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Almanac - Thursday 1/10/19

Vegan Chocolate - Orange Torte, by flickr user Sarah R

Today is Thursday, the 10th of January of 2019.  It is the 10th day of the year. There are 355 days remaining until the end of the year.  69 days until spring begins.  663 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 9 months and 24 days from today)

The sun will rise at 7:25 am 

and sunset will be at 5:11 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 46 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:18 pm.

The first high tide was at 2:51 am

and the next high tide will be at 1:27 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:49 am 

and the next low tide at 8:08 pm.

The Moon is 17.0% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 36.59° NE↑

Moon Altitude:-59.74°

Moon Distance: 251830 mi

Next Full Moon: Sunday January 20, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Next New Moon: Monday February 4, 2019 at 1:03 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 10:20 am

Today is…

Healthy Weight, Healthy Look Day

Houseplant Appreciation Day

National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

National Oysters Rockefeller Day

Peculiar People Day

Save the Eagles Day

Today is also…

Fête du Vodoun in Benin

Margaret Thatcher Day in Falkland Islands

Majority Rule Day in Bahamas

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

1887 – Robinson Jeffers, American poet and philosopher (d. 1962)

1904 – Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer (d. 1987)

1917 – Jerry Wexler, American journalist and producer (d. 2008)

1924 – Max Roach, American drummer and composer (d. 2007)

1925 – Billie Sol Estes, American financier and businessman (d. 2013)

1927 – Johnnie Ray, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1990)

1928 – Philip Levine, American poet and academic (d. 2015)

1930 – Roy E. Disney, American businessman (d. 2009)

1935 – Ronnie Hawkins, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist

1936 – Stephen E. Ambrose, American historian and author (d. 2002)

1938 – Donald Knuth, American computer scientist and mathematician

1938 – Willie McCovey, American baseball player (d. 2018)

1939 – David Horowitz, American activist and author

1939 – Scott McKenzie, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2012)

1939 – Sal Mineo, American actor (d. 1976)

1943 – Jim Croce, American singer-songwriter (d. 1973)

1945 – Rod Stewart, English singer-songwriter

1948 – Donald Fagen, American singer-songwriter and musician

1949 – Linda Boreman Marchiano aka Lovelace, American porn actress and activist (d. 2002)

1950 – Roy Blunt, American academic and politician

1953 – Pat Benatar, American singer-songwriter

1956 – Shawn Colvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1961 – Janet Jones, American actress

1961 – Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Italian-American violinist, author, and educator

1981 – Jared Kushner, American real estate investor and political figure

…and on this day in history…

In 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published his influential pamphlet, "Common Sense," which argued for American independence from British rule.

On Jan. 10, 1863, the London Underground had its beginnings as the Metropolitan, the world's first underground passenger railway, opened to the public with service between Paddington and Farringdon Street.

1917 – The Silent Sentinels begin their protest outside the White House, demanding suffrage for women. They continue until June 1919.

1927 – Fritz Lang's futuristic film Metropolis is released in Germany.

In 1946, The first manmade contact with the moon was made as radar signals transmitted by the U.S. Army Signal Corps were bounced off the lunar surface.

In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson, in his State of the Union address, asked Congress to impose a surcharge on both corporate and individual income taxes to help pay for his "Great Society" programs as well as the war in Vietnam. That same day, Massachusetts Republican Edward W. Brooke, the first black person elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote, took his seat.

1985 – Sandinista Daniel Ortega becomes president of Nicaragua and vows to continue the transformation to socialism and alliance with the Soviet Union and Cuba; American policy continues to support the Contras in their revolt against the Nicaraguan government.

1990 – Time Warner is formed by the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications.

In 2000, America Online announced it was buying Time Warner for $162 billion (the merger, which proved disastrous, ended in December 2009).

One year ago in 2018, Immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores nationwide before dawn to check on the immigration status of employees in what officials described as the largest operation so far against an employer under Donald Trump's presidency.


The Yerba Buena Orchestra, with Joe Burke, David Gans, and friends, perform Wednesday January 16, 8pm, at the Iron Springs Pub and Brewery in Fairfax, on Center Blvd.