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KALW Almanac: Mon. March 6, 2017

"Oreo Cheesecake," by flickr user babe_kl. Used under CC BY-NC 2.0. Cropped.

Today Monday, 6th of March of 2017 is the 65th day of the year.  There are 300 days remaining until the end of the year.  610 days until Mid-Term Elections.  1338 days until the next scheduled Presidential election.  The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:32 am and the sun will set at 6:09 pm.  Today we will have 11 hours and 37 minutes of daylight. 

The solar noon will be at 12:21 pm.

The first high tide was at 5:37 am 

and the next high tide at 7:55 pm. 

The only low tide of the day will be at 12:37 pm.

The Moon is 62.2% illuminated, a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: ↑ 328.27° NNW

Moon Altitude: -27.85°

Moon Distance: 231151 mi

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

Next New Moon: Mar 27, 2017 at 7:57 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 12:28 pm

Today is …

National Dress Day

National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

National Oreo Cookie Day

National Dentist's Day

National Frozen Food Day

Today is also...

European Day of the Righteous, commemorates those who have stood up against crimes against humanity and totalitarism with their own moral responsibility. (Europe)

Foundation Day (Norfolk Island), the founding of Norfolk Island in 1788.

Independence Day (Ghana), celebrates the independence of Ghana from the UK in 1957.

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

1475 – Michelangelo, Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1564)

1619 – Cyrano de Bergerac, French author and playwright (d. 1655)

1806 – Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English-Italian poet and translator, was born in Durham, England. (d. 1861)

1834 – George du Maurier, French-English author and illustrator (d. 1896)

1844 – Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer and editor(d. 1908)

1893 – Furry Lewis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1981)

1905 – Bob Wills, American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader (d. 1975)

1906 – Lou Costello, American comedian (d. 1959)

1917 – Will Eisner, American illustrator and publisher (d. 2005)

1923 – Ed McMahon, American comedian, game show host, and announcer (d. 2009)

1923 – Wes Montgomery, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 1968)

1926 – Alan Greenspan, American economist and politician

1927 – Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian journalist and author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)

1930 – Lorin Maazel, French-American violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 2014)

1936 – Marion Barry, American lawyer and politician, 2nd Mayor of the District of Columbia (d. 2014)

1944 – Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealand soprano and actress

1947 – Rob Reiner, American actor, director, and producer

1954 – Jeff Greenwald, American author, photographer, and monologist

1955 – Dave Alvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Blasters)

1972 – Shaquille O'Neal, American basketball player, actor, and rapper

On this day, March 6

632 – The Farewell Sermon (Khutbah, Khutbatul Wada') of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

1820 – The Missouri Compromise is signed into law by President James Monroe. The compromise allows Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state, brings Maine into the Union as a free state, and makes the rest of the northern part of the Louisiana Purchase territory slavery-free.

1834 – York, Upper Canada, is incorporated as Toronto.

1836 – Texas Revolution: Battle of the Alamo – After a thirteen-day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops, the 187 Texas volunteers, including frontiersman Davy Crockett and colonel Jim Bowie, defending the Alamo are killed and the fort is captured.

1853 – Verdi's opera "La Traviata" premiered in Venice, Italy.

1857 – in its Dred Scott vs. Sandford decision, the Supreme Court held that Scott, a slave, could not sue for his freedom in a federal court.

1869 – Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society.

1899 – Bayer registers "Aspirin" as a trademark.

1912 – Oreo sandwich cookies were first introduced by the National Biscuit Co., which later became Nabisco.

1964 – Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad officially gives boxing champion Cassius Clay the name Muhammad Ali.

1967 – Joseph Stalin's daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva defects to the United States.

1970 – A bomb being built inside a Greenwich Village townhouse by the radical Weathermen accidentally went off, destroying the house and killing three group members.

1975 – For the first time the Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is shown in motion to a national TV audience by Robert J. Groden and Dick Gregory.

1981 – After 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time.

1983 – The first United States Football League games is played.

1992 – The Michelangelo computer virus begins to affect computers.

2007 – Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was convicted of lying and obstructing an investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity.