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Almanac - Wednesday 3/6/19

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Suffragists picketing in front of the White House, by flickr user Numismatic Bibliomania Society (NBS)

Today is Wednesday, the 6th of March of 2019.  It  is the 65th day of the year.  There are 300 days remaining until the end of the year.  14 days until spring begins.  608 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020.

(1 year 7 months and 28 days from today)

The sun will rise at 6:33 am 

and sunset will be at 6:10 pm.

We will have 11 hours and 37 minutes of daylight.  

Solar noon will be at 12:21 pm.

The first low tide will be at 5:07 am 

and the next low tide at 5:28 pm.

The Moon is 0.1% visible; a Near New Moon, still a Waning Crescent)

It becomes a New Moon this morning at 8:03 am

Moon Direction:85.42° E↑

Moon Altitude:-22.64°

Moon Distance:251599 mi

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

Next Moonrise: Today at 6:55 am

Today is…

Alamo Day

as was on this day in 1836, during the Texas Revolution, This was the day of the Battle of the Alamo – After a thirteen-day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops, the 187 Texas volunteers, including frontiersman Davy Crockett and colonel Jim Bowie, defending the Alamo are killed and the fort is captured.

Ash Wednesday

Dentist's Day

Discover What Your Name Means Day

National Dress Day

National Frozen Food Day

National Oreo Cookie Day

National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

Stop Bad Service Day

the birthday of KALW listener Robert Heller which he declares today to be the National Day of Inspiration

also known as Michaelangelo Day

Today is also…

European Day of the Righteous, commemorates those who have stood up against crimes against humanity and totalitarism with their own moral responsibility.

Foundation Day, the founding of Norfolk Island in 1788.

Independence Day in Ghana, celebrates the independence from the UK in 1957.

The Day of the Dude, celebrated by the adherents of Dudeism

In Women’s Herstory…

March 6, 1913: 

20 suffragist activists confront a Senate subcommittee in Washington DC, days after huge demonstration of 5000 broken up brutally by police and men behaving rudely who did not support voting rights for women.

Born on this day, March 6, 1924  – Sarah Caldwell, founder, conductor, and artistic director of the Opera Company of Boston

On this day in 1964,  Susan Sontag, intellectual, critic, filmmaker, and writer, publishes her first influential essay "Notes on 'Camp'".  She wrote many books including On Photography, Against Interpretation, and recently released journals and diaries

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

1475 – Michelangelo, Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1564)

1619 – Cyrano de Bergerac, French author and playwright (d. 1655)

1780 – Lucy Barnes, American writer (d. 1809)[1]

1806 – Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English-Italian poet and translator (d. 1861)

1817 – Princess Clémentine of Orléans (d. 1907)

1834 – George du Maurier, French-English author and illustrator (d. 1896)

1886 – Nella Walker, American actress and vaudevillian (d. 1971)

1893 – Furry Lewis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1981)

1903 – Empress Kōjun of Japan (d. 2000)

1905 – Bob Wills, American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader (d. 1975)

1906 – Lou Costello, American actor and comedian (d. 1959)

1910 – Ella Logan, Scottish-American singer and actress (d. 1969)

1917 – Will Eisner, American illustrator and publisher (d. 2005)

1923 – Ed McMahon, American comedian, game show host, and announcer (d. 2009)

1923 – Wes Montgomery, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 1968)

1926 – Ann Curtis, American swimmer (d. 2012)

1926 – Alan Greenspan, American economist and politician

1927 – Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian journalist and author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)

1929 – Tom Foley, American lawyer and politician, 57th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 2013)

1930 – Lorin Maazel, French-American violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 2014)

1936 – Marion Barry, American lawyer and politician, 2nd Mayor of the District of Columbia (d. 2014)

1937 – Ivan Boesky, American businessman

1937 – Valentina Tereshkova, Russian general, pilot, and astronaut

1944 – Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealand soprano and actress

1944 – Mary Wilson, American singer

1947 – Kiki Dee, English singer-songwriter

1947 – Rob Reiner, American actor, director, producer, and activist

1967 – Glenn Greenwald, American journalist and author

1968 – Moira Kelly, American actress and director

1972 – Shaquille O'Neal, American basketball player, actor, and

1981 – Ellen Muth, American actress

On this day in history…

1820 – The Missouri Compromise is signed into law by President James Monroe. The compromise allows Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state, brings Maine into the Union as a free state, and makes the rest of the northern part of the Louisiana Purchase territory slavery-free.

1857 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case.

1869 – Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society.

1899 – Bayer registers "Aspirin" as a trademark.

1943 – Norman Rockwell published Freedom from Want in The Saturday Evening Post with a matching essay by Carlos Bulosan as part of the Four Freedoms series.

1951 – Cold War: The trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins.

1957 – Ghana becomes the first Sub-Saharan country to gain independence from the British.

1964 – Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad officially gives boxing champion Cassius Clay the name Muhammad Ali.

1970 – An explosion at the Weather Underground safe house in Greenwich Village kills three.

1975 – For the first time the Zapruder film of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is shown in motion to a national TV audience by Robert J. Groden and Dick Gregory.

1983 – The first United States Football League games are played.

1984 – In the United Kingdom, a walkout at Cortonwood Colliery in Brampton Bierlow signals the start of a strike that lasted almost a year and involved the majority [but never all] of the country's miners.

1992 – The Michelangelo computer virus begins to affect computers.