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Almanac - Tuesday 2/13/18

Today is World Radio Day! A multi-band reciever from our collection in the hallway...

Today is Tuesday, 13th of February of 2018, the 44th day of the year.

There are 321 days remaining until the end of the year

35 days until spring begins...

266 days until mid-term elections Tuesday November 06 2018

(8 months and 24 days from today)

994 days until  Presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 8 months and 21 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:01 am 

and the sun sets at 5:48 pm.

We will have 10 hours and 47 minutes of daylight today.

Solar noon will be at 12:24 pm.

The first low tide was at 3:40 am 

and the next low tide at 4:23 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:34 am 

and the next high tide at 11:25 pm.

The Moon is currently 5.1% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction:↑ 107.54° ESE

Moon Altitude:-9.23°

Moon Distance:251015 mi

Next Moonrise: Today at 5:41 am

New Moon in 2 days on Thursday the 15th of February of 2018 at 1:05 pm

plus there will be a Partial Solar Eclipse

First Quarter Moon in 10 days on Friday the 23th of February of 2018 at 12:09 am

Full Moon in 16 days on Thursday the 1st of March of 2018 at 4:51 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 23 days on Friday the 9th of March of 2018 at 3:20 am

Today is…

Dream Your Sweet Day

Employee Legal Awareness Day

Extraterrestrial Culture Day

Get a Different Name Day

International Natural Day

International Pancake Day

Kiss Day

Madly in Love With Me Day

Mardi Gras

National Crab Rangoon Day

National Tortellini Day

Palentine's Day

Pączki Day

It’s also…

Children's Day in Myanmar

World Radio Day

On this day in African-American history…

(from blackamericaweb.com)

1923: The first Black pro Basketball team "The Renaissance" was organized on this day

1940: "Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues" was recorded by Earl "Fatha" Hines and his orchestra on this day. The song eventually becomes a classic and is still popular among big band fans today. He is recognized as one of jazz's greatest pianists.

1945: Singer and songwriter King Floyd was born on this day in New Orleans, LA. His song 'Groove Me' topped the charts and sold over one million copies. He received a gold disc awarded by the R.I.A.A. in December of 1970. He passed away in 2006

1960: 'Shop Around' by the Miracles was the #1 R&B song this day.

1965: Junior Walker & the All-Stars charted with 'Shotgun' which would eventually reach #1. While playing a benefit, Junior notices some teenagers doing a new dance called 'the shotgun' and that night his his motel room wrote the song to match the dance.

1970: Joseph L. Searles III became the first African American floor member and broker to the New York Stock Exchange on this day

1974: James "Cool Papa" Bell inducted into the baseball's Hall of Fame on this day. By all accounts, he was the fastest human being to ever live. His quickness is legendary and he's considered one of the best defensive center fielders of all time. He passed away in 1991.

1978: "Al Green Day" was declared in Los Angeles on this day as he performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Most artist given a day in their honor is usually bestowed on them by their hometown. Al was born in Forest City, AR, apparently, Los Angeles decided to adopt him.

1980: 'Rock With You' by Michael Jackson topped the charts on this day.

1983: Marvin Gaye sang the National Anthem on this day at the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles

1984: Donna Summer's remake of the Drifters' 1960 hit 'There Goes My Baby' charted on both the R&B and Pop charts on this day..

1988 - The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, purchased a Santa Ynez CA ranch on this day. He later named it Neverland (and it housed an amusement park, a full size movie theater, and a zoo).

1997: Michael Jackson's first son was born, Prince Michael Jackson.


1999: 'Angel of Mine' by Monica was the Number 1 song on this day.

2005: The 47th Grammy Awards were dedicated in the memory of Ray Charles. He posthumously won five Grammy Awards while his album, Genius Loves Company, won a total of eight.

2010: The 2000 National Book Award-winning poet and 1988 Pulitzer finalist, Lucille Clifton, and former poet laureate of Maryland passed away on this day in Maryland at age 73. (Photo: AP)

also in history…

951 – Guo Wei, a court official, leads a military coup and declares himself emperor of the new Later Zhou.

1880 – Thomas Edison observes the Edison effect.

1914 – Copyright: In New York City the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is established to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.

1920 – The Negro National League is formed.

1960 – Black college students stage the first of the Nashville sit-ins at three lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee.

1961 – An allegedly 500,000-year-old rock is discovered near Olancha, California, US, that appears to anachronistically encase a spark plug.

2004 – The Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announces the discovery of the universe's largest known diamondwhite dwarf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star "Lucy" after The Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".

2008 – Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations.

2011 – For the first time in more than 100 years the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe, are able to hunt and harvest a bison just outside Yellowstone National Park, restoring a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855.

2017 – Kim Jong-nam is assassinated at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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

1440 – Hartmann Schedel, German physician (d. 1514)

1849 – Lord Randolph Churchill, English lawyer and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (d. 1895)

1885 – Bess Truman, American wife of Harry S. Truman, 35th First Lady of the United States (d. 1982)

1888 – Georgios Papandreou, Greek lawyer, economist, and politician, 162nd Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1968)

1903 – Georges Simenon, Belgian-Swiss author (d. 1989)

1910 – William Shockley, English-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1989)

1915 – Aung San, Burmese general and politician, 5th Premier of British Crown Colony of Burma (d. 1947)

1919 – Tennessee Ernie Ford, American singer and actor (d. 1991)

1923 – Chuck Yeager, American general and pilot; first test pilot to break the sound barrier

1929 – Omar Torrijos, Panamanian commander and politician, Military Leader of Panama (d. 1981)

1933 – Kim Novak, American actress

1934 – George Segal, American actor

1938 – Oliver Reed, English actor (d. 1999)

1942 – Peter Tork, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and actor

1943 – Elaine Pagels, American theologian and academic

1944 – Jerry Springer, English-American television host, actor, and politician, 56th Mayor of Cincinnati

1945 – Simon Schama, English historian and author

1950 – Peter Gabriel, English singer-songwriter and musician

1961 – Henry Rollins, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor