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Friday October 4, 2013
- Day of 2013 / Remaining
- Days Until The First Day of Winter
- 11 Hours 39 Minutes of Daylight
- Moon Rise:6:49am
- Moon Set:6:34pm
- New Moon
- The Next Full Moon
- October 18 @ 4:37pm
- Full Barley Moon
- Full Hunter’s Moon
This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.
- Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
- Normal To Date:0.32
- This Year:0.44
- Last Year:0.02
- Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
- National Taco Day
- Vodka Day
- Ten-Four Day
- Independence Day-Lesotho
- Peace Day-Mozambique
- Cinnamon Bun Day-Sweden
- World Animal Day
- On This Day In …
- 1535 --- The first complete English translation of the Bible was printed in Zurich, Switzerland.
- 1582 --- Gregorian Calendar Adjustment (it corrected an accumulated 11 day discrepancy). The day following Thursday, October 4, 1582 was Friday, October 15, 1582. It was effective in most Catholic countries. The old Julian calendar continued in use in Britain and its colonies until 1752, in Japan until 1873, in China until 1912, in Russia until 1918, in Greece until 1923, & in Turkey until 1925.
- 1861 --- President Abraham Lincoln observes a balloon demonstration near Washington, D.C. Both Confederate and Union armies experimented with using balloons to gather military intelligence in the early stages of the war, but the balloons proved to be dangerous and impractical for most situations.
- 1876 --- The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas formally dedicated by Texas Gov. Richard Coke. It was the state's first venture into public higher education. The college opened for classed two days earlier.
- 1881 --- The player piano was invented by Edward Leveaux of Sussex, England, who received a patent for it this day. There were many player piano inventions going on throughout the world during this time. Leveaux happened to be the lucky chap who received the patent England was handing out.
- 1895 --- The first U.S. Open golf tournament was held, at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.
- 1927 --- Sculpting begins on the face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota. It would take another
12 years for the impressive granite images of four of America's most revered and beloved presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt--to be completed.
- 1931 --- “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” Gumshoe Dick Tracy debuted in The Detroit Mirror. A week later, The New York Daily News and hundreds of others picked up the Chester Gould comic strip.
- 1943 --- "Is You is or is You Ain’t My Baby?" by Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five was released.
- 1955 --- The Brooklyn Dodgers win the World Series at last, beating the New York Yankees 2-0. They’d lost the championship seven times already, and they’d lost five times just to the Yanks--in 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953. But in 1955, thanks to nine brilliant
innings in the seventh game from 23-year-old lefty pitcher Johnny Podres, they finally managed to beat the Bombers for the first (and last) time.
- 1957 --- The successful launch of the unmanned satellite Sputnik I by the Soviet Union in October 1957 shocks and frightens many Americans. As the tiny satellite orbited the earth, Americans reacted with dismay that the Soviets could have gotten so far ahead of the supposedly technologically superior United States. There was also fear that with their new invention, the Soviets had gained the upper hand in the arms race. In addition, such a show of technological prowess could only help the USSR in its efforts to achieve closer economic and political relations with third world nations in Africa and Asia. Democrats scorched the Republican administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower for allowing the United
States to fall so far behind the communists. Eisenhower responded by speeding up the U.S. space program, which resulted in the launching of the satellite Explorer I on January 31, 1958. The "space race" had begun.
- 1970 --- Janis Joplin died from a drug overdose. She was 27. Joplin, known for her passionate, bluesy, vocal style, was the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company. She became a superstar with
hits like, Down on Me and Piece of My Heart; but Me and Bobby McGee was her only certified top 40 hit. She had just finished recording her second solo album "Pearl."
- 1976 --- TV audiences watched as Barbara Walters joined Harry Reasoner at the anchor desk of the ABC Evening News for the first
time. Walters made the switch with a million-dollar paycheck, becoming the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast.
- 1986 --- Dan Rather, of The CBS Evening News, was mugged in New York City. Some ten years later, Rather’s attacker was identifed as William Tager, who fatally shot an NBC technician outside of the "Today" show studios in 1994.
- 1988 --- Televangelist Jim Bakker is indicted on federal charges of mail and wire fraud and of conspiring to defraud the public. The case against the founder of Praise the Lord (PTL) Ministries and three of his aides exploded in the press when it was revealed that Bakker had sex with former church secretary Jessica Hahn.
- 2001 --- Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 70th home run of the season to tie Mark McGwire's major league record. Bonds also moved past Reggie Jackson on the all-time list with his 564th career home run.
- 2002 --- John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a federal judge in Alexandria, Va.
- 2004 --- American scientists Richard Axel and Linda Buck were awarded this year's Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine. They received the award for their work on our sense of smell. Axel and Buck discovered genes that are responsible for our ability to recognize thousands of complex odors, and remember them throughout life.
- Buster Keaton
- Rutherford Birchard Hayes (19th President)
- Charlton Heston
- Jimmy Hoffa
- Russell Simmons
- Susan Sarandon
- Jackie Collins
- Anne Rice
- Clifton Davis
- Sen Chuck Hagel
- Armand Assante
- Live Schreiber
- Alicia Silverstone
- Damon Runyan
- Frederic S Remington
- Nona Hendryx
- Edward L Stratemeyer