Sunday, December 17, 2017

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Better news - abnormally dry area decreased from 5.15% to 1.95%.  Parts of the three northwestern counties are still in that category. Click HERE for the national NOAA Climate Prediction site and HERE for the Omaha site.Just a point to ponder - although earth is a water planet, only 0.0078% of that water is available to sustain plant, animal and human life. For details, click HERE for the US Geological Survey Water School

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

Last quarter is 1130  on Friday, January 1st.

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours Days until spring
Wed, Dec 30 07:50 AM 05:06 PM 9:16 81
Thu, Dec 31 07:50 AM 05:07 PM 9:17 80
Fri, Jan 01 07:50 AM 05:08 PM 9:18 79
Sat, Jan 02 07:50 AM 05:09 PM 9:19 78
Sun, Jan 03 07:50 AM 05:10 PM 9:20 77
Mon, Jan 04 07:50 AM 05:11 PM 9:21 76
Tue, Jan 05 07:50 AM 05:12 PM 9:22 75

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During this week in history - with a little humor thrown in.

If you want  the funny, go to Bizarre Holidays

For the serious go to History Net

December 30th, 1803 - The United States takes possession of the Louisiana Purchase area from France at New Orleans with a simple ceremony, the simultaneous lowering and raising of the national flags.

1922 - Soviet Russia is renamed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

1972 - After two weeks of heavy bombing raids on North Vietnam, President Nixon halts the air offensive and agrees to resume peace negotiations with Hanoi representative Le Duc Tho.

1978 - Ohio State Head Coach Woody Hayes fired for hitting a Clemson player who intercepted a pass in the Gator Bowl.

2006 - Saddam Hussein, former Iraq dictator, is executed by hanging for crimes committed against his own people during his rule.

December 30th is National Bicarbonate of Soda day. Likely sponsored by Arm & Hammer

"I don't apologize for anything. When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

"Well, I screwed it up real good, didn't I?" - Richard Nixon In more ways than one, Dick.

"I am not going to answer to this so-called court, out of respect for the truth and the will of the Iraqi people. I've said what I said, and I'm not guilty." - Saddam Hussein

December 31st, 1775 - George Washington orders recruiting officers to accept free blacks into the army.
1941 - General MacArthur reports that US lines in Manila have been pushed back by the Japanese.
1942 - Emperor Hirohito allows the Japanese commanders at Guadalcanal to retreat. The Guadalcanal campaign lasted until 9 February 1943.
December 31st is Make up Your Mind, New Years Eve and Unlucky day.

"They died hard, those savage men - like wounded wolves at bay. They were filthy, and they were lousy, and they stunk. And I loved them." - General Douglas MacArthur

"The war has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage." - Emperor Hirohito

January 1st, 1808 - A US law banning the import of slaves comes in to effect, but is widely ignored.

1830 - William Lloyd Garrison publishes the first edition of a journal entitled The Liberator, calling for the complete and immediate emancipation of all slaves in the United States.

1863 - President Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in the Confederacy.

January 1st is New Year's day.

"That which is not just is not law." - William Lloyd Garrison

“I have always hated slavery, I think, as much as any abolitionist. I have been an Old Line Whig. I have always hated it, but I have always been quiet about it until this new era of the introduction of the Nebraska Bill began.” - Abraham Lincoln

January 2nd, 1903 - President Theodore Roosevelt closes a post office in Indianola, Mississippi, for refusing to hire a Black postmistress.

1936 - In Berlin, Nazi officials claim that their treatment of Jews is not the business of the League of Nations.

1999 - A severe winter storm hits the Midwestern US; in Chicago temperatures plunge to -13 ºF and19 inches of snow fell; 68 deaths are blamed on the storm.

2006 - A coal mine explosion in Sago, West Virginia, kills 12 miners and critically injures another. This accident and another within weeks lead to the first changes in federal mining laws in decades.

January 2nd is Run it up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes day.

 "To sum it all up, I must say that I regret nothing." - Adolf Eichmann

“We have only one task, to stand firm and carry on the racial struggle without mercy.” - Heinrich HImmler

January 3rd,  1996 - The first mobile flip phone, the Motorola StarTAC, goes on sale.

2000 - The last original weekday Peanuts comic strip is published after a 50-year run, following the death of the strip’s creator, Charles Schultz.

January 3rd is Festival of Sleep, Fruitcake Toss and Humiliation day.

 "I think we have the attention span of a gnat. You know, with cell phones and Twitter." - Jeff Daniels
"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia." - Charles Schulz
"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." - Charles Schulz
January 4th, 1979 - Ohio officials approve an out-of-court settlement awarding $675,000 to the victims and families in the 1970 shootings at Kent State University, in which four students were killed and nine wounded by National Guard troops.
1999 - Jesse “The Body” Ventura, a former professional wrestler, is sworn in as populist governor of Minnesota.
1999 - The euro, the new money of 11 European nations, goes into effect on the continent of Europe.
2007 - Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) became the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
January 4th is Trivia day.
"There is no right religion and no one can prove that there is." - Jesse Ventura
"Health insurance should be a given for every citizen." - Jesse Ventura
"America must be a light to the world, not just a missile." - Nacy Pelosi
January 5th, 1920 - GOP women demand equal representation at the Republican National Convention in June.
1925 - Nellie Taylor Ross of Wyoming is sworn in as the first woman governor in the United States.
January 5th is National Bird day. (Bird Day is on May 4th)

"If American politics are too dirty for women to take part in, there's something wrong with American politics." - Edna Ferber
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