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Monday February 8, 2016

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February 8 is the 39th day of the year. 

There are 327 days remaining until the end of 2016

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:06 am 
and sunset will be at 5:42 pm. 

Today we will have 10 hours and 36 minutes of sun. 
The solar transit will be at 12:24 pm 

The lunar phase is a Waning Crescent. 
A Near New Moon, only .1 % illuminated

The moon will rise in the southeast (106º) at 7:01 am 
and will set in the southwest (256º) at 6:12 pm.
and the length of time the moon will be visible will be 11 hours and 11 minutes.

The first low tide was at 4:41 am 
and the next low tide will be at 5:23 pm. 
The only high tide of the day will be at 10:55 am.

 
today is...

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Today is National Kite Day

NATIONAL KITE FLYING DAY

Observed annually on February 8th, this unofficial National Day is a celebrated by kite flying enthusiasts across the country. Kites date back to China in 470 B.C. 

NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY

NATIONAL BOY SCOUT DAY

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  Nirvana Day (Mahayana Buddhism)

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Prešeren Day (Slovenia)

Propose Day

on this day in history…

1693 – The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia is granted a charter by King William III and Queen Mary II.

1915 – D. W. Griffith's controversial film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles.

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  1922 – United States President Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio set in the White House.

1946 – The first portion of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, the first serious challenge to the popularity of the Authorized King James Version, is published.

1952 – Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom.

1971 – The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time.

1974 – After 84 days in space, the crew of Skylab 4, the last crew to visit American space station Skylab, returns to Earth.

1978 – Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.

1993 – General Motors sues NBC after Dateline NBC allegedly rigs two crashes intended to demonstrate that some GM pickups can easily catch fire if hit in certain places. NBC 
settles the lawsuit the next day.

1996 – The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.

1996 – The massive Internet collaboration 24 Hours in Cyberspace takes place.

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You share your birthday with…

1819 – John Ruskin, English author, critic, and academic (d. 1900)

1820 – William Tecumseh Sherman, American general (d. 1891)

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  1828 – Jules Verne, French novelist, poet, and playwright (d. 1905)

1850 – Kate Chopin, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1904)

1878 – Martin Buber, Austrian-Israeli philosopher and academic (d. 1965)

1894 – King Vidor, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1982)

1899 – Lonnie Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1970)

1918 – Freddie Blassie, American wrestler and manager (d. 2003)

1921 – Lana Turner, American actress (d. 1995)

1922 – Audrey Meadows, American actress (d. 1996)

1925 – Jack Lemmon, American actor (d. 2001)

1926 – Neal Cassady, American novelist and poet (d. 1968)

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  1931 – James Dean, American actor (d. 1955)

1932 – John Williams, American pianist, composer, and conductor

1940 – Ted Koppel, English-American journalist

1941 – Nick Nolte, American actor and producer

1941 – Tom Rush, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1942 – Robert Klein, American comedian, actor, and singer

1948 – Dan Seals, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (England Dan & John Ford Coley) (d. 2009)

1948 – Ron Tyson, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations)

1953 – Mary Steenburgen, American actress, singer, and producer

1955 – John Grisham, American lawyer and author

1968 – Gary Coleman, American actor (d. 2010)

1974 – Seth Green, American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1984 – Cecily Strong, American actress