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Almanac - Friday 2/15/19

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Enjoy a gumdrop. Afterall, it's National Gumdrop Day!

Today is Friday, February 15, 2019.  33 days until spring, and a mere 627 days until the next presidential election.    

  • Sunrise: 7:00am
  • Sunset: 5:49pm ...giving us 10 hours and 49 minutes of daylight.

69% of the waxing gibbous moon now visible, rising at 1:38pam.
Tides at the Golden Gate         

  • High: 7:10am/9:38pm                   
  • Low: 12:53am/2:15pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • National Day - Serbia
  • National Flag Day - Canada
  • National Lamb Day - New Zealand
  • Angelman Syndrome Day
  • Lupercalia
  • Remember The Maine Day
  • Susan B. Anthony Day
  • World Information Architecture Day
  • National Hippo Day
  • National Caregivers Day
  • National Gumdrop Day
  • No One Eats Alone Day

On this day in…

1758 - Mustard was advertised for the first time in America.

1764 - The city of St. Louis was established.

1799 - Printed ballots were authorized for use in elections in the state of Pennsylvania.

1842 - Adhesive postage stamps were used for the first time by the City Dispatch Post (Office) in New York City.

1879 - U.S. President Hayes signed a bill that allowed female attorneys to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

1898 - The USS Maine sank when it exploded in Havana Harbor for unknown reasons. More than 260 crew members were killed.

1900 - The British threaten to use natives in their war with the Boers.

1903 - Morris and Rose Michtom, Russian immigrants, introduced the first teddy bear in America.

1932 - George Burns and Gracie Allen debuted as regulars on "The Guy Lombardo Show" on CBS radio.

1933 - U.S. President-elect Franklin Roosevelt escaped an assination attempt in Miami. Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak was killed in the attack.

1942 - During World War II, Singapore surrendered to the Japanese.

1946 - Edith Houghton, at age 33, was signed as a baseball scout by the Philadelphia Phillies becoming the first female scout in the major leagues.

1953 - The first American to win the women’s world figure skating championship was 17-year-old Tenley Albright.

1965 - Canada displayed its new red and white maple leaf flag. The flag was to replace the old Red Ensign standard.

1982 - During a storm, the Ocean Ranger, a drilling rig, sank off the coast of Newfoundland. 84 men were killed.

1985 - The Center for Disease Control reported that more than half of all nine-year-olds in the U.S. showed no sign of tooth decay.

1989 - After nine years of intervention, the Soviet Union announced that the remainder of its troops had left Afghanistan.

1991 - The leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland signed the Visegard agreement, in which they pledged to cooperate in transforming thier countties to free-market economies.

1995 - The FBI arrested Kevin Mitnick and charged him with cracking security in some of the nation's most protected computers. He served five years in jail.

2002 - U.S. President George W. Bush approved Nevada's Yucca Mountain as a site for long-term disposal of radioactive nuclear waste

Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...

  • Galileo Galilei 1564 - Astronomer
  • John Sutter 1803
  • Cyrus McCormick 1809 - Inventor
  • Charles Tiffany 1812
  • Susan B. Anthony 1820 - American suffragist
  • John Barrymore 1882 - Birth certificate shows February 14th, family bible shows February 15th
  • Harold Arlen 1905
  • Cesar Romero 1907
  • Kevin McCarthy 1914
  • Harvey Korman 1927
  • Graham Hill 1929
  • Claire Bloom 1931
  • Bill Bradley (Will Jr.) 1938
  • Brian Holland 1941 - Songwriter
  • Mick Avory (The Kinks) 1944
  • John Helliwell (Supertramp) 1945
  • David Brown (Santana) 1947
  • Marisa Berenson 1948
  • Jane Seymour 1951 - Actress man")
  • Melissa Manchester 1951 - Singer
  • Matt Groening 1954 - Cartoonist ("The Simpsons")
  • Ali Campbell 1959 - Musician (UB40)
  • Mikey Craig 1960 - Musician (Culture Club)
  • Chris Farley 1964
  • Michael Easton 1967
  • Renee O'Connor 1971
  • Brandon Boyd 1976 - Musician (Incubus), author