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Almanac - Wednesday 3/13/19

Today is Ear Muffs Day. Picture taken by flickr user green.thumbs

Today is Wednesday, the 13th of March of 2019. It is the 72nd day of the year. There are 293 days remaining until the end of the year.  7 days until spring begins.  601 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 7 months and 21 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:23 am 

and sunset will be at 7:16 pm.

Today we will have 11 hours and 53 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:19 pm.

The first high tide was at 4:26 am

and the next high tide will be at 6:42 pm.

The first low tide will be at 11:18 am 

and the next low tide at 10:58 pm.

The Moon is 39.9% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 330.42° NNW↑

Moon Altitude: -28.92°

Moon Distance: 237712 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 11:38 am

Today is…

Donald Duck Day

Earmuff Day

K-9 Veterans Day

Ken Day

National Coconut Torte Day

National Good Samaritan Day

National Jewel Day

National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

Today is also…

the Anniversary of the election of Pope Francis (Vatican City)

Kasuga Matsuri (Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara, Japan)

National Elephant Day (Thailand)

Africa Scout Day

On this day in Women’s Herstory…

  • March 13, 1986 – Susan Butcher won the first of 3 straight and 4 total Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races in Alaska
  • March 13, 1892 (1978) – Janet Flanner, journalist, wrote a weekly letter for the New Yorker from France under the name “Genet” (Frenchified “Janet”) for 50 years except for the Nazi occupation, was made a knight of the Legion of House (1948)
  • March 13, 1898 (1988) – La Meri, one of the world’s greatest ethnological dancers from 1924 to the 1970s, danced with Anna Pavlova, learned native dances all over the world, lectured, wrote, founded the Ethnologic Dance Theater
  • March 13, 1944 – Susan Gerbi, biochemisthelped devise a method to map the start site of DNA replication, researched the role of hormones in certain cancers

…also on this day in history…
1639 – Harvard College is named after clergyman John Harvard.

1845 – Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto receives its première performance in Leipzig with Ferdinand David as soloist.

1930 – The news of the discovery of Pluto is telegraphed to the Harvard College Observatory.

1933 – Great Depression: Banks in the U.S. begin to re-open after President Franklin D. Roosevelt mandates a "bank holiday".

2013 – Pope Francis is elected, in the papal conclave, as the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.

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

1798 – Abigail Fillmore, American wife of Millard Fillmore, 14th First Lady of the United States (d. 1853)

1884 – Hugh Walpole, New Zealand-English author and educator (d. 1941)

1908 – Walter Annenberg, American publisher, philanthropist, and diplomat, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom (d. 2002)

1911 – L. Ron Hubbard, American religious leader and author, founded the Church of Scientology (d. 1986)

1913 – William J. Casey, American politician, 13th Director of Central Intelligence (d. 1987)

1916 – Lindy Boggs, American educator and politician, 5th United States Ambassador to the Holy See (d. 2013)

1921 – Al Jaffee, American cartoonist

1925 – Roy Haynes, American drummer and composer

1939 – Neil Sedaka, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1941 – Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet and author (d. 2008)

1946 – Yonatan Netanyahu, American-Israeli colonel (d. 1976)

1949 – Julia Migenes, American soprano and actress

1950 – Charles Krauthammer, American physician, journalist, and author (d. 2018)

1950 – William H. Macy, American actor, director, and screenwriter

1951 – Charo, Spanish-American singer, guitarist, and actress

1962 – Terence Blanchard, American trumpet player and composer

1972 – Common, American rapper and actor