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Friday October 25, 2013
- 298th Day of 2013 / 67 Remaining
- 57 Days Until The First Day of Winter
- 10 Hours 49 Minutes of Daylight
- Moon Rise:11:44pm
- Moon Set:1:10pm
- Moon’s Phase: 61 %
- The Next Full Moon
- November 17 @ 7:16am
- Full Beaver Moon
- Full Frosty Moon
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.
- Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
- Normal To Date:1.05
- This Year:0.44
- Last Year:1.25
- Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
- National Greasy Foods Day
- Sourest Day
- World Pasta Day
- Retrocession Day-Taiwan
- Constitution Day-Lithuania
- Gospel Day-Cook Islands
- Republic Day-Kazakhstan
- On This Day In …
- 1774 --- The First Continental Congress sends a respectful petition to King George III to inform his majesty that if it had not been for the acts of oppression forced upon the colonies by the British Parliament, the American people would be standing behind British rule. Despite the anger that the American public felt towards the United Kingdom after the British Parliament established the Coercive Acts—called the Intolerable Acts by the colonists—Congress was still willing to assert its loyalty to the king. In return for this loyalty, Congress asked the king to address and resolve the specific grievances of the colonies. The petition, written by Continental Congressman John Dickinson, laid out what Congress felt was undo oppression of the colonies by the British Parliament. Their grievances mainly had to do with the Coercive Acts, a series of four acts that were established to punish colonists and to restore order in Massachusetts following the Boston Tea Party.
- 1854 --- The Charge of the Light Brigade took place during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Lord James Cardigan received an order to attack the Russians. He took his troops into a valley and suffered 40 percent caualties. Later it was revealed that the order was the result of confusion and was not given intentionally.
- 1870 --- The first U.S. trademark was awarded -- to the Averill Chemical Paint Company of New York City.
- 1917 --- The Bolsheviks (Communists) under Vladimir Ilyich Lenin seized power in Russia.
- 1929 --- During the Teapot Dome scandal, Albert B. Fall, who served as secretary of the interior in President Warren G. Harding's cabinet, is found guilty of accepting a bribe while in office. Fall was the first individual to be convicted of a crime committed while a presidential cabinet member.
- 1944 --- During the Battle of the Leyte Gulf, the Japanese deploy kamikaze ("divine wind") suicide bombers against American warships for the first time. It will prove costly--to both sides. This decision to employ suicide bombers against the American fleet at Leyte, an island of the Philippines, was based on the failure of conventional naval and aerial engagements to stop the American offensive. Declared Japanese naval Capt. Motoharu Okamura: "I firmly believe that the only way to swing the war in our favor is to resort to crash-dive attacks with our planes.... There will be more than enough volunteers for this chance to save our country."
- 1952 --- 'Jambalaya (On The Bayou)' by Hank Williams was number one on the country music charts.
- 1955 --- The microwave oven was introduced in Mansfield, Ohio at the corporate headquarters of the Tappan Company. The
manufacturer put a $1,300 price tag on the new stove that could cook eggs in 22 seconds, bacon in 90 seconds.
- 1960 --- Mick Jagger and Keith Richards accidentally met on a train. They had known each other previously from school.
- 1962 --- Author John Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize for Literature “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do
sympathetic humour and keen social perception.”
- 1962 --- U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson presented photographic
evidence to the United Nations Security Council. The photos were of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
- 1964 --- The Rolling Stones were introduced to American audiences on The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS-TV.
- 1971 --- In a dramatic reversal of its long-standing commitment to the Nationalist Chinese government of Taiwan, and a policy of non-recognition of the communist People's Republic of China (PRC), America's U.N. representatives vote to seat the PRC as a permanent member. Over American objections, Taiwan was expelled.
- 1973 --- John Lennon sued the U.S. government claiming that his fight against deportation was prejudiced by U.S. officials.
- 1983 --- President Ronald Reagan, citing the threat posed to American nationals on the Caribbean nation of Grenada by that nation's Marxist regime, orders the Marines to invade and secure their safety. There were nearly 1,000 Americans in Grenada at the time, many of them students at the island's medical school. In little more than a week, Grenada's government was overthrown.
- 1991 --- Bill Graham, concert promoter, was killed in a helicopter crash.
- 1994 --- Susan Smith reports that she was carjacked in South Carolina by a man who took her two small children in the backseat of her car. Although authorities immediately began searching for three-year-old Michael and one-year-old Alex, they could find no trace of them or of Smith's car. After nine days of intense national media attention, Smith finally confessed that the carjacking tale was false and that she had driven her Mazda into the John D. Long Lake in order to drown her children.
- 2001 --- It was announced that scientists had unearthed the remains of an ancient crocodile which lived 110 million years ago. The animal, found in Gadoufaoua, Niger, grew as long as 40 feet and weighed as much as eight metric tons.
- Helen Reddy
- Pablo Picasso
- Katy Perry
- Marion Ross
- Anne Tyler
- Jon Anderson
- Nancy Cartwright
- Tracy Nelson
- Pedro Martinez
- Johann Strauss Jr
- Minnie Pearl
- Georges Bizet
- Billy Barty