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Almanac - Thursday 3/21/19

St. Thomas Kirche, Leipzig, by flickr user mksfca

Today is Thursday, the 21st of March of 2019. It is the 80th day of the year.

There are 285 days remaining until the end of the year.

92 days until summer begins

593 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 7 months and 13 days from today)

The sun rises this morning at 7:11 am 

and the sun sets at 7:24 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 13 minutes of daylight. Solar noon will be at 1:17 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:37 am 

and the next high tide at 12:36 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:14 am 

and the final low tide at 6:34 pm.

The Moon is 99.6% visible; now a waning gibbous moon.

Last Quarter Moon in 6 days on Wednesday, the 27th of March of 2019 at 9:10 pm

New Moon in 15 days on a Friday, the 5th of April of 2019 at 1:50 am

First Quarter Moon in 22 days, also a Friday, the 12th of April of 2019 at 12:06 pm

and the next Full Moon in 28 days, Friday19th of April of 2019 at 4:12 am

Today is …

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®

Companies That Care Day

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

International Day of Forests

Memory Day

National California Strawberry Day

National Common Courtesy Day

National Countdown Day

National Day of Action on Syringe Exchange

National Flower Day

National Fragrance Day

National French Bread Day

National Single Parent's Day

National Teenager Day

Oranges and Lemons Day


Today is also….

Arbor Day in Portugal

Birth of Benito Juárez, a Fiestas Patrias in Mexico

Education Freedom Day

Harmony Day in Australia

Human Rights Day in South Africa

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Namibia from South African mandate in 1990

International Colour Day

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

International Day of Forests

Mother's Day in most of the Arab world

National Tree Planting Day in Lesotho

Newroz in IranKurdistanMesopotamia

Truant's Day in PolandFaroe Islands

World Down Syndrome Day

World Poetry Day

World Puppetry Day

Youth Day in Tunisia

On this day in Women’s Herstory:

March 21, 1986 – Debi Thomas becomes the first African-American woman to win the World Figure Skating Championship.

Born on this Day in 1897: Martha Foley, created magazine “Story” in 1932 with her husband Whit Burnett, edited the annual “The Best American Short Stories” (1941-77) including entries by Eudora Welty, Joyce Carol Oates, and John Updike  She died in 1977.

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

1685 – Johann Sebastian Bach, German Baroque composer and musician (d. 1750)

1806 – Benito Juárez, Mexican lawyer and politician, 25th President of Mexico (d. 1872)

1839 – Modest Mussorgsky, Russian pianist and composer (d. 1881)

1902 – Son House, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1988)

1906 – John D. Rockefeller III, American philanthropist (d. 1978)

1910 – Julio Gallo, American businessman, co-founded E & J Gallo Winery (d. 1993)

1916 – Bismillah Khan, Indian shehnai player (d. 2006)

1922 – Russ Meyer, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1930 – James Coco, American actor (d. 1987)

1930 – Otis Spann, American blues pianist, singer and composer (d. 1970)

1936 – Ed Broadbent, Canadian pilot and politician

1940 – Solomon Burke, American singer-songwriter (d. 2010)

1944 – David Lindley, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

1949 – Eddie Money, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1949 – Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian sociologist, philosopher, and academic

1958 – Gary Oldman, English actor, filmmaker, musician and author

1962 – Matthew Broderick, American actor

1962 – Rosie O'Donnell, American actress, producer, and talk show host

1970 – Cenk Uygur, Turkish-American political activist

…and on this day in history…

1844 – The Bahá'í calendar begins. This is the first day of the first year of the Bahá'í calendar. It is annually celebrated by members of the Bahá'í Faith as the Bahá'í New Year or Náw-Rúz.

1871 – Journalist Henry Morton Stanley begins his trek to find the missionary and explorer David Livingstone.

1925 – The Butler Act prohibits the teaching of human evolution in Tennessee.

1928 – Charles Lindbergh is presented with the Medal of Honor for the first solo trans-Atlantic flight.

1935 – Shah of Iran Reza Shah Pahlavi formally asks the international community to call Persia by its native name, Iran.

1946 – The Los Angeles Rams sign Kenny Washington, making him the first African American player in the American football since 1933.

1952 – Alan Freed presents the Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio.

1960 – ApartheidSharpeville massacre, South Africa: Police open fire on a group of black South African demonstrators, killing 69 and wounding 180.

1963 – Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary (in California) closes.

1965 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leads 3,200 people on the start of the third and finally successful civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

1970 – The first Earth Day proclamation is issued by Joseph AliotoMayor of San Francisco.

1980 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet–Afghan War.

1986 – Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the World Figure Skating Championships

1990 – Namibia becomes independent after 75 years of South African rule.

1994 – The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change enters into force.

1999 – Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.

2006 – The social media site Twitter is founded.

2009 – Four police officers are shot and killed and a fifth is wounded in two shootings at Oakland, California.