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Almanac - Wednesday 1/23/19

The Best Pie: My Mom's Rhubarb Pie, by flickr user Purple Slog

Today is Wednesday, the 23rd of January of 2019. It is the 23rd day of the year in the year.  There are 342 days remaining until the end of the year.  56 days until spring begins

650 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 9 months and 11 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:20 am 

and sunset will be at 5:25 pm.

We will have 10 hours and 5 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:22 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:35 am

The first low tide will be at 6:31 am 

the next high tide will be at 12:37 pm.

and the final low tide will be at 7:12 pm.

The Moon is 91.9% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: 243.75° WSW↑

Moon Altitude: 46.74°

Moon Distance: 223771 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Tuesday February 19, 2019 at 7:53 am

Next Moonset: Today at 9:21 am

Today is…

Library Shelfie Day

Measure Your Feet Day

National Handwriting Day

National Pie Day

National Rhubarb Pie Day

Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day

Today is also…

Bounty Day in Pitcairn Islands

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's Jayanti in OrissaTripura, and West BengalIndia

World Freedom Day in Taiwan and South Korea

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

1737 – John Hancock, American general and politician, 1st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1793)

1783 – Stendhal, French novelist (d. 1842)

1910 – Django Reinhardt, Belgian guitarist and composer (d. 1953)

1919 – Ernie Kovacs, American actor and game show host (d. 1962)

1930 – Derek Walcott, Saint Lucian poet and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2017)

1933 – Chita Rivera, American actress, singer, and dancer

1943 – Gary Burton, American vibraphone player and composer

1953 – Antonio Villaraigosa, American politician, 41st Mayor of Los Angeles

1964 – Jonatha Brooke, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

…and on this day in history…

1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell is awarded her M.D. by the Geneva Medical College of Geneva, New York, becoming the United States' first female doctor.

1957 – American inventor Walter Frederick Morrison sells the rights to his flying disc to the Wham-O toy company, which later renames it the "Frisbee".

1964 – The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution, prohibiting the use of poll taxes in national elections, is ratified.

1973 – United States President Richard Nixon announces that a peace accord has been reached in Vietnam.

1986 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little RichardChuck BerryJames BrownRay CharlesSam CookeFats DominoThe Everly BrothersBuddy HollyJerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

1997 – Madeleine Albright becomes the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State.

1998 – Netscape announced Mozilla, with the intention to release Communicator code as open source.