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National Miniature Golf Day-KALW Almanac-9/21/2015

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  • 264th Day of 2015 101 Remaining
  • Autumn Begins in 2 Days
  • Sunrise:6:57
  • Sunset:7:07
  • 12 Hours 10 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:2:27pm
  • Moon Set:12:01am (Tuesday)
  • Phase:First Quarter
  • 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:6:20am/5:10pm
  • Low:11:14am
  • Holidays
  • Miniature Golf Day
  • National Farm Safety For Kids
  • National Pecan Cookie Day
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  • World Alzheimer’s Day
  • World Gratitude Day
  • International Peace One Day
  • Independence Day-Belize
  • Independence Day-Malta
  • Alban Eiler/Alban Eleud-Celticism
  • Mabon/Ostara-Paganism
  • On This Day
  • 1776 --- The Great Fire of 1776 in New York City.  During the British occupation of the city during the Revolutionary War a fire broke out at the Fighting Cocks Tavern, near Whitehall Slip. It destroyed between 10 and 25 percent of the 4,000 buildings in the city.
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  • 1780 --- American General Benedict Arnold meets with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West Point to the British, in return for the promise of a large sum of money and a high position in the British army. The plot was foiled and Arnold, a former American hero, became synonymous with the word “traitor.”
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  • 1784 --- The nation's first daily newspaper, the 'Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser', began publication.
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  • 1792 --- In Revolutionary France, the Legislative Assembly votes to abolish the monarchy and establish the First Republic. The measure came one year after King Louis XVI reluctantly approved a new constitution that stripped him of much of his power. Louis ascended to the French throne in 1774 and from the start was unsuited to deal with the severe financial problems that he inherited from his predecessors. In 1789, food shortages and economic crises led to the outbreak of the French Revolution. King Louis and his queen, Mary-Antoinette, were imprisoned in August 1792, and in September the monarchy was abolished. Soon after, evidence of Louis’ counterrevolutionary intrigues with foreign nations was discovered, and he was put on trial for treason. In January 1793, Louis was convicted and condemned to death by a narrow majority. On January 21, he walked steadfastly to the guillotine and was executed. Marie-Antoinette followed him to the guillotine nine months later.
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  • 1893 --- Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline- powered automobile for a test drive. The "horseless carriage" was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea. 
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  • 1897 --- The New York Sun ran an editorial answering a question from an 8-year-old girl that included the line, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."
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  • 1937 --- J.R.R. Tolkein's 'The Hobbit' was published.
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  • 1938 --- Without warning, a powerful Category 3 hurricane slams into Long Island and southern New England, causing 600 deaths and devastating coastal cities and towns. Also called the Long Island Express, the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was the most destructive storm to strike the region in the 20th century.
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  • 1948 --- Milton Berle debuted as the host of "The Texaco Star Theater" on NBC-TV. The show later became "The Milton Berle Show." Berle was the regular host until 1967. 
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  • 1949 --- At the opening of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Peking, Mao Zedong announces that the new Chinese government will be “under the leadership of the Communist Party of China.” The September 1949 conference in Peking was both a celebration of the communist victory in the long civil war against Nationalist Chinese forces and the unveiling of the communist regime that would henceforth rule over China. Mao and his communist supporters had been fighting against what they claimed was a corrupt and decadent Nationalist government in China since the 1920s. Despite massive U.S. support for the Nationalist regime, Mao’s forces were victorious in 1949 and drove the Nationalist government onto the island of Taiwan. In September, with cannons firing salutes and ceremonial flags waving, Mao announced the victory of communism in China and vowed to establish the constitutional and governmental framework to protect the “people’s revolution.”
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  • 1957 --- "Perry Mason", the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV. The show was on for 9 years.
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  • 1968 --- With her career-defining hit song, 23-year-old Jeannie C. Riley accomplished a crossover feat that no other woman would match for another dozen years: On September 21, 1968, she became the first female performer to top the Billboard Country and Pop charts simultaneously, with “Harper Valley P.T.A.”
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  • 1970 --- "NFL Monday Night Football" debuted on ABC.
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  • 1972 --- ABC-TV debuted "In Concert." Alice Cooper appeared in the first episode. 
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  • 1981 --- Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton strikes out the 3,118th batter of his career to break Bob Gibson’s National League record for career strikeouts. 
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  • 1982 --- A bad day for hot dog vendors. Only 2,251 fans came to see last place NY Mets play the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium in New York City.
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  • 1989 --- The Senate Armed Forces Committee unanimously confirms President George H. Bush’s nomination of Army General Colin Powell as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Powell was the first African American to achieve the United States’ highest military post.
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  • 1993 --- Nirvana's album "In Utero" was released.
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  • 1998 --- President Bill Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony in the Monica Lewinsky scandal was publicly broadcast, showing him answering one question from prosecutors by saying, "It depends on what the meaning of 'is' is."
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  • 1999 --- At 1:47 on the morning of September 21, with most people eagerly awaiting the annual Autumn Festival, the island nation of Taiwan was shaken awake by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake. The tremor was centered in central Taiwan along the west coast near Nantou and Taichung, but serious damage was found throughout the island. Roads buckled and landslides diverted rivers, causing the impromptu formation of lakes. To make things even worse, there were five aftershocks measuring at least 6.0 in magnitude in the 30 minutes following the major quake.
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  • 2004 --- The album "American Idiot" by Green Day was released.
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  • Birthdays
  • Ricky Lake
  • H G Wells
  • Anne Burrell
  • Chuck Jones
  • Fannie Flagg
  • Larry Hagman
  • Reggie Rucker
  • Henry Gibson
  • Bill Murray
  • Nicole Richie
  • Ethan Coen
  • Nancy Travis
  • Faith Hill