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Almanac ~ 1-19-16

Jan 19, 2016

 January 19 is the 19th day of the year There are 347 days remaining until the end of 2016.

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:22 AM and sunset will be at 5:19 PM. Today we will have 9 hours and 57 minutes of sunlight

In the high tide and low tide chart, we can see that the first low tide was at 12:38 AM and the next low tide will be at 2:11 PM. The first high tide will be at 7:15 AMand the next high tide at 9:07 PM.

The lunar phase is a Waxing Gibbous.  The Moon is 78% illuminated, a waxing gibbous moon

Next Full Moon: Jan 23, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Today is National Popcorn Day

Birthday of Edgar Allan Poe (commemorated by the Poe Toaster at his grave in Baltimore)

Feast of Sultán (Sovereignty), first day of the 17th month of the Bahá'í calendar (Bahá'í Faith)

Kokborok Day (Tripura, India)

Theophany / Epiphany (Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy), and its related observances:

Timkat, or 20 during Leap Year (Ethiopian Orthodox)

Vodici or Baptism of Jesus (Republic of Macedonia)

If today is your birthday, you get to share birthday cake with:

53 Tai Chen 1/19/1724 - 7/1/1777Chinese philosopher

James Watt 1/19/1736 - 8/25/1819  Scottish steam engine inventor

1807, Robert E. Lee, Confederate general during the American Civil War 

1839 – Paul Cézanne, French  Post-Impressionist  painter (d. 1906)

1917 – John Raitt, American actor and singer (d. 2005)

1920 – Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Peruvian politician and diplomat, 135th Prime Minister of Peru

1921 – Patricia Highsmith, American novelist and screenwriter (d. 1995)

1923 – Jean Stapleton, American actress and singer (d. 2013)

1930 – Tippi Hedren, American model and actress

1931 – Robert MacNeil, Canadian-American journalist and author

1943 – Janis Joplin, American singer-songwriter (Big Brother and the Holding Company) (d. 1970)

1946 – Dolly Parton, American singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist

1947 – Paula Deen, American chef and author

1953 – Desi Arnaz, Jr., American actor and singer 

1958 – Thomas Kinkade, American painter (d. 2012)

On this day in History….

1853 – Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il trovatore receives its premiere performance in Rome.

1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.

1955 A presidential news conference was filmed for TV for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

On Jan. 19, 1937, millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.

1969 – Student Jan Palach dies after setting himself on fire three days earlier in Prague's Wenceslas Square to protest about the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968. His funeral turns into another major protest.

1977 – President Gerald Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (a.k.a. "Tokyo Rose").

1977 – Snow falls in Miami. This is the only time in the history of the city that snow has fallen. It also fell in The Bahamas.

1978 – The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW's plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America continues until 2003.

1981 – Iran hostage crisis: United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity.

1983 – The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced. 1986 – The first IBM PC computer virus is released into the wild. A boot sector virus dubbed (c)Brain, it was created by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, reportedly to deter piracy of the software they had written.