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Almanac - Thursday 2/15/18

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Today Thursday, 15th of February of 2018 is the 46th day of the year.

There are 319 days remaining until the end of the year 

33 days until spring begins...

992 days until Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 8 months and 20 days from today)

264 days until Tuesday November 6, 2018

(8 months and 23 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:58 am 

and sunset will be at 5:50 pm.

We will have 10 hours and 52 minutes of daylight, today.

Solar noon will be at 12:24 pm.

The first low tide will be at 4:51 am

and the next low tide at 5:24 pm.

The only high tide of the day will be at 10:51 am.

Moon: 0.1%

Near New Moon (Waning Crescent)

Moon Direction:  93.42° E

Moon Altitude: -20.53°

Moon Distance: 248206 mi

Next Moonrise: Today 6:59 am

New Moon today at 1:05 pm

also a Partial Solar Eclipse

Today is…

National Gumdrop Day

National Hippo Day

National I Want Butterscotch Day

Remember the Maine Day

Singles Awareness Day

St. Skeletor's Day

Susan B. Anthony Day

It’s also…

Candlemas in the Eastern Orthodox Church

International Duties Memorial Day in Russia

John Frum Day in Vanuatu

Liberation Day in Afghanistan

Lupercalia in Ancient Rome

National Flag of Canada Day

Parinirvana Day, also celebrated on February 8. in Mahayana Buddhism

Statehood Day in Serbia

Susan B. Anthony Day (Florida, United States)

The ENIAC Day in Philadelphia

Total Defence Day in Singapore

on this day in African-American History…

1941: 'Take the A Train' was recorded by Duke Ellington & his orchestra.

1961: The Marcels recorded 'Blue Moon' on this day. The record reached number one on the Billboard Pop chart for three weeks and number one on the R&B chart. It also peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart. The Marcels' version of "Blue Moon" sold a million copies, and was awarded a gold disc

1964; 'Hello Dolly' by Louis Armstrong reached number one on this day. Louis Armstrong's version was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.

1965: Singer, pianist and bandleader Nat King Cole passed away on this day. He was the first African American to host a network television show in 1956.

1969: Vickie Jones was arrested on this day on fraud charges after impersonating Aretha Franklin at a concert in Florida. Apparently, her performance was impressive, no one in the audience asked for their money back.

1974: Omarosa was born on this day in Youngstown, OH.

1978: Leon Spinks beat Ali on this day to capture the world heavyweight crown on this day.

1979: Donna Summer won the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female category for 'Last Dance' at the twenty-first Grammy Awards on this day.

1980: Rapper, Singer and the first woman signed to G-Unit Records, Olivia, was born on this day in New York, NY.

1993: On this day, Little Richard was told he was being given a Lifetime Achievement Grammy but would have to accept it at a dinner the night before the event. His response: 'This is the crowning achievement of my career and they want to give it to me secretly. It's like I'm in the kitchen doing all the cooking and the waiters get all the credit. I cried....I've been waiting so long.' (Photo: AP)

2009 - County circuit court judge The Honorable Earl Strayhorn passed away on this date at the age of 90.

2011 - Transportation entrepreneur Delories Ricks-Wallace passed away on this date at the age of 77.

1952 - Dancer Bill T. Jones was born on this date in Bunnell, Florida.

1914 - Physics professor and physicist Julius Taylor was born on this date in Cape May, New Jersey.

Claudia Jones born in Belmont, Trinidad and Tobago. She was a feminist, Black Nationalist, political activist, community leader, journalist, and communist in the U.S.. She is also remembered in the UK as 'the mother of Notting Hill Carnival'. 
Jones is also the founder the West Indian Gazette, the first black newspaper in Britain in 1958.

On this day in 1968 Henry Lewis became the conductor and musical director of the New Jersey Symphony becoming the first African-American to lead a major symphony orchestra.

590 – Khosrau II is crowned king of Persia.

1764 – The city of St. Louis is established in Spanish Louisiana (now in Missouri, USA).

1870 – Stevens Institute of Technology is founded in New Jersey, USA and offers the first Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering

1879 – President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.

1898 – The battleship USS Maine explodes and sinks in Havana harbor in Cuba, killing 274. This event leads the United States to declare war on Spain.

1946 – ENIAC, the first electronic general-purpose computer, is formally dedicated at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

1965 – A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner.

1971 – The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day.

1972 – Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time

1989 – Soviet–Afghan War: The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan.

2001 – The first draft of the complete human genome is published in Nature.

2003 – Protests against the Iraq war take place in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between eight million to 30 million people participate, making this the largest peace demonstration in history.

2013 – A meteor explodes over Russia, injuring 1,500 people as a shock wave blows out windows and rocks buildings. This happens unexpectedly only hours before the expected closest ever approach of the larger and unrelated asteroid 2012 DA14.

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

1377 – Ladislaus of Naples (d. 1414)

1564 – Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer, physicist, and mathematician (d. 1642)

1571 – Michael Praetorius, German organist and composer (d. 1621)

1820 – Susan B. Anthony, American suffragist and activist (d. 1906)

1883 – Sax Rohmer, English-American author (d. 1959)

1907 – Cesar Romero, American actor (d. 1994)

1909 – Miep Gies, Austrian-Dutch humanitarian, helped hide Anne Frank and her family (d. 2010)

1923 – Yelena Bonner, Jewish Soviet-Russian activist (d. 2011)

1927 – Harvey Korman, American actor and comedian (d. 2008)

1929 – Graham Hill, English race car driver and businessman (d. 1975)

1929 – James R. Schlesinger, American economist and politician, 12th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 2014)

1931 – Claire Bloom, English actress

1931 – Jonathan Steele, English journalist and author

1935 – Susan Brownmiller, American journalist and author

1941 – Brian Holland, American songwriter and producer

1945 – Douglas Hofstadter, American author and academic

1948 – Art Spiegelman, Swedish-American cartoonist and critic

1954 – Matt Groening, American animator, producer, and screenwriter

1964 – Chris Farley, American comedian and actor (d. 1997)

33 days until spring begins

 

992 days until Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 8 months and 20 days from today)

 

264 days until Tuesday November 6, 2018

(8 months and 23 days from today)