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IT’S THE SHORTEST DAY OF THE YEAR

Winter solstice is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight during the
whole year. The word solstice comes from the Latin words for “sun
and “to stand still.”
Winter this year officially begins tonight at 11:48
P.M.
EST. After this date, the days start getting “longer,” i.e., the
amount of
daylight begins to increase.

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FLIGHT LAUNCHED ON THIS DAY IN 1969

Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the U.S. Apollo program and the second to
land on the Moon.  It was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, four months after Apollo 11.

                 

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KILLER TORNADO ON THIS DAY IN 1947

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The most deadly tornado to ever strike within the borders of the state of Oklahoma 
occurred on Wednesday afternoon, April 9, 1947 in the city of Woodward. The Woodward tornado storm began in the Texas Panhandle and produced at least
six tornadoes along a 220 mile path that stretched from White Deer, TX (northeast
of Amarillo) to St. Leo, KS (west of Wichita).

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WILLARD SCOTT IS 81 YEARS OLD TODAY

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Willard Scott in his Ronald McDonald costume.

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Willard Herman Scott, Jr. was born in  Alexandria, Virginia.

Scott is best known for being a television weatherman on the NBC 
show Today. He was also the creator and original portrayer of
Ronald McDonald, the primary mascot of the McDonald’s fast-
food restaurant
chain.

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TO SEE, OR NOT TO SEE?

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The first documented reference to Groundhog Day in America can be found in a
diary entry, dated February 4, 1841, of Morgantown, Pennsylvania, storekeeper
James Morris.

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow
on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will then 
see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and winter weather will continue
for six more weeks.

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A Groundhog Club handler holds Punxsutawney Phil (right) as the
weather prognostication is read by another member.

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