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National Hot Dog Day-KALW Almanac-9/10/15


  • 253rd Day of 2015 112 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 13 Days
  • Sunrise:6:47
  • Sunset:7:24
  • 12 Hours 47 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:4:26am
  • Moon Set:6:03pm
  • Phase:6%
  • Full Moon September 27 @ 7:52pm
  • Full Harvest Moon / Full Corn Moon
  • This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief staples are now ready for gathering.
  • Tides
  • High:10:30am/9:52pm
  • Low:3:51am/3:58pm
  • Holidays
  • National Hot Dog Day
  • National Swap Ideas Day
  • Sew It Be Day
  • TV Dinner Day
  • International Creepy Robotic Boston Dynamics Robotic Horse Day
  • International Suicide Prevention Day
  • Teacher’s Day-China
  • Gibraltar National Day-Gibraltar
  • International Make-Up Day
  • On This Day
  • 1813 --- The first defeat of British naval squadron occurred in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. The leader of the U.S. fleet sent the famous message "We have met the enemy, and they are ours" to U.S. General William Henry Harrison. 
  • 1846 --- Elias Howe Jr. of Cambridge, Massachusetts received the first U.S. patent (# 4,750) for a lock-stitch sewing machine.
  • 1913 --- The official route of the Lincoln Highway was announced. It was the first coast to coast highway, running from New York to San Francisco.
  • 1919 --- Almost one year after an armistice officially ended the First World War, New York City holds a parade to welcome home General John J. Pershing, commander in chief of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), and some 25,000 soldiers who had served in the AEF’s 1st Division on the Western Front.
  • 1948 --- Mildred "Axis Sally" Gillars was indicted for treason in Washington, DC. Gillars was a Nazi radio propagandist during World War II. She was convicted and spent 12 years in prison. 
  • 1955 --- "Gunsmoke" premiered on CBS.
  • 1962 --- Rod Laver defeats fellow Australian Roy Emerson in four sets to win the U.S. Open. With the victory, Laver became the first man to win the tennis “Grand Slam”–four major tournaments in the same year–since Don Budge in 1938. 
  • 1977 --- At Baumetes Prison in Marseille, France, Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant convicted of murder, becomes the last person executed by guillotine. The guillotine first gained fame during the French Revolution when physician and revolutionary Joseph-Ignace Guillotin won passage of a law requiring all death sentences to be carried out by “means of a machine.” Decapitating machines had been used earlier in Ireland and England, and Guillotin and his supporters viewed these devices as more humane than other execution techniques, such as hanging or firing squad.
  • 1981 --- Spanish artist Pablo Picasso’s monumental anti-war mural Guernica is received by Spain after four decades of refugee existence. One of Picasso’s most important works, the painting was inspired by the destruction of the Basque town of Guernica by the Nazi air force during the Spanish Civil War. In 1939, Picasso gave the painting to New York’s Museum of Modern Art on an extended loan and decreed that it not be returned to Spain until democratic liberties were restored in the country. Its eventual return to Spain in 1981–eight years after Picasso’s death–was celebrated as a moral endorsement of Spain’s young democracy.
  • 1988 --- Steffi Graf of West Germany achieved tennis' Grand Slam - winning all four major tournaments in a calendar year - by taking the U.S. Open women's title.
  • 1991 --- Nirvana’s landmark single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit was released.” Kurt Cobain, Nirvana’s guitarist, lead singer and primary songwriter, had to be talked into even including “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on Nevermind by his bandmates bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl. He was self-conscious about a song he’d written as a conscious rip-off of the Pixies’ hard-and-loud, then soft-and-quiet style. But most of the millions who would soon become Nirvana fans had probably never heard of The Pixies or the other punk, hardcore and alternative bands that had inspired and influenced Kurt Cobain. He was the product of an underground scene far outside the pop-music mainstream, but his gift for channeling the noise and anger of that scene into brilliantly accessible songs like “Smells Like Teen Spirit” ended up redefining the mainstream itself.
  • 2000 --- Halle Berry wins an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her portrayal of the actress Dorothy Dandridge in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. Dandridge, the star of 1954’s Carmen Jones, was the first African-American performer to be nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actress category. In 2002, Berry became the first African American to win the Best Actress Oscar, for her performance in Monster’s Ball.
  • Birthdays
  • Margaret Trudeau
  • Kate Burton
  • Siobhan Fahey
  • Roger Maris
  • Charles Kuralt
  • Jose Feliciano
  • Amy Irving
  • Rosie Flores
  • Randy Johnson
  • Guy Ritchie