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Wed April 10, 2013
KALW Almanac

Wednesday April 10, 2013

1972

  • 100th Day of 2013 / 265 Remaining
  • 72 Days Until The First Day of Summer
  • Sunrise:6:39
  • Sunset:7:41
  • 13 Hours 2 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:6:41am
  • Moon Set:8:22pm
  • Moon’s Phase:New Moon
  • The Next Full Moon
  • April 25 @ 12:59pm
  • Full Pink Moon
  • Full Sprouting Grass Moon
  • Full Egg Moon
  • Full Fish Moon

This moon’s  name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

  • Tides
  • High:12:05pm/11:42pm
  • Low:5:39am/5:35
  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:16.31
  • Last Year:13.13
  • Normal To Date:22.06
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
  • Holidays
  • National Cinnamon Crescent Day
  • National Siblings Day
  • Salvation Army Founder's Day
  • Care Sunday-United Kingdom
  • On This Day In …
  • 1790 --- The U.S. patent system was established.
  • 1814 --- Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Toulouse by the British and the Spanish. The defeat led to his abdication and exile to Elba.
  • 1849 --- Walter Hunt of New York City patented the safety pin. Most of us still use the device which comes in a variety of sizes and is quite handy to have around. Mr. Hunt, however, didn’t think so. He thought the safety pin to be a temporary convenience and sold the patent for a total of $400. Bet he could just ‘stick’ himself for doing that.
  • 1866 --- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by philanthropist and diplomat Henry Bergh, 54.
  • 1912 --- The Titanic set sail from Southampton, England.
  • 1916 --- The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) held its first championship tournament.
  • 1919 --- Emiliano Zapata, a leader of peasants and indigenous people during the Mexican Revolution, is ambushed and shot to death in Morelos by government forces. Born a peasant in 1879, Zapata was forced into the Mexican army in 1908 following his attempt to recover village lands taken over by a rancher. After the revolution began in 1910, he raised an army of peasants in the southern state of Morelos under the slogan "Land and Liberty." Demanding simple agrarian reforms, Zapata and his guerrilla farmers opposed the central Mexican government under Francisco Madero, later under Victoriano Huerta, and finally under Venustiano Carranza. Zapata and his followers never gained control of the central Mexican government, but they redistributed land and aided poor farmers within the territory under their control. Zapata's influence has endured long after his death, and his agrarian reform movement, known as zapatismo, remains important to many Mexicans today. In 1994, a guerrilla group calling themselves the Zapata Army of National Liberation launched a peasant uprising in the southern state of Chiapas.
  • 1925 --- "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published.
  • 1927 --- Ballet Mécanique was presented for the first time at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This was the first symphonic work that called for an airplane propeller and other mechanical contraptions not normally associated with the ballet.
  • 1941 --- Ford Motor Co. became the last major automaker to recognize the United Auto Workers as the representative for its workers.
  • 1947 --- Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals, paving the way for Robinson to become the first black to play in the major leagues.
  • 1961 --- Gary Player of South Africa became the first foreign golfer to win the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Player, age 25, won by just one stroke over both Charles Coe, an amateur, and defending champion Arnold Palmer. Coe shot a record 280, which was the lowest score turned in by an amateur at the Masters up to that time.
  • 1963 --- 129 people died when the nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher failed to surface off Cape Cod, MA.
  • 1967 --- The song "Somethin' Stupid" became the first father-daughter song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart. The song was performed by Nancy and Frank Sinatra.
  • 1968 --- Mickey Hart joined the Grateful Dead.
  • 1970 --- Officially resigning from The Beatles, Paul McCartney disbanded the most influential rock group in history at a public news conference. The Beatles hit, Let It Be, was riding high on the pop charts. The last recording for the group, The Long and Winding Road (also from the documentary film Let It Be), would be number one for two weeks beginning on June 13, bringing to a close one of contemporary music’s greatest dynasties.
  • 1971 --- The U.S. table tennis team begins a weeklong visit to the People's Republic of China (PRC) at the invitation of China's communist government. The well-publicized trip was part of the PRC's attempt to build closer diplomatic relations with the United States, and was the beginning of what some pundits in the United States referred to as "ping-pong diplomacy."
  • 1972 --- As part of his first visit to the United States in 20 years, British film pioneer Charlie Chaplin accepts an honorary Academy Award for his "incalculable" contribution to the art of filmmaking. Chaplin, once America's most successful movie star and director. Away from the camera, Chaplin's personal life often drew sensational headlines. He was married four times, three times to his leading ladies, and in 1943 was accused by another woman of fathering her child. That year, in another controversial move, he married Oona O'Neill, the 18-year-old daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill. Chaplin was 54. Chaplin's political views were also criticized, as was his failure to apply for U.S. citizenship. Pressed for back taxes and accused of supporting subversive causes by McCarthy-era America, Chaplin left the United States in 1952. Informed that he would not necessarily be welcomed back, he retorted, "I wouldn't go back there if Jesus Christ were president," and surrendered his re-entry permit in Switzerland. He lived with his family at Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland, and made several more films.In April 1972, he did return to the United States for a visit and accepted an honorary Oscar. He had previously won an honorary Academy Award, in 1929 for The Circus (1928). In 1975, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him.
  • 1981 --- Imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands won election to the British Parliament.
  • 1996 --- U.S. President Clinton vetoed a bill that would have outlawed a technique used to end pregnancies in their late stages.
  • 1999 ---George Michael, Sinead O'Connor, the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Tom Jones, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney all performed at the "Here There and Everywhere: A Concert for Linda", a charity tribute to Linda McCartney held at London's Royal Albert Hall.
     
  • 2001 --- Jane Swift took office as the first female governor of Massachusetts. She succeeded Paul Cellucci, who had resigned to become the U.S. ambassador to Canada.
  • Birthdays
  • Joseph Pulitzer
  • Max von Sydow
  • Mandy Moore
  • Omar Sharif
  • Bunny Livingston Wailer
  • Steven Seagal
  • Brian Setzer
  • Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds
  • William Booth
  • Vladimir Lenin
  • Commodore Matthew Perry
  • Lew Wallace
  • Bernard Gimbel
  • Sheb Wooley
  • Chuck Connors
  • Liz Sheridan
  • David Halverstam
  • John Madden
  • Terry Roche
  • Ken Griffey Sr
  • Orlando Jones
  • Shemekia Copeland
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