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Almanac - Monday 3/4/19

Slices of Condensed Milk Pound Cake, by flickr user lesleyk

Today is Monday, the 4th of March of 2019. It is the 63rd day of the year. There are 302 days remaining until the end of the year.

16 days until spring begins

610 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 7 months and 30 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:36 am 

and sunset will be at 6:08 pm.

Today we will have 11 hours and 32 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:22 pm.

The first low tide was at 4:00 am

and the next low tide will be at 4:30 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:54 am 

and the next high tide at 11:25 pm.

The Moon is 4.2% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction:100.59° E↑

Moon Altitude:-14.71°

Moon Distance:252519 mi

Next New Moon:this Wednesday March 6, 2019 at 8:03 am

Next Full Moon:Wednesday March 20, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Next Moonrise: Today 5:51 am

Today is…

Benjamin Harrison Day

Casimir Pulaski Day

Courageous Follower Day

Fun Facts About Names Day

Holy Experiment Day

Hug a GI Day

International Game Master's Day

International Scrapbooking Industry Day

March Forth

Marching Music Day

National Dance the Waltz Day

National Grammar Day

National Poundcake Day

National Snack Day

Old Inauguration Day

Shrove Monday

Toy Soldier Day

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

Women’s History birthdays:

March 4, 1895 (1970) – Margaret D. Foster, chemist, the first female chemist to work for the United States Geological Survey, worked on the Manhattan Project, Chemistry and Physics Section

March 4, 1899 (1993) – Elizabeth Wood, taught English at Vassar (1922-26), became involved in public social welfare in FDR’s Public Works Administration where her 1934 plans to create housing that included play areas and racial diversity were undercut when residents were not involved in the planning

March 4, 1948 (2005) – Jean O’Leary, lesbian and gay rights activist, founder of Lesbian Feminist Liberation, one of the first lesbian activist groups in the women’s movement, was an early member and co-director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, co-founded National Coming Out Day


1188 – Blanche of Castile, French queen consort (d. 1252)

1502 – Elisabeth of Hesse, princess of Saxony (d. 1557)

1678 – Antonio Vivaldi, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1741)

1729 – Anne d'Arpajon, French wife of Philippe de Noailles (d. 1794)

1745 – Casimir Pulaski, Polish-American general (d. 1779)

1781 – Rebecca Gratz, American educator and philanthropist (d. 1869)

1888 – Knute Rockne, American football player and coach (d. 1931)

1889 – Pearl White, American actress (d. 1938)

1890 – Norman Bethune, Canadian soldier and physician (d. 1939)

1897 – Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player and manager (d. 1969)

1906 – Avery Fisher, American violinist and engineer, founded Fisher Electronics (d. 1994)

1914 – Barbara Newhall Follett, American author (d. 1939)

1931 – Alice Rivlin, American economist and politician

1932 – Miriam Makeba, South African singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2008)

1934 – Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (d. 2007)

1934 – Sandra Reynolds, South African tennis player

1937 – Leslie H. Gelb, American journalist and author

1942 – Gloria Gaither, American singer-songwriter

1942 – Lynn Sherr, American journalist and author

1944 – Bobby Womack, American singer-songwriter (d. 2014)

1947 – Jan Garbarek, Norwegian saxophonist and composer

1948 – Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, New Zealand-Australian author

1948 – James Ellroy, American writer

1949 – Cookie Mueller, American actress and screenwriter (d. 1989)

1950 – Rick Perry, American captain and politician, 47th Governor of Texas

1958 – Patricia Heaton, American actress

1958 – Tina Smith, American politician, junior senator of Minnesota

1965 – Khaled Hosseini, Afghan-born American novelist

1966 – Fiona Ma, American accountant and politician

1968 – Patsy Kensit, English model and actress

1971 – Claire Baker, Scottish politician

1973 – Chandra Sekhar Yeleti, Indian director and screenwriter

1979 – Sarah Stock, Canadian wrestler and trainer

1986 – Margo Harshman, American actress

1988 – Laura Siegemund, German tennis player

On this day in Women’s History…

March 4, 1917 – Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) took her seat as the first female member of Congress

March 4, 1933 – Frances Perkins becomes United States Secretary of Labor, the first female member of the United States Cabinet

1791 – Vermont is admitted to the United States as the fourteenth state.

1794 – The 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is passed by the U.S. Congress.

1797 – John Adams is inaugurated as the 2nd President of the United States of America, becoming the first President to begin his presidency on March 4.

1837 – The city of Chicago is incorporated.

1861 – The first national flag of the Confederate States of America (the "Stars and Bars") is adopted.

1865 – The third and final national flag of the Confederate States of America is adopted by the Confederate Congress.

1917 – Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first female member of the United States House of Representatives.

1933 – Frances Perkins becomes United States Secretary of Labor, the first female member of the United States Cabinet.

1966 – In an interview in the London Evening StandardThe BeatlesJohn Lennon declares that the band is "more popular than Jesus now".

1974 – People magazine is published for the first time in the United States as People Weekly.

1985 – The Food and Drug Administration approves a blood test for AIDS infection, used since then for screening all blood donations in the United States.