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KALW Almanac: Thu. Feb. 16, 2017

Raw California Almonds taken by flickr user HealthAliciousNess.com (CC BY 2.0)

Today Thursday, 16th of February of 2017 is the 47th day of the year.
There are 318 days remaining until the end of 2017.  
628 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018
1356 days until the next presidential election on Tuesday November 3, 2020
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:56 am 
and sunset will be at 5:51 pm. 
We will have 10 hours and 55 minutes of daylight. 

Solar noon will be at 12:24 pm.

The first high tide will be at 3:10 am 

and the next high tide at 3:29 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 9:22 am 

and the next low tide at 9:09 pm.

The Moon is 71.0% illuminated; a Waning Gibbous moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 192.49° SSW

Moon Altitude: 42.48°

Moon Distance: 249094 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Mar 12, 2017 at 7:53 am

Next Moonset: Today at 10:14 am

Today is...

Do a Grouch a Favor Day

Kyoto Protocol Day

National Almond Day

National Innovation Day

Today is also...

A Day Without An Immigrant, a general strike to support people from other countries who've come here to the US to live, love, and work

Day of the Shining Star (Kim Jong-il's Birthday) (North Korea)

Restoration of Lithuania's Statehood Day, celebrate the independence of Lithuania from Russia and Germany in 1918 (Lithuania)

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

1222 – Nichiren, founder of Nichiren Buddhism (d. 1282)

1843 – Henry Martyn Leland, American engineer and businessman, founded Cadillac and Lincoln (d. 1932)

1903 – Edgar Bergen, American ventriloquist and actor (d. 1978)

1909 – Hugh Beaumont, American actor and director (d. 1982)

1926 – Margot Frank, sister of Anne Frank, German-Dutch holocaust victim (d. 1945)

1941 – Kim Jong-il, North Korean commander and politician, 2nd Supreme Leader of North Korea (d. 2011)

1954 – Margaux Hemingway, American model and actress (d. 1996)

1957 – LeVar Burton, German-American actor, director, and producer

1959 – John McEnroe, German-American tennis player and sportscaster

1990 – The Weeknd, Canadian singer-songwriter and producer

On this day in history...

1804 – Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli harbor to burn the U.S. Navy frigate Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates.

1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established.

1868 – The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in New York City.

1874 – Silver Dollar becomes legal US tender.

1923 – The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt.

1937 – Wallace H. Carothers, a research chemist for Du Pont, received a patent for nylon.

1945 – American troops landed on the island of Corregidor in the Philippines during World War II.

1968 – In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.

1978 – The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago).

2005 – The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia.

2005 – The National Hockey League cancels the entire 2004–05 regular season and playoffs.

2006 – The last Mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army.

2011 – Bookstore chain Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

2012 – A federal judge in Detroit ordered life in prison for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man who'd tried to blow up a packed Northwest jetliner with a bomb concealed in his underwear.