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Wed October 2, 2013
KALW Almanac

Wednesday October 2, 2013

1950 - Peanuts debut

  • 275th Day of 2013 / 90 Remaining
  • 80 Days Until The First Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:7:07
  • Sunset:6:50
  • 11 Hours 43 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:4:47am
  • Moon Set:5:28pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 6 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • October 18 @ 4:37pm
  • Full Barley Moon
  • Full Hunter’s Moon

This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.

  • Tides
  • High:9:59am/9:59pm
  • Low:3:33am/4:00pm
  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • Normal To Date:0.28
  • This Year:0.44
  • Last Year:0.02
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
  • Holidays
  • Country Inn, Bed-and-Breakfast Day
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • Intergeneration Day
  • National Custodial Workers' Day
  • Phileas Fogg's Wager Day
  • National French Fried Scallops Day
  • UN International Day of Non-Violence
  • World Communion Sunday
  • World Farm Animals Day
  • Independence Day-Guinea
  • Feast of Gedalya-Judaism
  • On This Day In …
  • 1780 --- Thirty-one-year-old British Major John Andre is hanged as a spy by U.S. military forces in Tappan, New York, on this day in 1780. Andre, an accomplice of Benedict Arnold, had been captured by Patriots John Paulding, David Williams and Isaac Van Wart on September 23 after they found incriminating papers in his boot. The papers revealed that Andre was returning from a secret meeting with U.S. General Benedict Arnold, commander of West Point, who had offered to surrender the strategic Hudson River fort to the British for a bribe of £20,000. Upon hearing of Andre's capture, Arnold fled to the British warship Vulture and subsequently joined the British in their fight against the Patriots.
  • 1836 --- Charles Darwin returned to England after 5 years of acquiring knowledge around the world about fauna, flora, wildlife and

    geology. He used the information to develop his "theory of evolution" which he unveiled in his 1859 book entitled The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

  • 1870 --- Rome was made the capital of Italy.
  • 1919 --- President Woodrow Wilson, who had just cut short a tour of the country to promote the formation of the League of Nations, suffers a stroke. The tour's intense schedule--8,000 miles in 22 days--cost Wilson his health. He suffered constant headaches during the tour, finally collapsing from exhaustion in Pueblo, Colorado, in late September. He managed to return to Washington, only to suffer a near-fatal stroke on October 2.
  • 1920 --- The Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates played the only triple-header in baseball history. The Reds won 2 of the 3 games.
  • 1928 --- This was a busy day at Victor Records Studios in Nashville, TN. DeFord Bailey cut eight masters. Three songs were issued,

    marking the first studio recording sessions in the place now known as Music City, USA.

  • 1937 --- Warner Bros. released "Love Is on the Air." Ronald Reagan made his acting debut in the motion picture. He was 26 years old.
  • 1939 --- Flying Home was recorded by Benny Goodman and his

    six-man-band -- for Columbia Records. A chap named Fletcher Henderson tickled the ivories on this classic. It later became a big hit and a signature song for Lionel Hampton, who also played on this original version of the tune.

  • 1948 --- The first American road race since World War II takes place in Watkins Glen, a tiny town near the Finger Lakes in New York. In 1961, the Watkins Glen event was added to the Formula One Grand Prix schedule and for the next 20 years it was a destination for the world's best drivers. Compared to Monte Carlo and other sophisticated stops on the Formula One circuit, Watkins Glen was scarcely even on the map (Sports Illustrated poked fun at its

    "courage and cornpone, sophistication with straw in its teeth"), but the race was named the best Grand Prix of the season more than once.Road racing--that is, racing sleek sports cars on real roads instead of custom-built tracks--had fizzled out in the United States during World War II, but was revived in Watkins Glen by an enterprising young law student named Cameron Argetsinger. Argetsinger was a fan of European road racing in particular and fast driving in general and he was convinced that the village's twisting, scenic lanes and byways would be perfect for a Grand-Prix–style event. (He was motivated by more than civic boosterism, however: as he once explained to a reporter, "I had an MG-TC and didn't have a place to race it.").

  • 1950 --- The renowned comic strip Peanuts, from the pen of cartoonist Charles Schulz, was first published, in seven U.S. newspapers. The strip, for the United Features Syndicate, had only three characters at its inception: Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty (Reichardt) and Shermy. The world’s most famous beagle, Snoopy, made his first appearance on October 4th.
  • 1955 --- “Good Eeeeeeevening.” The master of mystery movies, Alfred Hitchcock, presented his brand of suspense to millions of viewers on CBS. The man who put the thrill in thriller would visit

    viewers each week for ten years with Alfred Hitchcock Presents. And who could forget that theme song (The Funeral March of a Marionette)?

  • 1958 --- Guinea, the French colony in West Africa, proclaimed its independence. Sekou Toure was the first president of the Republic of Guinea.
  • 1959 --- “There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fear and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the twilight zone.” Familiar words now, but they were first spoken this Friday night on CBS-TV at 10 p.m. by the creator and host of The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling.
  • 1962 --- U.S. ports were closed to nations that allowed their ships to carry arms to Cuba, ships that had docked in a socialist country were prohibited from docking in the United States during that voyage, and the transport of U.S. goods was banned on ships owned by companies that traded with Cuba.
  • 1963 --- Hurricane Flora crashes into Haiti, killing thousands of people. This huge storm, which also killed large numbers of people in Cuba and wreaked havoc elsewhere in the Caribbean, was one of the most deadly hurricanes in history.
  • 1966 --- Sandy Koufax, in great pain from an arthritic elbow, won 27

    games and, for the third time in four years, led the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League pennant.

  • 1967 --- Thurgood Marshall, appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, was sworn in as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall was the first black Supreme Court justice and served until his retirement on June 27, 1991, at the age of 82. He had served in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals (1961-1965) and as U.S. Solicitor General (1965-1967). Justice Marshall died on January 24, 1993.
  • 1967 --- The Grateful Dead, all six members, were arrested for possession of marijuana. They were released six hours later on bail.
  • 1968 --- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson strikes out 17 Detroit Tigers in the first game of the World Series, breaking Sandy Koufax’s record for the most strikeouts in a Series game.
  • 1971 --- Rod Stewart’s Every Picture Tells a Story album hit number one in both the U.S. and the U.K. And, to add a little icing to this day’s cake, his single with two back-to-back hits from the album -- Maggie May and Reason to Believe -- rose to #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
  • 1985 --- Rock Hudson, 59, becomes the first major U.S. celebrity to die of complications from AIDS. Hudson's death raised public awareness of the epidemic, which until that time had been ignored by many in the mainstream.
  • Birthdays
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • Groucho (Julius) Marx
  • Don McLean
  • Bud Abbott
  • Spanky McFarland
  • Maury Wills
  • Rex Reed
  • Donna Karan
  • Annie Leibovitz
  • ‘Sting’-Gordon Sumner
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