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National Sandwich Day-KALW Almanac-November 3, 2015

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  • 307th Day of 2015 58 Remaining
  • Winter Begins in 48 Days
  • Sunrise:6:38
  • Sunset:5:08
  • 10 Hours 30 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:12:10am(Wednesday)
  • Moon Set:1:05pm
  • Phase: Last Quarter
  • 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:5:10am/4:03pm
  • Low:10:49am/10:56pm
  • Rainfall
  • This Year:0.73
  • Last Year:1.15
  • Avg. YTD:1.67
  • Seasonal Normal (July 1-June 31) :23.80
  • Holidays
  • National Sandwich Day
  • Cliché Day
  • Give Someone A Dollar Day
  • National Housewives Day
  • Jellyfish Day
  • Election Day
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  • Arbor Day-Samoa
  • Bunka No Hi/Culture Day-Japan
  • National Day-Moldova
  • Victory Day-Maldives
  • Independence Day-Panama
  • On This Day
  • 1507 --- Leonardo DaVinci was commissioned by the husband of Lisa Gherardini to paint her. The work is known as the Mona Lisa.
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  • 1839 --- The first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.
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  • 1903 --- With the support of the U.S. government, Panama issues a declaration of independence from Colombia. The revolution was engineered by a Panamanian faction backed by the Panama Canal Company, a French-U.S. corporation that hoped to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans with a waterway across the Isthmus of Panama.
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  • 1930 --- The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel between the United States and Canada is officially opened to car traffic. As Windsor Mayor Frederick Jackson had bragged at the tunnel’s elaborate dedication ceremony two days before, the structure–the only international subaqueous tunnel in the world–made it possible to “pass from one great country to the other in the short space of three minutes.” Detroit Mayor Frank Murphy cheered that the project signified “a new appreciation of our desire to preserve peace, friendship, and the brotherhood of man.” The first passenger car through the tunnel was a 1929 Studebaker.
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  • 1948 --- Chicago Tribune jumps the gun and mistakenly declares New York Governor Thomas Dewey the winner of his presidential race with incumbent Harry S. Truman in a front-page headline: “Dewey Defeats Truman.”
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  • 1957 --- Sputnik II was launched by the Soviet Union. It was the second manmade satellite to be put into orbit and was the first to put an animal into space, a dog named Laika.
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  • 1964 --- Residents of the District of Columbia cast their ballots in a presidential election for the first time. The passage of the 23rd Amendment in 1961 gave citizens of the nation’s capital the right to vote for a commander in chief and vice president. They went on to help Democrat Lyndon Johnson defeat Republican Barry Goldwater in 1964, the next presidential election.
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  • 1969 --- President Richard Nixon goes on television and radio to call for national solidarity on the Vietnam War effort and to gather support for his policies; his call for support is an attempt to blunt the renewed strength of the antiwar movement. Pledging that the United States was “going to keep our commitment in Vietnam,” he said U.S. forces would continue fighting until the communists agreed to a fair and honorable peace, or until the South Vietnamese were able to defend themselves on their own. He said that he had already withdrawn 60,000 U.S. troops and would make additional reductions as the situation permitted. He also reported progress in the “Vietnamization” effort to increase the combat capability of South Vietnam’s armed forces so that they could assume more responsibility for the war. Having provided this perspective on the situation, he then appealed to the American people, calling on the “great silent majority” for their support as he worked for “peace with honor” in Vietnam.
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  • 1974 --- A fire rages out of control in a hotel in South Korea, killing 88 people, most of whom were enjoying a late-night party in a club on the hotel’s top floor. It was very early on a Sunday morning in the eastern part of downtown Seoul, when a guest staying on the sixth floor of a seven-story hotel fell asleep while smoking in bed. The resulting fire quickly spread through the floor. Thirteen guests died from suffocation or burns, and before long, the smoke and heat made their way toward the night club at the top of the building.
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  • 1976 --- “Carrie”, a horror film starring Sissy Spacek and based on Stephen King’s 1974 best-selling first novel, opens in theaters around the United States. Directed by Brian De Palma, the film tells the story of high school outcast Carrie White, who uses her telekinetic powers to exact a violent revenge on her teenage tormenters on prom night. In addition to Spacek, who received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in the title role, the film’s cast included Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, Nancy Allen and a then relatively unknown John Travolta.
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  • 1979 --- Five members of the Communist Workers Party, participating in a “Death to the Klan” rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, are shot to death by a group of Klansmen and neo-Nazis. Seven others were wounded. Members of the Communist Workers Party had organized the anti-Ku Klux Klan rally and march and were joined by a group of local African American mill workers. A caravan of cars carrying Klansmen and neo-Nazis arrived to disrupt the march, and videotape shows demonstrators initiating the violence by kicking and striking the Klan and Nazi vehicles. The Klansmen and Nazis then opened fire, shooting six demonstrators. The communists, who were carrying concealed weapons, then returned fire. When the gun battle ended, five demonstrators were dead or dying, and seven were wounded.
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  • 1986 --- The Lebanese magazine Ash Shiraa reports that the United States has been secretly selling arms to Iran in an effort to secure the release of seven American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon. The revelation, confirmed by U.S. intelligence sources on November 6, came as a shock to officials outside President Ronald Reagan’s inner circle and went against the stated policy of the administration. In addition to violating the U.S. arms embargo against Iran, the arms sales contradicted President Reagan’s vow never to negotiate with terrorists.
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  • 1992 --- Democrat Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd president of the United States, defeating President George H.W. Bush.
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  • 1998 --- Former professional wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura is elected governor of Minnesota with 37 percent of the vote. His opponents, seasoned politicians Hubert Humphrey III (son of Lyndon Johnson’s vice-president and the attorney general of Minnesota) and St. Paul mayor Norm Coleman, spent a total of $4.3 million on their campaigns. Ventura, the Reform-Party candidate, spent $250,000—money he raised by selling $22 t-shirts and accepting $50 donations from his supporters. 
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  • Birthdays
  • John Montague (4th Earl of Sandwich)
  • William Cullen Bryant
  • Edward White
  • James Reston
  • Bronko Nagurski
  • Michael Dukakis
  • Lulu (Marie Lawrie)
  • Larry Holmes
  • Roseanne Barr
  • Kate Capshaw
  • Dennis Miller
  • Adam Ant
  • Dolph Lundgren
  • Elizabeth Smart