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Almanac - Thursday 3/12/20

A Flower's Best Friend, by flickr user John

It's Plant A Flower Day...

Today is Thursday, the 12th of March of 2020.

It is the 72nd day of the year.

294 days remain until the end of the year.

7 days until spring begins

236 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(7 months and 22 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:23 am 

and sunset will be at 7:16 pm.

We will have 11 hours and 53 minutes of daylight. 

The solar transit will be at 1:19 pm.

The first high tide will be at 2:13 am 

and the next high tide at 2:40 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 8:11 am 

and the next low tide at 8:16 pm.

The Moon is currently 88.8% visible

Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction:197.46° SSW↑

Moon Altitude:42.21°

Moon Distance:224741 mi

Next Moonset:Today9:32 am

The Last Quarter Moon will be in 4 days on Monday the 16th of March of 2020 at 2:34 am

A New Moon in 12 days on Tuesday the 24th of March of 2020 at 2:28 am

The First Quarter Moon in 20 days on Wednesday the 1st of April of 2020 at 3:21 am

and the next Full Moon in 26 days on Tuesday the 7th of April of 2020 at 7:35 pm

Today is...

National Alfred Hitchcock Day

National Baked Scallops Day

National Plant a Flower Day

Popcorn Lovers Day

World Kidney Day

Today is also...

Arbor Day in China and Taiwan

Aztec New Year

National Day in Mauritius

World Day Against Cyber Censorship

Youth Day in Zambia

On this day in Women's Herstory...

March 12, 1912 – Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls together in Savannah, Georgia, for the first-ever Girl Scout meeting

March 12, 1993 – Janet Reno is sworn in as the first woman U.S. Attorney General

Birthdays in Women's Herstory include...

1918 – Elaine de Kooning, American painter and academic (d. 1989)

1933 – Barbara Feldon, American actress

1936 – Virginia Hamilton, American children's books author (d. 2002)

1946 – Liza Minnelli, American actress, singer and dancer

March 12, 1968 – Tammy Duckworth is born. She became the first disabled woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and the second Asian-American woman in the Senate.


Lupe Anguiano, Mexican-American civil rights activist known for her work on women’s rights, the rights of the poor, and the protection of the environment, was born today in 1929. She was a national organizer for the United Farm Workers and founded the National Women’s Employment & Education Inc.


Dorrit Hoffleit, a senior research astronomer at Yale University, was born today in 1907. She was known for her work in variable stars, astrometry, spectroscopy, meteors, and the Bright Star Catalog, as well as her mentorship of many young women and generations of astronomers.

Also on this day in history...

1930 – Mahatma Gandhi begins the Salt March, a 200-mile march to the sea to protest the British monopoly on salt in India.

2003 – The World Health Organization officially release a global warning of outbreaks of Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

2004 – The President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, is impeached by its National Assembly: the first such impeachment in the nation's history.

2009 – Financier Bernard Madoff pleads guilty to one of the largest frauds in Wall Street's history.

2011 – A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

...and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You share this special day with...

1685 – George Berkeley, Irish bishop and philosopher (d. 1753)

1896 – Jesse Fuller, American singer-songwriter and musician (d. 1976)

1917 – Leonard Chess, American record company executive, co-founder of Chess Records (d. 1969)

1921 – Gordon MacRae, American actor and singer (d. 1986)

1922 – Jack Kerouac, American author and poet (d. 1969)

1922 – Lane Kirkland, American sailor and union leader (d. 1999)

1923 – Wally Schirra, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2007)

1928 – Edward Albee, American director and playwright (d. 2016)

1932 – Andrew Young, American pastor and politician, 14th United States Ambassador to the United Nations

1940 – Al Jarreau, American singer (d. 2017)

1947 – Mitt Romney, American businessman and politician, 70th Governor of Massachusetts

1948 – James Taylor, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1962 – Darryl Strawberry, American baseball player and minister

1969 – Jake Tapper, American journalist and author

1970 – Dave Eggers, American author and screenwriter