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Almanac - Monday 4/8/19

Argentine Empanadas, by flickr user protoflux

Today, Monday, the 8th of April of 2019, is the 98th day of the year.  There are 267 days remaining until the end of the year.  74 days until summer begins.  575 days until presidential elections, Tuesday November 3, 2020...

The sun rises at 6:44 am 

and sunset will be at 7:40 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 56 minutes of daylight. Solar noon will be at 1:12 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:45 am

and the next high tide will be at 3:03 pm.

The first low tide will be at 8:06 am 

and the next low tide at 7:58 pm.

The Moon is currently 10.1% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction:27.74° NNE↑

Moon Altitude:-33.47°

Moon Distance:241001 mi

Next Moonrise:Today8:57 am

First Quarter Moon in 4 days on Friday, the 12th of April of 2019 at 12:06 pm

Full Moon in 11 days on Friday, the 19th of April of 2019 at 4:12 am

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

New Moon in 26 days, Friday the 4th of May of 2019 at 3:45 pm

Today is…

Dog Farting Awareness Day
Draw a Picture of a Bird Day

International Feng Shui Awareness Day

International Romani Day

National All is Ours Day

National Dog Fighting Awareness Day

National Empañada Day

Step into the Spotlight! Day

Trading Cards For Grown-ups Day

Zoo Lovers Day

Today is also…

Birkat Hachama (observed once every 28 years), last in 2009 and next in 2037

Buddha's Birthday, also known as Hana Matsuri, "Flower Festival" in Japan

International Romani Day

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

1892 – Mary Pickford, Canadian-American actress, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded United Artists (d. 1979)

1896 – Yip Harburg, American composer (d. 1981)

1912 – Sonja Henie, Norwegian-American figure skater and actress (d. 1969)

1918 – Betty Ford, American wife of Gerald Ford, 40th First Lady of the United States (d. 2011)

1919 – Ian Smith, Zimbabwean lieutenant and politician, 1st Prime Minister of Rhodesia (d. 2007)

1922 – Carmen McRae, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress (d. 1994)

1929 – Jacques Brel, Belgian singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1978)

1937 – Seymour Hersh, American journalist and author

1938 – Kofi Annan, Ghanaian economist and diplomat, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations (d. 2018)

1946 – Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (d. 1999)

1955 – Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist, essayist and poet

1963 – Julian Lennon, English singer-songwriter

1964 – Biz Markie, American rapper, producer, and actor

1966 – Robin Wright, American actress, director, producer

1968 – Patricia ArquetteFrench-Canadian Russian/Polish Jewish-American actress and director

1968 – Tracy Grammer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

…and on this day in history…

1820 – The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos.

In 1864, the United States Senate passed, 38-6, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing slavery. (The House of Representatives passed it in January 1865; the amendment was ratified and adopted in December 1865.)

1913 – The 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution, requiring direct election of Senators, becomes law.

1935 – The Works Progress Administration is formed when the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 becomes law.

1959 – A team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people led by Grace Hopper meets to discuss the creation of a new programming language that would be called COBOL.

1974 – At Atlanta–Fulton County StadiumHank Aaron hits his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 39-year-old record.

1975 – Frank Robinson manages the Cleveland Indians in his first game as major league baseball's first African American manager.

In 1988, TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart resigned from the Assemblies of God after he was defrocked for rejecting an order from the church's national leaders to stop preaching for a year amid reports he had consorted with a prostitute.

In 1990, Ryan White, the teenage AIDS patient whose battle for acceptance had gained national attention, died in Indianapolis at age 18.

1992 – Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries.

On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain, singer and guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.

2008 – The construction of the world's first skyscraper to integrate wind turbines is completed in Bahrain

In 2013, President Barack Obama warned Congress not to use delaying tactics against tighter gun regulations and told families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims during a visit to Hartford, Connecticut, that he was "determined as ever" to honor their children with tougher laws.