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Joe Burke's KALW Almanac
Friday December 23, 2011
357th th Day of 2011 / 8 Remaining
Second Day Of Winter
9 Hr 34 Min
Moon Set: 4:10pm
Moon’s Phase: 1 %
The Next Full Moon
January 8 @ 11:32pm
Full Wolf Moon
Full Old Moon
Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian
villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as
the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes
applied that name to the next Moon.
Year To Date Average:7.09
Annual Average: 22.28
National Pfeffernuesse Day
Popcorn Popping Day
Feast of the Radishes-Oaxaca, Mexico
Queen’s Birthday -Sweden
Suez Victory Day-Egypt
Tenno Tanjobi/Emperor’s Birthday-Japan
St Thorlak’s Day-Iceland
On This Day In History
1675 --- Charles II of England, issued a proclamation suppressing Coffee Houses. The
public response was so negative that he revoked it on January 8, 1676.
A Proclamation for the Suppression of Coffee Houses.
“Whereas it is most apparent that the multitude of Coffee Houses of late years set up and kept within this Kingdom...and the great resort of idle and disaffected persons to them, have produced very evil and dangerous effects; as well for that many tradesmen and others, do herein misspend much of their time, which might and probably would be employed in and about their Lawful Calling and Affairs; but also for that in such houses...divers, false, malitious, and scandalous reports are devised and spread abroad to the Defamation of His Majesty's Government, and to the disturbance of the Peace and Quiet of the Realm; his Majesty hath though it fit and necessary, that the said Coffee Houses be (for the Future) put down and suppressed...”
1823 --- The Clement Moore poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" was published in New York by The Troy Sentinel. Moore’s poem, which he had written on Christmas Eve one year earlier, took a circuitous route to the Troy paper. The story has it that Moore penned the poem, inspired by the bells on the sleigh in which he was riding, the sleigh’s jolly driver, and the new fallen snow on the streets of New York City, as he was running a lastminute errand for his wife. That evening, he read his now-famous words to his six children as they sat in front of their fireplace where “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there.” The children were so delighted with their father’s images of “a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer,” that they saved the poem, showing it to a family friend, Harriet Butler, who was visiting from Troy. Moore allowed Miss Butler to copy the poem in her keepsake album. Miss Butler was so taken with the charming work that she sent it in to the Troy newspaper shortly before the following Christmas, unbeknownst to Moore, who never intended to publish the poem as it was out of character for a strait-laced professor of classics.
1873 --- The Women's Temperance movement began in Hillsboro, Ohio, when ladies led by
"Mother" Stewart marched into a saloon and ran off the customers.
1888 --- Following a quarrel with Paul Gauguin, Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh cut off
part of his own earlobe.
1928 --- The National Broadcasting Company set up a permanent, radio coast-to-coast
1972 --- The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Oakland Raiders 13-7 in an NFL playoff game on a last-second touchdown catch by Franco Harris that was dubbed the "immaculate reception."
1977 --- Cat Stevens converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusef Islam.
1995 --- A federal bankruptcy judge in Los Angeles ruled that the rights to The Three
Stooges belonged to the legal heirs of Larry Fine, Curly DeRita, and Moe Howard. Rights to the Stooges films had been tied up in court for years.
“Little” Esther Phillips