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Almanac - Thursday 2/1/18

Winter Bird Feeding Time by flickr user Brigitte E

Today Thursday, 1st of February of 2018 is the 32nd day of the year.

There are 333 days remaining until the end of the year

47 days until spring begins

278 days until mid-term elections Tuesday November 6, 2018

(9 months and 5 days from today)

1006 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 9 months and 2 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:13 am 

and sunset will be at 5:35 pm.

We will have 10 hours and 22 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:24 pm.

the first high tide will be at 12:28 am 

and the next high tide at 11:34 am.

The first low tide will be at 5:24 am 

and the next low tide at 6:08 pm.

The Moon is 98.6%; now a Waning Gibbous moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 261.89° W

Moon Altitude: 31.88°

Moon Distance: 225632 mi

Next Moonset: Today at 8:06 am

Last Quarter Moon in 6 days on Wednesday the 7th of February of 2018 at 7:54 am

New Moon in 14 days the Thursday 15th of February of 2018 at 1:05 pm.  There will also be a Partial Solar Eclipse on that day.

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

and the next Full Moon in 28 days Thursday the 1st of March of 2018 at 4:51 pm

Today is…

Car Insurance Day


Change Your Password Day


Decorating With Candy Day


G.I. Joe Day


Hula in the Coola Day


National Baked Alaska Day


National Freedom Day


National Serpent Day


Robinson Crusoe Day


Spunky Old Broads Day


It’s also…

Abolition of Slavery Day in Mauritius

Air Force Day in Nicaragua

Federal Territory Day in Kuala LumpurLabuan and PutrajayaMalaysia

Heroes Day in Rwanda

Imbolc in IrelandScotlandIsle of Man, and some Neopagan groups in the Northern hemisphere

Memorial Day of the Republic in Hungary

The start of Black History Month in United States and Canada

The start of LGBT History Month in the United Kingdom

The start of National Bird-Feeding Month

World Hijab Day

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

1261 – Walter de Stapledon, English bishop and politician, Lord High Treasurer (d. 1326)

1687 – Johann Adam Birkenstock, German violinist and composer (d. 1733)

1859 – Victor Herbert, Irish-American cellist, composer, and conductor (d. 1924)

1894 – John Ford, American director and producer (d. 1973)

1894 – James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer (d. 1955)

1901 – Clark Gable, American actor (d. 1960)

1902 – Langston Hughes, American poet, social activist, novelist, and playwright (d. 1967)

1904 – S.J. Perelman, American humorist and screenwriter (d. 1979)

1918 – Muriel Spark, Scottish playwright and poet (d. 2006)

1928 – Tom Lantos, Hungarian-American academic and politician (d. 2008)

1931 – Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician, 1st President of Russia (d. 2007)

1937 – Don Everly, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1937 – Garrett Morris, American actor and comedian

1939 – Fritjof Capra, Austrian physicist, author, and academic

1939 – Joe Sample, American pianist and composer (d. 2014)

1941 – Jerry Spinelli, American author

1947 – Jessica Savitch, American journalist (d. 1983)

1948 – Rick James, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2004)

1951 – Sonny Landreth, American guitarist and songwriter

1956 – Exene Cervenka, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1957 – Gilbert Hernandez, American author and illustrator

1967 – Meg Cabot, American author and screenwriter

1968 – Lisa Marie Presley, American singer-songwriter and actress

1969 – Andrew Breitbart, American journalist, author, and publisher (d. 2012)

1979 – Jason Isbell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

…and on this day in history…

481 – Vandal king Huneric organises a conference between Catholic and Arian bishops at Carthage.

1865 – President Abraham Lincoln signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

1884 – The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.

1893 – Thomas A. Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey.

1896 – La bohème premieres in Turin at the Teatro Regio (Turin), conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini.

1942 – Voice of America, the official external radio and television service of the United States government, begins broadcasting with programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers.

1960 – Four black students stage the first of the Greensboro sit-ins at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1964 – The Beatles have their first number one hit in the United States with "I Want to Hold Your Hand".

1968 – Vietnam War: The execution of Viet Cong officer Nguyễn Văn Lém by South Vietnamese National Police Chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan is recorded on motion picture film, as well as in an iconic still photograph taken by Eddie Adams.

1968 – The New York Central Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad are merged to form Penn Central Transportation.

1979 – Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Tehran after nearly 15 years of exile.

1996 – The Communications Decency Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.

1998 – Rear Admiral Lillian E. Fishburne becomes the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral.

2009 – The first cabinet of Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir  (yoh-HAH-nah   sih-goor-dahr-DAW-teer) was formed in Iceland, making her the country's first female prime minister and the world's first openly gay head of government.