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Thursday January 12, 2012
- 12th Day of 2012 / 354 Remaining
- 68 Days Until Spring Begins
- 9 Hr 47 Min
- Moon Rise:9:17pm
- Moon Set:9:17am
- Moon’s Phase: 86 %
- The Next Full Moon
- February 7 @ 1:56pm
- Full Snow Moon
- Full Hunger Moon
Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.
- This Year:3.37
- Last Year:12.22
- Year To Date Average:9.78
- Annual Average: 22.28
- National Pharmacist Day
- Stephen Foster Memorial Day
- National Marzipan Day
- Batman Day
- Little League Girls Baseball Day
- Eat Crackers and Try To Whistle Day
- Youth Day-India
- Zanzibar Revolution Day-Tanzania
- Brbor Day-Jordan
- Commemoration Day-Turkmenistan
- On This Day In History
- 49BC --- Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River signaling a war between Rome and Gaul.
- 1773 --- The first public museum in America was established, in Charleston, S.C.
- 1896 --- At Davidson College, several students took x-ray photographs. They created the first X-ray photographs to be made in America.
- 1915 --- The U.S. House rejected a proposal to grant women the right to vote.
- 1928 --- Vladimir Horowitz debuted as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in New York City. It was the very same night that Sir Thomas Beecham gave his first public performance in the United States.
- 1932 --- Hattie Caraway, a Democrat from Arkansas, became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
- 1943 --- Oh my gosh! It’s frankfurter day! The Office of Price Administration announced that the standard frankfurter/hot dog/wiener would be replaced by ‘Victory Sausage’; made of meat and soybean meal. Yum! Yum!
- 1948 --- The Supreme Court ruled that states could not discriminate against law-school applicants because of race.
- 1949 --- The Chicago-based children’s show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, made its national debut on NBC-TV. Fran Allison was hostess. The show was phenomenally successful.
- 1963 --- Songwriter Bob Dylan sang Blowin’ in the Wind on the BBC radio presentation of The Madhouse on Castle Street. The song soon became one of the classics of the 1960s protest movement.
- 1965 --- The NBC-TV pop-music show Hullabaloo made its debut. A competitor of ABC’s successful Shindig show, Hullabaloo tried to attract a wider audience by featuring both rock music and Las Vegas-type acts. Guests on the first show included the New Christy Minstrels, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Zombies and Woody Allen. Hullabaloo lasted on the air through Aug 29, 1966.
- 1966 --- Batman made it’s TV debut. The campy series starred Adam West as Bruce Wayne and Batman and Burt Ward is Dick Grayson and Robin. Some 120 episodes are still in syndication.
- 1969 --- Super Bowl III (at Miami): NY Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7. Joe Namath and his Cinderella Jets snuck up on the heavily-favored Colts. MVP: Jets’ QB Namath. Tickets: $12.00. after brashly “guaranteeing” the Jets victory, Namath completed 17 of 28 passes, for a total of 206 yards, while wide receiver George Sauer caught eight of those for 133 yards, and Snell ran for a Super Bowl record 121 yards. Apart from ensuring the legacy of Broadway Joe, a future Hall of Famer, the victory gave legitimacy to the AFL and assured the competitive viability of the AFL-NFL rivalry.
- 1971 --- All In the Family debuted on CBS-TV. Carroll O’Connor starred as Archie Bunker, Rob Reiner as Meathead, Sally Struthers as Gloria and Jean Stapleton as Edith, ‘The Dingbat’. “Stifle yourself!” Originally, ABC had plans to broadcast the series under the title, Those Were the Days.
- 1973 --- Yassar Arafat was re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
- 1974 --- Girls were first allowed to play Little League baseball
- 1987 --- Europe was snowed-in with a pounding of white stuff and frigid temperatures as a ‘Siberian Express’ spread across the continent.
- 1997 --- Arthur C. Clarke's "2001" HAL 9000 computer, was brought to consciousness in Urbana, Illinois. HAL stands for a heuristically-programmed algorithmic computer.