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Almanac - Friday 2/7/20

Periodic Table Birthday Cake, by flickr user fritzmb

It's National Periodic Table Day!

Today is Friday, the 7th of February of 2020.

It is the 38th day of the year.

328 days remain until the end of the year.

25 days until primaries

Tuesday March 3, 2020

41 days until spring begins

270 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(8 months and 27 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:08 am 

and sunset will be at 5:41 pm.

We will have 10 hours and 33 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:24 pm.

The first low tide will be at 3:16 am 

and the next low tide at 4:17 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:21 am 

and the next high tide at 11:31 pm.

The Moon is 95.6% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction:287.00° WNW↑

Moon Altitude: 14.60°

Moon Distance: 229587 mi

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

The February Moon is called the Full Snow Moon.

The heaviest snows often fall in February.

This Moon has also been called the Hunger Moon.

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

Next Moonset: Today at 6:03 am

Today is…

"e" Day

Ballet Day

Bubble Gum Day

Give Kids a Smile Day

International Clash Day

National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

National Periodic Table Day

National Wear Red Day

Rose Day

Send a Card to a Friend Day

Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day

Today is also…

Independence Day in Grenada, celebrates the independence of Grenada from the United Kingdom in 1974.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in the United States

On this day in Black History…

Feb 7, 1925 – Oscar Adams Jr. (1925–1997) was born on February 7, 1925, in Birmingham, Alabama, Oscar William Adams, Jr. was the first African American Supreme Court Justice appointed in the state of Alabama.

When he later stood for election to a full term, the first African American elected to a statewide constitutional office. He also litigated many civil rights cases in his career as a lawyer and was part of the first African American law firm established in the state.

Feb. 7, 1926 – Carter G. Woodson Launches Negro History Week

Feb 7, 1883 – Eubie Blake, American pianist and composer (d. 1983)

Feb 7, 1872 – Alcorn A&M College opened

Feb 7, 1946 – A Filibuster in U.S. Senate killed FEPC bill

The Fair Employment Practice Committee was created in 1941 in the United States to implement Executive Order 8802 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, "banning discriminatory employment practices by Federal agencies and all unions and companies engaged in war-related work."

Feb 7, 1974 – Grenada achieves independence from Great Britain

Feb 7, 1945 – Irwin Molison is appointed judge of the US Customs Court.

Feb 7, 1907 – James Poindexter (1819-1907) clergyman, abolitionist, politician, and civil rights activist, was born in Richmond Virginia in 1819.  He died on this day in 1907.

Feb 7, 1961 – Congressman Allen West was born on February 7, 1961 in Atlanta.  In 2010, retired lieutenant colonel Allen West became the first black Republican to represent Florida in Congress since Rep. Josiah T. Walls, who served during Reconstruction.

Born on this day in 1965 – Chris Rock, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1991 – Haiti's first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is sworn in.

2013 – The U.S. state of Mississippi officially certifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was formally ratified by Mississippi in 1995.

Also on this day in history…

1497 – In Florence, Italy, supporters of Girolamo Savonarola burn cosmetics, art, and books, in a "Bonfire of the vanities".

1894 – The Cripple Creek miner's strike, led by the Western Federation of Miners, begins in Cripple Creek, Colorado, United States.

1898 – Dreyfus affairÉmile Zola is brought to trial for libel for publishing J'Accuse…!.

1940 – The second full-length animated Walt Disney film, Pinocchio, premieres.

1986 – Twenty-eight years of one-family rule end in Haiti, when President Jean-Claude Duvalier flees the Caribbean nation.

1990 – Dissolution of the Soviet Union: The Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly on power.

1992 – The Maastricht Treaty is signed, leading to the creation of the European Union.

1997 – NeXT merges with Apple Computer, starting the path to Mac OS X.

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

1804 – John Deere, American blacksmith and businessman, founded Deere & Company (d. 1886)

1812 – Charles Dickens, English novelist and critic (d. 1870)

1867 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (d. 1957)

1885 – Sinclair Lewis, American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1951)

1906 – Puyi, Chinese emperor (d. 1967)

1908 – Buster Crabbe, American swimmer and actor (d. 1983)

1920 – Oscar Brand, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and author (d. 2016)

1926 – Bill Hoest, American cartoonist (“The Lockhorns”)(d. 1988)

1932 – Gay Talese, American journalist and memoirist

1934 – King Curtis, American saxophonist and producer (d. 1971)

1962 – Garth Brooks, American singer-songwriter and guitarist