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Almanac - Monday 4/15/19

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Jackie Robinson

Today is Monday, the 15th of April of 2019.  It is the 105th day of the year.  There are 260 days remaining until the end of the year.  67 days until summer begins, and 568 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 6 months and 19 days from today)

The sun will rise at 6:34 am 

and sunset will be at 7:47 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 13 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:10 pm.  

The first low tide was at 2:45 am

and the next low tide will be at 3:06 pm.

The first high tide will be at 8:39 am 

and the next high tide at 10:09 pm.

The Moon is currently 79.5% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction:295.74° WNW↑

Moon Altitude:-10.13°

Moon Distance: 227046 mi

Next Full Moon: Friday Apr 19, 2019 at 4:12 am

Next New Moon: Saturday May 4, 2019 at 3:45 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 3:39 pm

Today is…

Boston Marathon Day

Holy Monday

Jackie Robinson Day

as it was on this day in 1947Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line.

McDonald's Day

on this day in 1955,  McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois

Microvolunteering Day

National Glazed Spiral Ham Day

National Griper's Day

National Rubber Eraser Day

National That Sucks Day

Patriots' Day

Take a Wild Guess Day

Titanic Remembrance Day

1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive.

Day of the Sun (North Korea)

1912 – Kim Il-sung, North Korean general and politician, 1st Supreme Leader of North Korea (d. 1994)

Today is also…

Sechseläuten (Zürich)

Father Damien Day (Hawaii)

Hillsborough Disaster Memorial (Liverpool, England)

Tax Day, the official deadline for filing an individual tax return (or requesting an extension). (United States, Philippines)

Universal Day of Culture

World Art Day

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

1452 – Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, and architect (d. 1519)

1469 – Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru (d. 1539)

1688 – Johann Friedrich Fasch, German violinist and composer (d. 1758)

1843 – Henry James, American novelist, short story writer, and critic (d. 1916)

1858 – Émile Durkheim, French sociologist, psychologist, and philosopher (d. 1917)

1889 – A. Philip Randolph, American activist (d. 1979)

1892 – Corrie ten Boom, Dutch-American clocksmith, Nazi resister, and author (d. 1983)

1894 – Nikita Khrushchev, Russian general and politician, 7th Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1971)

1894 – Bessie Smith, African-American singer and actress (d. 1937)

1904 – Arshile Gorky, Armenian-American painter and illustrator (d. 1948)

1922 – Harold Washington, American lawyer and politician, 51st Mayor of Chicago (d. 1987)

1924 – Neville Marriner, English violinist and conductor (d. 2016)

1933 – Roy Clark, American musician and television personality (d. 2018)

1933 – Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress and producer (d. 1995)

1944 – Dave Edmunds, Welsh singer, guitarist, and producer

1949 – Alla Pugacheva, Russian singer-songwriter and actress

1951 – Heloise, American journalist and author

1955 – Dodi Fayed, Egyptian film producer (d. 1997)

1966 – Samantha Fox, English singer-songwriter and actress

1982 – Seth Rogen, Canadian-American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1990 – Emma Watson, English actress

…and on this day in history…

1755 – Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London.

1817 – Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.

1892 – The General Electric Company is formed.

1896 – Closing ceremony of the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece.

1922 – U.S. Senator John B. Kendrick of Wyoming introduces a resolution calling for an investigation of a secret land deal, which leads to the discovery of the Teapot Dome scandal.

1923 – Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes.

1924 – Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas.

1960 – At Shaw University in Raleigh, North CarolinaElla Baker leads a conference that results in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

1989 – Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in China.

2013 – Two bombs explode near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in BostonMassachusetts, killing three people and injuring 264 others.