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KALW Almanac Friday April 8

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April 8 is the 99th day of the year 

There are 267 days remaining until the end of the year.

Sunrise Today: 6:44 AM

Sunset Today: 7:40 PM

Daylight Hours: 12 hours, 55 minutes

the first high tide was at 12:38 am 

and the next high tide will be at 1:30 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 6:46 am 

and the next low tide at 6:53 pm.

Moonrise Today: 7:48 AM

Moonset Today: 9:27 PM

The moon is illuminated only 1.7 per cent, waxing crescent

today is...

National Zoo Lovers Day

National Empanada Day

National All Is Ours Day

Buddha's Birthday is celebrated in Japan today.  The holiday is also known as Hana Matsuri, the "Flower Festival"

International Romani Day

if today is your birthday, happy birthday to you!  you get to share birthday cake with…

1859 – Edmund Husserl, Austrian mathematician and philosopher (d. 1938)

1892 – Mary Pickford, Canadian-American actress, producer, and screenwriter, co-
founded United Artists (d. 1979)

1896 – Yip Harburg, American composer (d. 1981)

1912 – Sonja Henie, Norwegian-American figure skater and actress (d. 1969)

1918 – Betty Ford, American wife of Gerald R. Ford, 40th First Lady of the United 
States (d. 2011)

1919 – Ian Smith, Zimbabwean lieutenant and politician, 1st Prime Minister of 
Rhodesia (d. 2007)

1920 – Carmen McRae, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress (d. 1994)

1929 – Jacques Brel, Belgian singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1978)

1937 – Seymour Hersh, American journalist and author

1938 – Kofi Annan, Ghanaian economist and diplomat, 7th Secretary-General of the 
United Nations

 

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1946 – Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (d. 1999)

1955 – Barbara Kingsolver, American author and poet

 
1963 – Julian Lennon, English singer-songwriter, actor, and photographer

1968 – Patricia Arquette, American actress and director

1968 – Tracy Grammer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dave Carter and 
Tracy Grammer)

on this day in history...

1093 – The new Winchester Cathedral is dedicated by Walkelin.

1820 – The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos.

1908 – Harvard University votes to establish the Harvard Business School.

1911 – Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovers superconductivity.

1913 – The 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution, requiring direct 
election of Senators, becomes law.

1918 – World War I: Actors Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin sell war bonds 
on the streets of New York City's financial district.

1924 – Sharia courts are abolished in Turkey, as part of Atatürk's Reforms.

1935 – The Works Progress Administration is formed when the Emergency Relief 
Appropriation Act of 1935 becomes law.

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1959 – A team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people led by 
Grace Hopper meets to discuss the creation of a new programming language that 
would be called COBOL.

1975 – Frank Robinson manages the Cleveland Indians in his first game as major 
league baseball's first African American manager.

1992 – Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, acquired from 
blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.

1993 – The Republic of Macedonia joins the United Nations.

2004 – War in Darfur: The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the 
Sudanese government and two rebel groups.

2005 – Over four million people attend the funeral of Pope John Paul II.

2008 – The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines is 
completed in Bahrain.

2013 – The Islamic State of Iraq enters the Syrian Civil War and begins by declaring 
a merger with the Al-Nusra Front under the name Islamic State of Iraq and ash-
Sham