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Wed April 4, 2012
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Wednesday April 4, 2012

  • 95th Day of 2012 / 271 Remaining
  • 77 Days Until Summer Begins
  • Sunrise:6:50
  • Sunset:7:36
  • 12 Hr 46 Min
  • Moon Rise:5:37pm
  • Moon Set:5:13am
  • Moon’s Phase: 94 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • April 6 @ 2:20pm
  • Full Pink Moon
  • Full Fish Moon
  • Full Sprouting Grass Moon
  • Full Full Fish Moon

This 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 Full Fish Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

  • Tides
  • High:9:39am/10:12pm
  • Low:3:35am/3:46pm
  • Rainfall
  • This Year:12.91
  • Last Year:24.61
  • Normal To Date:20.63
  • Annual Average: 22.28
  • Holidays
  • National Cordon Bleu Day
  • Vitamin-C Day
  • National Day of Hope, (a time to pray for victims of child abuse and neglect.)
  • National Lunchbreak Day-U.K.
  • Children's Day-Taiwan
  • Tomb Sweeping Day-Taiwan
  • Women's Day-Taiwan
  • Independence Day-Senegal
  • UN International Day For Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
  • Basque National Day-Spain
  • Heroes Day-Lesotho
  • On This Day In …
  • 1581 --- Francis Drake completed the circumnavigation of the world.
  • 1818 --- Congress decided the U.S. flag would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state.
  • 1841 --- U.S. President William Henry Harrison, at the age of 68, became the first president to die in office. He had been sworn in only a month before he died of pneumonia.
  • 1859 --- Daniel Emmett introduced "I Wish I was in Dixie’s Land." About two years later the song became the Civil War song of the Confederacy.
  • 1865 --- According to the recollection of one of his friends, Ward Hill Lamon, President Abraham Lincoln dreams on this night in 1865 of "the subdued sobs of mourners" and a corpse lying on a catafalque in the White House East Room. In the dream, Lincoln asked a soldier standing guard "Who is dead in the White House?" to which the soldier replied, "the President.he was killed by an assassin." Lincoln woke up at that point. On April 11, he told Lamon that the dream had "strangely annoyed" him ever since. Ten days after having the dream, Lincoln was shot dead by an assassin while attending the theater.
  • 1887 --- Susanna M. Salter became the first woman mayor in the U.S. She was duly elected by the people of Argonia, KS. Ms. Salter won by a two-thirds majority but didn’t even know she was in the running ’til she went into the voting booth. It seems that her name was submitted by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Susanna M. Salter received $1 for her year as mayor.
  • 1932 --- C.C. King first isolated Vitamin C at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 1939 --- Glenn Miller recorded his theme song, Moonlight Serenade, for Bluebird Records. Previously, the Miller theme had been Gone with the Dawn and, before then, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.
  • 1949 --- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is established by 12 Western nations: the United States, Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Iceland, Canada, and Portugal. The military alliance, which provided for a collective self-defense against Soviet aggression, greatly increased American influence in Europe. Greece, Turkey, and West Germany later joined NATO, but in 1966 France withdrew, citing American violations of the 1949 treaty. In 1955, the Warsaw Pact, a Soviet-led Eastern European alliance, was established to counter NATO. In 1994, three years after the end of the Cold War, NATO engaged in its first military action as part of an international effort to end two years of fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, which all left the Warsaw Pact upon its dissolution in 1991, joined NATO in 1999. Today, there are twenty-six member states in total.
  • 1964 --- The Beatles set an all-time record on the Top 100 chart of Billboard magazine this day. All five of the top songs were by the British rock group. In addition, The Beatles also had the number one album as Meet the Beatles continued to lead all others. The LP was the top album from February 15 through May 2, when it was replaced by The Beatles Second Album. It was estimated at the time that The Beatles accounted for 60 percent of the entire singles record business during the first three months of 1964. The top five singles by The Beatles this day were: 1) Can't Buy Me Love 2) Twist and Shout 3) She Loves You 4) I Want to Hold Your Hand 5)Please Please Me 
  • 1968 --- Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader was in Memphis to support a sanitation workers' strike and was on his way to dinner when a bullet struck him in the jaw and severed his spinal cord. King was pronounced dead after his arrival at a Memphis hospital. He was 39 years old. In the months before his assassination, Martin Luther King became increasingly concerned with the problem of economic inequality in America. He organized a Poor People's Campaign to focus on the issue, including an interracial poor people's march on Washington, and in March 1968 traveled to Memphis in support of poorly treated African-American sanitation workers. On March 28, a workers' protest march led by King ended in violence and the death of an African-American teenager. King left the city but vowed to return in early April to lead another demonstration. On April 3, back in Memphis, King gave his last sermon, saying, "We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop...And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land." One day after speaking those words, Dr. King was shot and killed by a sniper. As word of the assassination spread, riots broke out in cities all across the United States and National Guard troops were deployed in Memphis and Washington, D.C. On April 9, King was laid to rest in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1974 --- Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th homer in Cincinnati.
  • 1981 --- Henry Cisneros became the first Mexican-American elected mayor of a major U.S. city, which was San Antonio, TX.
  • Birthdays
  • Maya Angelou
  • Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield)
  • Hugh Masekela
  • Dorothea Dix
  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Barry Pepper
  • Tris Speaker
  • Sen. Richard Lugar
  • Clive Davis
  • Anthony Perkins
  • John Cameron Swayze
  • Kitty Kelley
  • Frank Black
  • Heath Ledger
  • A. Bartlett Giamatti
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