May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013
  • 144th Day of 2013 / 221 Remaining
  • 289 Days Until The First Day of Summer
  • Sunrise - 5:53am
  • Sunset - 8:21pm
  • Moon Rise - 8:09pm
  • Moon Set - 5:29am
  • Moon’s Phase -97 %
  • The Next Full Moon - tomorrow!   The "Full Flower Moon", so called because 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.

Special Declarations and Celebrations today include:

  • Commemoration of the Battle of Pichincha - Ecuador  (1833 defeat of the Royalist forces loyal to Spain brought about the liberation of Quito, eventually leading to  independence.)
  • Bermuda Day - Bermuda
  • Commonwealth Day - Belize
  • Day of Slavonic Script (Education Day) - Bulgaria
  • Liberation Day - Eritrea (1993)
  • Sts. Cyrilus and Methodius Day – Macedonia
  • Brother’s Day
  • Don’t Fry Day
  • Heat Awareness Day
  • International Tiara Day
  • Morse Code Day
  • National Wig Out Day
  • National Escargot Day
  • Charles Schulz Day
  • Joe Burke Takes a Break Day

On this day in...

1543 - Nicolaus Copernicus published proof of a sun-centered solar system.

1607 - Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia.

1610 - Sir Thomas Gates institutes "laws divine moral and marshal," a harsh civil code for Jamestown.

1624 - After years of unprofitable operation Virginia’s charter was revoked and it became a royal colony.

1689 - The English Parliament passed Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics were specifically excluded from exemption.

1738 - The Methodist Church was established.

1764 - Bostonian lawyer James Otis denounced "taxation without representation" and called for the colonies to unite in demonstrating their opposition to Britain’s new tax measures.

1798 - Believing that a French invasion of Ireland was imminent, Irish nationalists rose up against the British occupation.

1816 - Emamual Leutze was born in Germany. He was most famous for his paintings "Washington Crossing the Delaware" and "Columbus Before the Queen".

1822 - At the Battle of Pichincha, Bolivar secured independence of the Quito.

1830 - The first passenger railroad service in the U.S. began service.

1844 - Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America's first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD. The message was "What hath God wrought?"

1859 - Charles Gounod's "Ave Maria" was performed by Madame Caroline Miolan-Carvalho for the first time in public.

1863 - Bushwackers led by Captain William Marchbanks attacked a U.S. Federal militia party in Nevada, Missouri.

1878 - The first American bicycle race was held in Boston.

1881 - About 200 people died when the Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sank near London, Ontario.

1883 - After 14 years of construction the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic.

1899 - The first public garage was opened by W.T. McCullough.

1913 - The U.S. Department of Labor entered into its first strike mediation. The dispute was between the Railroad Clerks of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.

1930 - Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly from England to Australia.

1931 - B&O Railroad began service with the first passenger train to have air conditioning throughout. The run was between New York City and Washington, DC.

1935 - The Cincinnati Reds played the Philadelphia Phillies in the first major league baseball game at night. The switch for the floodlights was thrown by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt.

1941 - The HMS Hood was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic. Only three people survived.

1950 - ‘Sweetwater’ (Nat) Clifton’s contract was purchased by the New York Knicks. Sweetwater played for the Harlem Globetrotters and became the first black player in the NBA.

1954 - The first moving sidewalk in a railroad station was opened in Jersey City, NJ.

1958 - United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.

1961 - The Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.

1962 - The officials of the National Football League ruled that halftime of regular season games would be cut to 15 minutes.

1967 - California Governor Ronald Reagan greeted Charles M. Schulz at the state capitol in observance of the legislature-proclaimed "Charles Schulz Day."

1974 - The last "Dean Martin Show" was seen on NBC. The show had been aired for 9 years.

1976 - Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde service to Washington.

1980 - The International Court of Justice issued a final decision calling for the release of the hostages taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979.

1983 - The Brooklyn Bridge's 100th birthday was celebrated.

1983 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had the right to deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminate.

1986 - Montreal won its 23rd National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup championship.

1990 - The Edmonton Oilers won their fifth NHL Stanley Cup.

1993 - Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Jesus Posada Ocampo and six other people were killed at the Guadalajara, Mexico, airport in a shootout that involved drug gangs.

Birthday celebrants include...

Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit - 1686
Emanuel Leutze - 1816
Queen Victoria  - 1819
Samuel I. Newhouse - 1895
Tommy Chong - 1938
Prince Buster - 1938
Lilli Palmer - 1914
Bob Dylan – 1941
Derek Quinn - 1942
Gary Burghoff – 1943
Patti LaBelle - 1944
Priscilla Presley - 1945
Steve Upton - 1946
Judy Kahan - 1948
Jim Broadbent - 1950
Alfred Molina - 1953
Rosanne Cash - 1955
Larry Blackmon - 1956
Kristin Scott Thomas – 1960
Joe Dumars - 1963
Gene Anthony Ray -1963
Vivian Trimble - 1963
John C. Reilly - 1965
Heavy D - 1967
Erin Close - 1967
Tommy Page - 1967
Rich Robinson - 1969
Brad Penny - 1978
Billy L. Sullivan - 1980