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Almanac - Thursday 2/7/19

Dinner: Leftover fettuccine alfredo with broccoli. By flickr user An Mai

Today is Thursday, the 7th of February of 2019. It is the 38th day of the year. There are 327 days remaining until the end of the year.  41 days until spring begins.  635 days until Presidential Elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 8 months and 27 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:08 am 

and sunset will be at 5:42 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 34 minutes of daylight.

Solar transit will be at 12:25 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:29 am

and the next high tide will be at 12:33 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:37 am 

and the next low tide at 6:58 pm.

The Moon is 6.3% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 56.75° ENE↑

Moon Altitude:-47.67°

Moon Distance: 251669 mi

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

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

Next Moonrise: Today at 8:52 am

Today is…

"e" Day

Ballet Day

Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

International Clash Day

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

National Periodic Table Day

Rose Day

Send a Card to a Friend Day

Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day

Today is also…
Independence Day in Grenada

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (United States)

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

1812 – Charles Dickens, English novelist and critic (d. 1870)

1825 – Karl Möbius, German zoologist and ecologist (d. 1908)

1867 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (d. 1957)

1885 – Sinclair Lewis, American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1951)

1887 – Eubie Blake, American pianist and composer (d. 1983)

1906 – Puyi, Chinese emperor (d. 1967)

1908 – Buster Crabbe, American swimmer and actor (d. 1983)

1920 – Oscar Brand, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and author (d. 2016)

1932 – Gay Talese, American journalist and memoirist

1934 – King Curtis, American saxophonist and producer (d. 1971)

1943 – Eric Foner, American historian, author, and academic

1962 – Garth Brooks, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1965 – Chris Rock, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1978 – Ashton Kutcher, American model, actor, producer, and entrepreneur

…and on this day in history….

1497 – In Florence, Italy, supporters of Girolamo Savonarola burn cosmetics, art, and books, in a "Bonfire of the vanities".

1795 – The 11th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.

1894 – The Cripple Creek miner's strike, led by the Western Federation of Miners, begins in Cripple Creek, Colorado.

1898 – Dreyfus affairÉmile Zola is brought to trial for libel for publishing J'Accuse…!.

1900 – A Chinese immigrant in San Francisco falls ill to bubonic plague in the first plague epidemic in the continental United States.[5]

1940 – The second full-length animated Walt Disney film, Pinocchio, premieres.

1979 – Pluto moves inside Neptune's orbit for the first time since either was discovered.

1986 – Twenty-eight years of one-family rule end in Haiti, when President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees the Caribbean nation.

1990 – Dissolution of the Soviet Union: The Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly on power.

1991 – Haiti's first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is sworn in.

1992 – The Maastricht Treaty is signed, leading to the creation of the European Union.

1997 – NeXT merges with Apple Computer, starting the path to Mac OS X.

2013 – The U.S. state of Mississippi officially certifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was formally ratified by Mississippi in 1995.

2014 – Scientists announce that the Happisburgh footprints in Norfolk, England, date back to more than 800,000 years ago, making them the oldest known hominid footprints outside Africa.

And on this day in Black History…

From BlackFacts.com…

James Poindexter clergyman, abolitionist, politician, and civil rights activist, was born in Richmond Virginia on this day in 1819. 

On February 7, 1872   Alcorn A&M College opened.

Oscar William Adams Jr. was born on February 7, 1925, in Birmingham, Alabama.  He was the first African American Supreme Court Justice appointed in Alabama and when he later stood for election to a full term, the first African American elected to a statewide constitutional office. He also litigated many civil rights cases in his career as a lawyer and was part of the first African American law firm established in the state.

On February 7, 1926, Carter G. Woodson creates Negro History Week.  In 1976 it became Black History Month.

On February 7, 1945, Irwin Molison appointed judge of the US Customs Court.

On February 7, 1946, a Filibuster in U.S. Senate killed FEPC bill.  The Fair Employment Practice Committee (FEPC) was created in 1941 in the United States to implement Executive Order 8802 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, "banning discriminatory employment practices by Federal agencies and all unions and companies engaged in war-related work."

Congressman Allen West was born on February 7, 1961 in Atlanta, Georgia.  In 2010, retired lieutenant colonel Allen West became the first black Republican to represent Florida in Congress since Rep. Josiah T. Walls, who served during Reconstruction.