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Almanac - Monday 3/25/19

Waffles, by flickr user mroach

Today is Monday, the 25th of March of 2019.  It is the 84th day of the year. There are 281 days remaining until the end of the year. 88 days until summer begins. 589 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 7 months and 9 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:05 am 

and the sun sets at 7:28 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 23 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:16 pm.

The first high tide was at 3:09 am

and the next high tide will be at 4:37 pm.

The first low tide will be at 9:42 am 

and the next low tide at 9:36 pm.

The Moon is 76.0% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: 175.67° S↑

Moon Altitude: 34.40°

Moon Distance: 237710 mi

The Last Quarter Moon in 3 days Wednesay the 27th of March of 2019 at 9:10 pm

New Moon in 11 days on a Friday, the 5th of April of 2019 at 1:50 am

First Quarter Moon in 18 days on a Friday the 12th of April of 2019 at 12:06 pm

And the next Full Moon in 24 days on a Friday the 19th of April of 2019 at 4:12 am

Next Moonset: Today at 10:20 am

Today is…

International Waffle Day

National Lobster Newburg Day

National Medal of Honor Day

Old New Year's Day

Historic start of the new year (Lady Day) in England, Wales, Ireland, and the future United States until the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1752. (The year 1751 began on 25 March; the year 1752 began on 1 January.) It is one of the four Quarter days in Ireland and England.

Pecan Day

Tolkien Reading Day

Today is also…

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

1807 – The Slave Trade Act becomes law, abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire.

Anniversary of the Arengo and the Feast of the Militants in San Marino

Cultural Workers Day in Russia

Seward's Day  in Alaska

Empress Menen's Birthday  in the Rastafari faith

EU Talent Day in the European Union

International Day of the Unborn Child

Mother's Day in Slovenia

Vårfrudagen or Våffeldagen, "Waffle Day" in Sweden

Freedom Day in Belarus

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members (United Nations General Assembly)

Maryland Day

National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy

Independence Day, celebrates the start of Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire, in 1821.

NZ Army Day

1845 – New Zealand Legislative Council pass the first Militia Act constituting the New Zealand Army.

Struggle for Human Rights Day in Slovakia

On this day in Women’s Herstory…

March 25, 1934 – Gloria Steinem, women’s rights activist and journalist, founding editor of Ms. Magazine, helped found National Women’s Political Caucus, the Women’s Action Alliance, and the Coalition of Labor Union Women

March 25, 1939 (d.1995) – Toni Cade Bambara, challenged masculinist assumptions in black radical discourse of the Sixties, wrote short fiction Gorilla, My Love (1972) which won the Black Rose Award, The Salt Eaters (1981) won the Langston Hughes Society Award

March 25, 1949 – Lillian E. Fishburne, the first African-American female to hold the rank of Rear Admiral (RDML) in the United States Navy (1998)

On March 25, 1911, 146 people, mostly young female immigrants, were killed when fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in New York.

Also, if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You share this day with….

Arturo Toscanini

Béla Bartók

Ed Begley


James Lovell

Anita Bryant

Sir Elton John

Howard Cosell

Simone Signoret

Flannery O'Connor

Cecil Taylor

Hoyt Axton

Aretha Franklin

Susie Bright

Sarah Jessica Parker

Alex Moffat

Chris Redd

…and on this day in history…

1306 – Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scots (Scotland).

1807 – The Swansea and Mumbles Railway, then known as the Oystermouth Railway, becomes the first passenger-carrying railway in the world.

1811 – Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from the University of Oxford for publishing the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism.

In 1894, Jacob S. Coxey began leading an "army" of unemployed from Massillon (MA'-sih-luhn), Ohio, to Washington D.C., to demand help from the federal government.

In 1931, in the so-called "Scottsboro Boys" case, nine young black men were taken off a train in Alabama, accused of raping two white women; after years of convictions, death sentences and imprisonment, the nine were eventually vindicated.

1957 – United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" on obscenity grounds.

In 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 people to the Alabama state capitol in Montgomery after a five-day march from Selma to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks. Later that day, civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, a white Detroit homemaker, was shot and killed by Ku Klux Klansmen.

1969 – During their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold their first Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel (until March 31).

1995 – WikiWikiWeb, the world's first wiki, and part of the Portland Pattern Repository, is made public by Ward Cunningham.

One year ago: In an interview with "60 Minutes," adult film star Stormy Daniels said she had been threatened and warned to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Donald Trump in 2006.