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National Chocolate Day-KALW Almanac-10-28-2015


  • 201st Day of 2015 64 Remaining
  • Winter Begins in 55 Days
  • Sunrise:7:31
  • Sunset:6:15
  • 11 Hours 44 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:7:39pm
  • Moon Set:8:47am
  • Phase:98%
  • Next Full Moon November 25 @ 2:44pm
  • This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.
  • Tides
  • High:12:07am/11:37am
  • Low:5:30am/6:17pm
  • Holidays
  • National Chocolate Day
  • Lung Health Day
  • Plush Animal Lover’s Day
  • Separation Of Church And State Day
  • National Wild Foods Day
  • International Animation Day
  • On This Day
  • 1636 --- Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts. The original name was Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was the first school of higher education in America. 
  • 1886 --- The Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, is dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.Originally known as “Liberty Enlightening the World,” the statue was proposed by the French historian Edouard de Laboulaye to commemorate the Franco-American alliance during the American Revolution. Designed by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, the 151-foot statue was the form of a woman with an uplifted arm holding a torch. Its framework of gigantic steel supports was designed by Eugene-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc and Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, the latter famous for his design of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
  • 1919 --- The U.S. Congress enacted the Volstead Act, also known as the National Prohibition Act. Prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the passing of the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 
  • 1922 --- Hundreds of young men gather around radios in Western Union offices, speakeasies and a Princeton University physics lab to hear the first-ever cross-country broadcast of a college football game. Telephone lines carried a play-by-play of the matchup—between Coach Amos Alonso Stagg’s formidable Chicago Maroons (frequent Big Ten champs in those days) and the well-regarded Princeton Tigers—from Chicago’s Stagg Field to radio receivers up and down the East Coast.
  • 1962 --- Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba, ending the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1960, Kruschev had launched plans to install medium and intermediate range ballistic missiles in Cuba that would put the eastern United States within range of nuclear attack. In the summer of 1962, U.S. spy planes flying over Cuba had photographed construction work on missile facilities. President John F. Kennedy announced a naval blockade to prevent the arrival of more missiles and demanded that the Soviets dismantle and remove the weapons already in Cuba. The situation was extremely tense and could have resulted in war between the United States and the Soviet Union, but at the last minute, Kruschev turned the Soviet ships around that were to deliver more missiles to Cuba and agreed to dismantle and remove the weapons that were already there. Kennedy and his advisers had stared the Soviets down and the apparent capitulation of the Soviet Union in the standoff was instrumental in Kruschev’s being deposed in 1964.
  • 1965 --- Construction is completed on the Gateway Arch, a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1985 --- John A. Walker Jr. and his son, Michael Lance Walker, pled guilty to charges of spying for the Soviet Union. 
  • 1992 --- Duluth, Minnesota mayor Gary Doty cuts the ribbon at the mouth of the brand-new, 1,480-foot–long Leif Erickson Tunnel on Interstate 35. With the opening of the tunnel, that highway—which stretches 1,593 miles, from Mexico all the way to Canada—was finished at last. As a result, the federal government announced, the Interstate Highway System itself was 99.7 percent complete.
  • 1999 --- A powerful cyclone in the Indian Ocean suddenly intensifies to the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane. Winds were recorded at 155 miles per hour when 05B struck the state of Orissa in India. The cyclone stalled just inland near the city of Bhubaneswar and then drifted back south into the bay. On October 31, it again hit the coast. While the storm stayed near the coast over the next several days, torrential rains caused severe flooding. About 6,600 square miles of crops were destroyed and reports estimated that 406,000 head of livestock were killed by the cyclone. Asim Vaishan, chief administrator of Baleshwar, declared it to be “the worst flooding in 100 years.”
  • 2005 --- Vice President Dick Cheney's top adviser, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, resigned after he was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements in the CIA leak investigation. (Libby was convicted and sentenced to 30 months in prison. President George W. Bush commuted his sentence.)
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  • Francis Bacon
  • Jonas Salk
  • Georges Auguste Escoffier
  • Edith Head
  • Elsa Lanchester
  • Bowie Kuhn
  • Joan Plowright
  • Charlie Daniels
  • Telma Hopkins
  • Bill Gates
  • Jami Gertz
  • Andy Richter
  • Ben Harper
  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Julia Roberts