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Ben Kuroki2          Technical Sergeant Ben Kuroki          Ben Kuroki3

Nisei hero Ben Kuroki, the only Japanese American aerial gunner in World War II to serve in Europe and the Pacific, died on September 1st in California. Born near Gothenburg, he was a farmer until the Pearl Harbor attack. He and his brother both fought bigotry to enlist in the Army and Ben fought again to be a gunner in B-24 bombers, completing 30 missions in Europe, then volunteering for B-29 bombers attacking Japan, where he completed 28 missions. He got a journalism degree at the University of Nebraska and worked for newspapers in Nebraska, Idaho, Michigan and California until his retirement.

PBS Article

LA Times Obituary

 

No matter how much it rained here, counties further west are drying out. From 0% abnormally dry to 6% in just 7 days. Click HERE for the national NOAA Climate Prediction site and HERE for the Omaha site.

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Nebraska is still much better off than a lot of other states - Click here to see

New Moon at 01:41 AM, Sunday, September 13th.

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until Fall
Wednesday, September 09, 2015 07:00 AM 07:45 PM 12:45 14
Thursday, September 10, 2015 07:01 AM 07:43 PM 12:42 13
Friday, September 11, 2015 07:02 AM 07:42 PM 12:40 12
Saturday, September 12, 2015 07:03 AM 07:40 PM 12:37 11
Sunday, September 13, 2015 07:04 AM 07:38 PM 12:34 10
Monday, September 14, 2015 07:05 AM 07:37 PM 12:32 9
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 07:06 AM 07:35 PM 12:29 8

Events during this week in history - with a little humor thrown in.

September 9th, 1956 - Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show; cameras focus on his upper torso and legs to avoid showing his pelvis gyrations, which many Americans—including Ed Sullivan—thought unfit for a family show.

1969 - Canada’s Official Languages Act takes effect, making French equal to English as a language within the nation’s government.

September 9th  is Teddy Bear Day.

September 10th, 1912 - J. Vedrines becomes the first pilot to break the 100 m.p.h. barrier. - In this wood and canvas airplane - Adt busson mono2

1963 - President John F. Kennedy federalizes Alabama’s National Guard to prevent Governor George C. Wallace from using guardsmen to stop public-school desegregation.

2008 - The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator—described as the biggest scientific experiment in history—is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.

September 10th is Sewing Machine and Swap Ideas Day. (Sewing Machine Day is also celebrated on June 13th.)

September 11th, 1857 - Mormon militiamen and Paiute Indians led by Mormon John D. Lee kill 120 California-bound settlers in the Mountain Meadows massacre in southern Utah during a 5 day siege.

2001 - In an unprecedented, highly coordinated attack, terrorists hijack four U.S. passenger airliners, flying two into the World Trade Center towers in New York and one into the Pentagon, killing thousands. The fourth airliner, headed toward Washington likely to strike the White House or Capitol, is crashed just over 100 miles away in Pennsylvania after passengers storm the cockpit and overtake the hijackers. One highjacker was from Egypt, 1 from Lebanon, 2 from the United Arab Emirates and 11 from Saudi Arabia - none were from Iraq or Afghanistan.

2012 - US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, attacked and burned down; 4 Americans were killed including the US ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens.

September 12th is Chocolate Milk Shake and National Video Games Day.

September 13th, 1969 - President Richard Nixon orders a resumption in bombing North Vietnam.

2003 - UN lifts sanctions against Libya in exchange for that country accepting responsibility for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 and paying recompense to victims’ families.

September 13th is Defy Superstition, Fortune Cookie, Grandparents', Naational Peanut, National Pet Memorial, Positive Thinking and Uncle Sam Day.

September 14th, 1814 - Francis Scott Key writes the words to the "Star Spangled Banner" as he waits aboard a British launch in the Chesapeake Bay for the outcome of the British assault on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

1984 - Joe Kittinger, a former USAF fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, becomes the first person to pilot a gas balloon solo across the Atlantic Ocean. - "We own the skies." - USAF saying.

September 14th is National Cream Filled Donut Day.

September 15th, 1963 - Four young African-American girls are killed by the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama.

1981 - Sandra Day O’Connor is unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee to become the first female justice on the US Supreme Court.

2008 - The largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy in US history is filed by Lehman Brothers financial services firm.

September 15th is Make a Hat and Felt Hat Day.

September 16th, 1893 - Some 50,000 "Sooners" claim land in the Cherokee Strip during the first day of the Oklahoma land rush.

1974 - Limited amnesty is offered to Vietnam-era draft resisters who would now swear allegiance to the United States and perform two years of public service. Forgive, don't forget.

2007 - Military contractors in the employ of Blackwater Worldwide allegedly kill 17 Iraqis in Baghdad’s Nisour Square, further straining relations between the US and the people of Iraq. They may have been former military, but incidents like this are very rare among the US miliatry - and troops committing murder are prosecuted.

September 16th is American Legion, Collect Rocks, Step Family, Mayflower, Mexican Independence, National Play Doh and Working Parents Day. A whole week's worth of celebrations in one day.

"You have a right to your religious conscience. You do not have a right to impose your conscience on other people." - Leonard Pitts
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