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Almanac - Tuesday 4/2/19

nomnomnom, by flickr Katheirne Hitt

Today Tuesday, the 2nd of April of 2019 is the 92nd day of the year.  There are 273 days remaining until the end of the year.  80 days until summer begins.  581 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 7 months and 1 day from today)

The sun rises at 6:53 am 

and sunset will be at 7:35 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 42 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:14 pm.

The first low tide was at 4:41 am

and the next low tide will be at 4:51 pm.

The first high tide will be at 10:37 am 

and the next high tide at 11:35 pm.

We’ll have a New Moon in 3 days on Friday the 5th of April of 2019 at 1:50 am

First Quarter Moon in 10 days on a Friday the 12th of April of 2019 at 12:06 pm

Full Moon in 17 days on a Friday the 19th of April of 2019 at 4:12 am

Last Quarter Moon in 24 days on a Friday the 26th of April of 2019 at 3:18 pm

The Moon is 7.8% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction:93.00° E↑

Moon Altitude:-15.25°

Moon Distance:251365 mi

Next Moonrise:Today5:57 am

Today is …

Equal Pay Day

International Fact-Checking Day

National Ferret Day

National Love your Produce Manager Day

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Reconciliation Day

SAAM Day of Action

Today is also…

International Children's Book Day

Thai Heritage Conservation Day in Thailand

Unity of Peoples of Russia and Belarus Day in Belarus

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

742 – Charlemagne, Frankish king (d. 814)

1805 – Hans Christian Andersen, Danish novelist, short story writer, and poet (d. 1875)

1840 – Émile Zola, French novelist, playwright, journalist (d. 1902)

1908 – Buddy Ebsen, American actor and dancer (d. 2003)

1914 – Alec Guinness, English actor (d. 2000)

1920 – Jack Webb, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1982)

1934 – Carl Kasell, American journalist and game show host (d. 2018)

1939 – Marvin Gaye, American singer-songwriter (d. 1984)

1941 – Dr. Demento, American radio host

1942 – Leon Russell, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2016)

1942 – Roshan Seth, Indian-English actor

1943 – Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (d. 2017)

1945 – Anne Waldman, American poet

1947 – Emmylou Harris, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1947 – Camille Paglia, American author and critic

1965 – Rodney King, American victim of police brutality (d. 2012)

1977 – Michael Fassbender, German-Irish actor and producer

…and on this day in history…

In 1792, Congress passed the Coinage Act, which authorized establishment of the U.S. Mint.

1800 – Ludwig van Beethoven leads the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna.

1902 – "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles.

In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, "The world must be made safe for democracy." (Congress declared war four days later.)

1930 – After the mysterious death of Empress ZewdituHaile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.

1956 – As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiere on CBS. The two soaps become the first daytime dramas to debut in the 30-minute format.

In 1958, the term "beatnik" was coined by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen to refer to members of the pre-hippie counterculture; the term was inspired by the "Beat Generation" and by the Soviet launch of its second Sputnik spacecraft.

In 1968, "2001: A Space Odyssey," the groundbreaking science-fiction film epic produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, had its world premiere in Washington, D.C.

1972 – Actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist during the Red Scare in the early 1950s.

1973 – Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.

In 1982, several thousand troops from Argentina seized the disputed Falkland Islands, located in the south Atlantic, from Britain. (Britain seized the islands back the following June.)

2012 – A mass shooting at Oikos University in California leaves seven people dead and three injured.

One year ago today in 2018, Thousands of Oklahoma teachers began two weeks of walkouts and descended on the state Capitol to demand more education funding.

AND Thousands of Kentucky teachers marched to the state Capitol to protest changes to their pension system; some districts that were not on spring break had to cancel classes.