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Almanac - Wednesday 2/27/19

Strawberries... : ) by flickr user forever_carrie_on

February 27 is the 58th day of the year. There are 307 days remaining until the end of the year.

21 days until spring begins

and 615 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 8 months and 7 days from today)

The sun rises today at 6:43 am 

and sunset will be at 6:03 pm.

We will have 11 hours and 20 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:23 pm.

The first high tide will be at 5:37 am

and the next high tide at 8:07 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 12:49 pm.

The Moon is 39.5% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: 145.45° SE↑

Moon Altitude: 23.29°

Moon Distance: 245595 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Wednesday March 20, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Next Moonset: Today 12:08 pm

Today is…

Inconvenience Yourself Day

International Polar Bear Day

National Kahlua Day

National Retro Day

National Strawberry Day

No-Brainer Day

Pokémon Day

Today is also…

The second day of Ayyám-i-Há (Bahá'í Faith) Doctors' Day (Vietnam)

Independence Day (Dominican Republic), celebrates the first independence of Dominican Republic from Haiti in 1844.

Majuba Day (some Afrikaners in South Africa)

Marathi Language Day (MaharashtraIndia)

World Non-Governmental-Organizations Day

On this day in African-American History…

– On this day in 1833, Maria W. Steward became the first black woman to give public lectures.    

1869: John Menard became the first black to make a speech in Congress.

1872: Charlotte E. Ray graduated from Howard University School of Law on this day and became the first female admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.

• February 27, 1883 William B. Purvis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania received patent number 273,149 for a self-inking hand stamp. It was specifically designed for postage stamp cancellation and dating the envelopes simultaneously. Over his lifetime, Purvis received ten additional patents. He is also believed to have invented, but did not patent, several other devices. Little else is known of Purvis’ life.

• February 27, 1890 Mabel Keaton Stauper, a leader in breaking down racial barriers in nursing, was born in Barbados, West Indies.

1897: Born this day, singer Marian Anderson and one of the best American contraltos of all time. She was the first African American to give a performance in the White House to President and Mrs Roosevelt in 1939.  In 1955, she became the first African American singer to perform as a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She passed away in April of 1993. (Photo: AP)

• February 27, 1907 Hilton Lee Smith, hall of fame Negro Baseball League pitcher, was born in Sour Lake, Texas.

• February 27, 1911 Ed Davis, hall of fame auto dealer and the first African American to win a franchise to sell new cars, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana

• February 27, 1923 Dexter Keith Gordon, hall of fame jazz tenor saxophonist and actor, was born in Los Angeles, California.

• February 27, 1924 Samella Sanders Lewis, artist, art historian, author and educator, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Singer and Civil Rights activist Oscar Cicero Brown Jr. was born on October 10, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois

• February 27, 1942 Charlayne Hunter-Gault, hall of fame journalist and foreign correspondent, was born in Due West, South Carolina

• February 27, 1961 James Ager Worthy, hall of fame basketball player, was born in Gastonia, North Carolina.

• February 27, 1964 Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, author, educator and scholar, died

• February 27, 1968 Franklin Joseph “Frankie” Lymon, hall of fame R&B singer and songwriter, died.

• February 27, 1970 Will Robinson became the first Black head coach in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I basketball when he was hired at Illinois State University.

Rozonda Ocelean Thomas, better  known as Chili, of the group TLC was born in 1971

Singer Bobby Valentino was born in 1979

1980: On this day, Michael Jackson was awarded the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male Grammy at the 22nd annual Grammy Awards for ‘Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough’ on this day.

– On this day in 1988, Debi Thomas became the first black woman to win a winter Olympic medal.

• February 27, 2003 Thomas Sowell was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush for prolific scholarship melding history, economics, and political science.

• February 27, 2006 The Washington, D. C. home of Carter G. Woodson was designated the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site.

• February 27, 2010 An eight foot bronze statue of Joe Louis was unveiled in La Fayette, Alabama