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Almanac - Monday 4/29/19

credit: flickr user Michael W. May
shrimp and morel scampi: a bite

Today is Monday, the 29th of April of 2019.  It is the 119th day of the year.  246 days remain until the end of the year.  53 days until summer begins and 554 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020...

1 year 6 months and 5 days from today

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:16 am 

and sunset will be at 8:00 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 44 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:08 pm.

the first low tide was at 2:57 am

and the next low tide will be at 2:48 pm.

The first high tide will be at 8:28 am and

the next high tide at 9:49 pm.

Moon: 26.5%;  A Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: 122.21° ESE↑

Moon Altitude: 17.07°

Moon Distance: 251177 mi

Next New Moon :May 4, 20193:45 pm

Next Full Moon :May 18, 20192:11 pm

Next Moonset: Today 3:03 pm

Today is…

National Peace Rose Day

National Shrimp Scampi Day

Viral Video Day

World Wish Day®

Zipper Day

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare (United Nations)

International Dance Day (UNESCO)

Shōwa Day, traditionally the start of the Golden Week holiday period, which is April 29 and May 3–5. (Japan)

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

1863 – William Randolph Hearst, American publisher and politician, founded the Hearst Corporation (d. 1951)

1895 – Malcolm Sargent, English organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1967)

1899 – Duke Ellington, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1974)

(d. 1979)

1901 – Hirohito, Japanese emperor (d. 1989)

1922 – Toots Thielemans, Belgian guitarist and harmonica player (d. 2016)

1933 – Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter and poet (d. 2015)

1933 – Willie Nelson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

1936 – Zubin Mehta, Indian bassist and conductor

1938 – Bernard Madoff, American businessman and financier

1938 – Klaus Voormann, German artist, bass player, and producer

1943 – Duane Allen, American country singer (The Oak Ridge Boys)

1945 – Tammi Terrell, American soul singer-songwriter (d. 1970)

1952 – Nora Dunn, American actress and comedian

1954 – Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian, actor, and producer

1955 – Kate Mulgrew, American actress

1957 – Daniel Day-Lewis, British-Irish actor

1958 – Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress

1958 – Eve Plumb, American actress

1970 – Uma Thurman, American actress

…and on this date in history:

In 1429, Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleans to lead a French victory over the English.

In 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp. Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun inside his "Fuhrerbunker" and designated Adm. Karl Doenitz president.

1953 – The first U.S. experimental 3D television broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.

1967 – After refusing induction into the United States Army the previous day, Muhammad Ali is stripped of his boxing title.

In 1967, Aretha Franklin's cover of Otis Redding's "Respect" was released as a single by Atlantic Records.

In 1968, the counterculture rock musical "Hair" heralding the "Age of Aquarius" opened at Broadway's Biltmore Theater following limited engagements off-Broadway, beginning a run of 1,750 performances.

1968 – The controversial musical Hair, a product of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, opens at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway, with some of its songs becoming anthems of the anti-Vietnam War movement.

1970 – Vietnam War: United States and South Vietnamese forces invade Cambodia to hunt Viet Cong.

1974 – Watergate scandal: United States President Richard Nixon announces the release of edited transcripts of White House tape recordings relating to the scandal.

1975 Hubert van Es takes the famous picture of a helicopter airlift from a Saigon rooftop

The image shows South Vietnamese civilians employed by the U.S. trying to escape Saigon on the day before the city's fall. It came to symbolize the American defeat in Vietnam.

1986 – Chernobyl disaster: American and European spy satellites capture the ruins of the 4th Reactor at the Chernobyl Power Plant

On April 29, 1992, a jury in Simi Valley, California, acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney King; the verdicts were followed by rioting in Los Angeles resulting in 55 deaths.

1997 The Chemical Weapons Convention becomes effective.  The arms control treaty prohibits the production, storage, and use of chemical weapons. It has so far been ratified by some 190 countries.

2011 – The Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton takes place at Westminster Abbey in London.

In 2011, Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in an opulent ceremony at London's Westminster Abbey.

2015 – A baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox sets the all-time low attendance mark for Major League Baseball. Zero fans were in attendance for the game, as the stadium was officially closed to the public due to the 2015 Baltimore protests.