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Almanac - Wednesday 4/3/19

Khalua Chocolate Moose Cake @ Cafe George, taken, maybe eaten by flickr user louis r

Today is Wednesday, the 3rd of April of 2019.  It is the 94th day of the year. There are 271 days remaining until the end of the year. 79 days until summer begins. 580 days until presidential elections...

The sun rises at 6:51 am and

the sun sets at 7:36 pm.

We will have 12 hours and 45 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:13 pm.

The first low tide was at 5:14 am 

and the next low tide at 5:21 pm.

The first high tide will be at 11:19 am 

and the next high tide at 11:59 pm.

New Moon in 2 days on Friday the 5th of April of 2019 at 1:50 am

First Quarter Moon in 9 days on Friday the12th of April of 2019 at 12:06 pm

Full Moon in 16 days, Friday the 19th of April of 2019 at 4:12 am

Last Quarter Moon in 23 days Friday the 26th of April of 2019 at 3:18 pm

Today is…

American Circus Day

Armenian Appreciation Day

Find a Rainbow Day

Fish Fingers and Custard Day

Global Day of the Engineer

National Chocolate Mousse Day

National Day of Hope

National Don't Go to Work Unless It's Fun Day

National Film Score Day

National Walking Day

Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

Pony Express Day

Tweed Day

Weed Out Hate: Sow The Seeds of Greatness Day

Whole Grain Sampling Day

World Party Day

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

1016 – Xing Zong, Chinese emperor (d. 1055)

1783 – Washington Irving, American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian (d. 1859)

1885 – Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 1954)

1895 – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Italian-American composer and educator (d. 1968)

1895 – Zez Confrey, American pianist and composer (d. 1971)

1898 – George Jessel, American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1981)

1898 – Henry Luce, American publisher, co-founded Time Magazine (d. 1967)

1916 – Herb Caen, American journalist and author (d. 1997)

1922 – Doris Day, American singer and actress

1924 – Marlon Brando, American actor and director (d. 2004)

1926 – Gus Grissom, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1967)

1930 – Helmut Kohl, German politician, Chancellor of Germany (d. 2017)

1934 – Jane Goodall, English primatologist and anthropologist

1942 – Wayne Newton, American singer

1943 – Richard Manuel, Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1986)

1944 – Tony Orlando, American singer

1948 – Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Mexican economist and politician, 53rd President of Mexico

1949 – Richard Thompson, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1951 – Mitch Woods, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1953 – Sandra Boynton, American author and illustrator

1958 – Alec Baldwin, American actor, comedian, producer and television host

1961 – Eddie Murphy, American actor and comedian

1964 – Nigel Farage, English politician

1971 – Picabo Street, American skier

1986 – Amanda Bynes, American actress

…and on this day in history…

686 – Maya king Yuknoom Yich'aak K'ahk' assumes the crown of Calakmul.

1860 – The first successful United States Pony Express run from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, begins.

1895 – The trial in the libel case brought by Oscar Wilde begins, eventually resulting in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality.

1922 – Joseph Stalin becomes the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

1933 – First flight over Mount Everest, by the British Houston-Mount Everest Flight Expedition, led by the Marquis of Clydesdale, and funded by Lucy, Lady Houston.

1936 – Bruno Richard Hauptmann is executed for the kidnapping and death of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the baby son of pilot Charles Lindbergh.

1948 – Cold War: U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan, authorizing $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.

1955 – The American Civil Liberties Union announces it will defend Allen Ginsberg's book Howl against obscenity charges.

1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. He was assassinated the next day.

1973 – Martin Cooper of Motorola makes the first handheld mobile phone call to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.

1975 – Bobby Fischer refuses to play in a chess match against Anatoly Karpov, giving Karpov the title of World Champion by default.

1981 – The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, is unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.

1996 – Suspected "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski is captured at his Montana cabin in the United States.

1997 – The Thalit massacre begins in Algeria; all but one of the 53 inhabitants of Thalit are killed by guerrillas.

2000 – United States v. Microsoft Corp.Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust law by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors.

2010 – Apple Inc. released the first generation iPad, a tablet computer.

2016 – The Panama Papers, a leak of legal documents, reveals information on 214,488 offshore companies.

2018 – YouTube headquarters shooting