Almanac - Wednesday 2/20/19
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2019. There are 314 days left in the year.
28 days until spring begins. 622 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...
(1 year 8 months and 14 days from today)
The sun rises at 6:53 am
and sunset will be at 5:56 pm.
We will have 11 hours and 3 minutes of daylight.
Solar noon will be at 12:24 pm.
The first high tide was at 12:17 am and
the next high tide at 11:39 am.
The first low tide was at 5:25 am
and the final low tide at 6:03 pm.
The Moon is 98.7% visible; a Waning Gibbous
Moon Direction:258.38° WSW↑
Moon Distance:222539 mi
Next New Moon:Mar 6, 20198:03 am
Next Full Moon:Mar 20, 20196:42 pm
Next Moonset:Today7:50 am
Today is also…
On this day in Black History…
Samuel “Sambo” Anderson died on this day in 1845. He was one of the enslaved people on George Washington’s Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon. The early history of Anderson is unclear but what is known is Anderson was from what is now the west African nation of Guinea. Anderson claimed to have been part of a royal family.
1895: Abolitionist Frederick Douglass died. Besides his big engagement in the civil rights movement, Douglass was an orator, journalist, writer and political figure. He was the first African-American to hold a high government rank in the United States.
1929: Wallace Henry Thurman’s play, "Harlem" debuted on Broadway. Thurman was known as a true writer who rose to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance; he was an editor, wrote essays and novels, and was a publisher of newspapers and literary journals.
IN 1968, State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstrations at Alcorn A & M
1991: Eight African-Americans won Grammys at the 33rd Grammy Awards. Pictured below, R&B singer Natalie Cole won three Grammys in 1991, including Record Of The Year for "Unforgettable."
On Feb. 20, 1992, John Singleton made history as the first African-American to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Director for his film Boyz in the Hood. At the age of 24, he was also the youngest to receive the honor.
Black History Month Birthdays today include:
1927 – Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban singer and musician (d. 2005)
1927 – Sidney Poitier, Bahamian-American actor, director, and diplomat
Jazz singer, actress, Nancy Wilson born on this day in 1936 in Chillicothe, Ohio.
1963: NBA legend Charles Barkley was born.
1984 – Trevor Noah, South African comedian, actor, and television host
1988 – Rihanna, Barbadian-American singer-songwriter and actress
Also on this date:
In 1792, President George Washington signed an act creating the United States Post Office Department.
In 1862, William Wallace Lincoln, the 11-year-old son of President Abraham Lincoln and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, died at the White House, apparently of typhoid fever.
In 1905, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, upheld, 7-2, compulsory vaccination laws intended to protect the public's health.
In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an immigration act which excluded "idiots, imbeciles, feebleminded persons, epileptics, insane persons" from being admitted to the United States.
In 1938, Anthony Eden resigned as British foreign secretary following Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's decision to negotiate with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
1943 – The Saturday Evening Post publishes the first of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms in support of United States President Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union address theme of Four Freedoms...
In 1950, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Rabinowitz, ruled 5-3 that authorities making a lawful arrest did not need a warrant to search and seize evidence in an area that was in the "immediate and complete control" of the suspect.
In 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard Project Mercury's Friendship 7 spacecraft, which circled the globe three times in a flight lasting 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds before splashing down safely in the Atlantic Ocean 800 miles southeast of Bermuda.
In 1971, the National Emergency Warning Center in Colorado erroneously ordered U.S. radio and TV stations off the air; some stations heeded the alert, which was not lifted for about 40 minutes.
One year ago in 2018:
Students who survived the Florida school shooting traveled to Tallahassee to urge state lawmakers to prevent another massacre, but procedural moves in the legislature effectively halted any effort to ban assault-style rifles like the one used in the attack.
If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You share this day with…
1936 – Larry Hovis, American actor and singer (d. 2003)
1941 – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian singer-songwriter and producer
1942 – Mitch McConnell, American lawyer, and politician
1946 – Sandy Duncan, American actress, singer, and dancer
1946 – J. Geils, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2017)
1949 – Ivana Trump, Czech-American socialite and model
1950 – Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
1954 – Patty Hearst, American actress and author
1967 – Kurt Cobain, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1994)
1970 – Singer-musician Chris Thile (THEE'-lee) is 38