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Mon March 19, 2012
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Monday March 19, 2012

  • 79th Day of 2012 / 287Remaining
  • Spring Begins Tomorow
  • Sunrise:7:14
  • Sunset:7:22
  • 11 Hr 8 Min
  • Moon Rise:5:27am
  • Moon Set:4:58pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 8 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • April 6 @ 2:20pm
  • Full Pink Moon
  • Full Fish Moon
  • Full Sprouting Grass Moon
  • Full Full Fish Moon
  • This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Full Fish Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.
  • Tides
  • High:9:25am/10:29pm
  • Low:3:32am/3:52pm
  • Perigean Spring Tides
  • Rainfall
  • This Year:10.35
  • Last Year:20.39
  • Normal To Date:19.28
  • Annual Average: 22.28
  • Holidays
  • National Quilting Day
  • Swallows Day-San Juan Capistrano, Ca. (the swallows return each year on St. Joseph's Day)
  • Save the Florida Panther Day -Florida
  • Poultry Day
  • National Chocolate Carmel Day
  • Let's Laugh Day
  • Purim-Judaism (begins at sundown)
  • Saint Joseph's Day-Catholicism
  • National Day of Oil-Iran
  • National Wildlife Week
  • On This Day In …
  • 1831 --- The first bank robbery in America was reported. The City Bank of New York City lost $245,000 in the robbery.
  • 1859 --- The opera Faust by Charles Gounod premiered in Paris.
  • 1918 --- Congress approved daylight-saving time.
  • 1920 --- The United States Senate rejected for the second time the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 49-35, falling short of the two-thirds majority needed for approval.
  • 1931 --- In an attempt to lift the state out of the hard times of the Great Depression, the Nevada state legislature votes to legalize gambling. Located in the Great Basin desert, few settlers chose to live in Nevada after the United States acquired the territory at the end of the Mexican War in 1848. In 1859, the discovery of the "Comstock Lode" of gold and silver spurred the first substantial number of settlers into Nevada to exploit the territory's mining opportunities. Five years later, during the Civil War, Nevada was hastily made the 36th state in order to strengthen the Union. At the beginning of the Depression, Nevada's mines were in decline, and its economy was in shambles. In March 1931, Nevada's state legislature responded to population flight by taking the drastic measure of legalizing gambling and, later in the year, divorce. Established in 1905, Las Vegas, Nevada, has since become the gambling and entertainment capital of the world, famous for its casinos, nightclubs, and sporting events. In the first few decades after the legalization of gambling, organized crime flourished in Las Vegas. Today, state gambling taxes account for the lion's share of Nevada's overall tax revenues.
  • 1936 --- Canned beer is sold to the public in Britain for the first time, by Felinfoel Brewery in Wales.
  • 1951 --- The Caine Mutiny, a novel by Herman Wouk, was published for the first time. Wouk won a Pulitzer for the novel. He followed it with several more successes: Marjorie Morningstar, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.
  • 1977 --- The staff of WJM-TV had a going-away party, as the last episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show was broadcast. Everyone was fired except the inept Ted Baxter. The show had been a popular hit for seven years. Syndication continues to keep Mary, Lou, Murray, Ted, Rhoda and the rest of the crew going with what was called “the best television of the 1970s.”
  • 1987 --- Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as chairman of his PTL ministry organization amid a sex-and-money scandal involving a former church secretary, Jessica Hahn.
  • 1991 --- The Sund, Norway, Town Council banned bad moods. The resolution required all 5,000 Sundians to be happy, think positive, and refrain from whining. Exemptions included the broken-hearted and people having car trouble.
  • Birthdays
  • Glenn Close
  • Ruth Pointer
  • Ursula Andress
  • Chief Justice Earl Warren
  • William Jennings Bryan
  • Ornette Coleman
  • Jackie ‘Moms’ Mabley
  • Philip Roth
  • David Livingstone
  • Wyatt Earp
  • William Jennings Bryan
  • Judge John Sirica
  • Adolf Eichmann
  • Albert Speer
  • Clarence "Frogman" Henry
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