Almanac - Friday 2/26/21
Today is Friday, the 26th of February, 2021...
It’s the 57th day of the year
308 days remain until the end of the year
The sun rises at 6:44 am
and the sun sets at 6:02 pm.
We will have 11 hours and 18 minutes of daylight, today.
The solar transit will be at 12:23 pm.
The first low tide was at 3:42 am
The first high tide will be at 9:33 am
The next low tide at 4:24 pm.
and the final high tide Ocean Beach in San Francisco will be at 11:08 pm.
The Moon is 99% visible; a Waxing Gibbous
It will be called a Full Moon tomorrow Saturday February 27, 2021 at 12:17 am
Today is also…
On this day in Black History…
On February 26, 1869 – The Fifteenth Amendment guaranteeing the right for African-American men to vote sent to the states for ratification.
Feb 26, 1877 -- At a conference in the Wormley Hotel in Washington, representatives of Rutherford B. Hayes and representatives of the South negotiated agreement which paved the way for the election of Hayes as president and the withdrawal of federal troops from the South.
Feb. 26, 1926 - Carter G. Woodson started Negro History Week. This week would later become Black History Month.
Feb 26, 1964 -- On this day, the Kentucky boxer known to all as Cassius Clay, changed his name to Muhammad Ali as he accepted Islam and rejected Christianity. "I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and in peace...I'm not a Christian anymore."
1966 -- President Lyndon Johnson appoints Andrew Brimmer as the first African-American governor of the Federal Reserve Board.
Feb 26, 1985 -- On this day at the Grammy Awards ceremony, African-American musicians won awards in several categories. Lionel Richie's 'Can't Slow Down' won best album of 1984. Tina Turner's 'What's Love Got to Do With It' took the best record slot and earned her the title Best Female Pop Vocalist. The Pointer Sisters won best Pop Group for 'Jump.'
Feb 26, 2020 -- Ramona Hood becomes Federal Express' First African American Chief Executive Officer in the company’s history.
Black history birthdays include…
Feb 26, 1925 -- Robert Franklin Williams (born February 26, 1925, Monroe, North Carolina. Robert Franklin Williams was an American civil rights leader and author best known for serving as president of the Monroe, North Carolina chapter of the NAACP in the 1950s and into 1961. He succeeded in integrating the local public library and swimming pool in Monroe.
1971 -- Grammy Award winning singer Erykah Badu born Erica Abi Wright in South Dallas, Texas. She is considered one of the pioneers of the Neo-Soul genre of music. She has a number of critically acclaimed hits including "On & On", "You Got Me" (with the Roots), "Bag Lady" and "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" (With Common).
Badu has a son named Seven born in 1997 with ex-partner André 3000 of OutKast fame and a daughter Puma born in 2004 with West Coast rapper the D.O.C..
Also on this day in history…
…and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You get to share birthday cake with…
1861 – Nadezhda Krupskaya, Russian soldier and politician (d. 1939)
1877 – Rudolph Dirks, German-American illustrator (d. 1968)
1887 – William Frawley, American actor and vaudevillian (d. 1966)\
1918 – Theodore Sturgeon, American author and critic (d. 1985)
1920 – Tony Randall, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2004)
1931 – Robert Novak, American journalist and author (d. 2009)
1949 – Elizabeth George, American author and educator
1949 – Emma Kirkby, English soprano