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Wed October 9, 2013
KALW Almanac

Wednesday October 9, 2013

1930 - Laura Ingalls

  • 282nd Day of 2013 / 83 Remaining
  • 73 Days Until The First Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:7:13
  • Sunset:6:39
  • 11 Hours 26 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:12:09pm
  • Moon Set:10:25pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 26 %
  • 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:3:07am/2:12pm
  • Low:8:04am/9:07pm
  • Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
  • Normal To Date:0.42
  • This Year:0.02
  • Last Year:0.44
  • Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
  • Holidays
  • Grandmother's Day-Florida
  • Leif Erikson Day
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • Grinder, Hoagie, Hero Day
  • International African Diaspora Day
  • UN World Post Day
  • Alphabet Day-Korea
  • National Dignity Day-Peru
  • Independence Day-Uganda
  • Army & Navy Day-Azerbaijan
  • On This Day In …
  • 1635 --- Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, was banished from Massachusetts because he had spoken out against punishments for religious offenses and giving away land that belonged to the Indians. Williams had founded Providence, Rhode Island as a place for people to seek religious freedom.
  • 1701 --- The Collegiate School of Connecticut was chartered in New Haven. The name was later changed to Yale.
  • 1781 --- The last major battle of the American Revolutionary War took place in Yorktown, VA. The American forces, led by George Washington, defeated the British troops under Lord Cornwallis.
  • 1855 --- Another patent was awarded this day -- to one Joshua C. Stoddard, for the calliope. The Worcester, MA inventor originally

    sold the colorful and somewhat noisy instrument (it produces 135 decibels, compared to the 100 decibels of sound produced by a jet plane at takeoff) to churches, believe it or not! Sales, however, took off when Stoddard sold the instrument to circuses and steamboat operators (not a bad idea since the calliope is powered by steam).

  • 1872 --- The first mail order catalog was delivered. It was only one page but it worked. No, it wasn’t the Victoria’s Secret catalog ... nor Land’s End, J. Crew or Lillian Vernon. It was sent out by Mr. Aaron Montgomery Ward of the famous Montgomery Ward catalog and department stores.
  • 1919 --- The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. The win would be later tainted when 8 Chicago White Sox were charged with

    throwing the game. The incident became known as the "Black Sox" scandal.

  • 1930 --- Aviator Laura Ingalls landed in Glendale, CA, to complete the first solo transcontinental flight across the U.S. by a woman.
  • 1936 --- Hoover Dam begins sending electricity over transmission lines spanning 266 miles of mountains and deserts to run the lights, radios, and stoves of Los Angeles. Initially named Boulder Dam, work on the dam was begun under President Herbert Hoover's administration but completed as a public works project during the

    Roosevelt administration (which renamed it for Hoover). When it was finished in 1935, the towering concrete and steel plug was the tallest dam in the world and a powerful symbol of the new federal dedication to large-scale reclamation projects designed to water the arid West. In fact, the electricity generated deep in the bowels of Hoover Dam was only a secondary benefit. The central reason for the dam was the collection, preservation, and rational distribution of that most precious of all western commodities, water.

  • 1946 --- ' The Eugene O'Neill drama "The Iceman Cometh" opened on Broadway.
  • 1946 --- The first electric blanket went on sale -- for $39.50 -- in Petersburg, VA.
  • 1963 --- Over 2,000 people were killed in northeast Italy when the Vaiont Dam was overrun by water. The incident was caused by landslide that occurred behind the dam.
  • 1967 --- Che Guevara, age 39, is killed by the Bolivian army. The U.S.-military-backed Bolivian forces captured Guevara on October 8 while battling his band of guerillas in Bolivia and assassinated him the following day. His hands were cut off as proof of death and his body was buried in an unmarked grave. In 1997, Guevara's remains were found and sent back to Cuba, where they were reburied in a ceremony attended by President Fidel Castro and thousands of Cubans.
  • 1967 --- Coming out of the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra to become musical director of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Doc Severinsen replaced Skitch Henderson on this night. Doc became famous for an eccentric wardrobe, quick wit, great trumpet solos and fabulous charts. Tommy Newsome became Doc’s backup arranger for many of the tunes the band played. Later, Doc and the band would move to solo albums, group CDs and incredibly successful concert tours. Doc went on to play with various symphony orchestras and even became the owner of a custom trumpet company in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • 1970 --- The Khmer Republic is proclaimed in Cambodia. In March, a coup led by Cambodian General Lon Nol had overthrown the government of Prince Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh. Between 1970 and 1975, Lon Nol and his army, the Forces Armees Nationale Khmer (FANK), with U.S. support and military aid, fought the Communist Khmer Rouge for control of Cambodia. During those five years of bitter fighting, approximately 10 percent of Cambodia's 7 million people died. When the U.S. forces departed South Vietnam in 1973, both the Cambodians and South Vietnamese found themselves fighting the Communists alone. Without U.S. support, Lon Nol's forces succumbed to the Khmer Rouge in April 1975. The Khmer Rouge promptly evacuated Phnom Penh and set about to reorder Cambodian society, which resulted in a killing spree and the notorious "killing fields." Under the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge, hundreds of thousands of Cambodians were murdered or died from exhaustion, hunger, and disease.
  • 1975 --- Andrei Dmitriyevich Sakharov, the Soviet physicist who helped build the USSR's first hydrogen bomb, is awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in recognition of his struggle against "the abuse of power and violations of human dignity in all its forms." Sakharov was forbidden by the Soviet government from personally traveling to Oslo, Norway, to accept the award.
  • 1986 --- U.S. District Judge Harry E. Claiborne became the fifth federal official to be removed from office through impeachment. The U.S. Senate convicted Claiborne of "high crimes and misdemeanors."
  • 1986 --- The musical "Phantom of the Opera" by Andrew Lloyd Webber opened in London.
  • 1992 --- 18-year-old Michelle Knapp is watching television in her parents' living room in Peekskill, New York when she hears a thunderous crash in the driveway. Alarmed, Knapp ran outside to investigate. What she found was startling, to say the least: a sizeable hole in the rear end of her car, an orange 1980 Chevy

    Malibu; a matching hole in the gravel driveway underneath the car; and in the hole, the culprit: what looked like an ordinary, bowling-ball–sized rock. It was extremely heavy for its size (it weighed about 28 pounds), shaped like a football and warm to the touch; also, it smelled vaguely of rotten eggs. The next day, a curator from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City confirmed that the object was a genuine meteorite.

  • 2012 --- The last filling of the iconic 6.5 ounce returnable glass Coca Cola bottles was capped in Winona, Minnesota.
  • Birthdays
  • John Lennon
  • Sean Lennon
  • Peter Tosh
  • John Entwhistle
  • Jackson Browne
  • Nona Hendryx
  • Giuseppe Verdi
  • Charles-Camille Saint-Saens
  • Sharon Osbourne
  • Tony Shaloub
  • David Cameron P.M.
  • P J Harvey
  • Annika Sorenstam
  • Fyvush Finkel
  • Joe Pepitone
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