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Almanac - Wednesday 4/17/19

credit: flickr user sv1ambo
1966 Ford Mustang coupe

Today is Wednesday, the 17th of April of 2019.  It is the 107th day of the year.  There are 258 days remaining until the end of the year.  65 days until summer begins and 566 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 6 months and 17 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:31 am 

and the sun will set  at 7:49 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 18 minutes of daylight.

The solar noon will be at 1:10 pm.

The first low tide was at 4:28 am

and the next low tide will be at 4:38 pm.

The first high tide will be at 10:44 am 

and the next high tide at 11:22 pm.

The Moon is 94.5% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: 269.15° W↑

Moon Altitude: 6.91°

Moon Distance: 226449 mi

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

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

Next Moonset: Today at 5:50 am

Today is…

Bat Appreciation Day

Blah, Blah, Blah Day

Ellis Island Family History Day

Holy Wednesday

International Ford Mustang Day

International Haiku Poetry Day

Malbec World Day

National Bookmobile Day

National Cheeseball Day

National Kickball Day

Nothing Like a Dame Day

School Librarians' Day

Today is also…

Evacuation Day in Syria, celebrates the recognition of the independence of Syria from France in 1946.

FAO Day in Iraq

Flag Day in American Samoa

Malbec World Day

Women's Day in Gabon

World Hemophilia Day

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

1741 – Samuel Chase, American lawyer and jurist (d. 1811)

1837 – J. P. Morgan, American banker and financier, founded J.P. Morgan & Co. (d. 1913)

1882 – Artur Schnabel, Jewish-Polish pianist and composer (d. 1951)

1897 – Thornton Wilder, American novelist and playwright (d. 1975)

1918 – William Holden, American actor (d. 1981)

1923 – Harry Reasoner, American soldier and journalist (d. 1991)

1934 – Don Kirshner, American songwriter and producer (d. 2011)

1957 – Afrika Bambaataa, American disc jockey

1957 – Nick Hornby, English novelist, essayist, lyricist, and screenwriter

1967 – Liz Phair, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

..and on this day in history…

1397 – Geoffrey Chaucer tells The Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as the start of the book's pilgrimage to Canterbury.

1907 – The Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day.

1961 – Bay of Pigs Invasion: A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.

1969 – Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.

1970 – Apollo program: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely.

1971 – The People's Republic of Bangladesh is formed.

2014 – NASA's Kepler space telescope confirms the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.