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Almanac - Tuesday 4/30/19

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Oatmeal Raisin

Today is Tuesday, the 30th of April of 2019.  It is the 120th day of the year.  245 days remain until the end of the year.  52 days until summer begins and 553 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 6 months and 4 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:14 am 

and sunset will be at 8:01 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 47 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

The first low tide was at 3:39 am

and the next low tide will be at 3:28 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:26 am 

and the next high tide at 10:16 pm.

The Moon is currently 18.9% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: 104.18° ESE↑

Moon Altitude: 3.66°

Moon Distance: 250316 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Saturday May 18, 2019 at 2:11 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 4:00 pm

Today is…

Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Bugs Bunny Day

Day of the Child

Hairstyle Appreciation Day

International Jazz Day

National Animal Advocacy Day

National Bubble Tea Day

National Honesty Day

National Military Brats Day

National Mr. Potato Head Day

National Oatmeal Cookie Day

National PrepareAthon! Day

National Raisin Day

National Sarcoidosis Day

Spank Out Day

Today is also…

Armed Forces Day in Georgia

Birthday of the King Carl XVI Gustaf, one of the official flag days of Sweden.

Camarón Day in French Foreign Legion

Children's Day in Mexico

Consumer Protection Day in Thailand

Martyr's Day in Pakistan

May Eve, the eve of the first day of summer in the Northern hemisphere (which is celebrated tomorrow, May 1):

Beltane begins at sunset in the Northern hemisphere, 

Samhain begins at sunset in the Southern hemisphere, in the Neo-Druidic Wheel of the Year

Carodejnice in Czech Republic and Slovakia

Walpurgis Night in Central and Northern Europe

National Persian Gulf Day in Iran

Reunification Day in Vietnam

Russian State Fire Service Day in Russia

Teachers' Day in Paraguay

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

1870 – Franz Lehár, Hungarian composer (d. 1948)

1877 – Alice B. Toklas, American memoirist (d. 1967)

1896 – Reverend Gary Davis, American singer and guitarist (d. 1972)

1908 – Eve Arden, American actress (d. 1990)

1909 – Juliana of the Netherlands (d. 2004)

1923 – Percy Heath, American bassist (d. 2005)

1925 – Johnny Horton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1960)

1938 – Larry Niven, American author and screenwriter

1943 – Bobby Vee, American pop singer-songwriter (d. 2016)

1944 – Jill Clayburgh, American actress (d. 2010)

1945 – Mimi Fariña, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist (d. 2001)

1959 – Stephen Harper, Canadian economist and politician, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada

1982 – Kirsten Dunst, American actress

1985 – Gal Gadot, Israeli actress and model

…and on this day in history….

1789 – On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.

1905 – Albert Einstein completes his doctoral thesis at the University of Zurich.

1927 – Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

1937 – The Commonwealth of the Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative.

1938 – The animated cartoon short Porky's Hare Hunt debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit, an early version of Bugs Bunny.

1939 – The 1939-40 New York World's Fair opens.

1947 – In Nevada, Boulder Dam is renamed Hoover Dam.

1963 – The Bristol Bus Boycott is held in Bristol to protest the Bristol Omnibus Company's refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, drawing national attention to racial discrimination in the United Kingdom.

1966 – The Church of Satan is formed in The Black House, San Francisco

1993 – CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free.

1997 – Ellen DeGeneres' character on her sitcom, Ellen comes out as gay, making the show one of the first major television shows featuring an openly gay main character

2009 – Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.