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Almanac - Wednesday 1/31/18

Cooking brussel sprouts, taken by flickr user Grace

Today, Wednesday, the 31th of January of 2018 is the 31st day of the year

There are 334 days remaining until the end of the year

48 days until spring begins

279 days until mid-term elections Tuesday November 06 2018

(9 months and 6 days from today)

1007 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 9 months and 3 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:14 am 

and sun sets at 5:34 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 20 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:24 pm.

The first low tide will be at 4:31 am

and the next low tide at 5:24 pm.

The only high tide of the day will be at 10:43 am.

The Moon is 100.0% full at 5:27 am.  That’s what I would call a Full Moon

It’s a Super Moon, closer to the earth than usual

It’s a Red Moon, being shadowed by the earth right now

and it’s a Blue Moon, the second full moon in one calendar month.

Last Quarter Moon in 7 days on Wednesday 7th of February of 2018 at 7:54 am

New Moon and a Partial Solar Eclipse in 15 days on Thursday the 15th of February of 2018 at 1:05 pm

First Quarter Moon in 22 days on Friday the 23th of February of 2018 at 12:09 am

Moon Direction: 271.04° W

Moon Altitude:26.39°

Moon Distance:223788 mi

Next Moonset:Today7:20 am

Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, with be Tuesday February 13

Lunar New Year will begin on Friday February the 16th.  It will be the year of the dog.

Today is…


Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day


Backwards Day


Brandy Alexander Day


Eat Brussel Sprouts Day


Hell is Freezing Over Day


Hug an Economist Day


Inspire Your Heart with Art Day


National Hot Chocolate Day

It’s also…

Amartithi in MeherabadIndia, a holiday for followers of Meher Baba

Independence Day in Nauru, celebrating independence from Australia in 1968.

Street Children's Day in Austria

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

877 – Taejo of Goryeo (d. 943)

1797 – Franz Schubert, Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1828)

1872 – Zane Grey, American author (d. 1939)

1892 – Eddie Cantor, American singer-songwriter, actor, and dancer (d. 1964)

1902 – Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (d. 1968)

1915 – Bobby Hackett, American trumpet player and cornet player (d. 1976)

1915 – Alan Lomax, American historian, author, and scholar (d. 2002)

1915 – Thomas Merton, American monk and author (d. 1968)

1915 – Garry Moore, American comedian and game show host (d. 1993)

1919 – Jackie Robinson, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1972)

1921 – Carol Channing, American actress, singer, and dancer

1921 – Mario Lanza, American tenor and actor (d. 1959)

1923 – Norman Mailer, American journalist and author (d. 2007)

1925 – Benjamin Hooks, American minister, lawyer, and activist (d. 2010)

1927 – Norm Prescott, American animator, producer, and composer, co-founded Filmation Studios (d. 2005)

1935 – Kenzaburō Ōe, Japanese author and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

1937 – Philip Glass, American composer

1938 – Beatrix of the Netherlands

1938 – James G. Watt, American lawyer and politician, 43rd United States Secretary of the Interior

1941 – Dick Gephardt, American lawyer and politician

1944 – Connie Booth, American-English actress, screenwriter, comedian and psychotherapist

1947 – Nolan Ryan, American baseball player

1949 – Ken Wilber, American sociologist, philosopher, and author

1956 – John Lydon, English singer-songwriter

1965 – Peter Sagal, American author and radio host

1970 – Minnie Driver, English singer-songwriter and actress

1981 – Justin Timberlake, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor

…and on this day in history…

314 – Pope Sylvester I succeeds Pope Miltiades.

1930 – 3M begins marketing Scotch Tape.

1945 – US Army private Eddie Slovik is executed for desertion, the first such execution of an American soldier since the Civil War.

1949 – These Are My Children, the first television daytime soap opera is broadcast by the NBC station in Chicago

1958 – The first successful American satellite detects the Van Allen radiation belt.

1961 – Project MercuryMercury-Redstone 2Ham the Chimp travels into outer space.

1968 – Nauru gains independence from Australia.

1971 – The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begins in Detroit.

2012 – The Toyota Corolla is known as the best-selling car of all time. Selling over 37.5 million units.