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Wednesday February 3, 2016

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February 3 is the 34th day of the year 

There are 332 days remaining until the end of 2016.

Sunrise Today: 7:12 AM

Sunset Today: 5:35 PM

Daylight Hours: 10 hours, 22 minutes

Moonrise Today: 2:48 AM
Moonset Today: 1:17 PM

27.5% Illuminated, a waning crescent

the first low tide was at 12:39 am 

and the next low tide will be at 2:04 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 6:59 am 

and the next high tide at 9:14 pm.

Today is...

Cordova Ice Worm Day

it's also National Carrot Cake Day

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On this day Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash in Clear Lake, Iowa. 'The Day The Music Died' referred to many times in the Don McLean song, "Bye Bye Miss American Pie".

  National The Day The Music Died Day

Communist Party of Vietnam Foundation Anniversary (Vietnam)

Day of the Virgin of Suyapa (Honduras)

Four Chaplains Day (United States, also considered a Feast Day by the Episcopal 
Church)

Heroes' Day (Mozambique)

Martyrs' Day (São Tomé and Príncipe)

Setsubun (Japan)

Veterans' Day (Thailand)

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

1736 – Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austrian composer and theorist (d. 1809)

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  1809 – Felix Mendelssohn, German pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1847)

1811 – Horace Greeley, American journalist and politician (d. 1872)

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  1874 – Gertrude Stein, American poet and art collector (d. 1946)

1894 – Norman Rockwell, American painter and illustrator (d. 1978)

1904 – Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd, American bank robber (d. 1934)

1907 – James A. Michener, American author and philanthropist (d. 1997)

1909 – Simone Weil, French mystic and philosopher (d. 1943)

1918 – Joey Bishop, American entertainer and television presenter (d. 2007)

1926 – Shelley Berman, American actor and comedian

1935 – Johnny "Guitar" Watson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1996)

1938 – Victor Buono, American actor (d. 1982)

On this day in history...

1834 – Wake Forest University is established.

1870 – The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, 
guaranteeing voting rights to citizens regardless of race.

1913The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for a federal income 
tax, was ratified.

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  1918 – The Twin Peaks Tunnel in San Francisco, California begins service as the 
longest streetcar tunnel in the world at 11,920 feet (3,633 meters) long.

1959 – Deaths of rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The 
Big Bopper" Richardson, in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

1960:British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan outrages South African politicians with a speech warning of the "wind of change" in Africa, signaling decolonisation

1971 – New York Police Officer Frank Serpico is shot during a drug bust in Brooklyn 
and survives to later testify against police corruption. Many believe the incident 
proves that NYPD officers tried to kill him.

1971Apollo 14 astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Edgar D. Mitchell landed on 
the lunar surface during the third successful manned mission to the moon.

2012Federal prosecutors dropped their investigation of Lance Armstrong, 
ending a nearly two-year effort aimed at determining whether the seven-time Tour de 
France winner and his teammates had participated in a doping program.