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Almanac - Monday 3/30/20

Pencil, by flickr user FadderUri

It's Pencil Day...

Today is Monday, the 30th of March of 2020,

276 days remain until the end of the year.

82 days until summer begins

218 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 03 2020

(7 months and 4 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:56 am 

and sunset will be at 7:33 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 37 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:14 pm.

The first high tide was at 3:25 am 

and the next high tide will be at 5:56 pm.

The first low tide will be at 10:19 am 

and the next low tide at 10:00 pm.

The Moon is currently 30.6% visible

Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 340.39° NNW↑

Moon Altitude: -29.03°

Moon Distance: 244917 mi

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

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

Next Moonrise: Today 10:42 am

Today is…

Grass is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day

National Doctors Day

National I am in Control Day

National Virtual Vacation Day

Pencil Day

Take a Walk in the Park Day

TB-303 Appreciation Day

Turkey Neck Soup Day

World Bipolar Day

Today is also…

Land Day in Palestine

Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day in Trinidad and Tobago

School Day of Non-violence and Peace in Spain

On this day in history…

1842 – Ether anesthesia is used for the first time, in an operation by the American surgeon Dr. Crawford Long.

1867 – Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2-cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward.

1870 – Texas is readmitted to the United States Congress following Reconstruction.

1959 – Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India.

1982 – Space Shuttle programSTS-3 Mission is completed with the landing of Columbia at White Sands Missile RangeNew Mexico.

2017 – SpaceX conducts the world's first reflight of an orbital class rocket

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

1135 – Maimonides, Spanish rabbi and philosopher (April 6 also proposed, d. 1204)

1746 – Francisco Goya, Spanish-French painter and sculptor (d. 1828)

1844 – Paul Verlaine, French poet (d. 1896)

1853 – Vincent van Gogh, Dutch-French painter and illustrator (d. 1890)

1882 – Melanie Klein, Jewish Austrian-English psychologist and author (d. 1960)

1895 – Jean Giono, French author and poet (d. 1970)

1913 – Richard Helms, American soldier and diplomat, 8th Director of Central Intelligence (d. 2002)

1913 – Frankie Laine, American singer-songwriter (d. 2007)

1914 – Sonny Boy Williamson I, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (d. 1948)

1930 – John Astin, American actor

1930 – Rolf Harris, Australian singer-songwriter

1937 – Warren Beatty, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1945 – Eric Clapton, English guitarist and singer-songwriter

1950 – Robbie Coltrane, Scottish actor

1962 – MC Hammer, American rapper and actor

1964 – Tracy Chapman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1965 – Piers Morgan, English journalist and talk show host

1968 – Celine Dion, Canadian singer-songwriter

1979 – Norah Jones, American singer-songwriter and pianist