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Almanac - Thursday 4/17/19

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Today is Thursday, April 18, the 108th day of 2019. There are 257 days left in the year.

64 days until summer begins

565 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 6 months and 16 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:30 am 

and the sun sets at 7:50 pm.

We will have 13 hours and 20 minutes of daylight. Solar noon will be at 1:10 pm.

The first low tide will be at 5:16 am 

and the next low tide at 5:21 pm.

The first high tide will be at 11:42 am 

and the next high tide at 11:57 pm.

We will have a Full Moon tomorrow, Friday the 19th of April of 2019 at 4:12 am

It will be the Full Pink Moon.  This full Moon heralded the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It has also been called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.

Today is…

Adult Autism Awareness Day

Get to Know Your Customers Day

International Amateur Radio Day

International Day for Monuments and Sites

International Pizza Cake Day

Maundy Thursday

National Animal Crackers Day

National Ask An Atheist Day

National D.A.R.E. Day

National High Five Day

National Lineman Appreciation Day

National Velociraptor Awareness Day

Newspaper Columnists' Day

Pet Owners Independence Day

Piñata Day

Support Teen Literature Day

Today is also…

Army Day in Iran

Coma Patients' Day in Poland

Friend's Day in Brazil

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Zimbabwe from the United Kingdom in 1980.

International Day For Monuments and Sites

Invention Day in Japan

Victory over the Teutonic Knights in the Battle of the Ice in Russia

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

1480 – Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI

1857 – Clarence Darrow, American lawyer (d. 1938)

1882 – Leopold Stokowski, English conductor (d. 1977)

1904 – Pigmeat Markham, African-American comedian, singer, and dancer (d. 1981)

1905 – Sydney Halter, Canadian lawyer and businessman (d. 1990)

1922 – Lord Kitchner, Trinidadian singer (d. 2000)

1924 – Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)

1942 – Robert Christgau, American journalist and critic

1944 – Kathy Acker, American author and poet (d. 1997)

1947 – James Woods, American actor and producer

1959 – Susan Faludi, American journalist and author

1962 – Jeff Dunham, American comedian and ventriloquist

1963 – Conan O'Brien, American actor, producer, screenwriter, and talk show host

1971 – David Tennant, Scottish actor

1979 – Ethan Cohn, American actor

1979 – Kourtney Kardashian, American model and businesswoman

1984 – America Ferrera, American actress and producer

…and on this day in history…

In 1775, Paul Revere began his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Massachusetts, warning colonists that British Regular troops were approaching.

In 1906, a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by raging fires; estimates of the final death toll range between 3,000 and 6,000.

In 1923, the first game was played at the original Yankee Stadium in New York; the Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1.

In 1934, the first laundromat (called a "washateria") opened in Fort Worth, Texas.

In 1938, Superman, AKA "The Man of Steel," made his debut as the first issue of Action Comics (bearing a cover date of June) went on sale for 10 cents a copy. (In 2014, a nearly flawless original copy was sold on eBay for $3.2 million.)

In 1956, American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier (ren-YAY') of Monaco in a civil ceremony. (A church wedding took place the next day.)

In 1978, the Senate approved the Panama Canal Treaty, providing for the complete turnover of control of the waterway to Panama on the last day of 1999.

In 1995, quarterback Joe Montana retired from professional football. The Houston Post closed after more than a century.