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Wednesday February 24, 2016

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February 24 is the 55th day of the year 

There are 311 days remaining until the end of 2016.

Today the sun rose at 6:47 am 

and sunset will be at 5:59 pm. 

Today we have 11 hours and 12 minutes of sun. 

The solar transit is at 12:23 pm 

The lunar phase is a Waning Gibbous.

96.6 per cent illuminated.  Yesterday was the official full moon. 

The moon set at 7:47 am at 272º west. 

Eventually, the moon will rise again in the east (90º) at 8:04 pm.

and the length of time the moon will be visible will be 11 hours and 43 minutes.

the first high tide was at 12:46 am at 5.4 feet

There's a high surf advisory in effect until 9pm this evening

and the next high tide will be at 12:20 pm also at 5.4 feet

The first low tide was at 6:13 am 

and the next low tide will be at 6:28 pm.

Today is National Tortilla Chip Day

It's also Dragobete in Romania

Engineer's Day in Iran

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Flag Day in Mexico

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Estonia from the Russian Empire in 1918

National Artist Day in Thailand

Sepandārmazgān or "Women's Day" for Zoroastrians from Iran

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you as well as to…

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1836 – Winslow Homer, American painter and illustrator (d. 1910)

1885 -- Chester W. Nimitz, American commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-W.W.II

1921 – Abe Vigoda, American actor and comedian (d. 2016)

1932 – Michel Legrand, French pianist, composer, and conductor

1933 – Fathead Newman, American saxophonist and composer (d. 2009)

1934 – Bettino Craxi, Italian lawyer and politician, 45th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 2000)

1942 – Paul Jones, English singer, harmonica player, and actor (Manfred Mann, The Blues Band, and The Manfreds)

1942 – Joe Lieberman, American lawyer and politician

1943 – Pablo Milanés, Cuban singer-songwriter and guitarist

1947 – Edward James Olmos, American actor and director

1950 – George Thorogood, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1954 – Plastic Bertrand, Belgian singer-songwriter and producer (Hubble Bubble)

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1955 – Steve Jobs, American businessman, co-founded Apple Inc. and Pixar (d. 2011)

1956 – Judith Butler, American philosopher, theorist, and author

1977 – Floyd Mayweather, Jr., American boxer

on this day in history…

1582Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.)

1821Mexico declared its independence from Spain.

1863Arizona was organized as a territory.

 

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1868The House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempt to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; the Senate later acquitted Johnson.

1903The United States signed an agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

1942 The Battle of Los Angeles: A false alarm led to an anti-aircraft barrage that lasted into the early hours of February 25.

1942The Voice of America went on the air for the first time.

1945American soldiers liberated the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese control during World War II.

1981Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Britain's Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.

1998Comedian Henny Youngman died at age 91.

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1999Lauryn Hill won five Grammys for her debut solo album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."

2008Cuba's parliament named Raul Castro president, ending nearly 50 years of rule by his brother Fidel.