- 273rd Day of 2013 / 182 Remaining
- 82 Days Until The First Day of Winter
- 11 Hours 48 Minutes of Daylight
- Moon Rise:2:51am
- Moon Set:4:24pm
- Moon’s Phase: 18 %
- The Next Full Moon
- October 18 @ 4:37pm
- Full Barley Moon
- Full Hunter’s Moon
This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.
- Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
- Normal To Date:0.24
- This Year:0.44
- Last Year:0.02
- Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
- National Mulled Cider Day
- Chewing Gum Day
- Independence Day-Botswana
- Custom’s Day-Marsahll Islands
- Youth Day-Turks & Caicos Isalnds
- Maitresse Delai-Haiti
- On This Day In …
- 1776 --- In a letter to his nephew, Lund Washington, plantation manager of Mount Vernon, General George Washington writes on this day in 1776 of his displeasure with the undisciplined conduct and poor battlefield performance of the American militia. Washington blamed the Patriot reliance on the militia as the chief root of his problems in the devastating loss of Long Island and Manhattan to the British.
- 1791 --- Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" premiered in Vienna, Austria.
- 1868 --- The first volume of Louisa May Alcott's beloved children's
book Little Women is published on this day. The novel will become Alcott's first bestseller and a beloved children's classic.
- 1889 --- The Wyoming state convention approves a constitution that includes a provision granting women the right to vote. Formally admitted into the union the following year, Wyoming thus became the first state in the history of the nation to allow its female citizens to vote.
- 1927 --- "Babe" Ruth hit his 60th homerun of the season. He broke
his own record with the homerun. The record stood until 1961 when Roger Maris broke the record.
- 1930 --- Death Valley Days debuted on NBC radio, it became one of radio’s biggest hits. The 30-minute, Western-adventure series starred Tim Daniel Frawley as the Old Ranger, Harvey Hays as the Old Prospector, John White as the Lonesome Cowboy, Edwin Bruce as Bobby Keen, Robert Haag as Sheriff Mark Chase and Olyn Landick as Cassandra Drinkwater. The tales heard on Death Valley Days were all based on fact and were human interest stories revolving around the borax mining town of Death Valley, California.
- 1935 --- The Adventures of Dick Tracy came to radio for the first time on the Mutual Radio Network. Based on the comic strip created by Chester Gould, the 15-minute adventure show was heard Monday thru Friday at 5:45 p.m. The sponsors were Quaker Puffed Wheat and Quaker Puffed Rice.
- 1935 --- “Summertime ... and the livin’ is easy.” Porgy and Bess was presented for the first time -- at the Colonial Theatre in Boston. It
was a flop! (It was revived in 1942. It wasn’t a flop that time. It ran longer than any revival in the history of U.S. musical theater.)
- 1938 --- The Munich Conference ended with a decision to appease Adolf Hitler. Britain, and France allowed Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland to be annexed by the Nazis.
- 1939 --- "Captain Midnight" was heard for the first time on the Mutual Radio Network.
- 1946 --- An international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.
- 1947 --- The World Series came to television for the first time. The New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-3. The Gillette Safety Razor Company and Ford Motor Company were the sponsors. Together, they paid $65,000 for coverage of the entire series! Announcers: Bob Edge , Bob Stanton and Bill Slater.
- 1951 --- The Red Skelton Show debuted on NBC-TV (almost 10 years to the day after Red made his radio debut). America’s ‘Clown Prince of Comedy’ was a hit for years on radio and an even bigger
one on TV with characters like The Mean Wittle Kid (“I dood it!”), Clem Kadiddlehopper, Sheriff Deadeye, Cauliflower McPugg, Willie Lump-Lump, San Fernando Red, Bolivar Shagnasty and Freddie the Freeloader. Later, he would move to CBS-TV. Overall, The Red Skelton Show remained a fixture on U.S. television for 20 years.
- 1955 --- James Dean, the brooding film actor who won acclaim in Giant, East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause, died from injuries
suffered in a car crash at the intersection of routes 46 and 41, near Cholame, CA, a tiny farm town. Dean, who lived the life of James Stark (his character in Rebel Without a Cause), was killed when his Porsche Spyder ran into another car, head-on at 75 miles an hour.
- 1958 --- The Frisbee was patented. The pie tins of the Frisbee Pie Company of Connecticut were the inspiration for the creation of the
Frisbee. A Wham-O employee supposedly saw drivers for the pie company showing Yale students how to throw the pie tins.
- 1962 --- James H. Meredith, an African American, is escorted onto the University of Mississippi campus by U.S. Marshals, setting off a deadly riot. Two men were killed before the racial violence was
quelled by more than 3,000 federal soldiers. The next day, Meredith successfully enrolled and began to attend classes amid continuing disruption.
- 1962 --- The National Farm Workers Association, founded by Cesar Chavez and a forerunner of the United Farm Workers, held its first meeting in Fresno, Calif.
- 1964 --- The first large-scale antiwar demonstration in the United States is staged at the University of California at Berkeley, by
students and faculty opposed to the war. Nevertheless, polls showed that a majority of Americans supported President Lyndon Johnson's policy on the war.
- 1966 --- The Republic of Botswana declared its independence from Britain.
- 1987 --- Mikhail S. Gorbachev retired President Andrei A. Gromyko from the Politburo and fired other old-guard leaders in a shake-up at the Kremlin.
- 1992 --- George Brett of the Kansas City Royals reached 3,000 career hits during a game against the California Angels.
- 1993 --- More than 10,000 people were killed when an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, struck southern India. 7,600
people were killed and 130,000 left homeless by the pre-dawn temblor. It was the worst earthquake to hit India in 50 years, flattening 52 villages and damaging hundreds more.
- 1997 --- France's Roman Catholic Church apologized for its silence during the systematic persecution and deportation of Jews by the pro-Nazi Vichy regime.
- 1999 --- The San Francisco Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last baseball game to be played at Candlestick Park (3Com Park). The Dodgers won 9-4.
- 2004 --- California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that bans the production and sale of foie gras.
- 2004 --- Merck & Co. pulled Vioxx, its heavily promoted arthritis drug, from the market after a study found it doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
- Truman Capote (Streckfus Persons)
- William Wrigley
- Elie Wiesel
- Angie Dickinson
- Johnny Mathis
- Marilyn McCoo
- Barry Williams
- Fran Drescher
- Sen Blanche Lincoln
- Trey Anastasio
- Jenna Elfman
- Martina Hingis
- Deborah Kerr
- Deborah Allen
- Patrice Rushen