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Monday February 15, 2016

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February 15 is the 46th day of the year. 

There are 320 days remaining until the end of 2016.

Sunrise Today: 6:59 AM

Sunset Today: 5:49 PM

Today we will have 10 hours and 50 minutes of sun. 

The solar transit will be at 12:24 pm

first high tide was at 4:49 am early this morning

and the next high tide will be at 6:30 pm early this evening

The first low tide will be at 11:38 am this morning

and the following low tide at 11:18 pm this evening

The lunar phase is a First Quarter Moon 

The Moon is 52.5 % percent illuminated, a waxing gibbous

Moonrise Today: 11:46 AM

Moonset Today: 12:59 AM

and the length of time the moon will be visible will be 13 hours and 13 minutes.

Today is…

National Gumdrop Day

Singles Awareness Day

and Presidents Day, 
the combined celebration of the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

International Duties Memorial Day in Russia

John Frum Day in Vanuatu

Liberation Day in Afghanistan

National Flag of Canada Day

Parinirvana Day, celebrated in Mahayana Buddhism

Statehood Day in Serbia

Total Defense Day in Singapore

if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You share birthday cake with...

1564 – Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer and physicist (d. 1642)

1571 – Michael Praetorius, German organist and composer (d. 1621)

1797 – Henry E. Steinway, German-American businessman, founded Steinway & 
Sons (d. 1871)

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Happy Birthday, Susan B. Anthony!

  1820 – Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer active in women's suffrage and 
Anti-Slavery movements (d. 1906)

1905 – Harold Arlen, American composer (d. 1986)

1907 – Cesar Romero, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1994)

1909 – Miep Gies, Austrian-Dutch humanitarian, helped hide Anne Frank and her 
family (d. 2010)

1914 – Hale Boggs, American lawyer and politician (d. 1972)

1918 – Allan Arbus, American actor and photographer (d. 2013)

1935 – Susan Brownmiller, American journalist and author

1941 – Brian Holland, American songwriter (Holland–Dozier–Holland)

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Happy Birthday also to Maus creator Art Spiegelman

  1948 – Art Spiegelman, American cartoonist

1954 – Matt Groening, American animator, producer, and screenwriter

1964 – Chris Farley, American comedian and actor (d. 1997)

on this day in history…

1764 – The city of St. Louis is established in Spanish Louisiana (now in Missouri, 
USA).

1870 – Stevens Institute of Technology is founded in New Jersey, USA and offers the 
first Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering.

1879 – Women's rights: US President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing 
female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.

1898 – The battleship USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, 
killing 274. This event leads the United States to declare war on Spain.

1946 – ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated 
at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

1972 – Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first 
time.

1989 – Soviet war in Afghanistan: The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its 
troops have left Afghanistan.

2001 – The first draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature.

2003 – Protests against the Iraq war take place in over 600 cities worldwide. It is 
estimated that between eight million to 30 million people participate, making this the 
largest peace demonstration in history.

2013 – A meteor explodes over Russia, injuring 1,500 people as a shock wave blows 
out windows and rocks buildings. This happens unexpectedly only hours before the 
expected closest ever approach of the larger and unrelated asteroid 2012 DA14.