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Thursday August 29, 2013
- 241st Day of 2013 / 124 Remaining
- 24 Days Until The First Day of Autumn
- 13 Hours 4 Minutes of Daylight
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- Moon’s Phase: 37 %
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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.
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- On This Day In …
- 1828 --- A patent was issued to Robert Turner for the self-regulating wagon brake.
- 1886 --- China’s Ambassador to the United States, Li Hung-Chang’s chef devised a tasty dish in New York City. It satisfied both American and Asian tastes. The delicacy was called chop suey.
- 1911 --- Ishi, described as the last surviving Stone Age Indian in the contiguous United States, is discovered in California. By the first decade of the 20th century, Euro-Americans had so overwhelmed the North American continent that scarcely any Native Americans remained who had not been assimilated into Anglo society to some degree. Ishi appears to have been something of an exception. Found lost and starving near an Oroville, California, slaughterhouse, he was
largely unfamiliar with white ways and spoke no English. Authorities took the mysterious Indian into custody for his own protection. News of the so-called "Stone Age Indian" attracted the attention of a young Berkeley anthropologist named Thomas Waterman. Gathering what partial vocabularies existed of northern California Indian dialects, the speakers of which had mostly vanished, Waterman went to Oroville to meet the Indian. After unsuccessfully hazarding words from several dialects, Waterman tried a few words from the language of the Yana Indians. Some were intelligible to Ishi, and the two men were able to engage in a crude dialogue. The following month, Waterman took Ishi to live at the Berkeley University museum, where their ability to communicate gradually improved. Waterman eventually learned that Ishi was a Yahi Indian, an isolated branch of the northern California Yana tribe. He was approximately 50 years old and was apparently the last of his people. Ishi said he had wandered the mountains of northern
California for some time with a small remnant of the Yahi people. Gradually, accident or disease had killed his companions. A white man murdered his final male companion, and Ishi wandered alone until he reached Oroville. For five years, Ishi lived at the Berkeley Museum. He and Waterman became close friends, and he spent his days describing his tribal customs and demonstrating his wilderness skills in archery, woodcraft, and other traditional techniques. He learned to understand and survive in the white world, and enjoyed wandering the Bay area communities and riding on the trolley cars. Eventually, though, Ishi contracted tuberculosis and died in 1916, at an estimated age of 56. His body was cremated according to the customs of his people.
- 1944 --- During the continuing celebration of the liberation of
France from the Nazis, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris.
- 1946 --- Ella Fitzgerald and The Delta Rhythm Boys recorded It’s a Pity to Say Goodnight on Decca Records. The song turned out to be one of Lady Ella’s most popular.
- 1957 --- Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the U.S. Senate this day (and part of the previous day).when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.
- 1958 --- George Harrison joined the band Quarrymen. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were also members.
- 1962 --- Robert Frost leaves for the Soviet Union on this day
in 1962. The goodwill tour is sponsored by the U.S. State Department in an effort to thaw Cold War relations. Frost's poetry has established his international reputation as American's unofficial poet laureate. While his best work appeared in earlier decades, he is nevertheless seen as an elder statesman of literature.
- 1964 --- Roy Orbison’s Oh, Pretty Woman was released. It hit number one (for 3 weeks) on September 26th and became the biggest of his career. Oh, Pretty Woman was Orbison’s second #1 hit. The other was Running Scared (6/05/61).
