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Monday February 1, 2016

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Today is National Baked Alaska day

  February 1 is the 32nd day of the year. 
There are 334 days remaining until the end of 2016.
 

The sun will rise at 7:13 am 

and sunset will be at 5:34 pm. 

Today we will have 10 hours and 21 minutes of sun.

The first high tide was at 5:18 am 

and the next high tide at 6:52 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 12:16 pm 

and the following low tide at 11:34 pm.

The lunar phase is a Last Quarter Moon. 

Today is...

National Freedom Day

National Serpent Day

National Baked Alaska Day

Air Force Day (Nicaragua)

Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery (Mauritius)

Federal Territory Day (Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya, Malaysia)

Heroes' Day (Rwanda)

Imbolc (Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, and some Neopagan groups in the Northern 
hemisphere)

Memorial Day of the Republic (Hungary)

National Freedom Day (United States)

The first day of Quebec Winter Carnival, celebrated until February 17 (Quebec City)

The start of Black History Month (United States and Canada)

The start of LGBT History Month (United Kingdom)

The start of National Bird-Feeding Month (United States)

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You get to celebrate with...

1859 – Victor Herbert, Irish-American cellist, composer, and conductor (d. 1924)

1878 -- Hattie O. Caraway, First female U.S. senator

1894 – John Ford, American director and producer (d. 1973)

1894 – James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer (d. 1955)

1901 – Clark Gable, American actor (d. 1960)

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Happy Birthday to the great American author Langston Hughes

  1902 – Langston Hughes, American poet, novelist, playwright (d. 1967)

1904 – S.J. Perelman, American humorist and screenwriter (d. 1979)

1918 – Muriel Spark, Scottish novelist, poet, and critc (d. 2006)

1928 – Tom Lantos, Hungarian-American politician (d. 2008)

1931 – Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician, 1st President of Russia (d. 2007)

1937 – Don Everly, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1937 – Garrett Morris, American comedian and actor

1939 – Fritjof Capra, Austrian physicist, author, and academic

1939 – Joe Sample, American musician and composer (d. 2014)

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Happy Birthday to Terry Jones, best known for his work with Monty Python's Flying Circus.

  1942 – Terry Jones, Welsh actor, director, and screenwriter

1947 – Jessica Savitch, American journalist (d. 1983)

1948 – Rick James, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2004)

1951 – Sonny Landreth, American guitarist and songwriter

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Happy Birthday to the creator of Love And Rockets, Gilbert Hernandez

  1957 – Gilbert Hernandez, American cartoonist, creator of Love And Rockets

1967 – Meg Cabot, American author and screenwriter

1968 – Lisa Marie Presley, American singer-songwriter

on this day in history…

1862"The Battle Hymn of the Republic," a poem by Julia Ward Howe, was published in the Atlantic Monthly.

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On this day in 1863, The Thirteenth Amendment of the Constitution was signed into law making Slavery illegal in the United States

  1865 – President Abraham Lincoln signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the United 
States Constitution.

1876 – A murder conviction effectively forces the violent Pennsylvanian Irish anti-
owner coal miners, the "Molly Maguires", to disband.

1884 – The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.

1893 – Thomas A. Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio, the 
Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey.

1896Puccini's opera "La Boheme" premiered in Turin, Italy.

1918 – Russia adopts the Gregorian calendar.

1920The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was established.

1942 – Voice of America, the official external radio and television service of the 
United States government, begins broadcasting with programs aimed at areas 
controlled by the Axis powers.

1960 – Four black students stage the first of the Greensboro sit-ins at a lunch 
counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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The Beatles song, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" reaches the Number One position in the pop charts on this day in 1964

  1964 – The Beatles have their first number one hit in the United States with "I Want 
to Hold Your Hand."

1979Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini received a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile.

1982"Late Night with David Letterman" premiered on NBC.

1994 – Punk rock band Green Day releases their album Dookie, which would 
eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide.

2004 – Janet Jackson's breast is accidentally exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, resulting in US broadcasters adopting a stronger adherence to Federal Communications Commission censorship guidelines.