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Archive for Sunday, December 23, 2012

100 years ago: 1912 closes with unusually bright moon

December 23, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 23, 1912:

  • "At midnight tonight, December 23, the world will see the brightest and largest moon of the present generation. At that time a series of astronomical coincidences such as happen but once in several hundred years, will occur. Some astronomists discovered the approaching spectacle some time ago. They explain that the moon will be full December 23, will be unusually high in the heavens, will be unusually near the earth (its perigee occurs on the 25th), and will be unusually near the sun (perihelion is reached on December 31). Explained in the simplest terms, the moon will be nearest the earth it ever gets. Consequently it will be at its largest. It will also be nearest the sun it ever gets, increasing the reflection from the solar body. Then with one-half of the moon facing the earth squarely, the greatest surface of reflection is obtained. The combination will give the moon its maximum candle power and if tonight the sky is cloudless the earth literally will be as 'light as day.' At midnight the moon will be at the perfect zenith in the heavens. Shining directly down thus, it will cast no shadows. If there should be snow on the ground tonight the reflecting power of the snow would increase the brilliancy of the moon to a dazzle, which would even rival the sun's rays. With the moon at the quarter last night, its brilliancy was noticeable. Electric arc lights were superfluous and were turned out."
  • "Another robbery was reported to the police this morning. This time it was the K.U. Y.M.C.A. Building which was entered and the thief took a Remington Typewriter, the property of Roy Stockwell, secretary of the hill association. Entrance was effected through a rear window."
  • "Joe Beni, an Italian laborer, was killed this morning shortly before 12 o'clock by Union Pacific train No. 11. The accident occurred west of Lawrence near Midland, Kansas, where Beni was working with a special section gang, composed of fellow countrymen. The unfortunate man was knocked over fifty feet when he was struck and death was instant. His mangled remains were brought into Lawrence and he will be buried here."
  • "Wm. Selzer is improving after his serious accident last Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Selzer were going to Eudora when their team became frightened at an automobile, throwing them both out. Mrs. Selzer went entirely over the fence and thus escaped serious injury, but Mr. Selzer was not so fortunate. He landed on the fence and was severely injured. He was taken to Eudora where his injuries received attention. He is improving rapidly and will be well in a short time."
  • "Infantile paralysis Saturday evening claimed the life of Roy Delbert Hatch, the small son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hatch, 1305 Haskell avenue. The child had been afflicted with the dread disease for over a year."

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 12 months ago

I had to look up infantile paralysis because I had no idea what it was. Today, it is referred to as polio. Due to vaccines that were developed in the 1950s, it is becoming a rare disease today, with the worldwide number of cases annually under 1,000. It is hoped that enhanced vaccination efforts will lead to a global eradication of polio within the near future.

bearded_gnome 1 year, 12 months ago

"Wm. Selzer is improving after his serious accident last Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Selzer were going to Eudora when their team became frightened at an automobile, throwing them both out. Mrs. Selzer went entirely over the fence and thus escaped serious injury,...

---derned newfangled automobiles, they're a menace on the roads.

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