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Friday September 13, 2013
- 256th Day of 2013 / 109 Remaining
- 9 Days Until The First Day of Autumn
- 12 Hours 29 Minutes of Daylight
- Moon Rise:3:10pm
- Moon Set:12:29am
- Moon’s Phase: 62 %
- The Next Full Moon
- September 19 @ 4:12am
- Full Corn Moon
- Full Barley Moon
This full Moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley. The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox, which can occur in September or October and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores.
- Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
- Normal To Date:0.05
- This Year:0.05
- Last Year:0.02
- Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
- National Peanut Day
- Fortune Cookie Day
- National Celiac Awareness Day
- Friday the 13th
- International Chocolate Day
- Librarian’s Day-Argentina
- On This Day In …
- 1788 --- The Constitutional Convention decided that the first federal election was to be held on Wednesday the following February. On that day George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States. In addition, New York City was named the temporary national capital.
- 1789 --- The United States Government took out its first loan. The money was borrowed from the Bank of North America at 6% interest. The national debt has grown a little over the years. Americans now owe about $65,000 each, as their share of the debt.
- 1814 --- Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." The poem, originally titled "The Defence of Fort McHenry," was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the sight of a lone U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry at daybreak.
- 1833 --- After a 4 month voyage, the first shipment of imported ice arrived in Calcutta, India from Boston, Massachusetts in the insulated hold of the Clipper Tuscany.
- 1899 --- Henry M. Bliss became the first known automobile fatality. As Mr. Bliss stepped off a streetcar at Central Park West and 74th Street, he was hit by a car driven by Arthur Smith. Bliss was rushed to the hospital but died a short time later. Smith was arrested, but was not held.
- 1932 --- Joe McCarthy became the first manager to win both the American and National league pennants. McCarthy, then managing the New York Yankees, clinched the American League pennant on this day.
- 1936 --- 17-year-old Cleveland Indians pitching ace "Rapid" Robert Feller strikes out 17 batters in a game, setting a new American
League record. Feller allowed just two hits in the game to help his team to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia A’s.
- 1948 --- Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
- 1948 --- The School of Performing Arts opened in New York City. It was the first public school to specialize in performing arts.
- 1949 --- The Ladies Professional Golf Association was formed in New York City. Patty Berg became the first president of the LPGA.
- 1960 --- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission banned payola. A scandal, investigated by a Congressional committee, involved some of the biggest names in radio, including popular New York DJ Alan Freed. He lost his job at WABC for allegedly accepting gifts and money for playing certain records. There was substantial evidence to prove that the practice was quite widespread.
- 1969 --- John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, presented the Plastic Ono Band in concert for the first time. The appearance at the
Toronto Peace Festival was Lennon’s first in four years. The first hit by the new group, Give Peace a Chance, made it to number 14 on the charts. Eric Clapton was on guitar.
- 1971 --- In New York, National Guardsmen stormed the Attica Correctional Facility and put an end to the four-day revolt. A total of 43 people were killed in the final assault. A committee was organized to investigate the riot on September 30, 1971.
- 1980 --- Willie Nelson and his band perform at the White House with President Jimmy Carter in attendance. Later that night, unbeknownst to the president, Nelson allegedly retired to the White House roof to smoke some marijuana. A fan of Nelson's music,
Carter frequently attended the singer's concerts and invited Nelson to stay at the White House during his presidency. The two formed a friendship that continued after Carter left the White House in 1980.
- 1992 --- The first puntless game in NFL history happened this day. The Buffalo Bills (quarterback Jim Kelly: 403 yards and three TDs) and San Francisco 49ers (QB Steve Young: 449 yards and three touchdowns) combined for 1,086 yards of total offense -- without punting the ball once. The Bills beat the 49ers 34-31.
- Nell Carter
- Mel Torme
- Milton Snaveley Hershey
- Roald Dahl
- Fiona Apple
- Jean Smart
- Jacqueline Bisset
- Peter Cetera
- Don Was
- Michael Johnson
- John J Pershing
- Grigory Potemkin
- Walter Reed
- Claudette Colbert
- Bill Monroe
- David Clayton Thomas
- Kirk Martin