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Almanac - Monday 4/9/18

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HouseOfChang almond cookies, taken by flickr user snowpea&bokchoi

Today is Monday, the 9th of April of 2018. It is the 99th day of the year. 

73 days until summer begins

There are 266 days remaining until the end of the year. 

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

(6 months and 27 days from today)

937 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 6 months and 24 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:42 am 

and sunset will be at 7:41 pm. 

We will have 12 hours and 59 minutes of daylight today. 

Solar noon will be at 1:11 pm.

The first low tide was at 1:37 am 

The first high tide will be about now at 6:52 am 

and the next low tide at 1:52 pm. 

and the next high tide at 9:18 pm.

Today is...

Appomattox Day

Jenkins' Ear Day

National Cherish an Antique Day

National Chicken Little Awareness Day

National Chinese Almond Cookie Day

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

National Name Yourself Day

National Winston Churchill Day

It's also....

Anniversary of the German Invasion of Denmark

Baghdad Liberation Day in Iraqi Kurdistan

Bataan Day or Araw ng Kagitingan in the Philippines

Constitution Day in Kosovo

Day of National Unity in Georgia

Day of the Finnish Language in Finland

Feast of the Second Day of the Writing of the Book of the Law, for adherents of Thelema

Martyr's Day in Tunisia

Remembrance for Haakon Sigurdsson, observed by follower of The Troth

Vimy Ridge Day in Canada

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

1283 – Margaret, Maid of Norway, Queen of Scotland (d. 1290)

1821 – Charles Baudelaire, French poet and critic (d. 1867)

1830 – Eadweard Muybridge, English photographer and cinematographer (d. 1904)

1883 – Frank King, American cartoonist (d. 1969)

1895 – Mance Lipscomb, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1976)

1898 – Paul Robeson, American singer, actor, and activist (d. 1976)

1905 – J. William Fulbright, American lawyer and politician (d. 1995)

1910 – Abraham A. Ribicoff, American lawyer and politician, 4th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (d. 1998)

1921 – Mary Jackson, African American mathematician and aerospace engineer (d. 2005)

1926 – Hugh Hefner, American publisher, founded Playboy Enterprises (d. 2017)

1928 – Tom Lehrer, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and mathematician

1932 – Carl Perkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)

1933 – Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor and producer

1937 – Marty Krofft, Canadian screenwriter and producer

1939 – Michael Learned, American actress

1954 – Dennis Quaid, American actor

1963 – Joe Scarborough, American journalist, lawyer, and politician

...and on this day in history...

190 – Dong Zhuo has his troops evacuate the capital Luoyang and burn it to the ground.

1860 – On his phonautograph machine, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville makes the oldest known recording of an audible human voice.

1939 – Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial, after being denied the right to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall.

1947 – The Journey of Reconciliation, the first interracial Freedom Ride begins through the upper South in violation of Jim Crow laws. The riders wanted enforcement of the United States Supreme Court's 1946 Irene Morgan decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel.

1957 – The Suez Canal in Egypt is cleared and opens to shipping.

1959 – Project Mercury: NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven".

1961 – The Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles, once the largest electric railway in the world, ends operations.

1965 – Astrodome opens. First indoor baseball game is played.

1967 – The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) makes its maiden flight.

1969 – The first British-built Concorde 002 makes its maiden flight from Filton to RAF Fairford.

2005 – Charles, Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony at Windsor's Guildhall.