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Almanac - Monday 2/21/22

Molly (Elliott) VandeVoort
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Today is Monday, the 21st of February, 2022

February 21 is the 52nd day of the year

313 days remain until the end of the year

26 days until spring begins

The sun rises at 6:51:31 am

and the sun sets this afternoon at 5:56:20 pm.

Today we will have 11 hours and 4 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:23:55 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:38 am at 5.68 feet

The first low tide will be at 7:58 am at 1.03 feet

The next high tide will be at 2:03 pm at 4.38 feet

and the Final low tide at Ocean Beach will be at 7:41 pm at 1.59 feet

The Moon will be 75.8% visible

It’s a Waning Gibbous

We’ll have the Last Quarter Moon in 2 days on Wednesday the 23rd of February of 2022 at 2:32 pm

Today is…

Card Reading Day

International Mother Language Day

National Grain-Free Day

National Sticky Bun Day

Presidents' Day

Single Tasking Day

On this day in Black History…

On February 21: Feb. 21, 1895 - North Carolina Legislature, dominated by black Republicans and white Populists, adjourned for the day to mark the death of Frederick Douglass

1961 — Otis Boykin patents the electrical resistor. Boykin invented the electrical resistor, U.S. patent No. 2,972,726, the electrical device used in all guided missiles and IBM computers. Boykin’s noteworthy inventions include a wire precision resistor and a control unit for the pacemaker. He graduated from Fisk College in 1941 and took a job with the Majestic Radio and TV Corp. When he died in 1982 of heart failure, he had 26 patents in his name.

1965 — Malcolm X (1925-65) is assassinated in Audubon Ballroom. Born Malcolm Little, the minister and human rights activist was shot in New York just before delivering a speech to his newly founded Organization of Afro-American Unity. After becoming El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Malcolm X was known as a prolific orator and one of the most influential people in history. His life was chronicled in The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to by Alex Haley, and in the movie Malcolm X, directed by Spike Lee.

Feb 21, 1987

African Americans in Tampa, Florida rebelled after an African American man was killed by a white police officer while in custody.

Black History birthdays today include…

1936 — Happy birthday, Barbara Jordan. A lawyer and educator and one of the leaders of the civil rights movement, Jordan became the first African-American woman from the South elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She is known for her opening statement at the House Judiciary Committee hearings during the impeachment process against then-President Richard Nixon. She was also the first black woman to deliver a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. Jordan died in 1996 at age 59.

1933 — Happy birthday, Nina Simone. Born Eunice Waymon, Simone was a singer, songwriter and musician who became a civil rights activist. She owned a broad catalog of music, as her talents represent styles in jazz, classical, gospel, folk, and rhythm and blues. She was born in North Carolina and enrolled in Juilliard School of Music in New York. She recorded influential records such as “Mississippi Goddam,” “I Loves You, Porgy” and “I Put a Spell on You.” She died in 2003.

1940 — Happy birthday, John Lewis, a civil rights leader and political activist who was an early member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He has served as the U.S. representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District since 1987 and is the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation. While chairman of the SNCC, he was one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. He was a key contributor to the civil rights movement and still moves the needle for equality today. Lewis has received a number of awards, including the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

1979 – Jordan Peele, American actor, producer, and screenwriter

Also on this day in history….

1804 – The first self-propelling steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.

1828 – Initial issue of the Cherokee Phoenix is the first periodical to use the Cherokee syllabary invented by Sequoyah.

1842 – John Greenough is granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine.

1848Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.

1866Lucy Hobbs Taylor becomes the first American woman to graduate from dental school.

1874 – The Oakland Daily Tribune publishes its first edition.

1925The New Yorker publishes its first issue.

1947 – In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrates the first "instant camera", the Polaroid Land Camera, to a meeting of the Optical Society of America.

1948NASCAR is incorporated.

1952 – The Bengali Language Movement protests occur at the University of Dhaka in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

1958 – The CND symbol, aka peace symbol, commissioned by the Direct Action Committee in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom.

1971 – The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.

1972 – United States President Richard Nixon visits China to normalize Sino-American relations.

1975Watergate scandal: Former United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are sentenced to prison.

1995Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.

1821Charles Scribner I, American publisher, founded Charles Scribner's Sons (d. 1871)

1893 – Andrés Segovia, Spanish guitarist (d. 1987)

1903Anaïs Nin, French-American essayist and memoirist (d. 1977)

1907W. H. Auden, English-American poet, playwright, and composer (d. 1973)

1915 – Ann Sheridan, American actress and singer (d. 1967)

1924 – Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean educator and politician, 2nd President of Zimbabwe (d. 2019)

1925Sam Peckinpah, American director and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1927Erma Bombeck, American journalist and author (d. 1996)

1929Chespirito, Mexican actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1933Nina Simone, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2003)

1935Richard A. Lupoff, American author (d. 2020)

1936Barbara Jordan, American lawyer and politician (d. 1996)

1938Bobby Charles, American singer-songwriter (d. 2020)

1940 – John Lewis, American activist and politician (d. 2020)

1943David Geffen, American businessman, co-founded DreamWorks and Geffen Records

1946 – Alan Rickman, English actor and director (d. 2016)

1953Christine Ebersole, American actress and singer

1955Kelsey Grammer, American actor, singer, and producer

1958 – Mary Chapin Carpenter, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1961Christopher Atkins, American actor and businessman

1962Chuck Palahniuk, American novelist and journalist

1962 – David Foster Wallace, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 2008)

1977Jonathan Safran Foer, American novelist

1979 – Jennifer Love Hewitt, American actress and producer

1979 – Jordan Peele, American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1987Elliot Page, Canadian actor