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Friday January 4, 2013
- 4th Day of 2013 / 361 Remaining
- 75 Days Until The First Day of Spring
- 9 Hours 40 Minutes of Daylight
- Moon Rise: 12:41am(Sat)
- Moon Set:11:20am
- Moon’s Phase: Last Quarter
- The Next Full Moon
- January 26 @ 8:40pm
- Full Wolf 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.
- High: 4:39am/4:48pm
- Low: 10:56am/10:20pm
- Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
- This Year:13.03
- Last Year:3.34
- Normal To Date:9.69
- Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
- Dimpled Chad Day
- Trivia Day
- Admission Day-Utah
- National Spaghetti Day
- World Hypnotism Day
- Independence Day-Myanmar
- On This Day In …
- 1796 --- The House of Representatives accepts the Colors, or flag, of the French Revolutionary Republic, proclaiming it the most honorable testimonial of the existing sympathies and affections of the two Republics. In an accompanying message, the French Committee of Public Safety lauded the United States as the first defenders of the rights of man, in another hemisphere. The French revolutionaries were eager to link their overthrow of Louis XVI in 1789 to that of King George III in 1776. They viewed the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights as American precursors to their own revolutionary Declaration of the Rights of Man.
- 1847 --- Samuel Colt rescues the future of his faltering gun company by winning a contract to provide the U.S. government with 1,000 of his .44 caliber revolvers.
- 1885 --- Dr. William Grant of Davenport, IA performed the first successful appendectomy on this day.
- 1896 --- Utah (45th state) entered the United States of America; capital: Salt Lake City; bird: seagull; flower: sego lily; nickname: Beehive State. The entrance of Utah into the Union followed the Mormon’s abandonment of polygamy.
- 1948 --- Burma/Myanmar gained it’s independence from Great Britain.
- 1950 --- RCA Victor announced that it would manufacture long-playing (LP) records. This news came two years after Columbia Records debuted the ‘album’.
- 1954 --- Elvis Presley strolled into the Memphis Recording Service and put $4 on the counter. He recorded Casual Love Affair and I’ll Never Stand in Your Way, two songs that so impressed record executive Sam Phillips that he had Elvis record his first professional sides for Sun Records the following August.
- 1958 --- The Soviet satellite Sputknik I fell to the earth from its orbit. The craft had been launched on October 4, 1957.
- 1965 --- In his State of the Union address, President Lyndon Baines Johnson lays out for Congress a laundry list of legislation needed to achieve his plan for a Great Society. On the heels of John F. Kennedy's tragic death, Americans had elected Johnson, his vice president, to the presidency by the largest popular vote in the nation's history. Johnson used this mandate to push for improvements he believed would better Americans' quality of life. Following Johnson's lead, Congress enacted sweeping legislation in the areas of civil rights, health care, education and the environment. The 1965 State of the Union address heralded the creation of Medicare/Medicaid, Head Start, the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the White House Conference on Natural Beauty. Johnson also signed the National Foundation of the Arts and Humanities Act, out of which emerged the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through the Economic Opportunity Act, Johnson fought a War on Poverty by implementing improvements in early childhood education and fair employment policies. He was also a strong advocate for conservation, proposing the creation of a green legacy through preserving natural areas, open spaces and shorelines and building more urban parks. In addition, Johnson stepped up research and legislation regarding air- and water-pollution control measures.
- 1974 --- President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee. Marking the beginning of the end of his Presidency, Nixon would resign from office in disgrace eight months later.
- 1981 --- The Broadway show "Frankenstein" lost an estimated $2 million, when it opened and closed on the same night.
- 1995 --- Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA) was formally elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was the first Republican to hold the post in 40 years and the first Georgia Speaker in over 100 years.
- 1996 --- General Motors announces at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show it will build an electric car, dubbed the EV1, to be launched in the fall of that year.
- 1999 --- Minnesota inaugurated pro wrestler Jesse Ventura as its 38th governor. The only Reform Party candidate to ever win statewide office, Ventura had shocked the political establishment by defeating Attorney General Hubert H. (Skip) Humphrey III and St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman in an upset victory.
- 1999 --- For the first time since Charlemagne's reign in the ninth century, Europe is united with a common currency when the "euro" debuts as a financial unit in corporate and investment markets. Eleven European Union (EU) nations (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain), representing some 290 million people, launched the currency in the hopes of increasing European integration and economic growth.
- 2007 --- Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., became the first female speaker of the House.
- Sir Isaac Newton
- Sterling Holloway
- Michael Stipe
- Doris Kearns Goodwin
- Patty Loveless
- Everett Dirksen
- Jacob Grimm
- Louis Braille
- Wilhelm Beer
- Charles “Tom Thumb” Stratton
- Jane Wyman
- Floyd Patterson