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Wed January 2, 2013
KALW Almanac

Wednesday January 2, 2013

1962 - The Weavers

  • 2nd Day of 2013 / 363 Remaining
  • 77 Days Until The First Day of Spring
  • Sunrise:7:25
  • Sunset:5:03
  • 9 Hours 38 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:10:34pm
  • Moon Set:10:16am
  • Moon’s Phase: 74 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • January 26 @ 8:40pm
  • Full Wolf Moon

Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.

  • Tides
  • High: 3:18am/2:28pm
  • Low: 8:47am/8:41pm
  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • This Year:13.03
  • Last Year:3.34
  • Normal To Date:9.40
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
  • Holidays
  • National Cream Puff Day
  • National Buffet Day
  • National Science Fiction Day
  • National Run It Up The Flagpole And See If Anyone Salutes It Day
  • Berchtoldstag (Berchtold's Day)-Switzerland
  • On This Day In …
  • 1788 --- Georgia, became the 4th state to enter the United States of America. Nicknamed the Peach State for obvious reasons, Georgia is also referred to as the Empire State of the South. First explored by the Spanish, but named after King George II of England, Georgia became the stronghold of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Atlanta, its capital and largest city has been the center of commerce, communication, politics and transportation for the Southeastern region of the U.S. Like the rest of the 50 states, Georgia has a state bird: the brown thrasher; a state flower: for some reason it's not the peach blossom, but the Cherokee rose; a state tree: the live oak; a state song: Georgia on My Mind; and an official state motto: Wisdom, Justice and Moderation.
  • 1811 --- Senator Timothy Pickering, a Federalist from Massachusetts, becomes the first senator to be censured when the Senate approves a censure motion against him by a vote of 20 to seven. Pickering was accused of violating congressional law by publicly revealing secret documents communicated by the president to the Senate.
  • 1872 --- Brigham Young, the 71-year-old leader of the Mormon Church, was arrested on a charge of bigamy. He had 25 wives.
  • 1892 --- Ellis Island opened as America's first federal immigration center. Annie Moore, at age 15, became the first person to pass through.
  • 1905 --- Japanese Gen. Nogi received from Russian Gen. Stoessel at 9 o'clock P.M. a letter formally offering to surrender, ending the Russo-Japanese War.
  • 1910 --- The first junior high school in the United States opened. McKinley School in Berkeley, CA, housed seventh and eighth grade students. In a separate building students were housed who attended grades 9-12.
  • 1921 --- DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park opened.
  • 1923 --- Secretary of the U.S. Dept of Interior, Albert Fall, resigns due to public outrage over the Teapot Dome scandal.
  • 1941 --- The Andrews Sisters recorded Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy on Decca Records. LaVerne, Maxene and Patty Andrews recorded in Los Angeles and the song was heard in the movie, Buck Privates, starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.
  • 1962 --- The Weavers, one of the most significant popular-music groups of the postwar era, saw their career nearly destroyed during the Red Scare of the early 1950s. Even with anti-communist fervor in decline by the early 1960s, the Weavers' leftist politics were used against them as late as January 2, 1962, when the group's appearance on The Jack Paar Show was cancelled over their refusal to sign an oath of political loyalty. The importance of the Weavers to the folk revival of the late 1950s cannot be overstated. Without the group that Pete Seeger founded with Lee Hays in Greenwich Village in 1948, there would likely be no Bob Dylan, not to mention no Kingston Trio or Peter, Paul and Mary. The Weavers helped spark a tremendous resurgence in interest in American folk traditions and folk songs when they burst onto the popular scene with "Goodnight Irene," a #1 record for 13 weeks in the summer and fall of 1950. The Weavers sold millions of copies of innocent, beautiful and utterly apolitical records like "Midnight Special" and "On Top of Old Smoky" that year. And then it came to light that members of the group had openly embraced the pacifism, internationalism and pro-labor sympathies of the Communist Party during the 1930s. When word of their political past spread, the backlash was swift. The Weavers' planned television show was canceled, the group was placed under FBI surveillance and Seeger and Hays were called to testify before Joseph McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee. The Weavers lost their recording contract with Decca in 1951, and by 1953, unable to book most concert venues and banned from appearing on television and radio, they disbanded. The Weavers enjoyed a significant comeback in the late 1950s, but the group never shook its right-wing antagonists. On the afternoon of January 2, 1962, in advance of a scheduled appearance on The Jack Paar Show, the Weavers were told by NBC officials that their appearance would be canceled if they would not sign a statement disavowing the Communist party. Every member of the Weavers refused to sign.
  • 1968 --- Newark, NJ, police confiscated a shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's album "Two Virgins". The album featured a nude cover.
  • 1971 --- George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass was number one on U.S. album charts. Harrison was the first ex-Beatle to hit #1 with a solo album.
  • 1974 --- President Richard Nixon signed a bill requiring all states to lower the maximum speed limit to 55 MPH. The law was intended to conserve gasoline supplies during an embargo imposed by Arab oil-producing countries. Federal speed limits were abolished in 1995.
  • 1983 --- The smash musical, Annie, closed on Broadway at the Uris Theatre after 2,377 performances: the sixth longest-running show on the Great White Way. The five longest-running shows at the time were: “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Life With Father”, “Tobacco Road”, “Hello Dolly” and “Music Man”.
  • 1995 --- The most distant galaxy yet discovered was found by scientists using the Keck telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. "8C 1435+63" was estimated to be 15 billion light years away. The discovery was made by a team of astronomers from the University of California, led by Hyron Spinrad. They found the new galaxy to be 150,000 to 200,000 light-years across.
  • Birthdays
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Jim Bakker
  • Tia Carrere
  • Cuba Gooding Jr
  • Taye Diggs
  • Sally Rand
  • Roger Miller
  • Julius LaRosa
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