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Almanac - Tuesday 2/19/19

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"By Order of the President" - see 1942 below.

Today is Tuesday, February 10, 2019.  29 days until spring, and a mere 623 days until the next presidential election.    

  • Sunrise: 6:55am
  • Sunset: 5:53pm ...giving us 10 hours and 58 minutes of daylight.

98% of the waxing moon now visible, rising at 6:16pm.

Tides at the Golden Gate         

  • High: 10:51
  • Low: 4:38am/5:23pm

Special celebrations and commemorations today...

  • National Democracy Day - Nepal
  • National Flag Day -Turkmenistan
  • Family Day - Canada (Saskatchewan only)
  • Best Friends Day
  • Chocolate Mint Day
  • National Lashes Day
  • Iwo Jima Day
  • Travel Africa Day

On this day in…

1807 - Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama. He was later tried and acquitted on charges of treason.

1846 - The formal transfer of government between Texas and the United States took place. Texas had officially become a state on December 29, 1845.

1856 - The tintype camera was patented by Professor Hamilton L. Smith.

1864 - The Knights of Pythias was founded in Washington, DC. A dozen members formed what became Lodge No. 1.

1878 - Thomas Alva Edison patented a music player (the phonograph).

1881 - Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.

1922 - Ed Wynn became the first big-name, vaudeville talent to sign on as a radio talent.

1942 - U.S. President Roosevelt signed an executive order giving the military the authority to relocate and intern Japanese-Americans.

1942 - The New York Yankees announced that they would admit 5,000 uniformed servicemen free to each of their home ball games during the coming season.

1942 - Approximately 150 Japanese warplanes attacked the Australian city of Darwin.

1945 - During World War II, about 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima.

1949 - Bollingen Foundation and Yale University awarded the first Bollingen Prize in poetry ($5,000) to Ezra Pound.

1953 - The State of Georgia approved the first literature censorship board in the U.S. Newspapers were excluded from the new legislation.

1959 - Cyprus was granted its independence with the signing of an agreement with Britain, Turkey and Greece.

1963 - The Soviet Union informed U.S. President Kennedy it would withdraw "several thousand" of its troops in Cuba.

1981 - The U.S. State Department call El Savador a "textbook case" of a Communist plot.

1981 - Ford Motor Company announced its loss of $1.5 billion.

1985 - Mickey Mouse was welcomed to China as part of the 30th anniversary of Disneyland. The touring mouse played 30 cities in 30 days.

1985 - William Schroeder became the first artificial-heart patient to leave the confines of the hospital.

1985 - Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company.

1986 - The U.S. Senate approved a treaty outlawing genocide. The pact had been submitted 37 years earlier for ratification.

1986 - The Soviet Union launched the Mir space station.

1987 - A controversial, anti-smoking publice service announcement aired for the first time on television. Yul Brynner filmed the ad shortly before dying of lung cancer. Brynner made it clear in the ad that he would have died from cigarette smoking before ad aired.

1997 - Deng Xiaoping of China died at the age of 92. He was the last of China's major revolutionaries.

2002 - NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft began using its thermal emission imaging system to map Mars.

2004 - Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was charged with fraud, insider trading and other crimes in connection with the energy trader's collapse. Skilling was later convicted and sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.

2005 - The USS Jimmy Carter was commissioned at Groton, CT. It was the last of the Seawolf class of attack submarines.

2008 - Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency. His brother Raul was later named as his successor.

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

  • Nicolaus Copernicus (Mikolaj Kopernick) 1473 - Polish astronomer, known for the Copernican theory: the sun is the center of our universe
  • David Garrick 1717 - Actor, playwright
  • Sven Hedin (Sven Anders Hedin) 1865 - Explorer, geographer
  • Sir Cedric Hardwicke 1893 - Actor ("The Hunchhback of Notre Dame", "The Ten Commandments")
  • Louis Calhern (Carl Henry Vogt) 1895 - Actor ("The Count of Monte Cristo", "Blackboard Jungle")
  • Nydia Westman 1902 - Actress ("Strange Justice", "The Velvet Touch")
  • John Bubbles (John William Sublett) 1902 - Actor ("Porgy and Bess"[1953 on Broadway], "Cabin in the Sky")
  • Susan Fleming 1909 - ("Range Feud")
  • Merle Oberon (Thompson) 1911 - Actress ("Wuthering Heights", "The Oscar")
  • Stan Kenton 1912
  • Eddie Arcaro 1916 - Jockey, won two Triple Crowns (1941, 1928)
  • Carson McCullers 1917 - Author ("The Member of the Wedding", "Reflections in a Golden Eye")
  • Lee Marvin 1924 - Actor ("The Caine Mutiny", "The Dirty Dozen", "Delta Force")
  • John Frankenheimer 1930 - Director
  • Bob Engemann 1936 - Singer (The Lettermen)
  • Smokey Robinson 1940 - Singer (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles)
  • Bobby Rogers 1940 - Singer (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles)
  • Lou Christie (Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco) 1943 - Singer
  • Michael Nader 1945
  • Bruce Fairbairn 1947 - Actor
  • Mark Andes (Spirit) 1948
  • Tony Iommi 1948 - Musician (Black Sabbath)
  • Amy Tan 1952 - Author
  • Francis Buchholz 1954 - Musician (Scorpions)
  • Eddie Brown 1952 - Football player
  • Jeff Daniels 1955 - Actor ("The Purple Rose of Cairo", "Terms of Endearment")
  • Ray Winstone 1957 - Actor
  • Dave Wakeling (English Beat, General Public, Bang!) 1956
  • Lorraine Crook 1957
  • Prince Andrew 1960 - British Duke of York
  • Hana Mandlikova 1962 - Tennis player
  • Seal 1963 - Singer (Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel)
  • Justine Bateman 1966 - Actress ("Family Ties")
  • Benicio Del Toro 1967 - Actor
  • Haylie Duff 1985 - Singer, actress ("7th Heaven")
  • Victoria Justice 1993 - Singer, actress ("Victorious")