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Almanac - Tuesday 1/29/19

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Carnation, by flickr user Mike T

Today Tuesday, the 29th of January of 2019 is the 29th day of the year. There are 336 days remaining until the end of the year. 50 days until spring begins...

and 644 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 9 months and 5 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:16 am 

and the sun sets at 5:31 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 15 minutes of daylight. \

Solar noon will be at 12:23 pm.

The first high tide will be at 6:22am 

and the next high tide at 8:16 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 1:24 pm.

Moon: 33.3%

Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: 135.84° SE↑

Moon Altitude: 23.21°

Moon Distance: 242817 mi

Next New Moon: Feb 4, 2019 at 1:03 pm

Next Full Moon: Feb 19, 2019 at 7:53 am

Next Moonset: Today 12:48 pm

Today is…

Curmudgeons Day

Freethinkers Day

National Carnation Day

National Corn Chip Day

National Plan for Vacation Day

National Puzzle Day

Seeing Eye Dog Day

Thomas Paine Day

It’s also…

Kansas Day

as it was on this day in 1861, Kansas is admitted as the 34th U.S. state.

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

1688 – Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish astronomer, philosopher, and theologian (d. 1772)[14]

1737 – Thomas Paine, prominent for publishing Common Sense (1776), which established him as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States (d. 1809)[15]

1843 – William McKinley, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 25th President of the United States (d. 1901)

1860 – Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright and short story writer (d. 1904)

1870 – Süleyman Nazif, Turkish poet and civil servant (d. 1927)

1874 – John D. Rockefeller, Jr., American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1960)

1880 – W. C. Fields, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter (d. 1946)

1913 – Victor Mature, American actor (d. 1999)

1917 – John Raitt, American actor and singer (d. 2005)

1918 – John Forsythe, American actor (d. 2010)

1927 – Edward Abbey, American environmentalist and author (d. 1989)

1939 – Germaine Greer, Australian journalist and author

1941 – Robin Morgan, American actress, journalist, and author

1945 – Tom Selleck, American actor and businessman

1946 – Bettye LaVette, American singer-songwriter

1954 – Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host, actress, and producer, founded Harpo Productions

1970 – Paul Ryan, American economist and politician, 62nd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

…and on this day in history…

1790 – The first boat specializing as a lifeboat is tested on the River Tyne.

1845 – "The Raven" is published in The Evening Mirror in New York, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe

1891 – Liliuokalani is proclaimed the last monarch and only queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

1907 – Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American U.S. Senator.

1936 – The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced.

1963 – The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced.

1967 – The "ultimate high" of the hippie era, the Mantra-Rock Dance, takes place in San Francisco and features Janis JoplinGrateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg.

1980 – The Rubik's Cube makes its international debut at the Ideal Toy Corp. in Earl's Court, London.

1996 – President Jacques Chirac announces a "definitive end" to French nuclear weapons testing.

2002 – In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of evil, in which he includes IraqIran and North Korea.

2005 – The first direct commercial flights from mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing.

2009 – Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is removed from office following his conviction of several corruption charges, including the alleged solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the United States Senate as a replacement for then-U.S. president-elect Barack Obama.