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Friday, February 5, 2016

Happy Birthday, Felix!

Felix Mendelssohn born this day in 1809...(and on the program tonight at sfsymphony.org)

Sunrise:  7:10am

Sunset: 5:37pm

16% of the waning moon is visible, setting at 3:00pm

Tides at the Golden Gate:

High: 8:37am/10:36pm

Low: 2:28am/3:28pm

Special Celebrations today…

Chama Cha Mapinduzi Day - Tanzania

Constitution Day - Mexico

Liberation of the Republic from the Alberoni Occupation - San Marino

Presidents Day – Republic of Congo

St. Agatha's Day - San Marino

Unity Day – Burundi

It’s also…

Adlai Stevenson Day

Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, PA Day

Shower With A Friend Day

Weatherman's [Weatherperson's] Day

Western Monarch Day

World Nutella Day

On this day in…

1782 - The Spanish captured Minorca from the British.

1783 - Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.

1846 - "The Oregon Spectator", based in Oregon City, became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast.

1861 - Samuel Goodale patented the moving picture peep show machine.

1885 - Congo State was established under Leopold II of Belgium, as a personal possession.

1881 - Phoenix, AZ, was incorporated.

1917 - Mexico's constitution was adopted.

1917 - The U.S. Congress passed the Immigration Act of 1917 (Asiatic Barred Zone Act) with an overwhelming majority. The action overrode President Woodrow Wilson's December 14, 1916 veto.

1924 - The BBC time signals, or "pips", from Greenwich Observatory were heard for the first time. They are broadcast every hour.

1931 - Maxine Dunlap became the first woman licensed as a glider pilot.

1937 - U.S. President Roosevelt proposed enlarging the U.S. Supreme Court. The plan failed.

1940 - "Amanda of Honeymoon Hill" debuted on radio.

1952 - In New York City, four signs were installed at 44th Street and Broadway in Times Square that told pedestrians "don't walk."

1953 - The Walt Disney’s film "Peter Pan" opened at the Roxy Theatre in New York City.

1958 - GamelAbdel Nasser was formally nominated to become the first president of the United Arab Republic.

1961 - The first issue of the "Sunday Telegraph" was published.

1962 - French President Charles De Gaulle called for Algeria's independence.

1972 - Bob Douglas became the first black man elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.

1982 - Great Britain imposed economic sanctions against Poland and Russia in protest against martial law in Poland.

1987 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 2,200-point for the first time. The market closed at 2201.49.

1988 - A pair of indictments were unsealed in Florida, accusing Panama's military leader, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, of bribery and drug trafficking.

1994 - White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, MS, of the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

1997 - Switzerland's "Big Three" banks announced they would create a $71 million fund for Holocaust victims and their families.

1997 - Investment bank Morgan Stanley announced a $10 billion merger with Dean Witter.

1999 - Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation, and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release.

2001 - It was announced the Kelly Ripa would be Regis Philbin'scohost. The show was renamed to "Live! With Regis and Kelly."

2003 - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell presented evidence to the U.N. concerning Iraq's material breach of U.N. Resolution 1441.

Birthday Celebrants today include (or included)…

John Jeffries 1744

Robert Peel 1788

Felix Mendelssohn 1809

John Boyd Dunlop 1840

Belle Starr 1848

Andre-Gustave Citroen 1878

Adlai Stevenson 1900

John Carradine 1906

William Burroughs 1914

Red Buttons (Aaron Chwatt) 1919

Andrew Greeley 1928

Hal Blaine 1929

Don Goldie 1930

Claude King 1933

Henry "Hank" Aaron 1934

Stuart Damon 1937

Jane Bryant Quint 1937

H.R. Giger 1940

Stephen Cannell 1940

David Selby 1941

Barrett Strong 1941

Roger Staubach 1942

Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) 1942

Al Kooper 1944

J.R. Cobb 1944

Charles Winfield (Blood, Sweat & Tears) 1944

Charlotte Rampling 1946

David Ladd 1947

Barbara Hershey 1948

Christopher Guest 1948

Nigel Olsson (Elton John) 1949

Jennifer Jason Leigh 1962

Duff McKagan (Guns 'N Roses) 1964

Chris Baron (Spin Doctors) 1968

Bobby Brown 1969 

David Latulippe is host of On the Arts, KALW's weekly radio magazine of the performing arts, as well as for Explorations in Music, and the Berkeley Symphony broadcasts. He has also hosted and produced the radio series From the Conservatory, Music from Mills, and Music at Menlo, and is principal guest host for Revolutions Per Minute.