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Almanac - Tuesday 3/12/19

Arbor Day Mural at Xin Po Middle School, by flickr user David Schroeter

Today is Tuesday, the 12th of March of 2019.  It is the 71st day of the year.  There are 294 days remaining until the end of the year.  8 days until spring begins

602 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 7 months and 22 days from today)

The sun rises this morning at 7:24 am 

and the sun sets at 7:15 pm.

Today, We will have 11 hours and 51 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:19 pm.

The first high tide was at 3:40 am 

and the next high tide at 5:08 pm.

The first low tide will be at 10:11 am 

and the next low tide at 9:52 pm.

The Moon is 30.0%

Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 347.76° NNW↑

Moon Altitude:-36.59°

Moon Distance: 240593 mi

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

Next New Moon: Friday April 5, 2019 at 1:50 am

Next Moonrise: Today at 10:57 am

Today is…

Girl Scout Day

National Alfred Hitchcock Day

National Baked Scallops Day

National Plant a Flower Day

Organize your Home Office Day

World Day Against Cyber Censorship

Today is also…

Arbor Day in China and Taiwan

Aztec New Year

National Day in Mauritius

World Day Against Cyber Censorship (requested by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International in 2009)

Tree Day in Republic of Macedonia

Youth Day in Zambia

On this day in Women’s Herstory…

March 12, 1912 – First-ever Girl Scouts meeting is held in Savannah, Ga. The organization has grown to 2.7 million members.

March 12, 1968 – Tammy Duckworth is born. She became the first disabled woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and the second Asian-American woman in the Senate.

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

1685 – George Berkeley, Irish bishop and philosopher (d. 1753)

1890 – Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian dancer and choreographer (d. 1950)

1896 – Jesse Fuller, American singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1976)

1914 – Julia Lennon, mother of John Lennon (d. 1958)

1915 – László Fejes Tóth, Hungarian mathematician (d. 2005)

1917 – Leonard Chess, American record company executive, co-founder of Chess Records (d. 1969)

1922 – Jack Kerouac, American author and poet (d. 1969)

1923 – Wally Schirra, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2007)

1928 – Edward Albee, American director and playwright (d. 2016)

1932 – Andrew Young, American pastor and politician, 14th United States Ambassador to the United Nations

1933 – Barbara Feldon, American actress

1940 – Al Jarreau, American singer (d. 2017)

1946 – Liza Minnelli, American actress, singer and dancer

1947 – Mitt Romney, American businessman and politician, 70th Governor of Massachusetts

1948 – James Taylor, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1953 – Ron Jeremy, American pornographic actor

1962 – Darryl Strawberry, American baseball player and minister

1968 – Tammy Duckworth, Thai-American colonel, pilot, and politician

1969 – Jake Tapper, American journalist and author

1970 – Dave Eggers, American author and screenwriter

Also on this day in history…

1881 – Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player and captain.

1894 – Coca-Cola is bottled and sold for the first time in Vicksburg, Mississippi, by local soda fountain operator Joseph A. Biedenharn.

1912 – The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) are founded in the United States.

1913 – Canberra Day: The future capital of Australia is officially named Canberra. (Melbourne remains temporary capital until 1927 while the new capital is still under construction.)

1918 – Moscow becomes the capital of Russia again after Saint Petersburg held this status for 215 years.

1930 – Mahatma Gandhi begins the Salt March, a 200-mile march to the sea to protest the British monopoly on salt in India

1933 – Great DepressionFranklin D. Roosevelt addresses the nation for the first time as President of the United States. This is also the first of his "fireside chats".

1994 – The Church of England ordains its first female priests.

2009 – Financier Bernard Madoff pleads guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street's history.

2011 – A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan's earthquake.