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Almanac - Thursday 3/26/20

purple leaf spinach bowl, by flickr user woodleywonderworks

It's both Spinach Festival Day and Purple Day...

Today is Thursday, the 26th of March of 2020

It is the 86th day of the year

280 days remain until the end of the year.

86 days until summer begins

222 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(7 months and 8 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:02 am 

and sunset will be at 7:29 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 27 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:15 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:23 am 

and the next high tide will be at 1:53 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:25 am 

and the next low tide at 7:22 pm.

The Moon is 4.1% visible

Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction:36.66° NE↑

Moon Altitude:-38.83°

Moon Distance: 251990 mi

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

Next New Moon: Wednesday April 22, 2020 at 7:25 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 8:29 am

Today is…

Legal Assistants Day

National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

National Nougat Day

National Spinach Day

Purple Day

Solitude Day

Spinach Festival Day

Today is also…

Independence Day and National Day in Bangladesh, celebrating the declaration of independence from Pakistan in 1971.

Martyr's Day or Day of Democracy in Mali

Prince Kūhiō Day in Hawaii

Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel in Eastern Christianity

On this day in Women’s Herstory…

March 26, 1940 – Nancy Pelosi is born. She became the first and so far only female U.S. speaker of the House in 2007.

March 26, 1930 – Sandra Day O’Connor is born. She became the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice in 1981.


Virginia (Toni) Carabillo,

Born on this day March 26, 1926 (d.1997) supported activism in behalf of women's issues, active in National Organization for Women (1968-87), co-authored the “Feminist Chronicles 1953-1993”

Also on this day in history…

1484 – William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop's Fables.

1812 – A political cartoon in the Boston Gazette coins the term "gerrymander" to describe oddly shaped electoral districts designed to help incumbents win reelection.

1967 – Ten thousand people gather for one of many Central Park be-ins in New York City.

1975 – The Biological Weapons Convention comes into force.

1979 – Anwar al-SadatMenachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.

1982 – A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, D.C.

2017 – Russia-wide anti-corruption protests in 99 cities. The Levada Center survey showed that 38% of surveyed Russians supported protests and that 67 percent held Putin personally responsible for high-level corruption.

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

1633 – Mary Beale, British artist (d. 1699)

1687 – Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, queen consort of Prussia (d. 1757)

1824 – Julie-Victoire Daubié, French journalist (d. 1874)

1859 – A. E. Housman, English poet and scholar (d. 1936)

1860 – André Prévost, French tennis player (d. 1919)

1874 – Robert Frost, American poet and playwright (d. 1963)

1875 – Syngman Rhee, South Korean journalist and politician, 1st President of South Korea (d. 1965)

1876 – Kate Richards O'Hare, American Socialist Party activist and editor (d. 1948)

1881 – Guccio Gucci, Italian fashion designer, founded Gucci (d. 1953)

1888 – Elsa Brändström, Swedish nurse and philanthropist (d. 1948)

1894 – Viorica Ursuleac, Ukrainian-Romanian soprano and actress (d. 1985)

1900 – Angela Maria Autsch, German nun, died in Auschwitz helping Jewish prisoners (d. 1941) [2]

1904 – Joseph Campbell, American mythologist and author (d. 1987)

1905 – Viktor Frankl, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist (d. 1997)

1911 – Tennessee Williams, American playwright, and poet (d. 1983)

1913 – Jacqueline de Romilly, Jewish Franco-Greek philologist, author, and scholar (d. 2010)

1913 – Paul Erdős, Hungarian-Polish mathematician and academic (d. 1996)

1914 – William Westmoreland, American general (d. 2005)

1916 – Sterling Hayden, American actor and author (d. 1986)

1917 – Rufus Thomas, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 2001)

1923 – Bob Elliott, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2016)

1925 – Pierre Boulez, French pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 2016)

1925 – James Moody, American saxophonist and composer (d. 2010)

1929 – Edward Sorel, American illustrator and caricaturist

1930 – Sandra Day O'Connor, American lawyer and jurist

1930 – Gregory Corso, American poet (d. 2001)

1931 – Leonard Nimoy, American actor (d. 2015)

1934 – Alan Arkin, American actor

1937 – Barbara Jones, American sprinter

1940 – James Caan, American actor and singer

1940 – Nancy Pelosi, American lawyer and politician, 60th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

1941 – Richard Dawkins, Kenyan-English ethologist, biologist, and academic

1942 – Erica Jong, American novelist and poet

1943 – Bob Woodward, American journalist and author

1944 – Diana Ross, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1949 – Vicki Lawrence, American actress, comedian, talk show host, and singer

1950 – Martin Short, Canadian-American actor, screenwriter, and producer

1954 – Curtis Sliwa, American talk show host and activist, founded Guardian Angels

1954 – Dorothy Porter, Australian poet and playwright (d. 2008)

1957 – Leeza Gibbons, American talk show host and television personality

1960 – Jennifer Grey, American actress and dancer

1964 – Maria Miller, English businessman and politician, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

1966 – Lilian Greenwood, English politician

1972 – Leslie Mann, American actress

1976 – Amy Smart, American actress and former model

1979 – Juliana Paes, Brazilian actress

1980 – Margaret Brennan, American journalist

1983 – Floriana Lima, American actress

1984 – Sara Jean Underwood, American model, television host, and actress

1985 – Keira Knightley, English actress

1986 – Emma Laine, Finnish tennis player

1996 – Kathryn Bernardo, Filipino actress

2005 – Ella Anderson, American actress