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Almanac ~ Thursday, 2/11/16

Eldridge Gerry - in 1812 the Massachusetts governor signed a redistricting bill that favored his party.

42nd Day of 2016, 324 Remaining

Spring Begins in 37 Days

Sunrise: 7:04am

Sunset: 5:44pm

10 Hours 40 Minutes of daylight today

Moon Rise:  9:01am, 6% visible, waxing

Moon Set: 9:39pm

Tides at the Golden Gate

High: 1:37am/1:25pm

Low: 7:08am/7:27pm

Special Celebrations today include…

Armed Forces Day - Liberia

Kenkokukinen no Hi / National Foundation Day - Japan

Youth Day - Cameroon

It’s also…

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

National Peppermint Patty Day

Fritter Thursday

Get Out Your Guitar Day

Make A Friend's Day

Pro Sports Wives Day

National Shut-in Visitation Day

Satisfied Staying Single Day

White Shirt Day or White T-shirt Day

On this day in…

1752 - The Pennsylvania Hospital opened as the very first hospital in America.

1808 - Judge Jesse Fell experimented by burning anthracite coal to keep his house warm. He successfully showed how clean the coal burned and how cheaply it could be used as a heating fuel.

1812 - The term "gerrymandering" had its beginning when the governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry, signed a redistricting law that favored his party.

1858 - A French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary near Lourdes.

1878 - The first U.S. bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, was formed.

1929 - The Lateran Treaty was signed. Italy now recognized the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City.

1936 - Pumping began the process to build San Francisco's Treasure Island.

1937 - General Motors agreed to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union, which ended the current sit-down strike against them.

1943 - General Dwight David Eisenhower was selected to command the allied armies in Europe.

1945 - During World War II, the Yalta Agreement was signed by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin. (Today in World War II History)

1957 - The NHL Players Association was formed in New York City.

1958 - Ruth Carol Taylor was the first black woman to become a stewardess by making her initial flight.

1960 - Jack Paar walked off while live on the air on the "Tonight Show" with four minutes left. He did this in response to censors cutting out a joke from the show the night before.

1968 - The new 20,000 seat Madison Square Garden officially opened in New York. This was the fourth Garden.

1972 - McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. and Life magazine canceled plans to publish an autobiography of Howard Hughes. The work turned out to be fake.

1975 - Margaret Thatcher became the first woman to head a major party in Britain when she was elected leader of the Conservative Party.

1979 - Nine days after the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran (after 15 years in exile) power was seized by his followers.

1982 - France nationalized five groups of major industries and 39 banks.

1984 - The tenth Space Shuttle mission returned to Earth safely.

1989 - Rev. Barbara C. Harris became the first woman to be consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church.

1990 - Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.

1990 - In Tokyo, Japan, James "Buster" Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in the tenth round to win the heavyweight championship.

1993 - Janet Reno was appointed to the position of attorney general by U.S. President Clinton. She was the first female to hold the position.

2000 - The space shuttle Endeavor took off. The mission was to gather information for the most detailed map of the earth ever made.

2000 - Great Britain suspended self-rule in Northern Ireland after the Irish Republican Army (IRA) failed to begin decommissioning (disarming) by a February deadline.

2002 - The six stars on NBC's "Friends" signed a deal for $24 million each for the ninth and final season of the series.

2006 - In Texas, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a quail hunt.

Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)…

Lydia Child 1802

Thomas Alva Edison 1847

Joseph Mankiewicz 1909

Sidney Sheldon 1917

Eva Gabor 1921

Lloyd Bentsen 1921

Kim Stanley 1925

Dr. Virginia Johnson 1925

Leslie Nielson 1926

Conrad Janis 1928

Larry Merchant 1931

Mary Quant 1934

Tina Louise 1934

Gerry Goffin 1935

Gene Vincent 1935

Sergio Mendes 1941

Burt Reynolds 1936

Bobby "Boris" Pickett 1938

Otis Clay 1942

Jeb Bush 1953

Phillip Anglim 1953

Catherine Hickland 1956

Carey Lowell 1961

Sheryl Crow 1962

Sarah Palin 1964

Jennifer Aniston 1969

Damian Lewis 1971

Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda

Brandy (Brandy Rayana Norwood) 1979

Taylor Lautner 1992 

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.