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Mon May 7, 2012
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Monday May 7, 2012

  • 128th Day of 2012 / 238 Remaining
  • 44 Days Until Summer Begins
  • Sunrise:6:07
  • Sunset:8:07
  • 14 Hours of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:10:22pm
  • Moon Set:7:20am
  • Moon’s Phase: 96 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • June 4 @ 4:11am
  • Full Strawberry Moon
  • Full Rose Moon

Full Milk Moon This name was universal to every Algonquin Tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvestingstrawberries comes each year during the month of June, so the full moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry

  • Tides
  • High:1:23pm
  • Low:6:26am/6:19pm
  • Rainfall
  • This Year:15.67
  • Last Year:26.17
  • Normal To Date:23.16
  • Annual Seasonal Average: 23.80
  • Holidays
  • Beaufort Scale Day
  • Free Comic Book Day
  • Join Hands Day
  • Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive
  • Mother Ocean Day
  • National Homebrew Day
  • Spring Astronomy Day
  • National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
  • National Nuzzling Day
  • Melanoma Monday
  • National Skin Self Examination Day
  • World Fair Trade Day
  • Hari Hol Pahang-Malaysia
  • Children's Book Week
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week
  • Work at Home Moms Week
  • On This Day In …
  • 1789 --- President George Washington attends a ball in his honor. The event provided a model for the first official inaugural ball, held to celebrate James Madison's ascension to the office ten years later, which then became an annual tradition. Washington was sworn in as the first president of the United States on April 30, 1789. A week later, an elaborate ball was held to celebrate the event in New York, the temporary headquarters of the federal government, in a building on Broadway near Wall Street. Unfortunately for the president, his wife Martha was unable to attend. She was still at their estate Mt. Vernon, in Virginia, where she was wrapping up business affairs before making the trip to New York. Washington arrived at the ball in the company of other American statesmen and their wives. That evening he danced with many of New York's society ladies. Vice President John Adams, members of Congress and visiting French and Spanish dignitaries, as well their wives and daughters, joined in the festivities. Eliza Hamilton, wife of Alexander Hamilton, recorded her impressions of the ball in her memoirs, noting that the president liked to dance the minuet, a dance she thought was suited to his dignity and gravity.
  • 1800 --- The U.S. Congress divided the Northwest Territory into two parts. The western part became the Indiana Territory and the eastern section remained the Northwest Territory.
  • 1824 --- Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was performed for the first time.
  • 1915 --- On its return trip from New York to Liverpool, England, the British ocean liner, Lusitania, was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland. The Lusitania was carrying a cargo of ammunition from the U.S. to Great Britain. This was Germany’s reason for the attack even though the ship was carrying over 2,000 civilian men, women and children. 1,198 lives were lost.
  • 1945 --- Nazi Colonel General Alfred Jodl, representing the German government, entered the headquarters of the Allied forces early this day. He was in a red school building in Reims, France for one purpose only ... signing the terms of unconditional surrender. Eisenhower’s Chief of Staff, Lt. General Walter B. Smith signed for the Allies.
  • 1954 --- In northwest Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh's Viet Minh forces decisively defeat the French at Dien Bien Phu, a French stronghold besieged by the Vietnamese communists for 57 days. The Viet Minh victory at Dien Bien Phu signaled the end of French colonial influence in Indochina and cleared the way for the division of Vietnam along the 17th parallel at the conference of Geneva. On September 2, 1945, hours after the Japanese signed their unconditional surrender in World War II, communist leader Ho Chi Minh proclaimed the independent Democratic Republic of Vietnam, hoping to prevent the French from reclaiming their former colonial possession. In 1946, he hesitantly accepted a French proposal that allowed Vietnam to exist as an autonomous state within the French Union, but fighting broke out when the French tried to reestablish colonial rule. Beginning in 1949, the Viet Minh fought an increasingly effective guerrilla war against France with military and economic assistance from newly Communist China. France received military aid from the United States.
  • 1959 --- It was one of the most touching and memorable nights in all of baseball on this night. 93,103 fans packed the LA Coliseum for an exhibition game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees. Sandy Koufax pitched for the Dodgers and lost to the Yankees, 6-2. It was Roy Campanella Night. The star catcher for the Dodgers, paralyzed in an automobile accident, was honored for his contributions to the team for many years. ‘Campie’ continued to serve in various capacities with the Dodger organization for many years.
  • 1960 --- Leonid Brezhnev, one of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's most trusted proteges, is selected as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet—the Soviet equivalent to the presidency. This was another important step in Brezhnev's rise to power in Russia, a rise that he later capped by taking control of the Soviet Union in 1964. Brezhnev had been a trusted associate of Khrushchev since the 1940s. As Khrushchev rose through the ranks, so did his protege. After Stalin's death in 1953, Khrushchev rapidly consolidated his power and succeeded in becoming First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. This position had always been the real seat of power in the Soviet Union—the first secretary was able to control the vast Communist Party apparatus throughout the Soviet Union. The position of president (or, more formally, the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet) was largely symbolic. The president often greeted foreign visitors and handled more mundane government matters, but policymaking always rested with the first secretary. In May 1960, Khrushchev named Brezhnev to the position of president. While the post meant little in the way of real power, it did allow Brezhnev to come into contact with numerous foreign dignitaries and visitors and to travel the world as a representative of the Soviet government. He made the most of these opportunities and was soon viewed as an efficient and effective official in his own right, not simply a puppet of Khrushchev.
  • 1965 --- In a Clearwater, Florida, motel room, a bleary-eyed Keith Richards awoke, grabbed a tape recorder and laid down one of the greatest pop hooks of all time: The opening riff of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." He then promptly fell back to sleep. "When I woke up in the morning, the tape had run out," Richards recalled many years later. "I put it back on, and there's this, maybe, 30 seconds of 'Satisfaction,' in a very drowsy sort of rendition. And then it suddenly—the guitar goes 'CLANG," and then there's like 45 minutes of snoring." It wasn't much to go on, but he played it for Mick Jagger later that same day. "He only had the first bit, and then he had the riff," Jagger recalls. "It sounded like a country sort of thing on acoustic guitar—it didn't sound like rock. But he didn't really like it, he thought it was a joke... He really didn't think it was single material, and we all said 'You're off your head.' Which he was, of course."
  • 1966 --- The Mamas & The Papas made the climb to the top of the Billboard pop music chart with Monday, Monday. For three weeks Monday, Monday stayed at the top of the pop music world. The tune was the second hit by the group -- just two months after their first, California Dreamin’.
  • 1968 --- Reginald Dwight decided to change his name to Elton John.
  • 1969 --- The Oakland Oaks won the ABA Championship, beating the Indiana Pacers four games to one.
  • 1977 --- Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby. It was the first win on the way to his Triple Crown victory. Seattle Slew was the tenth Triple Crown winner -- and the first unbeaten Triple Crown winner.
  • 1992 --- A 203-year-old proposed constitutional amendment barring the U.S. Congress from giving itself a midterm pay raise was ratified as the 27th Amendment.
  • Birthdays
  • Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
  • Johannes Brahms
  • Eva Peron
  • Robert Browning
  • Alex Smith
  • Bill Kreutzmann
  • Gary Cooper
  • Thelma Houston
  • Traci Lords
  • Edwin Herbert Land
  • Gabby (George Francis) Hayes
  • Josip Broz Tito
  • Archibald MacLeish
  • Darren McGavin
  • Anne Baxter
  • Dick Williams
  • Johnny Unitas
  • Janis Ian
  • Eagle-Eye Cherry
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