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Almanac - Thursday 4/26/18

Pretzels; Breakfast at Google Munich, taken by flickr user Ana Ulin

Today, Thursday April 26, 2018 is the 116th day of the year.

There are 249 days remaining until the end of the year.

56 days until summer begins...

193 days until mid-term elections Tuesday November 6, 2018

(6 months and 11 days from today)

921 days until Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 6 months and 8 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:19 am 

and sunset will be at 7:57 pm. 

In the high tide and low tide chart, we can see that 

The first low tide will be at 3:37 am 

and the next low tide at 3:39 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 9:40 am 

and the next high tide at 10:29 pm.

We will have 13 hours and 38 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:08 pm.

The moon will be (83%) visible; a Waxing Gibbous.

We will have a Full Moon in 3 days on Sunday the 29th of April of 2018 at 5:58 pm

The Last Quarter Moon will be in 11 days on Monday the 7th of May of 2018 at 7:09 pm

We'll have a New Moon in 19 days on Tuesday the 15th of May of 2018 at 4:48 am

and the First Quarter Moon in 25 days on Monday the 21st of May of 2018 at 8:49 pm

Today is...

Get Organized Day

Hug a Friend Day

National Dissertation Day

National Static Cling Day

Thank You Thursday

Audubon Day

as today is the day of birth in 1785 of John James Audubon, French-American ornithologist and painter (d. 1851)

International Girls in Information and Telecommunication Technologies Day

Hug An Australian Day

Lesbian Visibility Day

National Help A Horse Day

National Kids and Pets Day

National Pretzel Day

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Richter Scale Day

as today is the day of birth in 1900 of Charles Francis Richter, American seismologist and physicist (d. 1985)

Take Your Daughter to Work

...also...Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

It's also...

Day of Remembrance of the Chernobyl tragedy (Belarus)


Memorial Day of Radiation Accidents and Catastrophes (Russia)

as it was on this day in 1986, A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world's worst nuclear disaster.

Confederate Memorial Day in Florida

as it was on this day in 1865, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders his army to General William Tecumseh Sherman at the Bennett Place near Durham, North Carolina. Also on this day, Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln, in Virginia.

Union Day in Tanzania

as it was on this day in 1964, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge to form Tanzania.

World Intellectual Property Day

In 1970, The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization enters into force.

and if today is your birthday, well Happy Birthday To You!  You share this day with...

121 – Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor (d. 180)

1711 – David Hume, Scottish philosopher, economist and historian (d. 1776)

1798 – Eugène Delacroix, French painter and lithographer (d. 1863)

1804 – Charles Goodyear, American banker, lawyer, and politician (d. 1876)

1822 – Frederick Law Olmsted, American journalist and designer, co-designed Central Park (d. 1903)

1886 – Ma Rainey, American singer (d. 1939)

1889 – Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-English philosopher and academic (d. 1951)

1894 – Rudolf Hess, Egyptian-German politician (d. 1987)

1912 – A. E. van Vogt, Canadian-American author (d. 2000)

1914 – Bernard Malamud, Jewish American novelist and short story writer (d. 1986)

1933 – Carol Burnett, American actress, singer, and producer

1938 – Duane Eddy, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1961 – Joan Chen, Chinese-American actress, director, producer, and screenwriter

1962 – Debra Wilson, American actress and comedian

1963 – Jet Li, Chinese-Singaporean martial artist, actor, and producer

1965 – Kevin James, American actor and comedian

1967 – Marianne Jean-Baptiste, English actress and singer-songwriter

1970 – Melania Trump, Slovene-American model; First Lady of the United States; wife of United States President Donald Trump

1980 – Channing Tatum, American actor and producer

1981 – Sandra Schmitt, German skier (d. 2000)

1983 – Jessica Lynch, American soldier and POW

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

We've all heard of the ride of Paul Revere in 1775.  Well, two years later, in 1777, Sybil Ludington, aged 16, rode 40 miles to alert American colonial forces to the approach of the British regular forces

1925 – Franz Kafka publishes his landmark novel The Trial.  The text, which was initially published as Der Process, is a nightmarish account of a man being arrested and prosecuted by a faceless authority for an unknown crime.

1937 – Spanish Civil War: Guernica, Spain, is bombed by German Luftwaffe.

1958 – Final run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City after 68 years, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.

1981 – Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performs the world's first human open fetal surgery.

2005 – Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country (Syrian occupation of Lebanon).