Monday February 15, 2016
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.
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)
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)
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,
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
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.