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Tuesday March 8, 2016


March 8 is the 68th day of the year 2016

There are 298 days remaining until the end of the year.

The sun rose this morning at 6:29 am 

and sunset will be at 6:12 pm. 

Today we will have 11 hours and 43 minutes of sun. 

The solar transit will be at 12:20 pm 

The lunar phase is a Waning Crescent

It's a Near New Moon, only zero-point-four percent illuminated

The moon rose in the east (98º) at 6:15 am and will set in the west (265º) at 6:08 pm.

and the length of time the moon will be visible will be 11 hours and 53 minutes.

The first low tide was at 4:26 am 

and the next low tide will be at 4:55 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 10:46 am 

and the next high tide at 11:41 pm.

Today is….

International Women's Day or Mother's Day 

National Peanut Cluster Day

National Pancake Day

National Proofreading Day

Be Nasty Day

if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You share your special day with...

1293 – Beatrice of Castile (d. 1359)


1702 – Anne Bonny, Irish pirate (d. 1782)

1714 – Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German pianist and composer (d. 1788)

1783 – Hannah Van Buren, American wife of Martin Van Buren (d. 1819)

1839 – Josephine Cochrane, American inventor (d. 1913)

1841 – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., American colonel, lawyer, and jurist (d. 1935)

1892 – Juana de Ibarbourou, Uruguayan poet and author (d. 1979)

1896 – Charlotte Whitton, Canadian journalist and politician, 46th Mayor of Ottawa (d. 1975)

1897 – Margot Bryant, English actress (d. 1988)

1902 – Louise Beavers, American actress and singer (d. 1962)

1909 – Beatrice Shilling, English motorcycle racer and engineer (d. 1990)

1910 – Claire Trevor, American actress (d. 2000)

1911 – Alan Hovhaness, Armenian-American pianist and composer (d. 2000)

1921 – Alan Hale, Jr., American actor (d. 1990)

1927 – Irene Tinker, American economist and academic

1931 – John McPhee, American essayist and writing instructor

1931 – Neil Postman, American author and critic (d. 2003)

1933 – Evelyn Ay Sempier, American model, Miss America 1954 (d. 2008)

1936 – Sue Ane Langdon, American actress and singer

1936 – Gábor Szabó, Hungarian guitarist and composer (d. 1982)

1937 – Richard Fariña, American singer-songwriter and author (d. 1966)

1939 – Lynn Seymour, Canadian ballerina and choreographer

1939 – Lidiya Skoblikova, Russian speed skater and coach

1940 – Susan Clark, Canadian actress and producer

1942 – Ann Packer, English sprinter, hurdler, and long jumper

1943 – Lynn Redgrave, English-American actress and singer (d. 2010)

1944 – Pepe Romero, Spanish guitarist and composer (The Romeros)

1945 – Micky Dolenz, American singer-songwriter, drummer, and actor (The Monkees)

1945 – Sylvia Wiegand, American mathematician and professor

1947 – Carole Bayer Sager, American singer-songwriter and painter

1948 – Peggy March, American singer

1948 – Jonathan Sacks, English rabbi and scholar

1949 – Natalia Kuchinskaya, Russian gymnast and coach

1954 – Cheryl Baker, English singer (Bucks Fizz and Co-Co)

1954 – Bob Brozman, American guitarist (R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders) (d. 2013)

1956 – Laurie Cunningham, English footballer (d. 1989)

1957 – Cynthia Rothrock, American actress and martial artist

1958 – Gary Numan, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Tubeway Army)

1959 – Lester Holt, American journalist and actor

1959 – Aidan Quinn, Irish-American actor

1961 – Camryn Manheim, American actress

1964 – Kate Betts, American journalist and author

1965 – Fátima Lopes, Portuguese fashion designer

1968 – Ellen Forney, American author and illustrator

1968 – Joanna Read, English director and playwright

1970 – Andrea Parker, American actress and former ballet dancer

1970 – Meredith Scott Lynn, American actress, producer and director

1972 – Angie Hart, Australian singer (Frente! and Splendid)

1973 – Anneke van Giersbergen, Dutch singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Gathering and The Gentle Storm)

1975 – Peggy Zina, Greek singer and actress

1976 – Freddie Prinze, Jr., American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1980 – Charli Robinson, Australian actress and singer (Hi-5)

1981 – Glenda Gilson, Irish model and television host

1982 – Kat Von D, Mexican-American tattoo artist

1988 – Laura Unsworth, English field hockey player

1990 – Kristinia DeBarge, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress

1992 – Uki Satake, Japanese idol, singer, actress, and radio host (9nine)

1993 – Stephanie Davis, English actress

1997 – Jurina Matsui, Japanese singer and actress (AKB48 and SKE48)

on this day in history….

1618 – Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion.

1702 – Anne Stuart, sister of Mary II, becomes Queen regnant of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

1775 – An anonymous writer, thought by some to be Thomas Paine, publishes "African Slavery in America", the first article in the American colonies calling for the emancipation 
of slaves and the abolition of slavery.

1817 – The New York Stock Exchange is founded.

Today is International Women's Day.

The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York; it was organized by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

In August 1910, an International Women's Conference was organized in Copenhagen, Denmark.  German Socialist Luise Zietz proposed the establishment of an annual 'International Woman's Day' to promote equal rights, including suffrage, for women.

The following year, on March 19, 1911, IWD was marked for the first time, by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In the Austro-Hungarian Empire alone, there were 300 demonstrations.

Americans continued to celebrate National Women's Day on the last Sunday in February.

In 1913 Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Saturday in February (by Julian calendar then used in Russia).

In 1914 International Women's Day was held on March 8, possibly because that day was a Sunday, and now it is always held on March 8 in all countries.The 1914 observance of the Day in Germany was dedicated to women's right to vote, which German women did not win until 1918.

In London there was a march from Bow to Trafalgar Square in support of women's suffrage on 8 March 1914. Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested in front of Charing Cross station on her way to speak in Trafalgar Square.

In 1917 demonstrations marking International Women's Day in Saint Petersburg on the last Thursday in February (which fell on March 8 on the Gregorian calendar) initiated the February Revolution.

Following the October Revolution, the Bolshevik Alexandra Kollontai and Vladimir Lenin made it an official holiday in the Soviet Union, and it was established, but was a working day until 1965. 

After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 the state council proclaimed that March 8 would be made an official holiday with women in China given a half-day off.

Female members of the Australian Builders Labourers Federation march on International Women's Day 1975 in Sydney

In the West, International Women's Day was first observed as a popular event after 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace.


1910 – French aviatrix Raymonde de Laroche becomes the first woman to receive a pilot's license.

1936 – Daytona Beach and Road Course holds its first oval stock car race.

1949 – Mildred Gillars ("Axis Sally") is condemned to prison for treason.

1963 – The Ba'ath Party comes to power in Syria in a coup d'état by a clique of quasi-leftist Syrian Army officers calling themselves the National Council of the Revolutionary 

1965 – Thirty-five hundred United States Marines are the first American land combat forces committed during the Vietnam War.

1971 – The Fight of the Century between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali commences. Frazier wins in 15 rounds via unanimous decision.

1974 – Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in Paris, France.

1978 – The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.

1979 – Philips demonstrates the compact disc publicly for the first time.

1983 – While addressing a convention of Evangelicals, U.S. President Ronald Reagan labels the Soviet Union an "evil empire".