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KALW Almanac: Thu. March 9, 2017

Avocado crabmeat salad by flickr user Ryosuke Hosoi (CC BY 2.0)

Today Thursday, 9th of March of 2017 is the 68th day of the year. 
There are 297 days remaining until the end of the year. 
607 days until mid-term elections.
1335 days until the next scheduled presidential election.
The sun will rise this morning in San Francisco at 6:28 
and the sun will set this evening at 6:12. 
Today we will have 11 hours and 44 minutes of daylight. 

The solar transit will be at 12:20 mid-day.

The first low tide was at 2:43 early this morning

and the next low tide will be at 3:26 this afternoon. 

The first high tide will be at 8:50 this morning

and the next high tide at 10:25 tonight

The Moon is 89.7% illuminated; a Waxing Gibbous moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 293.99° WNW

Moon Altitude: -6.03°

Moon Distance: 235282 mi

The Next Full Moon will be Sunday Mar 12, 2017 at 7:53 am

and our Next New Moon: Mar 27, 2017 at 7:57 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 3:31 pm

Amerigo Vespucci Day

Bang-Clang Day

Barbie Day

False Teeth Day

Get Over It Day

Joe Franklin Day

Nametag Day

National Crabmeat Day

National Meatball Day

Panic Day

Popcorn Lovers Day

World Kidney Day

It's also...

Teachers' Day or Eid Al Mo-a-lim (Lebanon)

If today is your birthday...

1454 – Amerigo Vespucci, Italian cartographer and explorer (d. 1512)

1824 – Amasa Leland Stanford, American businessman and politician, founded Stanford University (d. 1893)

1890 – Vyacheslav Molotov, Russian politician and diplomat, Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 1986)

1892 – Vita Sackville-West, English author, poet, and gardener (d. 1962)

1902 – Will Geer, American actor (d. 1978)

1910 – Samuel Barber, American pianist and composer (d. 1981)

1918 – George Lincoln Rockwell, American sailor and politician, founded the American Nazi Party (d. 1967)

1918 – Mickey Spillane, American crime novelist (d. 2006)

1926 – Joe Franklin, American radio and television host (d. 2015)

1930 – Ornette Coleman, American saxophonist, violinist, trumpet player, and composer (d. 2015)

1934 – Yuri Gagarin, Russian colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1968)

1942 – John Cale, Welsh singer-songwriter, viola player, and producer

1954 – Bobby Sands, PIRA volunteer; Irish republican; abstentionist MP (d. 1981)

1964 – Juliette Binoche, French actress

1979 – Oscar Isaac, Guatemalan-American actor

1987 – Bow Wow, American rapper, actor, and television host

On this day in history…

1796 – Napoléon Bonaparte marries his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais.

1842 – Giuseppe Verdi's third opera, Nabucco, receives its première performance in Milan; its success establishes Verdi as one of Italy's foremost opera writers.

1842 – The first documented discovery of gold in California occurs at Rancho San Francisco, six years before the California Gold Rush.
1916 – Mexican Revolution: Pancho Villa leads nearly 500 Mexican raiders in an attack against the border town of Columbus, New Mexico.

1933 – Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt submits the Emergency Banking Act to Congress, the first of his New Deal policies.

1954 – CBS television broadcasts the See It Now episode, "A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy", hosted by Edward R Murrow and produced by Fred Friendly.

1959 – The Barbie doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

1961 – Sputnik 9 successfully launches, carrying a human dummy nicknamed Ivan Ivanovich, and demonstrating that Soviet Union was ready to begin human spaceflight.

1997 – Comet Hale–Bopp: Observers in China, Mongolia and eastern Siberia are treated to a rare double feature as an eclipse permits Hale-Bopp to be seen during the day.

2011 – Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights.