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Tuesday September 29


September 29 is the 272nd day of the year 

There are 93 days remaining until the end of the year.


The Sun will rise at 7:03 this morning

and will set at 6:56 tonight

leaving us 11 hours and 52 minutes of daylight


The Moon is 96.9 per cent illuminated, a Waning Gibbous moon.


High tides at 12:56 early this morning at 6.0 feet

and again at 1:01 this afternoon at 6.5

Low tides today at 6:31 this morning at 0.7

and tonight at 7:08 at  -0.3


Today is...


Poisoned Blackberries Day


International Coffee Day


Inventors' Day in Argentina


Victory of Boquerón Day in Paraguay


World Heart Day


1578 – Tegucigalpa, capital city of Honduras, is claimed by the Spaniards.


1789 – The United States Department of War first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.

1789 – The 1st United States Congress adjourns.


1941 – the Babi Yar massacre.


1951 – The first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast in the United States, a college football game between Duke and the University of Pittsburgh, is televised on NBC.


1957 - The New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds, losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1. The Giants moved to San Francisco for the next season.


1960 – Nikita Khrushchev, leader of Soviet Union, disrupts a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly with a number of angry outbursts.


1964 – The Argentine comic strip Mafalda is published for the first time.


Mafalda was a strip run in Argentina between 1964 and 1973, created by the great Quino, who used her and her friends to comment on contemporary issues from a child's perspective. Someone once tried to get Mafalda published in the USA, but the answer they got was that 'Mafalda was too sophisticated for children.' That's a damn shame, Mafalda is one of the best comic strips ever created, beloved in South America and many European countries, and she's even an official spokesperson of UNICEF, an incredble honour for a comic book character. 


1972 – China–Japan relations: Japan establishes diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China after breaking official ties with the Republic of China.


1975 – WGPR in Detroit, Michigan, becomes the world's first black-owned-and-operated television station.


2008 – Following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.


If today is your birthday,

Happy Birthday To You 

and happy birthday to:


1547 – Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1616)


1758 – Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, English admiral (d. 1805)


1895 – Clarence Ashley, American banjo player and singer (d. 1967)


1901 – Enrico Fermi, Italian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1954)


1903 – Diana Vreeland, French-American columnist and editor (d. 1989)


1923 – Stan Berenstain, American author and illustrator (d. 2005)


1935 – Jerry Lee Lewis, American singer-songwriter and pianist


1936 – Silvio Berlusconi, Italian businessman and politician, 50th Prime Minister of Italy


1939 – Dan Crary, American singer and guitarist


1939 – Molly Haskell, American author and critic


1939 – Larry Linville, American actor (d. 2000)


1942 – Jean-Luc Ponty, French violinist and composer (Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever)


1943 – Lech Wałęsa, Polish electrician and politician, 2nd President of Poland, Nobel Prize laureate


1948 – Bryant Gumbel, American journalist and sportscaster


1956 – Suzzy Roche, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (The Roches)


1957 – Andrew Dice Clay, American comedian and actor


1961 – Julia Gillard, Welsh-Australian politician, 27th Prime Minister of Australia


1961 – Stephanie Miller, American comedian and radio host