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Almanac - Monday 3/11/19

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Happy birthday children's book author and illustrators Jack Ezra Keats, and Wanda Gag. Das Rot, der Schnee. / 20.10.2017, by flickr user Ben Kaden

Today is Monday, the 11th of March of 2019.  It is the 70th day of the year.  There are 295 days remaining until the end of the year.  9 days until spring begins, and

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

(1 year 7 months and 23 days from today)

The sun will rise at 7:26 am, Daylight Savings Time,

and sunset will be at 7:14pm.

We will have 11 hours and 48 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:20 pm.

The first high tide will be at 3:03 am 

and the next high tide at 3:52 pm.

The first low tide will be at 9:16am 

and the next low tide at 9:05 pm.

The Moon is currently 21.1% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 358.47° N↑

Moon Altitude:-41.16°

Moon Distance: 243266 mi

Next Moonrise: Today at 10:21 am

First Quarter Moon will be in 3 days on Thursday the 14th of March of 2019 at 3:27 am

Full Moon in 9 days on Wednesday the 20th of March of 2019 at 6:43 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 16 days Wednesday the 27th of March of 2019 at 9:10 pm

New Moon in 24 days on a Friday the 5th of April of 2019 at 1:50 am

Today is…

Commonwealth Day

Debunking Day

Dream Day

Fill Our Staplers Day

Johnny Appleseed Day

National Promposal Day

National Workplace Napping Day

Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day

World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film

World Plumbing Day

Worship of Tools Day

Today is also…
Day of Restoration of Independence from the Soviet Union in 1990 in Lithuania

Moshoeshoe Day in Lesotho

On this day in Women’s Herstory…

1993 – Janet Reno is confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in the next day, becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States.

2006 – Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as first female president of Chile.

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

1279 – Mary of Woodstock, daughter of Edward I of England

1893 – Wanda Gág, American author and illustrator (d. 1946)

1895 – Shemp Howard, American actor (d. 1955)

1897 – Henry Cowell, American pianist and composer (d. 1965)

1898 – Dorothy Gish, American actress (d. 1968)

1900 – Hanna Bergas, German teacher who contributed to the rescue of Jewish children during WWII (d. 1987)

1903 – Ronald Syme, New Zealand historian and scholar (d. 1989)

1903 – Lawrence Welk, American accordion player and bandleader (d. 1992)

1907 – Jessie Matthews, English actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1981)

1916 – Ezra Jack Keats, American author and illustrator (d. 1983)

1916 – Harold Wilson, English academic and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1995)

1921 – Astor Piazzolla, Argentine tango composer and bandoneon player (d. 1992)

1926 – Ralph Abernathy, American minister and activist (d. 1990)

1931 – Rupert Murdoch, Australian-American businessman, founded News Corporation

1932 – Leroy Jenkins, American violinist and composer (Revolutionary Ensemble) (d. 2007)

1932 – Nigel Lawson, English journalist and politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer

1934 – Sam Donaldson, American journalist

1936 – Antonin Scalia, American lawyer and jurist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (d. 2016)

1939 – Lorraine Hunt, American lawyer and politician, 32nd Lieutenant Governor of Nevada

1939 – Musician Flaco Jimenez (FLAH'-koh hee-MEH'-nez)

1945 – Dock Ellis, American baseball player and coach (d. 2008)

1945 – Harvey Mandel, American guitarist

1946 – Mark Metcalf, American actor and producer

1950 – Bobby McFerrin, American singer-songwriter, producer, and conductor

1950 – Jerry Zucker, American director, producer, and screenwriter

1953 – Jimmy Iovine, American record producer and businessman, co-founded Interscope Records and Beats Electronics

1955 – Nina Hagen, German singer and actress

1956 – Helen Rollason, English journalist and sportscaster (d. 1999)

1957 – The Lady Chablis, American drag queen performer (d. 2016)

1962 – Mary Gauthier, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1963 – David LaChapelle, American photographer and director

1964 – Peter Berg, American actor, director, producer and screenwriter

1965 – Jesse Jackson, Jr., American lawyer and politician

1968 – Lisa Loeb, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress

…and on this day in history…

In 1513, Giovanni de' Medici was proclaimed pope, succeeding Julius II; he took the name Leo X.

1824 – The United States Department of War creates the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

1851 – The first performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi takes place in Venice.

In 1918, what are believed to be the first confirmed U.S. cases of a deadly global flu pandemic were reported among U.S. Army soldiers stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas; 46 would die. (The worldwide outbreak of influenza claimed an estimated 20 to 40 million lives.)

In 1935, the Bank of Canada began operations, issuing its first series of bank notes.

1941 – World War II: United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act into law, allowing American-built war supplies to be shipped to the Allies on loan.

In 1954, the U.S. Army charged that Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., and his subcommittee's chief counsel, Roy Cohn, had exerted pressure to obtain favored treatment for Pvt. G. David Schine, a former consultant to the subcommittee. (The confrontation culminated in the famous Senate Army-McCarthy hearings.)

In 1959, the Lorraine Hansberry drama "A Raisin in the Sun" opened at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theater.

On March 11, 1985, Mikhail S. Gorbachev was chosen to succeed the late Konstantin U. Chernenko as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.

1999 – Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

In 2004, ten bombs exploded in quick succession across the commuter rail network in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people in an attack linked to al-Qaida-inspired militants.

In 2011, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan's northeastern coast, killing nearly 20,000 people and severely damaging the Fukushima Dai-ichi (foo-koo-SHEE'-mah dy-EE'-chee) nuclear power station.

Five years ago in 2014: In an extraordinary public accusation, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., declared the CIA had interfered with and then tried to intimidate a congressional investigation into the agency's possible use of torture in terror probes during the Bush administration

One year ago in 2018: The White House pledged to help states pay for firearms training for teachers, and renewed its call for an improved background check system, as part of a new plan to prevent school shootings like the one that left 17 people dead at a Florida high school four weeks earlier; the plan did not include a push to boost the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons to 21.

Also on this day in 2018, British officials investigating the nerve agent attack on a Russian ex-spy and his adult daughter said limited traces of contamination were found in a restaurant and a pub in the English city of Salisbury.

And a year ago today, Lawmakers in China abolished presidential term limits that had been in place for more than 35 years, opening up the possibility of Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) holding power for life.