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Almanac - Thursday 2/8/18

Kites, taken by flickr user g

Today Thursday, 8th of February of 2018 is the 39th day of the year.

There are 326 days remaining until the end of the year

40 days until spring begins...

271 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018

(8 months and 29 days from today)

999 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 8 months and 26 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:06 am 

and sunset will be at 5:43 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 37 minutes of daylight

Solar noon will be at 12:24 pm.

the first high tide will be at 5:40am

and the next high tide at 7:39 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 12:43 pm.

The Moon is 41.5% visible; a Waning Crescent moon

New Moon in 7 days on Thursday the 15th of February of 2018 at 1:05 pm

There will also be Partial Solar Eclipse

First Quarter Moon in 15 days Friday the 23th of February of 2018 at 12:09 am

Full Moon in 21 days Thursday the 1st of March of 2018 at 4:51 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 28 days Friday the 9th of March of 2018 at 3:20 am

Moon Direction:↑ 152.10° SSE

Moon Altitude: 31.75°

Moon Distance: 248843 mi

Next Moonset: Today12:11 pm

Today is…

Boy Scouts Day

Fat Thursday, Also known as Giovedí Grasso

Laugh and Get Rich Day

National Kite Flying Day

National Molasses Bar Day

Opera Day

Propose Day

It's also...

Parinirvana Day (some Mahayana Buddhism traditions, most celebrate on February 15)

Prešeren Day in Slovenia

On this day in African-American History

as found on https://blackamericaweb.com/

1924: Brooklyn Dodger Joe Black was born this day. He was the first African American pitcher to win a World Series Game. He passed away in 2002 at age 78.

1997: Erykah Badu topped the R&B charts with her single 'On and On' on this day

1944: Harry S. McAlpin became the first African American journalist invited to a White House Press Conference.

1948: Tenor/falsetto singer and songwriter Ron Tyson was born on this day in Philadelphia, PA.

1965: The Supremes released the single 'Stop in the Name of Love' on this day and it held the number-one position on the Billboard pop singles chart in the US from March 21, 1965 through April 3,

1968: Actor Gary Coleman was born this day in Zion, Illinois. He passed away in May of 2010 at age 42

1975: 'Shining Star' by Earth, Wind & Fire charted on this day on its way to number 1 on both the R&B and Pop charts

1978: Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali for the Heavyweight title on this day.

1986: Billy Ocean's 'When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going' reached #1 on this day in Britain.

1990: Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes was suspended for three months without pay for making racist remarks on this day.

2009: Former running back and kick returner, Eddie Ayers, for UCLA (1973-75) who played on the school's 1976 Rose Bowl championship team that defeated No. 1 Ohio State passed away on this day. He was 54

2011: Blues and soul singer Marvin Sease passed away on this day in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was 64 years old.

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!

You share this day with…

120 – Vettius Valens, Greek astronomer, mathematician, and astrologer (d. 175)

1828 – Jules Verne, French author, poet, and playwright (d. 1905)

1850 – Kate Chopin, American author (d. 1904)

1878 – Martin Buber, Austrian-Israeli philosopher and academic (d. 1965)

1894 – King Vidor, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1982)

1899 – Lonnie Johnson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1970)

1918 – Freddie Blassie, American wrestler and manager (d. 2003)

1921 – Lana Turner, American actress (d. 1995)

1922 – Audrey Meadows, American actress and banker (d. 1996)

1925 – Jack Lemmon, American actor (d. 2001)

1926 – Neal Cassady, American author and poet (d. 1968)

1930 – Alejandro Rey, Argentinian-American actor and director (d. 1987)

1931 – James Dean, American actor (d. 1955)

1932 – John Williams, American pianist, composer, and conductor

1940 – Ted Koppel, English-American journalist

1941 – Nick Nolte, American actor and producer

1941 – Tom Rush, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1942 – Robert Klein, American comedian, actor, and singer

1949 – Brooke Adams, American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1953 – Mary Steenburgen, American actress

1955 – John Grisham, American lawyer and author

1960 – Benigno Aquino III, Filipino politician, 15th President of the Philippines

1968 – Gary Coleman, American actor (d. 2010)

1974 – Seth Green, American actor, voice artist, comedian, producer, writer, and director

1984 – Cecily Strong, American actress

…and on this day in history…

421 – Constantius III becomes co-Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

1693 – The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, is granted a charter by King William III and Queen Mary II.

1885 – The first government-approved Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii.

1910 – The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce.

1915 – D. W. Griffith's controversial film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles.

1922 – United States President Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio set in the White House.

1952 – Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom.

1960 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issues an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name Mountbatten-Windsor.

1963 – Travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are made illegal by the John F. Kennedy administration.

1968 – American civil rights movement: The Orangeburg massacre: An attack on black students from South Carolina State University who are protesting racial segregation at the town's only bowling alley, leaves three or four dead in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

1971 – The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time.

1974 – After 84 days in space, the crew of Skylab 4, the last crew to visit American space station Skylab, returns to Earth.

1978 – Proceedings of the United States Senate are broadcast on radio for the first time.

1996 – The U.S. Congress passes the Communications Decency Act.