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Tuesday September 17, 2013
- 260th Day of 2013 / 105Remaining
- 5 Days Until The First Day of Autumn
- 12 Hours 19 Minutes of Daylight
- Moon Rise:6:03pm
- Moon Set:4:57am
- Moon’s Phase: 96 %
- The Next Full Moon
- September 19 @ 4:12am
- Full Corn Moon
- Full Barley Moon
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.
- Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
- Normal To Date:0.09
- This Year:0.05
- Last Year:0.02
- Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
- Citizenship Day
- National Step Family Day
- National Apple Dumpling Day
- International Coastal Cleanup
- International Eat an Apple Day
- Day of the National Hero-Angola
- On This Day In …
- 1787 --- The Constitution of the United States of America was signed by delegates from twelve states at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA. The U.S. Constitution is the world’s oldest working Constitution.
- 1862 --- The Battle of Antietam took place during the American Civil War. More than 23,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing. The Rebel advance was ended with heavy losses to both armies.
- 1872 --- Phillip W. Pratt of Abington, MA patented an automatic sprinkler system for putting out fires. The system was operated by means of a valve to which cords and fuses were attached. The cords held the valve closed with a spring-loaded lever. In case of a fire, when the fuses ignited, the cords burned, and the valve opened, releasing a stream of water.
- 1884 --- Judge Allen disposes of the 13 criminal cases on his Oakland, California, docket in only six minutes. Although he apparently set a new record for speed, defendants in Oakland's criminal court did not stand much of a chance of gaining an acquittal. In a 40-year period at the turn of the century, only 1 defendant in 100 was acquitted.
- 1931 --- RCA Victor began demonstrating a very early version of the long-playing (LP), 33-1/3 RPM phonograph record. It would be
another 17 years before RCA rival Columbia would begin mass production of the LP.
- 1953 --- Ernie Banks became the first black baseball player to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform. Banks was also quick to say, “Let’s play two!” Banks was the Cubs’ outstanding shortstop from 1954 to
1960. In 1961 he was moved to left field, then to first base, where he spent the rest of his career. In 1969, Ernie Banks was voted the Cub’s best player ever by Chicago fans. ‘Mr. Cub’ retired in 1971.
- 1957 --- Louis Armstrong angrily announces that he will not participate in a U.S. government-sponsored tour of the Soviet Union. Armstrong was furious over developments in Little Rock, Arkansas, where mobs of white citizens and armed National Guardsmen had recently blocked the entrance of nine African-American students into the all-white Central High School.
- 1965 --- Four adventurous Englishmen arrive at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany after crossing the English Channel by Amphicar,
the world's only mass-produced amphibious passenger car. Despite choppy waters, stiff winds, and one flooded engine, the two vehicles made it across the water in about seven hours.
- 1965 --- The Smothers Brothers Show, a sitcom, debuted on CBS-TV. Dick Smothers played young executive Dick Smothers, who worked for publisher Leonard J. Costello (Rolland Winters). Dick was trying to enjoy life as a prosperous bachelor, when his brother Tom (played by Tom) showed up as an apprentice angel. Tom, who had been lost at sea some years before, had to perform good deeds on earth in order to gain permanent angel wings.
Instead of the helpful angel, he was often the blundering angel, constantly depending on brother Dick to get him out of scrape after scrape. The Smothers Brothers Show ran in this format for one year. The funny and talented duo returned in February of 1967 with The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and continued to get into scrape after scrape -- this time with the network.
- 1972 --- The comedy series "M.A.S.H." premiered on CBS.
- 1976 --- NASA publicly unveils its first space shuttle, the Enterprise, during a ceremony in Palmdale, California. Development of the aircraft-like spacecraft cost almost $10 billion and took nearly a decade. In 1977, the Enterprise became the first space shuttle to fly
freely when it was lifted to a height of 25,000 feet by a Boeing 747 airplane and then released, gliding back to Edwards Air Force Base on its own accord.
- 1978 --- At the White House in Washington, D.C., Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sign the Camp David Accords, laying the groundwork for a permanent peace agreement between Egypt and Israel after three decades of hostilities. The accords were negotiated during 12 days of intensive talks at President Jimmy Carter's Camp David retreat in
the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland. The final peace agreement--the first between Israel and one of its Arab neighbors--was signed in March 1979. Sadat and Begin were jointly awarded the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts.
- 1983 --- Vanessa Williams, Miss New York, was crowned Miss America. Williams was the first black woman in the 62-year history of the Miss America Pageant to win the coveted title. Williams relinquished her crown during her reign when nude pictures of her were published in Penthouse magazine.
- 1984 --- Seventeen years to the day after his first major-league home run, Reggie Jackson of the California Angels hit his 500th career homer -- in a game against the Kansas City Royals.
- 1991 --- The United Nations General Assembly opened its 46th session. The new members were Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North and South Korea, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.
- 2004 --- San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hit his 700th career home run, joining Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755) as the only players to reach the milestone.
- Ken Kesey
- Hank Williams
- Justice David Souter
- Justice Warren Burger
- Fee Waybill
- Cassandra Peterson
- Rita Rudner
- David D Buick
- Maureen Connolly
- John Willard Marriott
- George Blanda
- Anne Bancroft
- Orlando Cepeda
- John Ritter
- Doug E Fresh