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Almanac - Wednesday 2/6/19

bob marley smile, by flickr user julio zeppelin

Today is Wednesday, the 6th of February of 2019 is the 37th day of the year.  There are 328 days remaining until the end of the year.  42 days until spring begins...

...and 636 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 8 months and 28 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:09 am 

and sunset will be at 5:40 pm.

We will have 10 hours and 31 minutes of daylight.

Solar transit will be at 12:24 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:02 am

and the next high tide at 11:57 am.

The first low tide will be at 6:01 am 

and the next low tide at 6:29 pm.

The Moon is 2.4% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 69.77° ENE↑

Moon Altitude:-43.74°

Moon Distance: 252361 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 8:22 am

Today is…

Lame Duck Day

National Frozen Yogurt Day

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Pay-a-Compliment Day

Ronald Reagan Day

It’s also…

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Sami National Day in RussiaFinlandNorway and Sweden

Waitangi Day, celebrates the founding of New Zealand in 1840.

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

1756 – Aaron Burr, American colonel and politician, 3rd Vice President of the United States (d. 1836)

1894 – Eric Partridge, New Zealand-English lexicographer and academic (d. 1979)

1895 – Babe Ruth, American baseball player and coach (d. 1948)

1903 – Claudio Arrau, Chilean pianist and composer (d. 1991)

1911 – Ronald Reagan, American actor and politician, 40th President of the United States (d. 2004)

1912 – Eva Braun, German wife of Adolf Hitler (d. 1945)

1912 – Christopher Hill, English historian and author (d. 2003)

1917 – Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hungarian-American actress and socialite (d. 2016)

1931 – Rip Torn, American actor

1932 – Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban soldier and anarchist (d. 1959)

1932 – François Truffaut, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1939 – Mike Farrell, American actor, director, and producer

1940 – Tom Brokaw, American journalist and author

1942 – Sarah Brady, American activist and author (d. 2015)

1945 – Bob Marley, Jamaican singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1981)

1946 – Kate McGarrigle, Canadian musician and singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

1947 – Bill Staines, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1950 – Natalie Cole, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2015)

1955 – Michael Pollan, American journalist, author, and academic

1958 – Cecily Adams, American actress and casting director (d. 2004)

1962 – Axl Rose, American singer-songwriter and producer

…and on this day in history…

AD 60 – The earliest date for which the day of the week is known. A graffito in Pompeii identifies this day as a dies Solis (Sunday). In modern reckoning, this date would have been a Wednesday.

1788 – Massachusetts becomes the sixth state to ratify the United States Constitution.

1820 – The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society depart New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia.

1952 – Elizabeth II becomes Queen of the United Kingdom and her other Realms and Territories and Head of the Commonwealth upon the death of her father, George VI. At the exact moment of succession, she was in a tree house at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya.

1959 – Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit.

1959 – At Cape CanaveralFlorida, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile is accomplished.

1988 – Michael Jordan makes his signature slam dunk from the free throw line inspiring Air Jordan and the Jumpman logo.

2018 – SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, a super heavy launch vehicle, makes its maiden flight.

And on this day in Black History…

found on https://www.blackfacts.com/facts/2/6

Feb 6, 1867 The Peabody Fund for Black education in the South established.

On this day, Feb 6, 1870, Jonathan Jasper Wright was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Feb 6, 1898  Melvin B. Tolson, author, educator, poet, was born

Inez Maxine Pitter Haynes was born February 06, 1919.  As with her sisters, she had struggled in the University of Washington both because of the Great Depression and racial discrimination.  Undaunted, Inez switched majors in her junior year and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in sociology in 1941.  She left Seattle to attend the Lincoln School of Nursing in New York, where she received her nursing degree.  Years later in 1971, with two nursing degrees and extensive professional experience, Inez Maxine Pitter Haynes became an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Washington, the same school that denied her access to its nursing school.  In 1976 she left to teach at Seattle Pacific University, where she remained until she retired in 1981.  Inez Maxine Pitter Haynes died in 2004.  

Feb 6, 1933 Walter E. Fauntroy was born in Washington, D.C. He went on to become a District of Columbia delegate to the House of Representatives.

Feb 6, 1961  Jail-in movement started in Rock Hill, S.C., when students refused to pay fines and requested jail sentences. Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee urged south-wide "Jail, No Bail" campaign.  

Feb 6, 1972 Robert Lewis Douglas founder and coach of the Rens, is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Tennis player Arthur Ashe dies on this day, February 6, 1993. Ashe was the first African American to win at Wimbledon.

Ronald V. Dellums resigned from his seat in Congress on February 6, 1998.  His resignation prompted a special election which sent Barbara Lee to Congress from his district. 

Norma Merrick Sklarek, died on this day, February 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  As a Black female, Sklarek became a well-respected project director and educator within the white male dominated field of architecture.  Sklarek been called "The Rosa Parks of Architecture"