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Almanac - Wednesday 2/28/18

Still Life, taken by flickr user Street Photography. Photo Blog: pictually.me/streetsofhamburg/index Instagram: @streetsofhamburg

February 28 is the 59th day of the year.

There are 306 days remaining until the end of the year.  

20 days until spring begins...

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

(8 months and 9 days from today)

979 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 8 months and 6 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:41 am 

and sunset will be at 6:04 pm.

Today we will have 11 hours and 23 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:22 pm.

the first low tide was at 3:34 am

and the next low tide will be at 4:19 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:45 am 

and the next high tide at 11:17 pm.

Moon: 97.1%

Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction:↑ 280.86° W

Moon Altitude:10.24°

Moon Distance:226508 mi

Next Moonset:Today at 5:55 am

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

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

New Moon 17th of March of 2018 at 5:12 am in 17 days

First Quarter Moon 24th of March of 2018 at 7:35 am in 24 days

Today is…

National Chocolate Soufflé Day

National Public Sleeping Day

National Science Day

National Tooth Fairy Day

Rare Disease Day

Car Keys and Small Change Day

Floral Design Day

Inconvenience Yourself Day

International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day

It’s also…

Día de Andalucía (AndalusiaSpain)

Kalevala Day, the day of Finnish culture. (Finland)

National Science Day (India)

Peace Memorial Day (Taiwan)

Teachers' Day (Arab states)

On this day in African-American history…

1708:     Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island (N.Y.).

1932:     Richard Spikes invented/patented automatic gear shift.

1940:     Native Son by Richard Wright was published.

1984:     Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis becomes the first person to win, or even be nominated for, best Grammy Awards for best jazz album and best classical album.

1708:     Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island (N.Y.). Seven whites killed. Two Black male slaves and an Indian slave were hanged, and a Black woman was burned alive.

1778:     Rhode Island General Assembly in precedent-breaking act authorized the enlistment of slaves.

1859:     Arkansas legislature required free Blacks to choose between exile and enslavement.

1871:     Second Enforcement Act gave federal officers and courts control of registration and voting in congressional elections.

1879:     Southern Blacks fled political and economic exploitation in "Exodus of 1879." Exodus continued for several years. One of the major leaders of the Exodus movement was a former slave, Benjamin ("Pap") Singleton.

1900:     Social activist Junius "Red" Gaten was born on this date in Smithdale, Mississippi.

1922:     Graphic arts teacher and church historian Carter Bowman was born on this date in Washington, District of Columbia.

1932:     Civil rights lawyer Howard Moore, Jr. was born on this date in Atlanta, Georgia.

1932:     Richard Spikes invented/patented automatic gear shift.

1935:     Sculptor and art professor Ausbra Ford was born on this date in Chicago, Illinois.

1939:     Tenor saxophonist and gifted baritone player, pianist, bass clarinetist and viola player, Charles Gayle, was born in Buffalo, NY

1940:     Actress Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to win an Academy Award. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind on this day. (1940 was a leap year and the Academy Awards were held on February 29th)

1940:     Native Son by Richard Wright was published.

1942:     Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit.

1943: "Porgy and Bess" opened on Broadway with Anne Brown and Todd Duncan in the starring roles.

1943:     Corporate chief executive James Kaiser was born on this date in St. Louis, Missouri.

1948:     Sgt. Cornelius F. Adjetey becomes the first martyr for national independence of Ghana.


1959:     Talent management chief executive Dina Ruth Andrews was born on this date in Los Angeles, California.

1959:     NFL trade: The Chicago Cardinals traded Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players. When he retired in 1966, his career all-purpose yards were second only to Jim Brown. Matson was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972.

1961: Actress Rae Dawn Chong was born.

1967: NBA great Wilt Chamberlain sinks NBA record 35th consecutive field goal on this day.

1968:     Juanita Long Hall (1901-1968), a 20th Century actor and singer, was born in Keyport, New Jersey on Nov. 6, 1901 to an African-American father, Abram Long, and an Irish American mother, Mary Richardson.  Raised by maternal grandparents, Long attended New York City, New York’s Juilliard School of Music. 

1984:     Musician and entertainer Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards. His album, "Thriller", broke all sales records to-date, and remains one of the top-grossing albums of all time.

1970:     Diouf, the son of a postman, was a member of the Serer people and a devout Muslim. He attended the well-known Lycée Faidherbe in Saint-Louis, then capital of Senegal, and the University of Dakar. In 1958 he went to Paris and studied law at the Sorbonne.

1971:     Actress Tasha Smith was born on this day in Camden, New Jersey.

1975:     Former NFL defensive end, Mike Rucker was born on this day in St. Joseph, MO

1976:     Rapper, singer and actor Ja Rule was born on February 29th in Queens, NY.

1976:     Natalie Cole took home Grammy Awards for 'Best New Artist' and 'Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female' for the song 'This Will Be' on this day at the 18th Annual Grammy Awards Show.

1977:     Death of comedian Eddie ("Rochester") Anderson

1981: NBA Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy (Houston), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws

1984:     Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis becomes the first person to win, or even be nominated for, best Grammy Awards for best jazz album and best classical album.

1984: Michael Jackson won an amazing eight awards at the 26th Grammy Awards show: Best R&B Vocal, Male for 'Billie Jean', Best R&B Song (Songwriter) for 'Billie Jean', Best Rock Vocal, Male for 'Beat It', Producer of the Year (Non-Classical), Best Pop Vocal, Male for 'Thriller, Best Video Album for 'Thriller, Best Recording for Children (Quincy Jones (Producer) & Michael Jackson for 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial', Record of the Year 'Beat It', Album of the Year for 'Thriller' on this day

1990: The Coasters lead singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Cornell Gunter was fatally shot in Las Vegas, NV.

1990:     Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Cornelius Gunter, lead singer of the Coasters, was shot to death in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gunter joined the group in 1957 and was around for such hits as "Poison Ivy" and "Charlie Brown."

1990:     Philip Emeagwali awarded the Gordon Bell Prize (computing’s Nobel Prize) for solving one of the twenty most difficult problems in the computing field.

1991:     Shelby" Steele"s controversial book, "The Content of Our Character", which deals with affirmative action and race relations, is awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award.

2003:     Roland Wentworth Bullen was born on Carriacou, one of the six islands that comprise the nation of Grenada. The product of a prominent family that owned several businesses, including the popular restaurant “Callaloo,” Bullen arrived in the United States in 1966.

2014:     Fashion and talent entrepreneur Ophelia DeVore passed away on this date at the age of 91.