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Almanac - Monday 2/3/20

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Carrot Cake!, by flickr user momo go

It's Carrot Cake Day...

Today is Monday, the 3rd of February of 2020...

It is the 34th day of the year.

332 days remain until the end of the year.

45 days until spring begins

29 days until primaries

Tuesday March 3, 2020

(29 days from today)

274 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(8 months and 31 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:12 am 

and sunset will be at 5:37 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 25 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:24 pm.

The first high tide will be at 6:01 am 

and the next high tide at 8:32 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 1:18 pm.

The Moon is 64.3% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: 318.44° NW↑

Moon Altitude:-24.53°

Moon Distance: 243964 mi

Next Full Moon: Saturday February 8, 2020 at 11:33 pm

Next New Moon: Sunday February 23, 2020 at 7:32 am

Next Moonrise: Today 12:30 pm

Today is…

American Painters Day

Doggy Date Night

Elmo's Birthday

Four Chaplains Memorial Day

International Golden Retriever Day

National Carrot Cake Day

National Cordova Ice Worm Day

National Football Hangover Day

National Missing Persons Day

National Patient Recognition Day

National Wedding Ring Day

National Women Physicians Day

Take a Cruise Day

The Day the Music Died

Today is also…

Day of the Virgin of Suyapa in Honduras

Four Chaplains Day, a Feast Day in the Episcopal Church

Communist Party Foundation Anniversary in Vietnam

Heroes' Day in Mozambique

Martyrs' Day in São Tomé and Príncipe

Setsubun in Japan

Veterans' Day in Thailand

Battle of San Lorenzo Day in Argentina

On this day in African-American history…

1965 – Geraldine McCullough wins Widener Gold Medal for Sculpture

1870 – The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to male citizens regardless of race.

On this day in history…

1834 – Wake Forest University is established (as Wake Forest Institute) in North Carolina, United States.[3]

1913 – The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax.

1918 – The Twin Peaks Tunnel in San FranciscoCalifornia begins service as the longest streetcar tunnel in the world at 11,920 feet (3,633 meters) long.

1959 – Rock and roll musicians Buddy HollyRitchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

1960 – British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan speaks of "a wind of change", signalling that his Government was likely to support decolonisation.

1984 – John Buster and the research team at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center announce history's first embryo transfer, from one woman to another resulting in a live birth.

1995 – Astronaut Eileen Collins becomes the first woman to pilot the Space Shuttle as mission STS-63 gets underway from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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

1736 – Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austrian composer and theorist (d. 1809)

1809 – Felix Mendelssohn, German pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1847)

1811 – Horace Greeley, American journalist and politician (d. 1872)

1874 – Gertrude Stein, American novelist, poet, playwright, (d. 1946)

1894 – Norman Rockwell, American painter and illustrator (d. 1978)

1904 – Pretty Boy Floyd, American gangster (d. 1934)

1907 – James A. Michener, American author and philanthropist (d. 1997)

1909 – Simone Weil, French mystic and philosopher (d. 1943)

1918 – Joey Bishop, American actor and producer (d. 2007)

1925 – Shelley Berman, American actor and comedian (d. 2017)

1935 – Johnny "Guitar" Watson, American blues, soul, and funk singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1996)

1938 – Victor Buono, American actor (d. 1982

1943 – Shawn Phillips, American-South African singer-songwriter and guitarist

1949 – Jim Thorpe, American golfer

1950 – Morgan Fairchild, American actress

1969 – Beau Biden, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 44th Attorney General of Delaware (d. 2015)