Almanac - Tuesday 2/2/21
Today Tuesday, 2nd of February of 2021...
February 2 is the 33rd day of the year.
332 days remain until the end of the year.
the sun will rises at 7:13 am
and sunset will be at 5:35 pm.
Today we will have 10 hours and 22 minutes of daylight.
The solar transit will be at 12:24 pm.
The first high tide was at 3:12 am
The first low tide will be at 8:51 am
The next high tide will be at 2:53 pm.
and the final low tide at Aquatic Park in San Francisco will be at 8:49 pm.
Groundhog Day (six more weeks of winter weather)
Today is also…
Le Jour des Crêpes in France
On this day in Black History…
1862 - District of Columbia abolishes slavery.
Feb. 2, 1914 - Ernest Just, genetic biologist, wins the Spingarn Medal. He received this same medal on this day in 1915 for his pioneering in cell division and fertilization.
Feb. 2, 1948 - President Truman sent Congress a special message urging the adoption of a Civil Rights program, including the creation of a fair employment practices commission.
Feb 2, 1839
On February 2, 1955, New York Representative Adam Clayton Powell, then one of only three African Americans in the U.S. Congress, rose to argue that his colleagues should support two pending civil rights bills then before the House of Representatives.
In August 1955 at the age of 20, Raven Wilkinson became the first African American woman to receive a contract to dance full time with a major ballet company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo of New York City, New York. She was promoted to soloist during her second season with the troupe, and remained with the company for six years.
Anne Raven Wilkinson was born in New York City on February 2, 1935 to Anne James Wilkinson and Dr. Frost Bernie Wilkinson, a dentist. Her family, which also included younger brother Frost Bernie Wilkinson Jr., lived in a middle-class neighborhood in Harlem.
Wilkinson had been a fan of ballet since the age of five. On her ninth birthday an uncle gave her the gift of ballet lessons to the Swoboda School (later known as the Ballet Russe School), where she studied under the direction of well known dancers from Russias Bolshoi Theatre.
She later transferred to the Professional Childrens School in the Bronx where she continued her training, remaining there through her last two years of high school. Madame Ludmilla Shollar, formerly associated with the St. Petersburg Imperial Russian Ballet, also gave Wilkinson private classes in technique.
Seeking to become a professional dancer, Wilkinson first auditioned for a position with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1954. Twice she was rejected but Wilkinson persevered. On her third try, Sergei Denham, the companys director, informed her that she would be accepted into the Company. Performing with the Company also meant, as Wilkinson would soon discover, touring throughout the U.S. including the still racially segregated South.
Wilkinson had pale skin and in order to perform with the Company in the South, she was asked not to publicize her race. Additionally Wilkinson often had to wear white makeup onstage to conceal her racial identity. In 1957 an owner of a hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, asked Wilkinson if she was black. When she refused to lie, she was barred from staying at the hotel with the rest of the Company.
…and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!
You share this special day with…
1585 – Hamnet Shakespeare, William Shakespeare's only son (baptised; d. 1596)
1882 – James Joyce, Irish novelist, short story writer, and poet (d. 1941)
1923 – James Dickey, American poet and novelist (d. 1997)
1923 – Liz Smith, American journalist and author (d. 2017)
1924 – Sonny Stitt, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1982)
1931 – Judith Viorst, American journalist and author
1937 – Tom Smothers, American comedian, actor, and activist
1942 – Graham Nash, English-American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1947 – Farrah Fawcett, American actress and producer (d. 2009)
1952 – Ralph Merkle, American computer scientist and academic