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KALW Almanac: Thu. Feb. 9, 2017

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Today Thursday the 9th of February of 2017 is the 40th day of the year. There are 325 days remaining until the end of 2017. 635 days (1 year 8 months and 28 days) until Mid-Terms Tuesday November 6, 2018. 1363 days (3 years 8 months and 25 days) until the next presidential election on Tuesday November 3, 2020. The sun rises at 7:05 am and sunset at 5:44 pm. We'll have 10 hours and 39 minutes of daylight. 

The solar noon will be at 12:24 pm.

The first low tide will be at 3:36 am 

and the next low tide at 4:29 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 9:48 am 

and the next high tide at 11:33 pm.

The Moon is 97.2% illuminated; a Waxing Gibbous moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 284.67° WNW

Moon Altitude: 8.06°

Moon Distance: 231511 mi

Next Full Moon: Feb 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm

Next New Moon: Feb 26, 2017 at 6:58 am

Next Moonset: Today at 6:01 am

Today is Chocolate Day

National Bagel Day

National Develop Alternative Vices Day

National Toothache Day

Pizza Pie Day

Read in the Bathtub Day

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You share this day with...

1737 – Thomas Paine, English-American philosopher, author, and activist (d. 1809)

1773 – William Henry Harrison, American general and politician, 9th President of the United States (d. 1841)

1814 – Samuel J. Tilden, American lawyer and politician, 28th Governor of New York (d. 1886)

1885 – Alban Berg, Austrian composer and educator (d. 1935)

1909 – Carmen Miranda, Portuguese-Brazilian actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1955)

1909 – Dean Rusk, American colonel and politician, 54th United States Secretary of State (d. 1994)

1914 – Ernest Tubb, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1984)

1926 – Garret FitzGerald, Irish lawyer and politician, 7th Taoiseach of Ireland (d. 2011)

1928 – Roger Mudd, American journalist

1930 – Garner Ted Armstrong, American evangelist and author (d. 2003)

1940 – J. M. Coetzee, South African-Australian novelist, essayist, and linguist, Nobel Prize laureate

1942 – Carole King, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1943 – Joe Pesci, American actor

1944 – Alice Walker, American novelist, short story writer, and poet

1945 – Mia Farrow, American actress, activist, and former fashion model

1963 – Travis Tritt, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

On this day in history...

1825 – After no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes in the US presidential election of 1824, the United States House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams as President of the United States.

1870 – US president Ulysses S. Grant signs a joint resolution of Congress establishing the U.S. Weather Bureau.

1889 – US president Grover Cleveland signs a bill elevating the United States Department of Agriculture to a Cabinet-level agency.

1942 – Year-round Daylight saving time is re-instated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources.

1950 – Second Red Scare: US Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses the United States Department of State of being filled with Communists.

1964 – The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers across the USA.

1971 – The 6.5–6.7 Mw Sylmar earthquake hits the Greater Los Angeles Area with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme), killing 64 and injuring 2,000.

1971 – Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be voted into the USA's Baseball Hall of Fame.

1971 – Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned Moon landing.

1975 – The Soyuz 17 Soviet spacecraft returns to Earth.

1978 – The Budd Company unveils its first SPV-2000 self-propelled railcar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1986 – Halley's Comet last appeared in the inner Solar System.

1991 – Voters in Lithuania vote for independence.