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Almanac - Monday 4/1/19

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Crest Instant Pudding, 1970's, found and taken by flickr user Roadsidepictures

Today is Monday, the 1st of April of 2019.  It is the 91st day of the year.  There are 274 days remaining until the end of the year.  It is not only the first day of the second quarter of the year, but it is also the midway point of the first half of the year.  81 days until summer begins.  582 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 03 2020...

(1 year 7 months and 2 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:54 am 

and sunset will be at 7:34 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 40 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:14 pm.

The first low tide was at 4:04 am

and the next low tide will be at 4:18 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:52 am 

and the next high tide at 11:11 pm.

New Moon in 4 days on Wednesday the 5th of April of 2019 at 1:50 am

First Quarter Moon in 11 days on the 12th of April of 2019 at 12:06 pm

Full Moon in 18 days on the 19th of April of 2019 at 4:12 am

Last Quarter Moon in 25 days the 26th of April of 2019 at 3:18 pm

The Moon is 13.5%, A Waning Crescent

Moon Direction:102.63° ESE↑

Moon Altitude:-8.63°

Moon Distance:251942 mi

Next Moonrise:Today5:26 am

Today is…

April Fools' Day

Assyrian New Year

Boomer Bonus Day

Edible Book Day

Fossil Fools Day

International Fun at Work Day

International Tatting Day

Lupus Alert Day

National Atheist's Day

National Fun Day

National Love for our Children Day

National One Cent Day

National Sourdough Bread Day

National Trombone Players Day

Poetry and the Creative Mind Day

Reading is Funny Day

St. Stupid Day

Sweet Potato Day

US Air Force Academy Day

Today is also…

Sizdah Be-dar and  Iranian Islamic Republic Day in Iran

Veneralia was held on April 1 during Ancient Rome, however this date does not lock into the modern Gregorian calendar.

April Fools' Day

Odisha Day in Odisha, India

Arbor Day in Tanzania

Civil Service Day in Thailand

Cyprus National Day in Cyprus

Edible Book Day

Fossil Fools Day

Kha b-Nisan, the Assyrian New Year for the Assyrian people

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

1873 – Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1943)

1883 – Lon Chaney, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1930)

1895 – Alberta Hunter, African-American singer-songwriter and nurse (d. 1984)

1901 – Whittaker Chambers, American journalist and spy (d. 1961)

1920 – Toshiro Mifune, Japanese actor (d. 1997)

1926 – Anne McCaffrey, American-Irish author (d. 2011)

1929 – Milan Kundera, Czech-born novelist, poet, and playwright

1929 – Jane Powell, American actress, singer, and dancer

1932 – Debbie Reynolds, Scottish-Irish American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2016)

1934 – Vladimir Posner, French-American journalist and radio host

1939 – Ali MacGraw, American model and actress

1940 – Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and politician, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)

1942 – Samuel R. Delany, American author and critic

1942 – Richard D. Wolff, American economist and academic

1948 – Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican singer and musician

1949 – Gil Scott-Heron, American singer-songwriter and author (d. 2011)

1961 – Susan Boyle, Scottish singer

1973 – Rachel Maddow, American journalist and author

1976 – David Oyelowo, English actor

1982 – Taran Killam, American actor, voice artist, comedian, and writer

…and on this day in history…

1854 – Charles Dickens' novel Hard Times begins serialisation in his magazine Household Words.

1891 – The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois.

1893 – The rank of Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy is established.

1949 – The Government of Canada repeals Japanese-Canadian internment after seven years.

1954 – United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorizes the creation of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

1960 – The TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space.

1970 – President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General's warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertising on television and radio in the United States, effective 1 January 1971.

1970 – The first of over 670,000 AMC Gremlins were released into North America to compete with foreign imported cars.

In 1972, the first Major League Baseball players' strike began; it lasted 12 days.

In 1976, Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.

In 1983, tens of thousands of anti-nuclear demonstrators linked arms in a 14-mile human chain spanning three defense installations in rural England, including the Greenham Common U.S. Air Base.

In 1987, in his first speech on the AIDS epidemic, President Ronald Reagan told doctors in Philadelphia, "We've declared AIDS public health enemy no. 1."

In 1988, the scientific bestseller "A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes" by British physicist Stephen Hawking was first published in the United Kingdom and the United States by Bantam Books.

1997 – Comet Hale–Bopp is seen passing at perihelion.

1999 – Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.

2001 – Former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on war crimes charges.

2001 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first contemporary country to allow it.

2004 – Google announces Gmail to the public.