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THIS DAY IN HISTORY ~ APRIL 6

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Taking a look back on a few events that has taken place on April 6th in previous years.

1954  – The first TV Dinners were put out for sale. Several smaller companies had tried to market the prepared meals that would become coined as TV Dinners, but they all failed. The first company to successfully market these new frozen convenience meals was Swanson. The first TV Dinner meals to come onto the market consisted of turkey, cornbread dressing, peas and sweet potatoes.

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1965 – The first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite was launched. The satellite was named Intelsat I, but was nicknamed Early Bird, and it was built by It was the Space and Communications Group of Hughes Aircraft Company. This important satellite was the first move towards live, on-air coverage of important events. The first major live event that the satellite broadcast coverage for was that of the splashdown of the Gemini 6 spacecraft on December 26, 1965.

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1975 – After 45 performances, the musical “The Rocky Horror Show” closes its Broadway run at the Belasco Theater in NYC. Later that same year in August, the film adaptation of the show, “The Rocky Horror Picture” Show, is released by 20th Century Fox.

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1980 – After a year of consumer testing in a select market, the familiar Post-It Notes were released for sale on this date nationally across America. A year later, the product was introduced to the Canadian and European markets. Originally, the notepads all had lines and were only available in yellow.

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1998 – Well-known country music singer and song-writer, Virginia Wynette Pugh, better known by her professional stage name, Tammy Wynette, passed away on this date in her sleep at her Nashville home at the age of 55. It was later released that she had died from a blood clot in her lung. Wynette was called “The First Lady of Country Music” and is best known by her 1968 number one hit song that she co-wrote, “Stand by Your Man.”

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Why Does the Date of Easter Change?

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Although Easter is a most important day of the year in many religions, most people do not understand why the date of Easter changes from year to year or how the date is determined. We all know that we can count on Easter to fall on a Sunday sometime in late March through sometime in April, but how the particular Sunday of Easter in any particular year is determined has been an on-going mystery for many people.

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Religions that follow the Gregorian calendar, like here in the United States, celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the Vernal Equinox after the occurrence of a full moon. I will attempt to simplify that explanation. The Vernal Equinox, also known as the First Day of Spring, generally falls on March 21st. Next you must follow the cycles of the moon to know when the next full moon will occur after the Vernal Equinox has occurred. Once the full moon has occurred, Easter will be set on the very next Sunday immediately following. Therefore, Easter will never occur earlier than March 22nd, the day after the Vernal Equinox IF it also happens to be on a Saturday with a full moon, or any later than April 25th.

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So, that is how the floating feast of Easter is calculated from year to year. If you are still thoroughly confused, you can always continue to rely on a calendar to let you know on which Sunday in March or April Easter will be celebrated on!

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This Day in History ~ March 22

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Taking a look back on a few events that has taken place on March 22nd in previous years.

1954 – First shopping mall in the United States opened in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb north of Detroit. The mall was built on a 159 acre tract of land and was named Northland Center. It took approximately 2 years to build and housed 100 stores including 4 anchor stores and a cinema. This mall remained open for exactly 61 years, with the last anchor store, Macy’s, closing its door on March 22, 2015.

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1967 – Muhammad Ali knocks out Zora Folley in round 7 of a planned 15 round bout held at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, to win Boxing’s Heavyweight Champion of the World title. This was the first World Heavyweight Championship fight to be held at Madison Square Garden since 1951.

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1972 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named the National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player while he was part of the Milwaukee Bucks team. He later went on to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. He always wore number 33. He is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points and won the league-record of six MVP awards. After 20 season of playing in the NBA, he retired from basketball in 1989 at the age of 47. Abdul-Jabbar stands a towering 7 feet 2 inches tall!

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1986 – Heart’s “These Dreams” single goes #1.  This song was released as a single on January 18, 1986, the third single released from their 1985 self-titled album on the Capitol Records label. Even though Heart gained notoriety and commercial success with previous hits such as “Crazy On You”, “Magic Man”, “Barracuda” and “Straight On”, “These Dreams” was the band’s first number one hit. Interestingly, this song was first offered to Stevie Nicks, who had no interest in recording it.

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1997 – the Hale-Bopp Comet made its closest approach to Earth on this date. This comet was considered to be the most widely observed comet of the 20th century. It was most definitely one of the brightest comets to be seen for many decades. This comet was visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months! This comet is now beyond Uranus, but is expected to still be visible with powerful telescopes for another few years. Hale-Bopp Comet is not expected to be back this way for at least another 2500 years.

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2009 – Mount Redoubt, also known as Redoubt Volcano, erupted after being dormant for 20 years. It is located in the Aleutian Mountain Range of Alaska. It is the highest summit of this mountain range.

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