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Wednesday January 27, 2016

 
January 27 is the 27th day of the year. 

There are 339 days remaining until the end of 2016.

the sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:17 am 
and sunset will be at 5:28 pm. 

Today we will have 10 hours and 11 minutes of sun. 

The first high tide was at 2:05 am 
and the next high tide will be at 1:14 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 7:23 am 
and the next low tide at 7:36 pm.

The lunar phase is a Waning Gibbous.  88.1 per cent Illuminated.

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  Today is National Chocolate Cake Day

It's also Thomas Crapper Day

The anniversary of the Day of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad in 1944 is celebrated in Russia

Many observances of the anniversary of the 1945 Liberation of the remaining inmates of Auschwitz:

Holocaust Memorial Day (UK)

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Sweden)

International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Memorial Day (Italy)
Memorial Day for the Victims of the Holocaust and Prevention of Crimes against 
Humanity (Czech Republic)
Memorial Day for the Victims of National Socialism (Germany)
National Holocaust Memorial Day (Greece)
Holocaust Remembrance Day (Estonia)

Family Literacy Day (Canada)

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You share birthday cake with…

1756 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer and musician (d. 1791)

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1832 --  Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" 
under the pen name Lewis Carroll, was born in Cheshire, England.
 (d. 1898)

1836 – Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian journalist and author (d. 1895)

1859 – Wilhelm II, German Emperor (d. 1941)

1885 – Jerome Kern, American composer and songwriter (d. 1945)

1900 – Hyman G. Rickover, American admiral (d. 1986)

1908 – William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American journalist and publisher (d. 1993)

1908 – Hot Lips Page, American trumpet player, singer, and bandleader (d. 1954)

1918 – Elmore James, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1963)

1919 – Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and 
actor (d. 1972)

1921 – Donna Reed, American actress (d. 1986)

1930 – Bobby Bland, American singer-songwriter (d. 2013)

1931 – Mordecai Richler, Canadian author and screenwriter (d. 2001)

1936 – Troy Donahue, American actor and singer (d. 2001)

1938 – Roy Bourgeois, American priest and activist

1939 – Julius Lester, American author and academic

1941 – Bobby Hutcherson, American vibraphone player and composer

1942 – Kate Wolf, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1986)

1955 – John Roberts, American lawyer and judge; 17th Chief Justice of the United 
States

1957 – Frank Miller, American illustrator, director, producer, and screenwriter

1959 – Keith Olbermann, American journalist and author

1964 – Bridget Fonda, American actress

On this day in history…

1302 – Dante Alighieri, the poet and politician, is exiled from Florence, Italy, where 
he served as one of six priors governing the city.

1785 – The University of Georgia is founded, the first public university in the United 
States.

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  1880Thomas Edison received a patent for his electric incandescent lamp.

1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.

1944 – World War II: The 900-day Siege of Leningrad is lifted.

1945 – World War II: The Red Army liberates the remaining inmates of the 
Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp built by the Nazi Germans on the territory of 
Poland.

1951 – Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site begins with Operation Ranger.

1967 – Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee are killed in a 
fire during a test of their Apollo 1 spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

1967 – The United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union sign the Outer Space 
Treaty in Washington, D.C., banning deployment of nuclear weapons in space, and 
limiting use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes.

1973 – The Paris Peace Accords officially end the Vietnam War. Colonel William 
Nolde is killed in action becoming the conflict's last recorded American combat 
casualty.

1984 – Pop singer Michael Jackson suffers second degree burns to his scalp during 
the filming of a Pepsi commercial in the Shrine Auditorium.

1998First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing on NBC's "Today" show, said 
that allegations against her husband were the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

2006 – Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging 
services.

2010Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad tablet computer during a 
presentation in San Francisco.

2010J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye," died in 
Cornish, N.H. at age 91.

2011 – Arab Spring: The Yemeni Revolution begins as over 16,000 protestors 
demonstrate in Sana'a.