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Wednesday March 2, 2016


March 2 is the 62nd day of the year.

There are 304 days remaining until the end of 2016.

the sun will rise  at 6:37 am 

and sunset will be at 6:06 pm. 

Today we will have 11 hours and 29 minutes of sun. 

The solar transit will be at 12:22 pm

The first high tide will be at 5:14 am 

and the next high tide at 7:41 pm. 

The only low tide of the day will be at 12:17 pm.

The moon rose in the southeast (113º) at 1:31 am 

and will set in the southwest (247º) at 11:55 am.

The lunar phase is a Last Quarter Moon. 

and the length of time the moon will be visible will be 10 hours and 24 minutes.


National Read Across America Day also known as  Dr. Seuss Day

National Banana Cream Pie Day

National Old Stuff Day


Platypus day

Ja-ma-hi-RI-ya Day in Libya

Peasants' Day in Burma

Texas Independence Day

Victory at Adwa Day in Ethiopia

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You get to share birthday cake with…

1793 – Sam Houston, American soldier and politician, 1st President of the Republic of Texas (d. 1863)

1859 – Sholem Aleichem, Ukrainian-American author and playwright (d. 1916)

1900 – Kurt Weill, German-American composer (d. 1950)

1904 – Dr. Seuss, American author, poet, and illustrator (d. 1991)

1905 – Marc Blitzstein, American composer (d. 1964)

1917 – Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1986)

1922 – Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, American saxophonist (d. 1986)

1922 – Bill Quackenbush, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 1999)

1923 – Orrin Keepnews, American songwriter and producer (d. 2015)


1931 – Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian lawyer and politician, President of the Soviet Union, Nobel Prize laureate

1931 – Tom Wolfe, American journalist and author

1936 – John Tusa, Czech-English journalist and academic


1942 – Lou Reed, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (The Velvet Underground and Metal Machine Trio) (d. 2013)

1948 – Rory Gallagher, Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Taste) (d. 1995)

1949 – Gates McFadden, American actress and choreographer

1950 – Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer (The Carpenters) (d. 1983)

1952 – Laraine Newman, American actress

1953 – Russ Feingold, American lawyer and politician

1962 – Jon Bon Jovi, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Bon Jovi)

1963 – Alvin Youngblood Hart, American singer and guitarist


1968 – Daniel Craig, English actor

on this day in history…


1791 – Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris.


1797 – The Bank of England issues the first one-pound and two-pound banknotes.

1825 – Roberto Cofresí, one of the last successful Caribbean pirates, is defeated in combat and captured by authorities.


1877 – U.S. presidential election, 1876: Just two days before inauguration, the U.S. Congress declares Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the election even though Samuel J. 
Tilden had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.

1933 – The film King Kong opens at New York's Radio City Music Hall.


1962 – Wilt Chamberlain sets the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association by scoring 100 points.

1972 – The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets.

a view from Kevin Vance's living room...

1983 – Compact discs and players are released for the first time in the United States and other markets. They had previously been available only in Japan.

1992 – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, San Marino, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan join the United Nations.

1998 – Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.