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Almanac - Monday 3/23/20

A NAP WITH YOUR BUDDY Gracie and Lucy, by flickr user Thomas Dwyer

It's Puppy Day and Cuddly Kitten Day as well!

Today is Monday, the 23rd of March of 2020...

It is the 83rd day of the year.

283 days remain until the end of the year.

89 days until summer begins

225 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(7 months and 11 days from today

The sun rises at 7:07 am 

and sunset will be at 7:26 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 19 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:16 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:16 am 

The first low tide is right now at 5:48 am 

The next high tide will be at 11:54 am.

and the final low tide at 5:59 pm.

The Moon is 0.9% visible

a Waning Crescent

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

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

Next Moonrise: Today at 7:13 am

Today is…

Cuddly Kitten Day

National Chia Day

National Chip and Dip Day

National Melba Toast Day

National Puppy Day

Near Miss Day

OK Day

Ravenclaw Pride Day

World Meteorological Day

Today is also…

Day of Hungarian-Polish Friendship

Day of the Sea in the landlocked country Bolivia

Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Day in Azerbaijan

Pakistan Day

1956 – Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world. This date is now celebrated as Republic Day in Pakistan.

Promised Messiah Day in Ahmadiyya

1889 – The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is established by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in Qadian, British India.

On this day in history...

1775 – American Revolutionary WarPatrick Henry delivers his speech – "Give me liberty, or give me death!" – at St. John's Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia.

1857 – Elisha Otis's first elevator is installed at 488 Broadway New York City.

1868 – The University of California is founded in Oakland, California when the Organic Act is signed into law.

1965 – NASA launches Gemini 3, the United States' first two-man space flight (crew: Gus Grissom and John Young).

1977 – The first of The Nixon Interviews (12 will be recorded over four weeks) is videotaped with British journalist David Frost interviewing former United States President Richard Nixon about the Watergate scandal and the Nixon tapes.

1980 – Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador gives his famous speech appealing to men of the El Salvadoran armed forces to stop killing the Salvadorans.

1983 – Strategic Defense Initiative: President Ronald Reagan makes his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles.

2001 – The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.

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

1887 – Josef Čapek, Czech painter and poet (d. 1945)

1887 – Juan Gris, Spanish painter and sculptor (d. 1927)

1895 – Dane Rudhyar, French-American astrologer, author and composer (d. 1985)

1900 – Erich Fromm, German psychologist and sociologist (d. 1980)

1904 – Joan Crawford, American film actress (d. 1977)

1910 – Akira Kurosawa, Japanese director, producer and screenwriter (d. 1998)

1912 – Wernher von Braun, German-American physicist and engineer (d. 1977)

1922 – Marty Allen, American comedian and actor (d. 2018)

1924 – Bette Nesmith Graham, American inventor, invented Liquid Paper (d. 1980)

1933 – Philip Zimbardo, American psychologist and academic

1937 – Robert Gallo, American physician and academic

1945 – David Grisman, American mandolin player and composer

1952 – Kim Stanley Robinson, American author

1953 – Chaka Khan, American singer-songwriter

1957 – Amanda Plummer, American actress