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Almanac - Thursday 3/28/19

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Black Forest Cake (front view) March 28th is National Black Forest Cake Day! By flickr user Willis Lam

Today is Thursday, the 28th of March of 2019.  It is the 87th day of the year. There are 278 days remaining until the end of the year. 85 days until summer begins.  586 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 7 months and 6 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:00 am 

and the sun will set at 7:30 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 30 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:15 pm.

The first low tide was at 12:07am 

and the next low tide will be at 1:02 pm.

The first high tide will be at 5:48 am 

and the next high tide at 8:40 pm.

The Moon is 46.6% visible; now a Waning Crescent

We’ll have a New Moon in 8 days on Friday the 5th of April of 2019 at 1:50 am

First Quarter Moon in 15 days also on a Friday the12th of April of 2019 at 12:06 pm

The Full Moon in 22 days on a Friday, the 19th of April of 2019 at 4:12 am

and the Last Quarter Moon in 29 days, the 26th of April of 2019 at 3:18 pm

Today is…

Children's Picture Book Day

Observed annually on March 28th

Eat an Eskimo Pie Day

National Black Forest Cake Day

National Hot Tub Day

National Something On a Stick Day

Respect Your Cat Day

Weed Appreciation Day

Today is also…

Commemoration of Sen no Rikyū  in Schools of the Japanese tea ceremony

Serfs Emancipation Day in Tibet

Teachers' Day in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

On this day in Women’s Herstory…

March 28, 1886 – Clara Lemlich, Jewish immigrant from the Ukraine, labor activist, suffragist, and consumer advocate, a leader of the Uprising of 20,000, a labor strike of shirtwaist workers in New York’s garment industry in 1909.  She lived until 1982.

In 1978, in Stump v. Sparkman, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld, 5-3, the judicial immunity of an Indiana judge against a lawsuit brought by a young woman who'd been ordered sterilized by the judge when she was a teenager.

Today in History

1776 – Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site for the Presidio of San Francisco.

In 1797, Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire received a patent for a washing machine.

1854 – Crimean War: France and Britain declare war on Russia.

1871 – The Paris Commune is formally established in Paris.

In 1898, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled 6-2 that Wong, who was born in the United States to Chinese immigrants, was an American citizen.

In 1930, the names of the Turkish cities of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara.

In 1941, novelist and critic Virginia Woolf, 59, drowned herself near her home in Lewes, East Sussex, England.

On March 28, 1979 – America's worst commercial nuclear accident. A coolant leak at the Three Mile Island's Unit 2 nuclear reactor, near Middletown, Pennsylvania leads to the core overheating and a partial meltdown

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the widow of U.S. Olympic legend Jesse Owens.

In 2017, Wells Fargo said it would pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over as many as 2 million accounts its employees opened for customers without getting their permission.

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

1515 – Teresa of Ávila, Spanish nun and saint (d. 1582)

1527 – Isabella Markham, English courtier (d. 1579)

1613 – Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang of China (d. 1688)

1743 – Yekaterina Vorontsova-Dashkova, Russian academic and politician (d. 1810)

1836 – Frederick Pabst, German-American brewer, founded the Pabst Brewing Company (d. 1904)

1868 – Maxim Gorky, Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright (d. 1936)

1890 – Paul Whiteman, American violinist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1967)

1902 – Flora Robson, English actress (d. 1984)

1903 – Rudolf Serkin, Czech-American pianist and educator (d. 1991)

1904 – Isabel Cuchí Coll, Puerto Rican author and journalist (d. 1993)

1906 – Dorothy Knowles, South African-English author, fencer and academic (d. 2010)

1907 – Lúcia Santos, Portuguese nun (d. 2005)

1909 – Nelson Algren, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1981)

1910 – Ingrid of Sweden, (d. 2000)

1912 – Marina Raskova, Russian pilot and navigator (d. 1943)

1914 – Edmund Muskie, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 58th United States Secretary of State (d. 1996)

1922 – Grace Hartigan, American painter and educator (d. 2008)

1923 – Thad Jones, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1986)

1924 – Freddie Bartholomew, American actor (d. 1992)

1925 – Dorothy DeBorba, American child actress (d. 2010)

1926 – Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba (d. 2014)

1927 – Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish journalist and author (d. 2007)

1927 – Vina Mazumdar, Indian academic and activist (d. 2013)

1928 – Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish-American political activist and analyst; 10th United States National Security Advisor (d. 2017)

1930 – Elizabeth Bainbridge, English soprano

1934 – Laurie Taitt, Guyanese-English hurdler (d. 2006)

1936 – Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian novelist, playwright, and essayist Nobel Prize laureate

1941 – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, American author and academic

1942 – Neil Kinnock, Welsh politician, Vice-President of the European Commission

1943 – Conchata Ferrell, American actress

1944 – Rick Barry, American basketball player and sportscaster

1944 – Ken Howard, American actor (d. 2016)

1945 – Rodrigo Duterte, Filipino politician, 16th President of the Philippines

1948 – Dianne Wiest, American actress

1953 – Rosemary Ashe, British actress and singer

1955 – Reba McEntire, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1956 – Susan Ershler, American mountaineer and author

1958 – Elisabeth Andreassen, Swedish-Norwegian singer

1959 – Laura Chinchilla, Costa Rican politician, President of Costa Rica

1964 – Karen Lumley, English politician

1966 – Cheryl James, American rapper and actress

1968 – Iris Chang, Chinese-American journalist and author (d. 2004)

1970 – Jennifer Weiner, American journalist and author

1971 – Christianne Meneses Jacobs, Nicaraguan-American journalist and educator

1971 – Orfeh, American singer, songwriter and actress

1975 – Kate Gosselin, American television personality

1977 – Lauren Weisberger, American author

1981 – Julia Stiles, American actress

1986 – Lady Gaga, American singer-songwriter, dancer, producer, and actress

1986 – J-Kwon, American rapper

1986 – Bowe Bergdahl, American sergeant

1986 – Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová, Czech tennis player

1990 – Zoella (Zoe Sugg), English Youtuber

1991 – Lisa-Maria Moser, Austrian tennis player