Posted by: bkivey | 21 June 2013

21 June

Today is the summer solstice, when we enjoy the longest day of the year. Where I live, the sun rose at 0523, and won’t set until 2103, meaning the Sun will hang around for 15h 40m, and giving us nearly 17 hours of visible light. Tomorrow we start the long slide to the winter solstice, and our day will shrink to less than nine hours.

In this part of the world, the summer solstice is mildly depressing, because our summer weather pattern hasn’t set in yet, and we’ve already seen the longest day of the year. While we may have the longest daylight period today, we won’t have the longest period of sun. There’s a marine layer overhead, and the sky is a familiar shade of grey. Our ‘real’ summer won’t arrive for another week or so. When it does, we’ll enjoy three months of virtually cloudless skies. Too bad we can’t store vitamin D.

College World Series

The Oregon State Beavers lost to Mississippi State today 4 – 1, and were eliminated. It was a great run, with the Beavs going 52 – 13 on the season, and destroying the Pac-12 24 – 6. That’s .800 ball. At most other schools such a season would be cause for celebration, but the expectation in Beaver Nation is that from the first pitch in February, we’ll be playing deep into June. And in eight months, we’ll do it again. A slap of the tail, Beavers.

Today in History

1633 – Galileo Galilei is forced by Inquisition to “abjure, curse, & detest” his Copernican heliocentric views

1788 – US Constitution goes into effect as NH is 9th to ratify

1805 – Great Stoneface Mt found in NH

This was the famous ‘Old Man of the Mountain’. I was fortunate enough to see this in 1999, and it collapsed in 2003.

1893 – 1st Ferris wheel premieres (Chicago’s Columbian Exposition)

1913 – Tiny Broadwick is 1st woman to parachute from an airplane

1942 – 129øF (54øC), Tirat Zevi, Israel (Asian record)

1948 – 1st stored computer program run, on Manchester Mark I

1948 – 33 1/3 RPM LP record introduced (DR Peter Goldmark-Columbia Records)

1975 – “Jaws” by Steven Spielberg opens

1993 – English mathematician Andrew Wiles proves last theorem of Fermat



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