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Monday August 26, 2013
- 238th Day of 2013 /127 Remaining
- 27 Days Until The First Day of Autumn
- 13 Hours 11 Minutes of Daylight
- Moon Rise:11:09pm
- Moon Set:12:35pm
- Moon’s Phase:65 %
- 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:0.00
- This Year:0.04
- Last Year:0.02
- Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
- National Cherry Popsicle Day
- National Dog Day
- Women's Equality Day
- Heroes' Day-Namibia
- On This Day In …
- 55BC --- Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar.
- 1498 --- The master artist, Michelangelo, was commissioned to make the Pieta. Originally intended as a monument for his tomb,
Michelangelo’s Florentine Pieta has interested historians for centuries because the four-figure sculpture does not feature the perfect proportions that are the hallmark of Michelangelo’s work.
- 1794 --- President George Washington writes to Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, Virginia's governor and a former general, regarding the Whiskey Rebellion, an insurrection that was the first great test of Washington's authority as president of the United States. In the letter, Washington declared that he had no choice but to act to subdue the "insurgents," fearing they would otherwise "shake the government to its foundation." The Whiskey Rebellion of August 1794 was the product of growing discontentment, which had been expressed as early as 1791, of grain farmers who resented a federal tax imposed on their distillery products. As growers threatened federal tax collectors with physical harm, Washington at first tried to prosecute the resistors in the court system. In 1794, however, 6,000 men angry at the tax gathered at a field near Pittsburgh and, with fake guillotines at the ready, challenged Washington and the federal government to disperse them.
- 1842 --- The first fiscal year was established by the U.S. Congress to start on July 1st.
- 1847 --- Liberia was proclaimed as an independent republic.
- 1873 --- The first public school kindergarten in the U.S. was authorized by the school board of St. Louis.
- 1883 --- The first of a series of increasingly violent explosions occurred on the Indonesian island of Krakatoa. On the morning of the next day, the world’s largest explosion was heard some three thousand miles away. The volcanic island exploded, spewing five cubic miles of earth into the air -- fifty miles high. It created tidal waves up to 120 feet high, killed 36,000 people and caused oceanic and atmospheric changes over a period of many years.
- 1920 --- The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution by proclamation of Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. The amendment was the
culmination of more than 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. Its two sections read simply: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex" and "Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
- 1939 --- The first televised Major League baseball game is broadcast on station W2XBS, the station that was to become WNBC-TV. Announcer Red Barber called the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York. At the time, television was still in its infancy. Regular
programming did not yet exist, and very few people owned television sets--there were only about 400 in the New York area. Not until 1946 did regular network broadcasting catch on in the United States, and only in the mid-1950s did television sets become more common in the American household.
- 1946 --- George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' was published.
- 1948 --- The temperature hits 108 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City during a week-long heat wave that kills at least 33 people. The intense heat hit the entire northeastern United States, but it was New York City and Philadelphia that suffered the most. In New York, thousands flocked to the beaches and a good portion stayed there at night, not wanting to return to their oppressively hot homes. At the time, there was much speculation that intense heat might cause mental problems. Hydrants were opened up throughout the city to help people cool off with the implicit permission of the authorities, since they wanted to keep everyone as calm as possible.
- 1957 --- The first Edsel made by the Ford Motor Company rolled out.
- 1957 --- The Soviet Union announces that it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of being fired "into any part of the world." The announcement caused great concern in the United States, and started a national debate over the "missile gap" between America and Russia.
- 1959 --- British Motor Corporation (BMC) launches its newest car, the small, affordable–at a price tag of less than $800–Mark I Mini. The
diminutive Mini went on to become one of the best-selling British cars in history.
- 1967 --- Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" was released.
- 1968 --- As the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Chicago, thousands of antiwar demonstrators take to Chicago's streets to protest the Vietnam War and its support by the top Democratic presidential candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey. During the four-day convention, the most violent in U.S. history, police and National Guardsmen clashed with protesters outside the International Amphitheater, and hundreds of people, including innocent bystanders, were beaten by the Chicago police.
The violence even spilled into the convention hall, as guards roughed up delegates and members of the press, including CBS News correspondent Mike Wallace, who was punched in the face. On August 29, Humphrey secured the nomination and the convention ended. In the convention's aftermath, a federal commission investigating the convention described one of the confrontations as a "police riot" and blamed Chicago Mayor Richard Daley for inciting his police to violence. Nevertheless, eight political radicals--the so-called "Chicago Eight"--were arrested on charges of conspiring to incite the violence, and in 1969 their trial began in Chicago, sparking new waves of protests in the city.
- 1973 --- A U.S. Presidential Proclamation was declared that made August 26th Women's Equality Day.
- 1977 --- The Pretenders played their first public gig.
- 1982 --- Rickey Henderson tied Lou Brock’s 1974 record of 118
stolen bases in a season as the A's Beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-3.
- 1991 --- Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised that national elections would be held.
- Branford Marsalis
- Chris Burke
- Macaulay Culkin
- Joseph-Michel Montgolfier
- Stephen McCormick
- Albert Sabin
- Mother Teresa(Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu)
- Ben Bradlee
- Melissa McCarthy
- Valerie Simpson
- Irving R Berlin