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Friday May 3, 2013
By Joe Burke
- 123rd Day of 2013 / 242 Remaining
- 49 Days Until The First Day of Summer
- 13 Hours 52 Minutes of Daylight
- Moon Rise:2:32am
- Moon Set:2:09pm
- Moon’s Phase:36 %
- The Next Full Moon
- May 24 @ 9:27pm
- Full Flower Moon
- Full Corn Planting Moon
- Full Milk Moon
In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.
- Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
- This Year:16.32
- Last Year:15.63
- Normal To Date:23.04
- Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
- Childhood Depression Awareness Day
- Garden Meditation Day
- Lumpy Rug Day
- National Specially-abled Pets Day
- National Teacher Day
- National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
- Paranormal Day
- National Raspberry Popover Day
- World Press Freedom Day
- Constitution Day-Poland
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- Day of the Holy Cross-Mexico
- Kempo Kinenbi(Constitution Memorial Day)-Japan
- On This Day In …
- 1654 --- A bridge in Rowley, Massachusetts began charging a toll for animals. People passed for free.
- 1888 --- Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Works.
- 1921 --- West Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
- 1926 --- The revival of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" opened in New York.
- 1926 --- In Britain, trade unions began a general strike.
- 1936 --- Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.
- 1937 --- Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel "Gone with the Wind."
- 1939 --- "Beer Barrel Polka" was recorded by The Andrews Sisters.
- 1940 --- President Franklin D. Roosevelt welcomes thousands of women attending a women's division meeting of the Democratic National Committee to Washington D.C. He and his wife Eleanor's plans to host the event at the White House, however, had to be modified at the last minute, as they had originally expected only 100 guests. The leadership of this women's political advocacy group, which included Eleanor, took advantage of FDR's generous offer to host the meeting at the White House. FDR's openness to the idea, originally Eleanor's, reflected his support for women's political advocacy. In fact, FDR frequently consulted Eleanor on policy matters. FDR initially had agreed to meet the Democratic women's division in the Executive Office in order to shake hands and have "a little informal chat." Three weeks before the conference, Eleanor learned that some 600 members planned to attend the conference and suggested they move the reception to the larger White House East Room. When thousands of women showed up in Washington, D.C. for the DNC conference a few days before the scheduled meeting of the women's division at the White House, it completely surprised the Roosevelts and their White House staff. Deciding that the gathering would be too large to host at the White House, FDR instead invited the women to meet with him after attending conference activities elsewhere. Documents recounting that day do not reveal exactly how many women showed up at the White House on May 3, nor where on the grounds FDR addressed them.
- 1946 --- In Tokyo, Japan, the International Military Tribunals for the Far East begins hearing the case against 28 Japanese military and government officials accused of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during World War II.
- 1947 --- Japan's postwar constitution goes into effect. The progressive constitution granted universal suffrage, stripped Emperor Hirohito of all but symbolic power, stipulated a bill of rights, abolished peerage, and outlawed Japan's right to make war. The document was largely the work of Supreme Allied Commander Douglas MacArthur and his occupation staff, who had prepared the draft in February 1946 after a Japanese attempt was deemed unacceptable.
- 1947 --- Sylvester tried to have Tweety Bird for lunch for the first time in a Warner Brothers cartoon.
- 1948 --- The Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to blacks and other minorities were legally unenforceable.
- 1951 --- The Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, meeting in closed session, begin their hearings into the dismissal of Gen. Douglas MacArthur by President Harry S. Truman. The hearings served as a sounding board for MacArthur and his extremist views on how the Cold War should be fought.
- 1959 --- Passing through the newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway (see April 25) the British freighter 'Ramon de Larrinaga' becomes the first deep draft ocean ship to enter the Duluth, Minnesota harbor.
- 1971 --- Anti-war protesters calling themselves the Mayday Tribe began four days of demonstrations in Washington, D.C., aimed at shutting down the nation's capital.
- 1971 --- The program "All Things Considered" made its debut, as National Public Radio, the U.S. national, non-commercial radio network, was born. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting financed National Public Radio so we could, once again, have the thrill of live radio. Listeners turned to NPR for cultural programs, news, information and quality entertainment programming. Award-winning programming such as All Things Considered, NPR’s premier newsmagazine, presented uninterrupted, informative reports on business, economics and the world, in general -- and still does. NPR’s most popular shows also include: Talk of the Nation, fascinating and thought-provoking discussions on the day’s issues and what’s behind the headlines; NPR’s Performance Today, a daily portrait of what’s happening in the world of classical music; and Car Talk, starring America’s funniest auto mechanics, the M.I.T. educated grease monkeys, Tom and Ray Magliozzi. NPR also produces and distributes some of America’s finest jazz programming. National Public Radio was formed to educate, entertain and inform in ways that were not available elsewhere. It was and is the audience’s alternative to commercial radio. Today, NPR’s satellite-based radio network of almost 600 member stations broadcasts NPR-produced or acquired programs to 13-million listeners in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
- 1988 --- The White House acknowledged that first lady Nancy Reagan had used astrological advice to help schedule President Ronald Reagan's activities.
- 1997 --- The "Republic of Texas" surrendered to authorities ending an armed standoff where two people were held hostage. The group asserts the independence of Texas from the U.S.
- 2006 --- In Alexandria, VA, Al-Quaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was given a sentence of life in prison for his role in the terrorist attack on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.
- Pete Seeger
- Bing Crosby
- James Brown
- Golda Meir
- Frankie Valli
- Christopher Cross
- May Sarton
- William Inge
- Sugar Ray Robinson
- Niccolo Machiavelli
- Mary Hopkin