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Almanac - Tuesday 3/17/20

View of the St. Patricks Road (Route 266) in St. Patricks, Prince Edward Island, Canada. By flickr user Craigford

May The Road Rise To Meet You.  It's St. Patrick's Day...

Today Tuesday, the 17th of March of 2020.

It is the 77th day of the year

289 days remain until the end of the year.

2 days until spring begins

231 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3 2020

(7 months and 17 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:16 am 

and sunset will be at 7:21 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 5 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:18 pm.

The first low tide was at 12:38 am 

and the next low tide will be at 1:49 pm.

The first high tide will be at 6:34 am 

and the next high tide at 9:16 pm.

The Moon is currently 38.8% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction:132.91° SE↑

Moon Altitude:11.14°

Moon Distance:241474 mi

Next New Moon: Tuesday Mar 24, 2020 at 2:28 am

Next Full Moon: Tuesday Apr 7, 2020 at 7:35 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 1:11 pm

Today is…

Camp Fire Girls Day

Corned Beef and Cabbage Day

Doctor-Patient Trust Day

St. Patrick's Day

Submarine Day

World Social Work Day

Today is also…

Children's Day (Bangladesh)

Evacuation Day (Suffolk County, Massachusetts)

Saint Patrick's Day, a public holiday in Ireland, Montserrat and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, widely celebrated in the English-speaking world and to a lesser degree in other parts of the world.

On this day in Women’s Herstory…

March 17, 1910 – Camp Fire Girls is established as the first interracial, non-sectarian American organization for girls

March 17, 1917 – Loretta Perfectus Walsh became the first woman to join the navy and the first woman to officially join the military in a role other than a nurse

1969 – Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.

March 17, 2000 – Julia Roberts becomes the first female actor ever to earn $20 million for a single film in Erin Brockovich.

Some Women’s Herstory birthdays today…

March 17, 1849 (d.1934) – Cornelia Clapp, zoologist and academic specializing in marine biology, taught at Mt. Holyoke where she developed a highly effective technique for college instruction, and helped organize the school’s zoology department, worked with the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole from its inception

March 17, 1896 (d.1982) – Helen Lynd, studied life in Muncie, Indiana, for 18 months from 1924-25 with husband Robert, their book “Middletown” was an instant best seller as it traced the decline of community spirit as the town faced industrial growth, taught at Sarah Lawrence College for almost 40 years

March 17, 1902 (d.1995) – Alice Greenough, carried mail at age 15, joined a Wild West show, became a professional rodeo rider in 1921 and earned about $12,000 yearly, toured Australia and Spain as well as the U.S.

Also on this day in history…

1941 – In Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Art is officially opened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1950 – Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name "californium".

1992 – A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%.

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

1912 – Bayard Rustin, American activist (d. 1987)

1919 – Nat King Cole, American singer, pianist, and television host (d. 1965)

1920 – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladeshi politician, 1st President of Bangladesh (d. 1975)

1930 – Paul Horn, American-Canadian flute player and saxophonist (d. 2014)

1938 – Rudolf Nureyev, Russian-French dancer and choreographer (d. 1993)

1941 – Paul Kantner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2016)

1944 – John Sebastian, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1948 – William Gibson, American-Canadian author and screenwriter

1951 – Kurt Russell, American actor and producer

1955 – Cynthia McKinney, American activist and politician