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Almanac - Tuesday 2/5/19

Year of the Pig, by flickr user Ruth Hartnup

Today is Tuesday, the 5th of February of 2019. It is the 36th day of the year.  There are 329 days remaining until the end of the year.  43 days until spring begins...

...and 637 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 8 months and 30 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:10 am 

and sunset will be at 5:39 pm.

We will have 10 hours and 29 minutes of daylight. The

Solar noon will be at 12:24 pm.

The first high tide will be at 12:35 am 

and the next high tide at 11:21 am.

The first low tide will be at 5:26 am 

and the next low tide at 5:59 pm.

The Moon is 0.4%; now a Waxing Crescent

Today is the Lunar New Year. It is the year of the pig.

Moon Direction: 88.60° E↑

Moon Altitude: -29.06°

Moon Distance: 252616 mi

Next Full Moon: Tuesday February 19, 2019 at 7:53 am

Next New Moon: Wednesday March 6, 2019 at 8:03 am

Next Moonrise: Today at 7:50 am

Today is …

African American Coaches Day

Disaster Day

Move Hollywood and Broadway to Lebanon, Pennsylvania Day

National Chocolate Fondue Day

National Shower with a Friend Day

National Weatherperson's Day

Safer Internet Day

Western Monarch Day

World Nutella Day

Today is also…

Constitution Day in Mexico

Crown Princess Mary's birthday in Denmark

Kashmir Solidarity Day in Pakistan

Liberation Day in San Marino

Runeberg's Birthday in Finland

Unity Day in Burundi

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

1900 – Adlai Stevenson II, American soldier, politician, and diplomat, 5th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 1965)

1906 – John Carradine, American actor (d. 1988)

1908 – Peg Entwistle, Welsh-American actress (d. 1932)

1911 – Jussi Björling, Swedish tenor (d. 1960)

1914 – William S. Burroughs, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 1997)

1915 – Robert Hofstadter, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1990)

1919 – Red Buttons, American actor (d. 2006)

1919 – Andreas Papandreou, Greek economist and politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 1996)

1934 – Hank Aaron, American baseball player

1940 – H. R. Giger, Swiss painter, sculptor, and set designer (d. 2014)

1944 – Al Kooper, American singer-songwriter and producer

1948 – Christopher Guest, American actor and director

1976 – Abishek Bachchan, son of Amitabh Bachchan, Indian actor.

…and on this day in history…

AD 62 – Earthquake in Pompeii, Italy.

1849 – University of Wisconsin–Madison's first class meets at Madison Female Academy.

1852 – The New Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, opens to the public.

1885 – King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal possession.

1909 – Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announces the creation of Bakelite, the world's first synthetic plastic.

1917 – The Congress of the United States passes the Immigration Act of 1917 over President Woodrow Wilson's veto.

1919 – Charlie ChaplinMary PickfordDouglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith launch United Artists.

1924 – The Royal Greenwich Observatory begins broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal.

1958 – Gamal Abdel Nasser is nominated to be the first president of the United Arab Republic.

1962 – French President Charles de Gaulle calls for Algeria to be granted independence.

And  on this day in Black History…

found on blackfacts.com

Feb 5, 1866

Congressman Thaddeus Stevens offered an amendment to Freedmen"s Bureau bill authorizing the distribution of public land and confiscated land to freedmen and loyal refugees in forty acre lots. The measure was defeated in the House by a vote of 126 to 37. A Black delegation, led by Frederick  Douglas called on President Johnson and urged ballots for former slaves. Meeting ended in disagreement and controversy after Johnson reiterated his opposition to Black suffrage.

On February 5, 1884, Willis Johnson patented a device made up of a handle attached to a series of spring-like whisk wires used to help mix ingredients. Prior to his eggbeater, all mixing of ingredients was done by hand.and was quite labor-intensive and time-consuming.

 Feb 5 1900

U.S. Rep. Jefferson Long, elected from the state of Georgia, died in Washington D.C. Long was the only candidate interested in running for the 60-day term and he was duly elected.  

Feb 5 1950

Singer Natalie Cole, daughter of legedary singer Nat Cole, born in Los Angeles, California. Singing professionally at age 11, by 1976 Cole had won Grammys for New Artist of the Year and Best R&B Female Vocalist.

Feb 5 1910

He was born John Howard Morrow on February 5, 1910 in Hackensack, New Jersey to John and Mary Hayes Morrow.  John Morrow was a teacher, scholar, and diplomat who became America’s first leader at two key postings, the West African country of Guinea, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

Feb 5, 1934

Hank Aaron born Henry "Home Run King" Aaron, baseball superstar was born.

On February 5, 1952, along with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Herbie Hancock played the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.26 in D Major, K. 537 (Coronation), at the time he was only 11.

Feb 5, 1958

Clifton R. Wharton Sr. confirmed as minister to Rumania. Career diplomat was the first Black to head a U.S. embassy in Europe.   

Feb 5 1962

A Lawsuit is filed seeking to bar Englewood, N.J., from maintaining "racial segregated" elementary schools filed in U.S. District Court.

Feb 5 1990

Columbia University graduate and Harvard University law student Barack Obama became the first African American named president of the Harvard Law Review.

On February 5, 1992, Nicomedes Santa Cruz died at the age of 66.  Nicomedes Santa Cruz: A Black Public Intellectual in Twentieth-Century Peru