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Wednesday February 4, 2015


  • 35th Day of 2015 330 Remaining
  • Spring Begins in 44 Days
  • Sunrise:7:10
  • Sunset:5:37
  • 10 Hours 27 Minutes
  • Moon Rise:6:P40pm
  • Moon Set:7:20am
  • Phase: 99%
  • Full Moon February 3 @ 3:10pm

Since the heaviest snow usually falls during this month, native tribes of the north and east most often called February’s full Moon the Full Snow Moon. Some tribes also referred to this Moon as the Full Hunger Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult.

  • Tides
  • High:10:33am
  • Low:4;49am/5:16pm
  • Rainfall:
  • This Year to Date:15.14
  • Last Year:2.43
  • Avg YTD:14.28
  • Annual Avg:23.80
  • Holidays
  • Digital Learning Day
  • Liberace Day
  • National Create A Vacuum Day
  • National Homemade Soup Day
  • National Stuffed Mushroom Day
  • National Thank A Letter Carrier Day
  • Quacker Day
  • USO Day
  • Rosa Parks Day
  • World Cancer Day
  • Independence Day-Sri Lanka
  • Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat-Judaism
  • Setsubun-Japan
  • On This Day
  • 1789 --- George Washington, the commander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, is unanimously elected the first president of the United States by all 69 presidential electors who cast their votes. John Adams of Massachusetts, who received 34 votes, was elected vice president. The electors, who represented 10 of the 11 states that had ratified the U.S. Constitution, were chosen by popular vote, legislative appointment, or a combination of both four weeks before the election.
  • 1824 --- J.W. Goodrich introduced rubber galoshes to the public.
  • 1826 --- "The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fennimore Cooper is published. One of the earliest distinctive American novels, the book is the second of the five-novel series called the "Leather-stocking Tales."
  • 1854 --- Cadbury received a Royal Warrant as "manufacturers of cocoa and chocolate to Queen Victoria"
  • 1904 --- The Russo-Japanese War began after Japan laid siege to Port Arthur.
  • 1922 --- The Ford Motor Company acquires the failing luxury automaker Lincoln Motor Company for $8 million. The acquisition came at a time when Ford, founded in 1903, was losing market share to its competitor General Motors, which offered a range of automobiles while Ford continued to focus on its utilitarian Model T.
  • 1930 --- Candy maker Frank C. Mars of Minnesota introduced the Snickers bar.
  • 1938 --- The Thornton Wilder play "Our Town" opened on Broadway.
  • 1938 --- "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was released. Based on the famous fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, Snow White opened with the Wicked Queen asking her magic mirror the question “Who is the fairest one of all?” The mirror gives its fateful answer: Snow White, the queen’s young stepdaughter. Ordered by the queen to kill the young princess, a sympathetic woodsman instead urges Snow White to hide in the forest; there she encounters a host of friendly animals, who lead her to a cottage inhabited by the Seven Dwarfs: Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Bashful and Happy.
  • 1941 --- The United Service Organizations (USO) was formed.
  • 1945 --- President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin meet to discuss the Allied war effort against Germany and Japan and to try and settle some nagging diplomatic issues. While a number of important agreements were reached at the conference, tensions over European issues—particularly the fate of Poland—foreshadowed the crumbling of the Grand Alliance that had developed between the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union during World War II and hinted at the Cold War to come.
  • 1948 --- The island nation of Ceylon - now Sri Lanka - became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
  • 1955 --- James Brown recorded "Please Please Please."
  • 1957 --- Smith-Corona Manufacturing Inc., of New York, began selling portable electric typewriters. The first machine weighed 19 pounds. 
  • 1964 --- The Administrator of General Services announced that the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution had been ratified. The amendment banned the poll tax. 
  • 1969 --- With Yasir Arafat as its leader, the Palestine Liberation Organization was founded. By 1974 when he addressed the United Nations, Arafat had made significant strides towards establishing new respectability for the PLO's campaign for a Palestinian homeland. 
  • 1974 --- Patty Hearst, the 19-year-old daughter of newspaper publisher Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California, by two black men and a white woman, all three of whom are armed. Her fiance, Stephen Weed, was beaten and tied up along with a neighbor who tried to help. Witnesses reported seeing a struggling Hearst being carried away blindfolded, and she was put in the trunk of a car. Neighbors who came out into the street were forced to take cover after the kidnappers fired their guns to cover their escape. Three days later, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), a small U.S. leftist group, announced in a letter to a Berkeley radio station that it was holding Hearst as a "prisoner of war." Four days later, the SLA demanded that the Hearst family give $70 in foodstuffs to every needy person from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles.
  • 1976 --- A 7.5-magnitude earthquake levels much of Guatemala City, killing 23,000 people and leaving one million others homeless. It was 3:04 a.m. when the first large tremor, centered six miles under the Earth's surface 120 miles northwest of Guatemala City, struck. The quake was the result of a clash between the Caribbean and North American plates on the Motagua Fault. In a matter of minutes, about one third of the city was destroyed. All over the city, sleeping residents were crushed and killed when their weak adobe homes collapsed on top of them.
  • 1977 --- The album "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac was released.
  • 1993 --- Russian scientists unfurled a giant mirror in orbit and flashed a beam of sunlight across Europe during the night. Observers saw it only as a momentary flash. 
  • 1997 --- President Milosevic of Serbia apparently surrendered to the will of his people, ordering his government to recognize opposition victories in local elections held in November 1996.
  • 1998 --- Bill Gates was hit with a cream pie (cake?) in Brussels. The person responsible for the event was Noel Godin whose hobby is throwing cream cakes/pies at celebrities. He has written a book about his adventures.
  • 1999 --- Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was shot and killed in front of his Bronx home by four plainclothes New York City police officers.
  • 1999 --- Freddy Fender received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was the 2,129th star to be dedicated. 
  • 2001 --- Jimmy Buffet was ordered by NBA referee Joe Forte to give up his courtside seat due to the use of profanity. After a several-minute delay, the game between the Miami Heat and the visiting New York Knicks continued. 
  • 2002 --- Stevie Wonder sang "Happy Birthday" to Rosa Parks on her 89th birthday at the premiere of the made-for-TV movie "Ride to Freedom: The Rosa Parks Story." 
  • 2003 --- Yugoslavia was formally dissolved by lawmakers. The country was replaced with a loose union of its remaining two republics, Serbia and Montenegro. 
  • 2004 --- The social networking website Facebook was launched.
  • 2013 --- France overturned a 200 year-old law that banned women from wearing trousers.
  • Birthdays
  • Rosa Parks
  • Charles Lindberg
  • Clyde Tombaugh
  • Mark Hopkins
  • Ida Lupino
  • Conrad Bain
  • Cheryl Miller
  • Florence LaRue
  • Alice Cooper
  • Natalie Imbruglia
  • Pamela Ferdin
  • Dan Quayle