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Almanac - Thursday 4/4/19

Maya Angelou visits York College 2/4/13, taken by flickr user York College ISLGP

Today is Thursday, the 4th of April of 2019. It is the 94th day of the year. There are 271 days remaining until the end of the year.  78 days until summer begins.  579 days until Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 6 months and 30 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:50 am 

and the sun sets at 7:37 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 47 minutes of daylight. Solar noon will be at 1:13 pm.

The first low tide was just now at 5:46am 

and the next low tide at 5:50 pm.

The only high tide of the day will be at 12:00 pm.

New Moon tomorrow, Friday the 5th of April of 2019 at 1:50 am

First Quarter Moon in 8 days on Friday the 12th of April of 2019 at 12:06 pm

Full Moon in 15 days on a Friday the 19th of April of 2019 at 4:12 am

Last Quarter Moon in 22 days also on a Friday the 26th of April of 2019 at 3:18 pm

Today is…

On the Roman calendar, this was known as the day before the nones of April

404 Day

Hug a Newsperson Day

International Carrot Day

National Burrito Day

National Cordon Bleu Day

National Tell a Lie Day

Victims of Violence Wholly Day

Vitamin C Day

Walk Around Things Day

World Rat Day

Today is also…

Children's Day in Hong KongTaiwan

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Senegal from France in 1960

International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

Peace Day in Angola,

as it was on this day in 2002, The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War.

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

1640 – Gaspar Sanz, Spanish guitarist, composer, and priest (d. 1710)

1895 – Arthur Murray, American dancer and educator (d. 1991)

1913 – Frances Langford, American actress and singer (d. 2005)

1913 – Muddy Waters, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1983)

1914 – Marguerite Duras, French novelist, screenwriter, and director (d. 1996)

1922 – Elmer Bernstein, American composer and conductor (d. 2004)

1928 – Maya Angelou, American memoirist and poet (d. 2014)

1932 – Clive Davis, American record producer, founded Arista Records and J Records

1932 – Anthony Perkins, American actor (d. 1992)

1939 – Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer (d. 2018)

1942 – Kitty Kelley, American journalist and biographer

1965 – Robert Downey Jr., American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1979 – Heath Ledger, Australian actor (d. 2008)

…and on this day in history…

1581 – Francis Drake is knighted for completing a circumnavigation of the world.

1841 – William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia, becoming the first President of the United States to die in office, and setting the record for the briefest administration. Vice President John Tyler succeeds Harrison as President.

1850 – Los Angeles is incorporated as a city.

1873 – The Kennel Club is founded, the oldest and first official registry of purebred dogs in the world.

1923 – Warner Bros. Pictures opens its doors and is now open for business with the four founders of the company: Jack WarnerHarry WarnerAlbert Warner and Sam Warner.

1958 – The CND peace symbol is displayed in public for the first time in London.

1964 – The Beatles occupy the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.

1967 – Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" speech in New York City's Riverside Church.

1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

1973 – The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City are officially dedicated.

1975 – Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

1984 – President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons.