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Almanac - Thursday 1/24/19

White Bread with Peanut Butter for Compositionally Challenged August Most Versatile, by flickr user Linda on the bridge to NewWhere

Today is Thursday, the 24th of January of 2019 is the 24th day of the year. There are 341 days remaining until the end of the year.  55 days until spring begins.  649 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 9 months and 10 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:19 am 

and sunset will be at 5:26 pm.

We will have 10 hours and 7 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:22 pm.

The first high tide was at 2:18 am 

and the next high tide at 1:33 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:30 am 

and the next low tide at 7:58 pm.

The Moon is 84.4% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: 216.20° SW↑

Moon Altitude: 54.18°

Moon Distance: 226116 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 9:58 am

Today is…

Beer Can Appreciation Day

Belly Laugh Day

Clashing Clothes Day

National "Just Do It" Day

National Compliment Day

National Eskimo Pie Patent Day

National Lobster Thermidor Day

National Peanut Butter Day

Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day

Women's Healthy Weight Day

Today is also…

Feast of Our Lady of Peace (Roman Catholic Church), and its related observances:

Feria de Alasitas in La Paz

Unification Day in Romania

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

1776 – E. T. A. Hoffmann, German jurist, author, and composer (d. 1822)

1862 – Edith Wharton, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1937)

1917 – Ernest Borgnine, American actor (d. 2012)

1918 – Oral Roberts, American evangelist, founded Oral Roberts University and Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association (d. 2009)

1936 – Doug Kershaw, American fiddle player and singer

1938 – Julius Hemphill, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1995)

1939 – Ray Stevens, American singer-songwriter and actor

1942 – Gary Hart, American wrestler and manager (d. 2008)

1941 – Neil Diamond, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1941 – Aaron Neville, American singer

1943 – Sharon Tate, American model and actress (d. 1969)

1947 – Michio Kaku, American physicist and academic

1947 – Warren Zevon, American singer-songwriter (d. 2003)

1948 – Elliott Abrams, American diplomat, lawyer and political scientist

1949 – John Belushi, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1982)

1961 – Nastassja Kinski, German-American actress and producer

…and on this day in history…

AD 41 – Roman Emperor Caligula, known for his eccentricity and sadistic despotism, is assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards. The Guard then proclaims Caligula's uncle Claudius as Emperor.

1835 – Slaves in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, stage a revolt, which is instrumental in ending slavery there 50 years later.

1848 – California Gold RushJames W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento.

1908 – The first Boy Scout troop is organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.

1916 – In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., the Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional.

1918 – The Gregorian calendar is introduced in Russia by decree of the Council of People's Commissars effective February 14(NS)

1933 – The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, changing the beginning and end of terms for all elected federal offices.

1972 – Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.

1984 – Apple Computer places the Macintosh personal computer on sale in the United States.

2003 – The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation.