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Almanac ~ Thursday, 2/18/16

Louis Comfort Tiffany's Birthday

49th day of 2016, 317 remaining

Sunrise:  6:56am    Sunset: 5:52pm

Moonset: 3:55am   Moonrise:  2:22pm, 76% of the waxing moon will be visible, heading towards a full moon on February 22.

Tides at the Golden Gate:

Low:  1:39am/2:48pm

High: 7:53am/9:50pm

Special Celebrations today…

Independence Day - Gambia

Battery Day (Volta's birthday)

Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

The Great American Spit Out

National Drink Wine Day

On this day in…

1564 - The artist Michelanglelo died in Rome.

1685 - Robert Cavelier, Sieur de LaSalle established Fort St. Louis at Matagorda Bay, and thus formed the basis for France's claim to Texas.

1735 - The first opera performed in America. The work was "Flora" (or "Hob in the Well") and was presented in Charleston, SC.

1841 - The first continuous filibuster in the U.S. Senate began. It lasted until March 11th.

1861 - In Montgomery, AL, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the President of the Confederate States.a

1885 - Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the U.S. for the first time.

1913 - The famous French painting "Nude Descending a Staircase", by the French artist, Marcel Duchamp, was displayed at an "Armory Show" in New York City.

1930 - Elm Farm Ollie became the first cow to fly in an airplane.

1930 - The planet Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh. The discovery was made as a result of photographs taken in January 1930.

1932 - Sonja Henie won her 6th world women’s figure skating title in Montreal, Canada.

1949 - "Yours Truly Johnny Dollar" debuted on CBS radio.

1952 - Greece and Turkey became members of NATO.

1953 - "Bwana Devil" opened. It was the first three-dimensional feature.

1953 - Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract worth $8,000,000 to continue the "I Love Lucy" TV show through 1955.

1964 - "Any Wednesday" opened at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. The play established Gene Hackman as an actor.

1970 - The Chicago Seven defendants were found innocent of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention.

1972 - The California Supreme Court struck down the state's death penalty.

1977 - The space shuttle Enterprise went on its maiden "flight" sitting on top of a Boeing 747.

1987 - The executives of the Girl Scout movement decided to change the color of the scout uniform from the traditional Girl Scout green to the newer Girl Scout blue.

1998 - In Russia, money shortages resulted in the shutting down of three plants that produced nuclear weapons.

1998 - In Nevada, two white separatists were arrested and accused of plotting a bacterial attack on subways in New York City.

2000 - The U.S. Commerce Department reported a deficit in trade goods and services of $271.3 billion for 1999. It was the largest calender-year trade gap in U.S. history.

2001 - NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr., was killed in a crash during the Daytona 500 race.

2001 - FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested and accused of spying for Russia for more than 15 years. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

2003 - In South Korea, at least 120 people were killed when a man lit a fire on a subway train.

2006 - American Shani Davis won the men's 1,000-meter speedskating in Turin. He was the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal in Winter Olympic history.

Birthday celebrants today include (or included)…

Mary Tudor 1516

Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta 1745

Louis Comfort Tiffany 1848 bi - Glass maker and interior designer

Sholem Aleichem 1859

Andres Segovia 1894

Enzo Ferrari 1898

Billy deWolfe 1907

Pee Wee King 1914

Bill Cullen 1920

Jack Palance 1919

Helen Gurley Brown 1922

George Kennedy 1925

Jim McElreath 1928

Gahan Wilson 1930

Toni Morrison 1931

Milos Forman 1932

Yoko Ono 1933

Milos Forman 1932

Mary Ure 1933

Irma Thomas 1941

Herman Santiago 1941

Dennis DeYoung 1947

Sinead Cusack 1948

John Hughes 1950

Cybil Sheppard 1950

Randy (Veronica) Crawford 1952

Juice Newton a (Judy Cohen) 1952

Robbie Bachman 1953

Marty Howe 1954

John Travolta 1954

Vanna White 1957

Greta Scacchi 1960

Matt Dillon 1964

Dr. Dre (Andre Romelle Young)  1965

Molly Ringwald 1968 

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.