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Almanac - Monday 2/12/18

Plum Pudding taken by flickr user Calvin Walton

February 12 is the 43rd day of the year.

There are 322 days remaining until the end of the year

36 days until spring begins.

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

(8 months and 25 days from today)

995 days until presidential on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 8 months and 22 days from today)

The Moon is 10.0% visible; a Waning Crescent

The sun rises at 7:02 am 

and sunset will be at 5:47 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 45 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:24 pm.

In the high tide and low tide chart,

we can see that the first low tide was at 3:00 am

and the next low tide will be at 3:49 pm.

The first high tide will be at 8:54 am 

and the next high tide at 10:56 pm.

The Moon is 10.0% visible; a Waning Crescent

New Moon in 3 days on the 15th of February of 2018 at 1:05 pm

also a Partial Solar Eclipse

First Quarter Moon in 11 days the 23th of February of 2018 at 12:09 am

Full Moon in 17 days the 1st of March of 2018 at 4:51 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 24 days 9th of March of 2018 at 3:20 am

Moon Direction:  114.69° ESE

Moon Altitude:-1.02°

Moon Distance: 251822 mi

Next Moonrise: Today at 4:57 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…

Clean Out Your Computer Day

Hug Day

Lincoln's Birthday


National Freedom to Marry Day

National Lost Penny Day

National Plum Pudding Day

Oatmeal Monday

Oglethorpe Day

Paul Bunyan Day

Safety Pup Day

Shrove Monday

It’s also…

Darwin Day

Georgia Day (Georgia (U.S. state))

Red Hand Day (United Nations)

Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day in Canada

Union Day in Myanmar

Youth Day in Venezuela

on this day in African-American history…

1903: Todd Duncan, the first African American singer to perform in the New York City Opera was born on this day in Danville, KY. He passed away in 1998 at age 95.

1907: Roberta Martin was a gospel singer, composer, pianist, arranger, choral organizer and help launch the careers of many other gospel artists through her group "The Roberta Martin Singers." She was born on this day in Helena, AR. She passed away in 1969.

1909: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded. The purpose and the focus of the NAACP is "To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination."

1934: Bill Russell, former NBA player and one of the most successful and decorated athletes in North American sports history was born on this day in Monroe, LA

1935: Singer and songwriter, Gene McDaniels, was born on this day in Kansas City. He passed away in 2011 at age 76.

1946: WW II Army veteran Isaac Woodard was beaten and permanently blinded after a run-in with the South Carolina police. During his radio show, Orson Welles read an affidavit sent to him by the NAACP, signed by Woodard. Welles promised to root out the officer responsible, and made the case a major focus of his weekly show. The events and outcome of the Woodard case partially inspired Welles' 1958 film, Touch of Evil. Woody Guthrie later recalled "I sung 'The Blinding of Isaac Woodard' in the Lewisohn Stadium one night for more than 36,000 people, and I got the loudest applause I've ever got in my whole life."

1955: Actor, comedian and former talk show host Arsenio Hall was born on this day in Cleveland, OH.

1961: 'Shop Around' by the Miracles became Motown's first million selling single on this day.

1966: Stevie Wonder reached #1 for five weeks and #3 Pop charts with 'Uptight, Everything is Alright' on this day.

1968: Jimi Hendrix returned home to Seattle and was given an honorary high school diploma and a key to the city on this day.

1968: 'Soul on Ice' a memoir written by Eldridge Cleaver was published on this day

1972: Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together' went to number one on the US Singles Chart on this day.

1983: Eubie Blake passed away, aged 96. He was a composer, lyricist and pianist of ragtime, jazz, and popular music. In 1921, Blake and long-time collaborator Noble Sissle wrote the Broadway musical Shuffle Along, one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African Americans.

1997: Michael Jackson's wife Debbie gave birth to a son named Prince Michael Jackson on this day. The National Enquirer paid $2 million for photo rights of the baby.

2000: Jalacy Hawkins aka Screamin' Jay Hawkins passed away, aged 70. He was a musician, singer, and actor. Famed chiefly for his powerful, operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical performances of songs such as "I Put a Spell on You", Hawkins sometimes used macabre props onstage, making him an early pioneer of shock rock.

2010: More than 80 artists gathered to record the remake of "We Are The World". Janet Jackson laid down her version of Michael Jackson's part and the song was premiered at the opening of the Winter Olympics on this day.

also on this day in history…

881 – Pope John VIII crowns Charles the Fat, the King of ItalyHoly Roman Emperor

1818 – Bernardo O'Higgins formally approves the Chilean Declaration of Independence near Concepción, Chile.

1832 – Ecuador annexes the Galápagos Islands

1915 – In Washington, D.C., the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial is put into place.

1924 – George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue received its premiere in a concert titled "An Experiment in Modern Music", in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Paul Whiteman and his band, with Gershwin playing the piano.

1947 – The largest observed iron meteorite until that time creates an impact crater in Sikhote-Alin, in the Soviet Union.

1963 – Construction begins on the Gateway Arch in St. LouisMissouri

1983 – One hundred women protest in Lahore, Pakistan against military dictator Zia-ul-Haq's proposed Law of Evidence. The women were tear-gassed, baton-charged and thrown into lock-up. The women were successful in repealing the law.

1990 – Carmen Lawrence becomes the first female Premier in Australian history when she becomes Premier of Western Australia.

1994 – Four thieves break into the National Gallery of Norway and steal Edvard Munch's iconic painting The Scream.

1999 – United States President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial.

2004 – The city of San Francisco begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom.

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

AD 41 – Britannicus, Roman son of Claudius (d. 555)

1663 – Cotton Mather, English-American minister and author (d. 1728)

1809 – Charles Darwin, English geologist and theorist (d. 1882)

1809 – Abraham Lincoln, American lawyer and politician, 16th President of the United States (d. 1865)

1877 – Louis Renault, French engineer and businessman, co-founded Renault (d. 1944)

1880 – John L. Lewis, American miner and union leader (d. 1969)

1881 – Anna Pavlova, Russian-English ballerina and actress (d. 1931)

1893 – Omar Bradley, American general (d. 1981)

1916 – Joseph Alioto, American lawyer and politician, 36th Mayor of San Francisco (d. 1998)

1917 – Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player (d. 2009)

1919 – Forrest Tucker, American actor (d. 1986)

1926 – Joe Garagiola, Sr., American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 2016)

1933 – Costa-Gavras, Greek-French director and producer

1938 – Judy Blume, Jewish-American author and educator

1939 – Ray Manzarek, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer (d. 2013)

1942 – Ehud Barak, Israeli general and politician, 10th Prime Minister of Israel

1948 – Ray Kurzweil, American computer scientist and engineer

1956 – Arsenio Hall, American actor and talk show host

1968 – Josh Brolin, American actor

1980 – Christina Ricci, American actress and producer