© 2021 KALW
KALW Public Media / 91.7 FM Bay Area
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Arts & Culture

Almanac - Thursday 3/19/20

Stonehenge Spring (Vernal) Equinox Celebrations 2018, by flickr user Stonehenge Stone Circle

Today is the Vernal Equinox at 8:48 tonight...

Today Thursday, the 19th of March of 2020....

This is the 79th day of the year.

287 days remain until the end of the year.

229 days until presidential elections

Winter ends and Spring Begins Today

Vernal Equinox on Thursday, March 19, 2020

at the time 08:48 PM

and tomorrow will be the first full day of spring.

The sun rises at 7:13 am 

and sunset will be at 7:23 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 10 minutes of sun.

The solar transit will be at 1:18 pm.

The first low tide was at 3:03 am 

and the next low tide will be at 3:40 pm.

The first high tide will be at 8:48 am 

and the next high tide at 10:48 pm.

Moon: 20.5%

Waning Crescent

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

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

Today is…

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

Certified Nurses Day

Client's Day

Companies That Care Day

Great American Meatout Day

International Astrology Day

International Day of Nowruz

International Earth Day

Let's Laugh Day

National Chocolate Caramel Day

National Poultry Day

Oranges and Lemons Day


Proposal Day!

Snowman Burning

The First Day of Spring

World Storytelling Day

Today is also…
Minna Canth's Birthday in Finland

St Joseph's Day

Father's Day in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Honduras, and Bolivia

Las Fallas, celebrated on the week leading to March 19. in Valencia, Spaine

"Return of the Swallow", annual observance of the swallows' return to Mission San Juan Capistrano in California.

Kashubian Unity Day in Poland

On this day in Women’s Herstory…

March 19, 1947 –  Glenn Close is born. A multi-time Emmy, Tony and Oscars Award winner, she has also advocated for women's and LGBT rights.

1895 – Auguste and Louis Lumière record their first footage using their newly patented cinematograph.

1918 – The US Congress establishes time zones and approves daylight saving time.

1931 – Gambling is legalized in Nevada.

1932 – The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened.

1962 – Highly influential artist Bob Dylan releases his first album, Bob Dylan, for Columbia Records.

1979 – The United States House of Representatives begins broadcasting its day-to-day business via the cable television network C-SPAN.

1987 – Televangelist Jim Bakker resigns as head of the PTL Club due to a brewing sex scandal; he hands over control to Jerry Falwell.

2008 – GRB 080319B: A cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed.

2018 – The last male northern white rhinocerosSudan, dies, ensuring a chance of extinction for the species.

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

1742 – Túpac Amaru II, Peruvian rebel leader (d. 1781)

1844 – Minna Canth, Finnish journalist, playwright, and activist (d. 1897)

1848 – Wyatt Earp, American police officer (d. 1929)

1860 – William Jennings Bryan, American lawyer and politician, 41st United States Secretary of State (d. 1925)

1872 – Anna Held, Polish singer (d. 1918)

1873 – Max Reger, German pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1916)

1880 – Ernestine Rose, American librarian and advocate (d. 1961) 

1881 – Edith Nourse Rogers, American social worker and politician (d. 1960)

1888 – Josef Albers, German-American painter and educator (d. 1976)

1891 – Earl Warren, American lieutenant, jurist, and politician, 14th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1974)

1894 – Moms Mabley, American comedian and singer (d. 1975)

1900 – Carmen Carbonell, Spanish stage and film actress (d. 1988)

1904 – John Sirica, American lawyer and judge (d. 1992)

1905 – Albert Speer, German architect and politician (d. 1981)

1906 – Adolf Eichmann, German SS officer (d. 1962)

1906 – Clara Breed, American librarian and activist (d. 1994)

1916 – Irving Wallace, American journalist, author, and screenwriter (d. 1990)

1917 – Laszlo Szabo, Hungarian chess player (d. 1998)

1919 – Lennie Tristano, American pianist, composer, and educator (d. 1978)

1922 – Hiroo Onoda, Japanese lieutenant (d. 2014)

1923 – Pamela Britton, American actress (d. 1974)

1931 – Emma Andijewska, Ukrainian poet, writer and painter

1932 – Gail Kobe, American actress and producer (d. 2013)

1933 – Phyllis Newman, American actress and singer

1933 – Philip Roth, American novelist (d. 2018)

1933 – Renée Taylor, American actress, producer, and screenwriter

1935 – Nancy Malone, American actress, director, and producer (d. 2014)

1936 – Ursula Andress, Swiss model and actress

1942 – Heather Robertson, Canadian journalist and author (d. 2014)

1946 – Ruth Pointer, American musician

1947 – Glenn Close, American actress, singer, and producer

1952 – Harvey Weinstein, American director and producer

1960 – Eliane Elias, Brazilian singer-songwriter and pianist