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Almanac - Monday 4/30/18

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, by flickr user Marni Molina

Today is Monday, the 30th of April of 2018.

It is the 120th day of the year.

There are 245 days remaining until the end of the year.

52 days until summer begins...

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

(6 months and 7 days from today)

and 918 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 6 months and 4 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:14 am 

and sunset will be at 8:01 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 47 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:09am

and the next high tide will be at 1:16 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:30 am 

and the next low tide at 6:21 pm.

The Moon is  99.6% visible

Near Full Moon (Waning Gibbous)

Yesterday, it was a Full Pink Moon


This full Moon heralded the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.

Next Moonset:Today at 6:59 am

Moon Direction: ↑ 231.44° SW

Moon Altitude: 23.07°

Moon Distance: 243019 mi

Last Quarter Moon in 8 days on Monday the 7th of May of 2018 at 7:09 pm

New Moon on in 15 days on a Tuesday the 15th of May of 2018 at 4:48 am

First Quarter Moon in 22 days on a Monday the 21st of May of 2018 at 8:49 pm

and the next Full Moon in 29 days on a Tuesday the 29th of May of 2018 at 7:20 am

Today is…

Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Bugs Bunny Day

Day of the Child

Hairstyle Appreciation Day

International Jazz Day

National Animal Advocacy Day

National Bubble Tea Day

National Honesty Day

National Military Brats Day

National Mr. Potato Head Day

National Oatmeal Cookie Day

National PrepareAthon! Day

National Raisin Day

National Sarcoidosis Day

Spank Out Day

Today is also…

Armed Forces Day in Georgia

Birthday of the King Carl XVI Gustaf, one of the official flag days of Sweden.

Camarón Day in the French Foreign Legion

Children's Day in Mexico

International Jazz Day (UNESCO)

Martyr's Day in Pakistan

May Eve, the eve of the first day of summer in the Northern hemisphere 

Beltane begins at sunset in the Northern hemisphere

Samhain begins at sunset in the Southern hemisphere.

Carodejnice in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Walpurgis Night in Central and Northern Europe

National Persian Gulf Day in Iran

Reunification Day in Vietnam

Russian State Fire Service Day in Russia

Teachers' Day in Paraguay

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

1870 – Franz Lehár, Hungarian composer (d. 1948)

1877 – Alice B. Toklas, American memoirist (d. 1967)

1893 – Joachim von Ribbentrop, German soldier and politician, 14th German Reich Minister for Foreign Affairs (d. 1946)

1896 – Reverend Gary Davis, American singer and guitarist (d. 1972)

1908 – Eve Arden, American actress (d. 1990)

1923 – Percy Heath, American bassist (d. 2005)

1925 – Johnny Horton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1960)

1938 – Larry Niven, American author and screenwriter

1943 – Bobby Vee, American pop singer-songwriter (d. 2016)

1944 – Jill Clayburgh, American actress (d. 2010)

1945 – Annie Dillard, American novelist, essayist, and poet

1945 – Mimi Fariña, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist (d. 2001)

1959 – Stephen Harper, Canadian economist and politician, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada

1982 – Kirsten Dunst, American actress

…And On This Day in History

1789 – On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.

1803 – Louisiana Purchase: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.

1812 – The Territory of Orleans becomes the 18th U.S. state under the name Louisiana.

1838 – Nicaragua declares independence from the Central American Federation.

1863 – A 65-man French Foreign Legion infantry patrol fights a force of nearly 2,000 Mexican soldiers to nearly the last man in Hacienda Camarón, Mexico.

1885 – Governor of New York David B. Hill signs legislation creating the Niagara Reservation, New York's first state park, ensuring that Niagara Falls will not be devoted solely to industrial and commercial use.

1897 – J. J. Thomson of the Cavendish Laboratory announces his discovery of the electron as a subatomic particle, over 1,800 times smaller than a proton (in the atomic nucleus), at a lecture at the Royal Institutionin London.

1900 – Hawaii becomes a territory of the United States, with Sanford B. Dole as governor.

1905 – Albert Einstein completes his doctoral thesis at the University of Zurich.

1927 – Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

1937 – The Commonwealth of the Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative.

1938 – The animated cartoon short Porky's Hare Hunt debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit (a prototype of Bugs Bunny).

1939 – The 1939-40 New York World's Fair opens.

1939 – NBC inaugurates its regularly scheduled television service in New York City, broadcasting President Franklin D. Roosevelt's N.Y. World's Fair opening day ceremonial address.

1945 – World War II: FührerbunkerAdolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide after being married for less than 40 hours. Soviet soldiers raise the Victory Banner over the Reichstag building.

1947 – In Nevada, Boulder Dam is renamed Hoover Dam for the second time.

1956 – Former Vice President and Democratic Senator Alben Barkley dies during a speech in Virginia.

1963 – The Bristol Bus Boycott is held in Bristol to protest the Bristol Omnibus Company's refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, drawing national attention to racial discrimination in the United Kingdom.

1966 – The Church of Satan is formed in The Black House, San Francisco

1973 – Watergate scandal: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces that White House Counsel John Dean has been fired and that other top aides, most notably H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, have resigned.

1975 – Fall of SaigonCommunist forces gain control of Saigon. The Vietnam War formally ends with the unconditional surrender of South Vietnamese president Dương Văn Minh.

1993 – CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free.

1997 – Ellen DeGeneres came out as gay. Her sitcom, Ellen, became one of first major television shows featuring an openly gay main character.

2004 – U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.

2008 – Two skeletal remains found near Yekaterinburg, Russia are confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei and Anastasia, two of the children of the last Tsar of Russia, whose entire family was executed at Yekaterinburg by the Bolsheviks.

2009 – Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.