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Thursday October 3, 2013
- 276th Day of 2013 / 89 Remaining
- 79 Days Until The First Day of Winter
- 11 Hours 40 Minutes of Daylight
- Moon Rise:5:47am
- Moon Set:6:01pm
- Moon’s Phase: 2 %
- 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:0.30
- This Year:0.44
- Last Year:0.02
- Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
- National Carmel Custard Day
- Child Health Day
- World Habitat Day
- National Foundation Day-Korea
- Unity Day-Germany
- World Temperance Day
- On This Day In …
- 1863 --- Expressing gratitude for a pivotal Union Army victory at Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln announces that the nation will celebrate an official Thanksgiving holiday on November 26, 1863. The speech, which was actually written by Secretary of State William Seward, declared that the fourth Thursday of every November thereafter would be considered an official U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving. This announcement harkened back to when George Washington was in his first term as the first president in 1789 and the young American nation had only a few years earlier emerged from the American Revolution. At that time, George Washington called for an official celebratory "day of public thanksgiving and prayer." While Congress overwhelmingly agreed to Washington's suggestion, the holiday did not yet become an annual event.
- 1883 --- The ‘Orient Express’ made its first run from Paris to Constantinople.
- 1895 --- The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane, is published in book form. The story of a young man's experience of battle was the first American novel to portray the Civil War from the ordinary soldier's point of view. The tale originally appeared as a serial published by a newspaper syndicate.
- 1899 --- The first motorized vacuum cleaner was patented by John S. Thurman.
- 1901 --- The Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated on this day. After a merger with Radio Corporation of America, RCA-Victor became the leader in phonographs and many of the records played on them. The famous Victrola phonograph logo, with Nipper the dog, and the words “His Master’s Voice”, appeared on all RCA-Victor phonographs and record labels.
- 1922 --- Rebecca L. Felton became the first female to hold office of U.S. Senator. She was appointed by Governor Thomas W. Hardwick of Georgia to fill a vacancy.
- 1941 --- The first aerosol can was patented.
- 1942 --- To deal with the financial pressures of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's issued an Executive Order establishing the Office of Economic Stabilization, authorizing control of wages, salaries, profits, rents, and prices of agricultural commodities.
- 1945 --- Elvis Presley appeared in a talent show at the age of 10. It was his first public appearance. He won 2nd place and $5.
- 1951 --- Third baseman Bobby Thomson hits a one-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the National League pennant for the New York Giants. Thomson’s homer wrapped up an amazing come-from-behind run for the Giants and knocked the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Giants’ hated inter-borough rivals, out of their spot in the World Series. "The Giants win the pennant!" radio announcer Russ Hodges howled. "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" He kept screaming until
he lost his voice. Meanwhile, inside the Polo Grounds, pandemonium reigned. Fans flooded the field. Thomson took curtain call after curtain call. People in Manhattan and Brooklyn made so many phone calls in the half-hour after Thomson’s homer that New York Telephone nearly lost service in the two boroughs.
- 1955 --- “Good Morning, Captain!” It was Bob Keeshan’s first day at work in what became a TV institution via CBS: Captain Kangaroo.
The children’s television milestone featured Mr. Green Jeans, Bunny Rabbit, Grandfather Clock, Mr. Moose and other characters.
- 1960 --- The Andy Griffith Show premiered. Maybe you remember the small town of Mayberry, North Carolina with its sheriff, Andy Taylor, played gently and philosophically by Andy Griffith. Andy was a widower with a young son, Opie, played by the now, award-winning, movie director Ron Howard. Other members of the cast of The Andy Griffith Show went on to become celebrated show biz stars, too: Don Knotts who played Andy’s deputy, Barney Fife; and Jim Nabors, the lovable, extremely naive gas station attendant, Gomer Pyle, come to mind.
- 1961 --- Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, and Hank Williams became the first to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- 1961 --- The United Auto Workers (UAW) union goes on strike at Ford plants across the country to win higher wages and better benefits for its members. It was the first company-wide strike since Ford had agreed to a collective-bargaining deal in 1941. Ford had been the last of the Big Three automakers to recognize the union, and it did so grudgingly; the UAW would organize his workers, Henry Ford famously declared, "over my dead body."
- 1961 --- Rob (Dick Van Dyke), Laura (Mary Tyler Moore), Sally (Rose Marie) and Buddy (Morey Amsterdam) debuted in The Dick Van Dyke Show on CBS-TV. Created by Carl Reiner, the show ran for five years (if you don’t include cable reruns).
- 1974 --- Frank Robinson took over the management position of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. He was the first black manager in major league baseball.
- 1981 --- Irish nationalists at the Maze Prison near Belfast, Northern Ireland, ended seven months of hunger strikes that had claimed 10 lives.
- 1988 --- The space shuttle Discovery landed safely after its four-day mission. It was the first American shuttle mission since the Challenger disaster.
- 1989 --- Art Shell became the first African-American head coach in the modern NFL when he took over the Los Angeles Raiders.
- 1990 --- The Berlin Wall was dismantled eleven months after the borders between East and West Germany were dissolved. The unification of Germany ended 45 years of division.
- 1992 --- Barack Obama married Michelle Robinson at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
- 2003 --- Ray Horn, of the duo "Siegfried & Roy," was attacked by tiger during a performance. Roy survived the attack after being dragged offstage. The tiger, a 7-year-old male named Montecore, was debuting in his first show. (on his 59th b-day)
- 2011 --- In a decision that makes international headlines, an Italian appeals court overturns the murder conviction of Amanda Knox, an American exchange student who two years earlier was found guilty in the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy. At the time of her 2009 conviction, Knox, then 22 years old, received a 26-year prison sentence, while her
ex-boyfriend, Italian college student Raffaelle Sollecito, who also was convicted in the slaying, was sentenced to 25 years behind bars. The sensational, high-profile case raised questions in the United States about the Italian justice system and whether Knox, who always maintained her innocence, was unfairly convicted.
- Emily Post
- Chubby Checker
- Gore Vidal
- Gwen Stefani
- Roy Horn (Siegfried & Roy)
- Lindsey Buckingham
- Keb’ Mo’
- Dennis Eckersley
- Rev Al Sharpton
- Neve Campbell
- Harvey Kurtzman
- Stevie Ray Vaughn