- 1966 --- Although they made an unannounced live appearance in January 1969 on the rooftop of the Apple building, The Beatles' final live concert took place on 29 August 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The Park's capacity was 42,500, but only
25,000 tickets were sold, leaving large sections of unsold seats. Fans paid between $4.50 and $6.50 for tickets, and The Beatles' fee was around $90,000. The show's promoter was local company Tempo Productions. The Beatles took 65% of the gross, the city of San Francisco took 15% of paid admissions and were given 50 free tickets. This arrangement, coupled with low ticket sales and other unexpected expenses resulted in a financial loss for Tempo Productions. Candlestick Park was the home of the baseball team the San Francisco Giants. The stage was located just behind
second base on the field, and was five feet high and surrounded by a six-foot high wire fence. The support acts were, in order of appearance, The Remains, Bobby Hebb, The Cyrkle and The Ronettes. The show began at 8pm. The Beatles took to the stage at 9.27pm, and performed 11 songs: “Rock And Roll Music”, “She's A Woman”, “If I Needed Someone”, “Day Tripper”, “Baby's In Black”, “I Feel Fine”, “Yesterday”, “I Wanna Be Your Man”, “Nowhere Man”, “Paperback Writer” and “Long Tall Sally”. The group knew it was to be their final concert. Recognising its significance, John Lennon and Paul McCartney took a camera onto the stage, with which they took pictures of the crowd, the rest of the group, and themselves at arm's
length.As The Beatles made their way to Candlestick Park, Paul McCartney asked their press officer Tony Barrow to make a recording of the concert on audio cassette, using a hand-held recorder. The cassette lasted 30 minutes on each side, and, as Barrow didn't flip it during the show, the recording cut off during final song “Long Tall Sally”. Barrow gave the original tape of the Candlestick Park concert to McCartney. He also made a single copy, which was kept in a locked drawer in Barrow's office desk. The recording has since become widely circulated on bootlegs, although quite how is not known.
- 1991 --- The Supreme Soviet, the parliament of the U.S.S.R., suspended all activities of the Communist Party, bringing an end to the institution. The Communist Party in the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party's role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev.
- 1999 --- Swiss Winegrower's Fete (Fête des Vignerons). Held periodically (about every 20 years or so) since 1797 in Vivey, Switzerland. The next festival will be in 2019.
- 2000 --- Pope John Paul II endorsed organ donation and adult stem cell study but condemned human cloning and embryo experiments.
- 2004 --- Brazilian distance runner Vanderlei de Lima is attacked by a spectator while running the marathon, the final event of the
Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. At the time of the incident, De Lima had a 30-second lead in the race with four miles to go. De Lima, whom few had picked to be a contender, surprised the crowd by taking the lead at the 13-mile mark. After extending his lead for the next nine miles, he was suddenly approached from his left side by a bystander from Ireland named Cornelius Horan. Wearing an orange kilt, green knee socks and a green beret, Horan shoved de Lima out of the middle of the course and into the crowd, stopping the runner’s progress. A subsequent investigation revealed that the mentally unbalanced Horan, a defrocked Irish priest, was simply looking for publicity. (Horan had spent two months in prison in 2003 for standing in the middle of the race track at the British Grand Prix for a full 20 seconds as race cars swerved to avoid hitting him.) As De Lima was subdued by security guards, De Lima resumed running, still in the lead. However, with just over two miles remaining in the race, he was overtaken by Stefano Baldini of Italy, who took home the gold. Meb Keflezighi of the United States also passed de Lima to win the silver medal; De Lima finished in third. A shaken de Lima told the assembled press after the race, ''I was not expecting it at all. I couldn't defend myself. I was totally concentrated on my race. I had to get back into my competitive rhythm, and I really lost a lot of it. It's extremely difficult to find that rhythm again.'' De Lima was awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal for sportsmanship at the closing ceremonies by the International Olympic Committee.
- 2005 --- Hurricane Katrina makes landfall near New Orleans,
Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane on this day in 2005. Despite being only the third most powerful storm of the 2005 hurricane season, Katrina was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. After briefly coming ashore in southern Florida on August 25 as a Category 1 hurricane, Katrina gained strength before slamming into the Gulf Coast on August 29. In addition to bringing devastation to the New Orleans area, the hurricane caused damage along the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, as well as other parts of Louisiana.
- 2007 --- Alfred Peet died. He was the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea in Berkeley.
- 2008 --- Republican John McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice-presidential running mate.
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