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Almanac - Monday 2/5/18

Hank Aaron, taken by flickr user Baseball Collection

Today Monday, 5th of February of 2018, is the 36th day of the year.

There are 329 days remaining until the end of the year

43 days until spring begins

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

(9 months and 1 day from today)

1002 days until Presidential Elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 8 months and 29 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:09 am 

and sunset will be at 5:40 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 31 minutes of daylight.

The solar noon will be at 12:24 pm.

We can see that the first high tide was at 3:16 am

and the next high tide will be at 3:15 pm.

The first low tide will be at 9:14 am 

and the next low tide at 9:06 pm.

Last Quarter Moon 7th of February of 2018 at 7:54 am in 2 days

New Moon 15th of February of 2018 at 1:05 pm in 10 days, also a Partial Solar Eclipse

First Quarter Moonn 23th of February of 2018 at 12:09 am in 18 days

Full Moon 1st of March of 2018 at 4:51 pm in 24 days

The Moon is 70.7% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction:↑ 202.52° SSW

Moon Altitude:45.01°

Moon Distance:239591 mi

Next Moonset: Today 10:29 am

Today is…

Disaster Day


Move Hollywood and Broadway to Lebanon, Pennsylvania Day


National Chocolate Fondue Day


National Weatherperson's Day


Western Monarch Day


World Nutella Day

It’s also…

Constitution Day in Mexico

Crown Princess Mary's birthday in Denmark

Kashmir Solidarity Day in Pakistan

Liberation Day in San Marino

Runeberg's Birthday in Finland

Unity Day in Burundi

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

976 – Sanjō, emperor of Japan (d. 1017)

1900 – Adlai Stevenson II, American soldier, politician, and diplomat, 5th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 1965)

1911 – Jussi Björling, Swedish tenor (d. 1960)

1914 – William S. Burroughs, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 1997)

1919 – Red Buttons, American actor (d. 2006)

1919 – Andreas Papandreou, Greek economist and politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1996)

1928 – Andrew Greeley, American priest, sociologist, and author (d. 2013)

1934 – Hank Aaron. American baseball player

1940 – H. R. Giger, Swiss painter, sculptor, and set designer (d. 2014)

1944 – Al Kooper, American singer-songwriter and producer

1948 – Christopher Guest, American actor and director

1948 – Barbara Hershey, American actress

1976 – Abishek Bachchan, son of Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor.

…And On this day in history…

AD 62 – Earthquake in Pompeii, Italy.

1852 – The New Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, opens to the public.

1909 – Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announces the creation of Bakelite, the world's first synthetic plastic.

1917 – The Congress of the United States passes the Immigration Act of 1917 over President Woodrow Wilson's veto.

1919 – Charlie ChaplinMary PickfordDouglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith launch United Artists.

1924 – The Royal Greenwich Observatory begins broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal.

1962 – French President Charles de Gaulle calls for Algeria to be granted independence.

1985 – Ugo Vetere, then the mayor of Rome, and Chedli Klibi, then the mayor of Carthage meet in Tunis to sign a treaty of friendship officially ending the Third Punic War which lasted 2,131 years.

1988 – Manuel Noriega is indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges

2017 – The New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI after coming back down 25 to win 34-28 in overtime. It is the first such overtime game in Super Bowl history. Tom Brady wins 4th Super Bowl MVP award.

On this day in Black History:    

(from blackamericaweb.com)

On this day in Black History:    


1995- The late Trayvon Martin was born on February 5, 1995 to Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. Martin was shot and killed on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida by George Zimmerman. On July 13, 2013, a jury acquitted Zimmerman of murder.

1964: Twelve-year-old Stevie Wonder performed on The Ed Sullivan Show on this day. "Little Stevie Wonder' was proficient on the harmonica, piano and drums by age seven, writing songs by age eight and signed to Motown Records when he was only ten.

1934: Major league baseball's leading home run hitter, Hank Aaron, was born on this day in Mobile, AL. He retired with a career total of 755 in 1976. 

1941: Singer and first artist to record a hit for Motown, Barrett Strong, was born on this day. He is also a Grammy award winning songwriter and inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

1959: Columnist, political activist, TV/Radio host and writer, Armstrong Williams, was born on this day in Marion, SC.

1961: The Shirelles 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow' went to Number 1 on this day.

1965: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gets a big welcome from several youngsters at Marion, Alabama during visit after his release from jail in nearby Selma on this date.

1965: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and The Rev. Ralph Abernathy meet with a congressional delegation after his release from jail on this day in Selma, Alabama. The group, headed by Rep. Charles Diggs, Democrat from Michigan, came to Selma to observe the racial situation first hand. 

1969: Grammy Awarding winning Singer and songwriter Bobby Brown was born on this day in Roxbury, MA. 

1977: Sugar Ray Leonard beat Luis Vega in his first professional fight that went six rounds on this day.

1983: The newly formed New Edition made their New York performance debut at the world famous Copacabana on this day.

1984: Chuck Cooper, the first African American player drafted by an NBA team (The Boston Celtics) passed away on this day.

1990: Law student Barack Obama became the first African Americann named president of the Harvard Law Review on this day.

1994: Medgar Evers' killer, White Supremacist Byron De La Beckwith, was finally convicted of the 1963 murder 30 years after the crime. 

1998: Stevie Wonder played for President Clinton and the British Prime Minister at the White House on this day.

1998: Singer, songwriter Joe Stubbs passed away on this day at age 56. He was a member of The Falcons (late-1950s/early 1960s), The Contours (mid-1960s), The Originals (mid-1960s) and 100 Proof Aged In Soul (late 1960s/early 1970s). 

1999: The MLB announced the introduction of the Hank Aaron Award, the first award named after a player who was still alive. It was also his 65th birthday. 

1999: R&B singer and songwriter Gwen Guthrie passed away on this day in Orange, NJ. She was 49 years old. 

2000: Doris Coley of the Shirelles passed away on this day at age 58. 

2011: Ms. A.M.E. Logan perhaps the oldest Avon Lady in the US passed away on this day at age 96. Named for the African Methodist Episcopal Church, of which her father was a pastor, she was still driving and delivering Avon products to her customers when she died after a fall at her home in Jackson, Mississippi.