- 268 Day of 2013 / 97 Remaining
- 87 Days Until The First Day of Winter
- 11 Hours 59 Minutes of Daylight
- Moon Rise:11:17pm
- Moon Set:1:05pm
- Moon’s Phase: 63 %
- 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.
- Rainfall (measured July 1 – June 30)
- Normal To Date:0.17
- This Year:0.02
- Last Year:0.44
- Annual Seasonal Average:23.80
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- On This Day In …
- 1513 --- The first European to see it took a glance at what we call the Pacific Ocean. Vasco Nunez de Balboa thought he was the first to discover the large body of water. He named it the South Sea, claiming it in the name of the King of Spain.
- 1690 --- Many immigrants came to the New World to escape persecution; yet the land of the free was not necessarily free. On this day, the first newspaper was published in America. It was never
published again. Censorship raised its ugly head. Authorities considered “Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick” to be offensive and ordered the publisher, Benjamin Harris, to cease publishing.
- 1775 --- After aborting a poorly planned and ill-timed attack on the British-controlled city of Montreal, Continental Army Colonel Ethan Allen is captured by the British on this day in 1775. After being identified as an officer of the Continental Amy, Allen was taken prisoner and sent to England to be executed. Although Allen ultimately escaped execution because the British government feared reprisals from the American colonies, he was imprisoned in England for more than two years until being returned to the United States on May 6, 1778, as part of a prisoner exchange. Allen then returned to Vermont and was given the rank of major general in the Vermont militia.
- 1789 --- The first Congress of the United States approves 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and sends them to the states for ratification. The amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were designed to protect the basic rights of U.S. citizens, guaranteeing the freedom of speech, press, assembly, and exercise of religion; the right to fair legal procedure and to bear arms; and that powers not delegated to the federal government were reserved for the states and the people.
- 1882 --- The first major league double header was played. It was between the Worcester and Providence teams.
- 1890 --- A U.S. National Park was established in Central California.
It was called Sequoia National Park after the giant sequoia trees that grow there.
- 1953 --- Following in the footlights of musical greats like Ignace Paderewski and Victor Borge, a piano player named Liberace made his debut at Carnegie Hall. Liberace performed before a sellout
audience. His candelabra and concert grand piano were instant trademarks that lasted throughout his career.
- 1957 --- 300 U.S. Army troops stood guard as nine black students were escorted to class at Central High School in Little Rock, AR.
The children had been forced to withdraw 2 days earlier because of unruly white mobs.
- 1959 --- Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev caps his trip to the
United States with two days of meetings with President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The two men came to general agreement on a number of issues, but a U-2 spy plane incident in May 1960 crushed any hopes for further improvement of U.S.-Soviet relations during the Eisenhower years.
- 1965 --- Willie Mays hit his fiftieth home run of the baseball season, making him the oldest player to accomplish this. He was 34 years old. Ten years before, at the age of 24, he was the youngest man to accomplish the same feat.
- 1965 --- The Kansas City Athletics start ageless wonder Satchel Paige in a game against the Boston Red Sox. The 59-year-old
Paige, a Negro League legend, proved his greatness once again by giving up only one hit in his three innings of play.
- 1969 --- John Lennon recorded "Cold Turkey." The backing band included Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and Klaus Voorman.
- 1974 --- It is first reported that freon from aerosol cans is destroying the ozone layer above the earth.
- 1976 --- Wings play a benefit show to raise money for the restoration of water-damaged art treasures in St. Marks Square in Venice.
- 1978 --- Melissa Ludtke, a writer for "Sports Illustrated", filed a suit in U.S. District Court. The result was that Major League Baseball
could not bar female writers from the locker room after the game.
- 1978 --- A Pacific Southwest Airlines jet collides in mid-air with a small Cessna over San Diego, killing 153 people on this day in 1978. The wreckage of the planes fell into a populous neighborhood and did extensive damage on the ground.
- 1979 --- The third musical resulting from the collaboration of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber lit up the Great White Way. Evita opened on Broadway to rave reviews.
- 1981 --- Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice in history when she is sworn in by Chief Justice Warren Burger. Initially regarded as a member of the court's conservative faction, she later emerged from William Rehnquist's shadow (chief justice from 1986) as a moderate and pragmatic conservative. On social issues, she often votes with liberal justices, and in several cases she has upheld abortion rights. She is known for her dispassionate and carefully researched opinions on the bench and is regarded as a prominent justice because of her tendency to moderate the sharply divided Supreme Court.
- 1983 --- A Soviet military officer, Stanislav Petrov, averted a potential worldwide nuclear war. He declared a false alarm after a U.S. attack was detected by a Soviet early warning system. It was later
discovered the alarms had been set off when the satellite warning system mistakenly interpreted sunlight reflections off clouds as the presence of enemy missiles.
- 1992 --- The Mars Observer blasted off on a mission that cost $980 million. The probe has not been heard from since it reached Mars in August of 1993.
- 2005 --- Two months after announcing its intention to disarm, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) gives up its weapons in front of independent weapons inspectors. The decommissioning of the group s substantial arsenal took place in secret locations in the Republic of Ireland. One Protestant and one Catholic priest as well as officials from Finland and the United States served as witnesses to the historic event. Automatic weapons, ammunition, missiles and explosives were among the arms found in the cache, which the head weapons inspector described as "enormous."
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