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Wednesday February 17, 2016

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February 17 is the 48th day of the year. 

There are 318 days remaining until the end of 2016.

The sun rose at 6:56 am 

and sunset will be at 5:51 pm. 

Today we will have 10 hours and 55 minutes of sun. 

The first low tide was at 12:31 am 

and the next low tide will be at 1:54 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 6:53 am 

and the next high tide at 8:58 pm.

The lunar phase is a Waxing Gibbous. 

Today is…

National Random  Act Of Kindness Day

it's also National Cabbage Day

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mmm...cabbage...

  Independence Day in Kosovo

Qui-ri-na-lia, in honor of Qui-ri-nus for those of you still living in the Roman Empire)

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday!  You share it with...

1874Thomas J. WatsonAmerican industrialist who built IBM.

1653 Arcangelo Corelli, Italian violinist and composer

1843 A. Montgomery Ward, American mail-order merchant

1877Andre Maginot, French statesman for whom Maginot Line was named

1908Red Barber, American sportscaster (d. 1992)

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  1922Enrico Banducci, American businessman (d. 2007)

1923Buddy DeFranco, American clarinet player (d. 2014)

1924Margaret Truman, American singer and author (d. 2008)

1925Hal Holbrook, American actor and director

1929Chaim Potok, American novelist and rabbi (d. 2002)

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Happy Birthday, Dame Edna!

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Feliz Cumpleaños a ti Vicente Fernandez el cantador grande

1934Barry Humphries, Australian comedian, actor, and author; alter ego of Dame Edna Everage

1940Vicente Fernández, Mexican singer-songwriter, actor, and producer

1942Huey P. Newton, American activist, co-founded the Black Panther Party (d. 1989)

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Huey P Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party born on this day

1949Fred Frith, English guitarist and songwriter (Henry Cow, Art Bears, Massacre and Skeleton Crew)

1957Loreena McKennitt, Canadian singer-songwriter, accordion player, and pianist

1962Lou Diamond Phillips, American actor and director

1963Larry the Cable Guy, American comedian and actor

and on this day in history…

1801An electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr is resolved when Jefferson is elected President of the United States and Burr, Vice President by the United 
States House of Representatives.

1863A group of citizens of Geneva founded an International Committee for Relief to the Wounded, which later became known as the International Committee of the Red Cross.

1904Madama Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan.

1913The Armory Show opens in New York City, displaying works of artists who are to become some of the most influential painters of the early 20th century.

1933The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.

1933 Newsweek magazine is first published.

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1972Cumulative sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model T.

1974Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House in a stolen helicopter.  (oh we got trouble right here in river city…)

1996World chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," winning a six-game match in Philadelphia.

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Chess master Gary Kasparov faces off with the IBM Computer Deep Blue

2008Kosovo declared independence in defiance of Serbia and Russia.