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Almanac - Wednesday 3/25/20

Waffles, by flickr user mroach

It's International Waffle Day...

Today is Wednesday, the 25th of March of 2020.

It is the 84th day of the year

281 days remain until the end of the year.

87 days until summer begins

223 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 03 2020

(7 months and 9 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:04 am 

and sunset will be at 7:28 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 24 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:16 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:01 am 

and the next high tide will be at 1:12 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:53 am 

and the next low tide at 6:54 pm.

The Moon is now 1.3% visible

a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 53.75° NE↑

Moon Altitude: -35.08°

Moon Distance: 252555 mi

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

Next New Moon: Apr 22, 2020 at 7:25 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 8:03 am

Today is…

American Red Cross Giving Day

International Waffle Day

Manatee Appreciation Day

National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy

National Little Red Wagon Day

National Lobster Newburg Day

National Medal of Honor Day

Old New Year's Day

Pecan Day

Tolkien Reading Day

Today is also…

Anniversary of the Arengo and the Feast of the Militants in San Marino

Cultural Workers Day in Russia

Empress Menen's Birthday for followers of Rastafari

EU Talent Day in European Union

Mother's Day in Slovenia

Vårfrudagen or Våffeldagen, "Waffle Day" in Sweden

Freedom Day in Belarus

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members (United Nations General Assembly)

Maryland Day in MarylandUnited States

Independence Day, celebrates the start of Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire, in 1821. in Greece

NZ Army Day

Struggle for Human Rights Day in Slovakia

Tolkien Reading Day

On this day in Women’s History…

1911 – In New York City, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire kills 146 garment workers, mostly Eastern European immigrant women

1347 – Catherine of Siena, Italian philosopher, theologian, and saint 

(d. 1380)

1921 – Simone Signoret, French actress 

(d. 1985)

1925 – Flannery O'Connor, American short story writer and novelist 

(d. 1964)

1934 – Gloria Steinem, American feminist activist

1939  -- Toni Cade Bambara, challenged masculinist assumptions in black radical discourse of the Sixties, wrote short fiction “Gorilla, My Love” (1972) which won the Black Rose Award, “The Salt Eaters” (1981) won the Langston Hughes Society Award

1942 – Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2018)

1958 – Susie Bright, American journalist, author, and critic

1965 – Sarah Jessica Parker, American actress, producer, and designer

Also on this day in history…

1807 – The Slave Trade Act becomes law, abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire.

1306 – Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scots (Scotland).

1807 – The Swansea and Mumbles Railway, then known as the Oystermouth Railway, becomes the first passenger-carrying railway in the world.

1911 – In New York City, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire kills 146 garment workers.

1931 – The Scottsboro Boys are arrested in Alabama and charged with rape.

1957 – United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" on obscenity grounds.

1965 – Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King Jr. successfully complete their 4-day 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.

1969 – During their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold their first Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel (until March 31).

1988 – The Candle demonstration in Bratislava is the first mass demonstration of the 1980s against the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.

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

1867 – Arturo Toscanini, Italian-American cellist and conductor (d. 1957)

1881 – Béla Bartók, Hungarian pianist and composer (d. 1945)

1901 – Ed Begley, American actor (d. 1970)

1918 – Howard Cosell, American soldier, journalist, and author (d. 1995)

1926 – Gene Shalit, American journalist and critic

1928 – Jim Lovell, American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1929 – Cecil Taylor, American pianist and composer (d. 2018)

1938 – Hoyt Axton, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1999)

1947 – Elton John, English singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor