Most Active Stories
- How one Bay Area city is causing national controversy with local gun control
- What makes a street dangerous? Decoding deadly Van Ness Avenue
- A musician, going deaf, fights for a life in music
- The Spiritual Edge: Bay Area Jews head to the desert to reclaim their Biblical roots
- "Hello Gorgeous!" Cheyenne Jackson & the SF Symphony
Tuesday July 30, 2013
- 211th Day of 2013 /154 Remaining
- 54 Days Until The First Day of Autumn
- 14 Hours 9 Minutes of Daylight
- Moon Rise:12:32am
- Moon Set:2:46pm
- Moon’s Phase:40 %
- The Next Full Moon
- August 20 @ 6:45 pm
- Full Sturgeon Moon
- Full Red Moon
- Full Green Corn Moon
- Full Grain Moon
The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.
- Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
- Normal To Date:0.0
- This Year:0.0
- Last Year:0.01
- Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
- Father-In-Law Day
- National Cheesecake Day
- Independence Day-Vanautu
- On This Day In …
- 1729 --- The city of Baltimore was founded.
- 1739 --- Caspar Wistar founded the first successful large scale glass factory in the U.S. in Allowaystown, New Jersey.
- 1792 --- The French national anthem, "La Marseillaise" by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, was first sung in Paris.
- 1838 --- It supposedly rained frogs in London.
- 1932 --- Walt Disney's "Flowers and Trees" premiered. It was the first Academy Award winning cartoon and first cartoon short to use Technicolor.
- 1942 --- President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill creating a women's auxiliary agency in the Navy known as Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, or WAVES.
- 1945 --- The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian. Only 316 out of 1,196 men aboard survived the attack.
- 1956 --- Singer Brenda Lee recorded her first hit for Decca Records. Jambalaya and Bigelow 6-200 started a new career for the petite 11-year-old from Lithonia, GA (near Atlanta). Brenda Mae Tarpley (Brenda Lee) had been singing professionally since age six. She recorded 29 hit songs in the 1960s and became a successful country singer in 1971. Brenda Lee had a pair of number one tunes with I’m Sorry and I Want to be Wanted. She recorded a dozen hits that made it to the top 10.
- 1956 --- Two years after pushing to have the phrase "under God" inserted into the pledge of allegiance, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring "In God We Trust" to be the nation's official motto. The law, P.L. 84-140, also mandated that the phrase be printed on all American paper currency. The phrase had been placed on U.S. coins since the Civil War when, according to the historical association of the United States Treasury, religious sentiment reached a peak. Eisenhower's treasury secretary, George Humphrey, had suggested adding the phrase to paper currency as well.
- 1959 --- Willie McCovey stepped to the plate for the first time in his major-league baseball career. McCovey of the San Francisco Giants batted 4-for-4 in his debut against Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia
Phillies. He hit two singles and two triples, driving in two runs. It was the start of an all-star career that landed McCovey in baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
- 1965 --- Flanked by his wife, Lady Bird Johnson; former President Harry Truman; former First-Lady Bess Truman; and Vice-President Hubert Humphrey, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965 into law. Truman and his wife were on hand as they were selected by President Johnson to be the first and second persons, respectively, to be enrolled in Medicare and the first recipients of the new Medicare cards. President Johnson (LBJ) said that Truman had “planted the seeds of compassion and duty”
that led to the enactment of Medicare. House Representative Cecil B. King (D-California) and Senator Clinton P. Anderson (D-New Mexico) were the two legislators who introduced the bill to Congress. The first bills of 1965, H.R. 1 and S. 1, were what eventually resulted in the Medicare program some six months later. The program that provides health insurance to retired workers (65 and older) is funded by employers and employees paying into a national social security fund. An outpatient prescription drug benefit was added with the Medicare Modernization Act, signed in 2003 by President George W. Bush, which left a donut hole that seniors could fall into if their prescription expenses went over a limit. President Barack Obama’s national health insurance plan started closing up this hole in 2010.
- 1966 --- In the first televised World Cup soccer match, host-nation England beats Germany 4 to 2 to win the tournament final at Wembley Stadium. In overtime play, England's Geoff Hurst scored his second of three match goals to give Britain a 3 to 2 lead. In the dying seconds of overtime play, he scored his third goal, making the
score 4 to 2 and handing England the Jules Rimet Trophy for the first time in the World Cup's 36-year history. English star Bobby Charlton was marked on the field by German Franz Beckenbauer, an emerging talent who held the English midfielder to no goals. Hurst's second goal later stirred considerable controversy when film footage suggested that it failed to cross the goal line after bouncing off the crossbar.
- 1971 --- Apollo 15 astronauts David R. Scott and James B. Irwin landed on the moon.
- 1974 --- Under coercion from the U.S. Supreme Court, President Richard M. Nixon releases subpoenaed White House recordings--suspected to prove his guilt in the Watergate cover-up--to special prosecutor Leon Jaworski. The same day, the House Judiciary Committee voted a third article of impeachment against the president: contempt of Congress in hindering the impeachment process. The previous two impeachment articles voted against Nixon by the committee were obstruction of justice and abuse of presidential powers.
- 1975 --- Former Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in suburban Detroit. (His remains have never been found.)
- 1976 --- American Bruce Jenner wins gold in the decathlon at the Montreal Olympics. His 8,617 points set a world record in the event.Although Nikolai Avilov, the world record-holder and 1972 Olympic champion from the Soviet Union, was considered nearly impossible to beat, Jenner’s intense training paid off at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. After the first day of competition, Jenner was in
third place, 35 points off the pace and 17 points behind his rival. With all of Jenner’s best events slated for the second day, though, Jenner knew he could pull off a victory. He later admitted thinking, "If I am within 150 points of the leader after five events, I’ll run away with it." On July 30, the next five events went exactly as Jenner hoped: He ran efficiently in the 110-meter hurdles, set a personal best in the pole vault, threw the discus and the javelin well and sprinted the last 300 meters of the 1,500-meter event to seal a win. He was voted the 1976 AP Male Athlete of the Year. The 1976 Olympics was his last decathlon.
- 1984 --- Reggie Jackson hit the 494th home run of his career, passing the Yankees’ Lou Gehrig and taking over 13th place on the
all-time home run list. Larry Sorenson was the victim who gave up Reggie’s milestone homer.
- 1998 --- A world-record Powerball jackpot of $295.7 million was won by a group of 13 machinists who worked together in Westerville, Ohio. The group chose the cash option, and received a lump-sum payment of $161.5 million dollars.
- 2003 --- The last of 21,529,464 Volkswagen Beetles built since World War II rolls off the production line at Volkswagen's plant in Puebla, Mexico. One of a 3,000-unit final edition, the baby-blue vehicle was sent to a museum in Wolfsburg, Germany, where Volkswagen is headquartered. The car produced in Puebla that day was the last so-called "classic" VW Beetle, which is not to be confused with the redesigned new Beetle that Volkswagen introduced in 1998. (The new Beetle resembles the classic version but is based on the VW Golf.)
- 2008 --- Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was extradited to The Hague to face genocide charges after nearly 13 years on the run.
- Buddy Guy
- Anita Hill
- Hillary Swank
- Peter Bogdanovich
- Eleanor Smeal
- Paul Anka
- David Sanborn
- Jean Reno
- Delta Burke
- Kate Bush
- Vivica Fox
- Henry Ford
- Henry Moore
- Casey Stengel
- Lisa Kudrow
- Bud Selig
- Emily Bronte
- Vladimir Zworykin
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Laurence Fishburne