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Almanac - Friday 1/31/20

Hot Chocolate, by flickr user Amanda

It's Hot Chocolate Day!

Today is Friday, the 31st of January of 2020.

It is the 31st day of the year.

335 days remain until the end of the year

48 days until spring begins

32 days until primaries Tuesday March 3, 2020

(1 month and 3 days from today)

277 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(9 months and 3 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:14 am 

and the sun sets at 5:33 pm.

We will have 10 hours and 19 minutes of daylight, today.

The solar transit will be at 12:23 pm.

The first high tide will be at 3:50 am 

and the next high tide at 3:49 pm.

The first low tide will be at 10:07 am 

and the next low tide at 9:31 pm.

The Moon is 35.6% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 354.62° N↑

Moon Altitude:-47.94°

Moon Distance:250910 mi

Next Moonrise:Today at 10:58 am

First Quarter Moon tomorrow, Saturday, the 1st of February of 2020 at 5:42 pm

Full Moon in 8 days on Saturday, the 8th of February of 2020 at 11:33 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 15 days, also on a Saturday, the 15th of February of 2020 at 2:17 pm

New Moon in 22 days on Sunday the 23rd of February of 2020 at 7:32 am

Today is…

Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day

Backwards Day

Brandy Alexander Day

Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day

Eat Brussel Sprouts Day

Hell is Freezing Over Day

Hug an Economist Day

Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

National Big Wig Day

National Fun at Work Day

National Hot Chocolate Day

National Preschool Health and Fitness Day

Scotch Tape Day

as it was on this day in 1930 – 3M begins marketing Scotch Tape.

Today is also…

Amartithi in MeherabadIndia and for followers of Meher Baba

Independence Day in Nauru

celebrates independence from Australia in 1968.

and Street Children's Day Austria

On this day in history…

1865 Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (passes 121-24)

1985 South African President P. W. Botha offers to free Nelson Mandela if he denounces violence

1949 – These Are My Children, the first television daytime soap opera, is broadcast by the NBC station in Chicago.

1971 – The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begins in Detroit.

2012 – The Toyota Corolla is known as the best-selling car of all time. Selling over 37.5 million units.

2018 – Both a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse occur.

2020 – The United Kingdom's membership of the European Union will cease in accordance with Article 50 after 47 years of being a member state.

And if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You share this special day with…

1797 – Franz Schubert, Austrian pianist and composer (d. 1828)

1872 – Zane Grey, American author (d. 1939)

1892 – Eddie Cantor, American singer-songwriter, actor, and dancer (d. 1964)

1902 – Tallulah Bankhead, American actress (d. 1968)

1915 – Bobby Hackett, American trumpet player and cornet player (d. 1976)

1915 – Alan Lomax, American historian, author, and scholar (d. 2002)

1915 – Thomas Merton, American monk and author (d. 1968)

1915 – Garry Moore, American comedian and game show host (d. 1993)

1919 – Jackie Robinson, American baseball player and sportscaster (d. 1972)

1921 – Carol Channing, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2019)

1921 – Mario Lanza, American tenor and actor (d. 1959)

1923 – Norman Mailer, American journalist and author (d. 2007)

1925 – Benjamin Hooks, American minister, lawyer, and activist (d. 2010)

1927 – Norm Prescott, American animator, producer, and composer, co-founded Filmation Studios (d. 2005)

1935 – Kenzaburō Ōe, Japanese author and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

1937 – Philip Glass, American composer

1937 – Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (d. 2008)

1938 – Beatrix of the Netherlands

1938 – James G. Watt, American lawyer and politician, 43rd United States Secretary of the Interior

1941 – Dick Gephardt, American lawyer and politician

1949 – Ken Wilber, American sociologist, philosopher, and author

1956 – John Lydon, English singer-songwriter

1970 – Minnie Driver, English singer-songwriter and actress

1981 – Justin Timberlake, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor