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Almanac - Tuesday 4/9/19

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Happy National Unicorn Day!

Today is Tuesday April 9, 2019.  It is the 99th day of the year.  There are 266 days remaining until the end of the year.  73 days until summer begins, and 574 days until Presidential Elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 6 months and 25 days from today)

The sun rises this morning at 6:42 am 

and the sun sets at 7:41 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 59 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:11 pm.

The first high tide was at 2:18 am

and the next high tide will be at 4:04 pm.

The first low tide will be at 8:52 am 

and the next low tide at 8:41 pm.

The Moon is 17.2% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 13.45° NNE↑

Moon Altitude: -33.69°

Moon Distance: 238809 mi

Next Moonrise: Today 9:36 am

First Quarter Moon in 3 days Friday the 12th of April of 2019 at 12:06 pm

Full Moon in 10 days on Friday the 19th of April of 2019 at 4:12 am

Last Quarter Moon in 17 days Friday the 26th of April of 2019 at 3:18 pm

New Moon in 25 days on a Saturday 4th of May of 2019 at 3:45 pm

Today is…

Appomattox Day

Free Cone Day

International Be Kind To Lawyers Day

Jenkins' Ear Day

National Cherish an Antique Day

National Chicken Little Awareness Day

National Chinese Almond Cookie Day

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

National Name Yourself Day

National Unicorn Day

National Winston Churchill Day

Today is also…

Anniversary of the German Invasion of Denmark 

Baghdad Liberation Day in Iraqi Kurdistan

Bataan Day or Araw ng Kagitingan in The Philippines

Constitution Day in Kosovo

Day of National Unity in Georgia

Day of the Finnish Language 

Feast of the Second Day of the Writing of the Book of the Law in Thelema 

Martyr's Day in Tunisia

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day in the United States

Remembrance for Haakon Sigurdsson among The Troth

Vimy Ridge Day in Canada

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

1283 – Margaret, Maid of Norway, Queen of Scotland (d. 1290)

1821 – Charles Baudelaire, French poet and critic (d. 1867)

1830 – Eadweard Muybridge, English photographer and cinematographer (d. 1904)

1835 – Leopold II of Belgium (d. 1909)

1895 – Mance Lipscomb, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1976)

1898 – Paul Robeson, American singer, actor, and activist (d. 1976)

1905 – J. William Fulbright, American lawyer and politician (d. 1995)

1906 – Antal Doráti, Hungarian-American conductor and composer (d. 1988)

1910 – Abraham A. Ribicoff, American lawyer and politician, 4th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (d. 1998)

1921 – Mary Jackson, African American mathematician and aerospace engineer (d. 2005)

1926 – Hugh Hefner, American publisher, founded Playboy Enterprises (d. 2017)

1928 – Tom Lehrer, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and mathematician

1932 – Carl Perkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)

1933 – Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor and producer

1935 – Avery Schreiber, American actor and comedian (d. 2002)

1936 – Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist author, attempted murderer (d. 1988)

1937 – Marty Krofft, Canadian screenwriter and producer

1937 – Valerie Singleton, English television and radio host

1938 – Viktor Chernomyrdin, Russian businessman and politician, 30th Prime Minister of Russia (d. 2010)

1939 – Michael Learned, American actress

1954 – Dennis Quaid, American actor

1963 – Joe Scarborough, American journalist, lawyer, and politician

1966 – Cynthia Nixon, American actress

...and on this day in history...

190 – Dong Zhuo has his troops evacuate the capital Luoyang and burn it to the ground.

1860 – On his phonautograph machine, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville makes the oldest known recording of an audible human voice.

1939 – Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial, after being denied the right to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall.

1945 – Execution of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, anti-Nazi dissident and spy, by the Nazi regime.

1947 – The Journey of Reconciliation, the first interracial Freedom Ride begins through the upper South in violation of Jim Crow laws. The riders wanted enforcement of the United States Supreme Court's 1946 Irene Morgan decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel.

1957 – The Suez Canal in Egypt is cleared and opens to shipping following the Suez Crisis.

1959 – Project Mercury: NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven".

1961 – The Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles, once the largest electric railway in the world, ends operations.

1965 – Astrodome opens. First indoor baseball game is played.

1967 – The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) makes its maiden flight.

1976 – The EMD F40PH diesel locomotive enters revenue service with Amtrak.

2005 – Charles, Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony at Windsor's Guildhall.

2017 – After refusing to give up his seat on an overbooked United Airlines flight, Dr. David Dao Duy Anh is forcibly dragged off the flight by aviation security officers, leading to major criticism of United Airlines.