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Almanac - Tuesday 3/13/18

Open Umbrella taken by flickr user Achim Schrepfer

Today Tuesday, the 13th of March of 2018, is the 72nd day of the year

There are 293 days remaining until the end of the year.

7 days until spring begins...

238 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018

(7 months and 24 days from today)

966 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 7 months and 21 days from today)

The sun rises this morning at 7:23 am 

and sunset will be at 7:17 pm.

Today we will have 11 hours and 54 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:20 pm.

The first low tide was at 3:42 am 

The first high tide will be at 9:28 am 

The next low tide at 4:12 pm.

and the final high tide at 11:13 pm.

New Moon in 4 days this Saturday the 17th of March of 2018 at 6:12 am

First Quarter Moon in 11 days on Saturday the 24th of March of 2018 at 8:35 am

Full Moon in 18 days on Saturday the 31th of March of 2018 at 5:37 am

Last Quarter Moon in 25 days on Sunday the 8th of April of 2018 at 12:18 am

Today is…

Donald Duck Day

Earmuff Day


K-9 Veterans Day


Ken (the doll) Day


National Coconut Torte Day


National Good Samaritan Day


National Jewel Day


National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day

It’s also…

Anniversary of the election of Pope Francis in Vatican City

Kasuga Matsuri, celebrated at the Kasuga Grand Shrine, in Nara, Japan

National Elephant Day in Thailand

on this day in Women’s history…

yesterday, March 12, 1993 – Janet Reno is sworn in as the first woman U.S. Attorney General

March 13, 1986 – Susan Butcher wins Iditarod, becoming the second woman ever to win the Alaskan dog sled race.

born on this day, March 13, 1892 (d. 1978) – Janet Flanner, journalist, wrote a weekly letter for the New Yorker from France under the name “Genet” (Frenchified “Janet”) for 50 years except for the Nazi occupation, was made a knight of the Legion of House (1948)

born today March 13, 1898 (d. 1988) – La Meri, one of the world’s greatest ethnological dancers from 1924 to the 1970s, danced with Anna Pavlova, learned native dances all over the world, lectured, wrote, founded the Ethnologic Dance Theater

also born on this day, March 13, 1944 – Susan Gerbi, biochemisthelped devise a method to map the start site of DNA replication, researched the role of hormones in certain cancers

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You share this day with…

963 – Anna Porphyrogenita, Grand Princess of Kiev (d. 1011)

1648 – Anne Henriette of Bavaria, princess of Condé (d. 1723)

1753 – Louise Marie Adélaïde de Bourbon-Penthièvre, Duchess of Orléans (d. 1821)

1798 – Abigail Fillmore, American wife of Millard Fillmore, 14th First Lady of the United States (d. 1853)

1860 – Hugo Wolf, Slovene-Austrian composer (d. 1903)

1884 – Hugh Walpole, New Zealand-English author and educator (d. 1941)

1902 – Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer-songwriter (d. 1991)

1908 – Walter Annenberg, American publisher, philanthropist, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (d. 2002)

1911 – L. Ron Hubbard, American religious leader and author, founded the Church of Scientology (d. 1986)

1913 – William J. Casey, American politician, 13th Director of Central Intelligence (d. 1987)

1921 – Al Jaffee, American cartoonist

1928 – Ellen Raskin, American author and illustrator (d. 1984)

1930 – Blue Mitchell, American trumpet player (d. 1979)

1938 – Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (d. 2002)

1939 – Neil Sedaka, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1941 – Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet and author (d. 2008)

1941 – Donella Meadows, American environmentalist, author, and academic (d. 2001)

1946 – Yonatan Netanyahu, American-Israeli colonel (d. 1976)

1950 – Charles Krauthammer, American physician, journalist, and author

1950 – William H. Macy, American actor, director, and screenwriter

1951 – Charo, Spanish-American singer, guitarist, and actress

1953 – Nicola Davies, Welsh lawyer and judge

1954 – Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos, Guyanese-English politician and diplomat, Secretary of State for International Development

1954 – Robin Duke, Canadian actress and screenwriter

1955 – Glenne Headly, American actress (d. 2017)

1955 – Olga Rukavishnikova, Russian pentathlete

1956 – Dana Delany, American actress and producer

1959 – Kathy Hilton, American actress and fashion designer

1970 – Tim Story, American director and producer

1971 – Annabeth Gish, American actress

1972 – Common, American rapper and actor

1977 – Kay Tse, Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress

1980 – Flavia Cacace, Italian-English dancer

…and on this day in history…

624 – Battle of Badr: a key battle between Muhammad's army – the new followers of Islam and the Quraysh of Mecca. The Muslims won this battle, known as the turning point of Islam, which took place in the Hejaz region of western Arabia.

1639 – Harvard College is named after clergyman John Harvard.

1845 – Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto receives its première performance in Leipzig with Ferdinand David as soloist.

1848 – The German revolutions of 1848–49 begin in Vienna.

1865 – American Civil War: The Confederate States of America agree to the use of African-American troops.

1930 – The news of the discovery of Pluto is telegraphed to the Harvard College Observatory.

1933 – Great Depression: Banks in the U.S. begin to re-open after President Franklin D. Roosevelt mandates a "bank holiday".

1979 – The New Jewel Movement, headed by Maurice Bishop, ousts Prime Minister Eric Gairy in a nearly bloodless coup d'état in Grenada.

1988 – The Seikan Tunnel, the longest undersea tunnel in the world, opens between Aomori and Hakodate, Japan.

1991 – The United States Department of Justice announces that Exxon has agreed to pay $1 billion for the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.

2008 – Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time.

2013 – Pope Francis is elected, in the papal conclave, as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.