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Almanac - Wednesday 4/1/20

Edible Book Festival flyer, by flickr user Penn State...

Today is Edible Book Day...

Today is Wednesday, the 1st of April of 2020

It is the 92st day of the year.

274 days remain until the end of the year.

It is not only the first day of the second quarter of the year, but it is also the midway point of the first half of the year.

80 days until summer begins

216 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(7 months and 2 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:53 am 

and sunset will be at 7:35 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 42 minutes of daylight

The solar transit will be at 1:14 pm.

The first high tide will be at 5:19 am 

and the next high tide at 8:34 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 12:37 pm.

The Moon is 50.8% visible

First Quarter

Moon Direction:321.38° NW↑

Moon Altitude:-18.61°

Moon Distance: 238439 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 12:23 pm

Today is…

April Fools' Day

Assyrian New Year

Boomer Bonus Day

Fossil Fools Day

Global Day of the Engineer

International Edible Book Festival

International Fun at Work Day

International Tatting Day

Lupus Alert Day

National Atheist's Day

National Day of Hope

National Jump in Muddy Puddles Day

National Love for our Children Day

National One Cent Day

National Sourdough Bread Day

National Trombone Players Day

Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

Poetry and the Creative Mind Day

Reading is Funny Day

Sorry Charlie Day

St. Stupid Day

US Air Force Academy Day

Whole Grain Sampling Day

Today is also…

Sizdah Be-dar, celebrated on the 13th day after vernal equinox. (Iran)

Veneralia was held on April 1 during Ancient Rome

Odisha Day (Odisha, India)

Arbor Day (Tanzania)

Civil Service Day (Thailand)

Cyprus National Day (Cyprus)

Fossil Fools Day

Kha b-Nisan, the Assyrian New Year (Assyrian people)

National Civil Service Day (Thailand)

On this day in history…

33 – According to one historian's account, Jesus Christ's Last Supper is held

1854 – Charles Dickens' novel Hard Times begins serialisation in his magazine Household Words.

1891 – The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois.

1960 – The TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space

1970 – President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring the Surgeon General's warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertising on television and radio in the United States, effective 1 January 1971.

1976 – Apple Inc. is formed by Steve JobsSteve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in Cupertino, California, USA.

1997 – Comet Hale–Bopp is seen passing at perihelion.

1999 – Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.

2001 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first contemporary country to allow it.

2004 – Google announces Gmail to the public.

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

1815 – Otto von Bismarck, German lawyer and politician, 1st Chancellor of the German Empire (d. 1898)

1873 – Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1943)

1883 – Lon Chaney, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1930)

1895 – Alberta Hunter, African-American singer-songwriter and nurse (d. 1984)

1901 – Whittaker Chambers, American journalist and spy (d. 1961)

1920 – Toshiro Mifune, Japanese actor (d. 1997)

1922 – William Manchester, American historian and author (d. 2004)

1926 – Anne McCaffrey, American-Irish author (d. 2011)

1929 – Milan Kundera, Czech-born novelist, poet, and playwright

1932 – Debbie Reynolds, Scottish-Irish American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 2016)

1934 – Vladimir Posner, French-American journalist and radio host

1939 – Ali MacGraw, American model and actress

1942 – Samuel R. Delany, American author and critic

1942 – Richard D. Wolff, American economist and academic

1948 – Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican singer and musician

1949 – Gil Scott-Heron, American singer-songwriter and author (d. 2011)

1961 – Susan Boyle, Scottish singer

1973 – Rachel Maddow, American journalist and author

1976 – David Oyelowo, English actor

1982 – Taran Killam, American actor, voice artist, comedian, and writer