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Wednesday September 11, 2013
- 254th Day of 2013 / 111 Remaining
- 11 Days Until The First Day of Autumn
- 12 Hours 23 Minutes of Daylight
- Moon Rise:1:15pm
- Moon Set:11:31pm
- Moon’s Phase: 40 %
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- Full Corn Moon
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This full Moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest and thresh the ripened barley. The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the autumnal equinox, which can occur in September or October and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores.
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- This Year:0.05
- Last Year:0.02
- Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
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- On This Day In …
- 1297 --- Scotsman William Wallace defeated the English forces of Sir Hugh de Cressingham at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
- 1609 --- Explorer Henry Hudson sailed into New York harbor and discovered Manhattan Island and the Hudson River.
- 1789 --- Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first secretary of the treasury.
- 1847 --- Stephen Foster performed his Oh! Susanna for the very first time. The performance, for a crowd at the Eagle Saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, earned Foster a bottle of whiskey.
- 1850 --- Jenny Lind, the "Swedish Nightingale," gave her first concert in the United States, at Castle Garden in New York.
- 1875 --- "Professor Tidwissel's Burglar Alarm" was featured in the New York Daily Graphic and became the first comic strip to appear in a newspaper.
- 1883 --- The mail chute was patented by James G. Cutler, a former Mayor of Rochester, NY. The device was first used in the Elwood
Building in Rochester. Mail chutes can still be seen -- and sometimes, they still work -- in many old office buildings.
- 1897 --- A ten-week strike of coal workers in Pennsylvania, WV, and Ohio came to an end. The workers won and eight-hour workday, semi-monthly pay, and company stores were abolished.
- 1915 --- Collier's magazine publishes the second in a series of three essays on automobile travel by a not-yet-well-known writer named Emily Post. The series, called "By Motor to the Fair," told the story of Post's 27-day drive from New York City to the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. The next year, Post published her first nonfiction book: the well-received By Motor to the Golden Gate, an expanded account of her trip. Later, of course, she went on to become one of the world's most famous and beloved authorities on etiquette.
- 1921 --- Fatty Arbuckle, a silent-film era performer at the height of his fame, is arrested in San Francisco for the rape and murder of aspiring actress Virginia Rappe. Arbuckle was later acquitted by a jury, but the scandal essentially put an end to his career. The arrest soon generated a massive scandal. Arbuckle maintained his innocence, but he was lambasted in the press and the public, unused to Hollywood scandal, boycotted his films. The politically
ambitious San Francisco district attorney was determined to prosecute Arbuckle, even though Delmont turned out to be a questionable witness, with a criminal record of her own. Several other witnesses would later claim the prosecution had intimidated them into giving false testimony.After two mistrials, the jury in Arbuckle’s third trial found him not guilty and even issued him an apology. Despite this favorable outcome for Arbuckle, the U.S. film industry nevertheless temporarily banned him.
- 1936 --- Boulder Dam in Nevada was dedicated by U.S. President
Franklin D. Roosevelt by turning on the dam's first hydroelectric generator. The dam is now called Hoover Dam.
- 1941 --- U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave orders to attack any German or Italian vessels found in U.S. defensive waters. The U.S. had not officially entered World War II at this time.
- 1952 --- Dr. Charles Hufnagel successfully replaced a diseased aorta valve with an artificial valve made of plastic.
- 1961 --- The World Wildlife Fund was founded.
- 1962 --- Ringo Starr joined John, Paul, George and Andy to record Love Me Do at Abbey Road, London, England. “Who’s Andy?” you ask. Andy White, that’s who, recruited as drummer for this session.
“Then, what did Ringo do?” you ask. He handled the tambourine, that’s what. It took 17 takes to complete Love Me Do to everyone’s satisfaction. P.S. I Love You was recorded the same day, with Andy on drums again, and Ringo manning the maracas this time.
- 1967 --- The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" bus began cruising the English countryside.
- 1968 --- Larry Graham, of Sly and the Family Stone, was arrested for possession of cannabis. The groups TV appearance and hotel reservations were canceled as a result.
- 1974 --- The St. Louis Cardinals took seven hours, four minutes and 25 innings to beat the New York Mets 4-3 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY. The game set a National League record for innings played in a night game. It was the second-longest game in professional baseball history. Fans went home at 3:10 a.m.
- 1985 --- Cincinnati Reds player-manager Pete Rose gets the 4,192nd hit of his career, breaking Ty Cobb’s major league record for
career hits. Rose was a folk hero in Cincinnati, a homegrown talent known as "Charlie Hustle" for his relentless work ethic. Pete Rose retired as a player during the 1986 season, but remained in his position as Reds manager until August 24, 1989, when he was banned from baseball for life for gambling on Reds games.
- 1990 --- U.S. President Bush vowed "Saddam Hussein will fail" while addressing Congress on the Persian Gulf crisis. In the speech Bush spoke of an objective of a new world order - "freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace".
- 1991 --- Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev announced that thousands of troops would be drawn out of Cuba.
- 1997 --- Scots voted to create their own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
- 2001 --- 8:48 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. A passenger jet crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Flames and smoke billowed from the tower. It was now 9:06. This was no accident. Another plane just hit the World Trade Center’s South Tower. New York was under attack. News bulletins came fast and furious. These were passenger jets, fully fueled: American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston on its way to LA with 92 people aboard and United Flight 175, same itinerary, with 65 onboard. More news bulletins: 9:43 a.m. The Pentagon had just been hit by another jet airliner, American Flight 77 leaving Washington for Los Angeles
with 64 people aboard. In the next 12 minutes, the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. Sirens screamed. People were running, screaming, jumping out of the towers. Then the North Tower crumbled like a deck of cards. Gray, choking clouds filled the streets of New York City’s lower West end, covering people, cars and buildings with debris, fireballs of airplane fuel, desks, computers, paper, and ash. More news bulletins: Nineteen minutes before the North Tower collapsed, a fourth jet airliner, United Flight 93 with 44 people aboard, on its way to San Francisco from Newark had crashed in a field in Shanksville, PA, some 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
- 2007 --- China signed an agreement to prohibit the use of lead paint on toys exported to the United States.
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