the king of Jordan after his father, King Talal, is declared unfit to rule by the Jordanian Parliament on grounds of mental illness. Hussein was formally crowned on November 14, 1953, his 18th birthday.
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  • 1965 --- In the predominantly black Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, racial tension reaches a breaking point after two white policemen scuffle with a black motorist suspected of drunken driving. A crowd of spectators gathered near the corner of Avalon Boulevard and 116th Street to watch the arrest and soon grew angry by what they believed to be yet another incident of racially motivated abuse by the police. A riot soon began, spurred on by residents of Watts who were embittered after years of economic and political isolation.
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  • 1971 --- Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins got his 500th and 501st home runs of his major league baseball career. 
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  • 1973 --- “American Graffiti,” a nostalgic coming-of-age tale set on the streets and steeped in the car-centric culture of suburban California, is released in theaters across the United States. The movie went on to become a sleeper hit.
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  • 1984 --- A joke about “outlawing” the Soviet Union by President Ronald Reagan turns into an international embarrassment. The president’s flippant remarks caused consternation among America’s allies and provided grist for the Soviet propaganda mill. As he prepared for his weekly radio address on August 11, 1984, President Reagan was asked to make a voice check. Reagan obliged, declaring, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”
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  • 1992 --- The Mall of America, the biggest shopping mall in the country, opened in Bloomington, Minn.
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  • 1994 --- The longest work stoppage in major league history begins. Because of the strike, the 1994 World Series was cancelled; it was the first time baseball did not crown a champion in 89 years.
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  • 1997 --- U.S. President Clinton made the first use of the line-item veto approved by Congress, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills.
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  • 2014 --- Robin Williams is found dead at his home in Tiburon, California, after committing suicide. As a performer, the versatile, inventive Williams was known as both a comic genius with a rapid-fire delivery and talent for impressions, as well as an accomplished dramatic actor who took on a broad range of roles. After his death, it was announced the 63-year-old entertainer had been suffering from severe depression and was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
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  • Birthdays
  • Alex Haley
  • Carrie Bond
  • Hugh MacDiarmid
  • Louise Bogan
  • Lloyd Nolan
  • Carl Rowan
  • Jerry Falwell
  • Mike Douglas
  • Anne Massey
  • Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea
  • Robert Ingersoll