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Almanac - Friday 4/3/20


It's "Find A Rainbow Day" - here's one I found on my block!

Today is Friday, April 3, 2020, the 94th day of the year. 78 days until summer, and only 214 days until presidential elections (if civilization survives).  

  • Sunrise: 6:51am         
  • Sunset: 7:35pm ...giving us 12 hours 42min of daylight.   64% of the waxing gibbous moon will be visible, rising at 2:35pm.  

Tides at the Golden Gate                    

  • High: 7:51am/2:43pm               
  • Low: 2:06am/2:43pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Don't Go To Work Unless It's Fun Day….well...on second thought, just DON’T GO TO WORK!
  • Fan Dance Day
  • Hospital Admitting Clerks Day
  • International Kids Yoga Day
  • National Walk To Work Day
  • Find A Rainbow Day
  • National Film Score Day
  • National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day
  • National Chocolate Mousse Day
  • Pony Express Day
  • Tweed Day
  • Weed Out Hate
  • World Party Day

On this day in…


1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida. He had sighted the land the day before.

1776 - George Washington received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard College .

1829 - James Carrington patented the coffee mill.

1860 - The first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA. The trip across country took about 10 days. The Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half.

1865 - Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.

1866 - Rudolph Eickemeyer and G. Osterheld patented a blocking and shaping machine for hats.

1882 - The American outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back and killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward. There was later controversy over whether it was actually Jesse James that had been killed.

1910 - Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America was climbed.

1933 - First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt informed newspaper reporters that beer would be served at the White House. This followed the March 22 legislation that legalized "3.2" beer.

1936 - Richard Bruno Hauptmann was executed for the kidnapping and death of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.

1942 - The Japanese began their all-out assault on the U.S. and Filipino troops at Bataan.

1946 - Lt. General Masaharu Homma, the Japanese commander responsible for the Bataan Death March, was executed in the Philippines.

1948 - U.S. President Harry Truman signed the Marshall Plan to revive war-torn Europe. It was $5 billion in aid for 16 countries.

1953 - "TV Guide" was published for the first time.

1967 - The U.S. State Department said that Hanoi might be brainwashing American prisoners.

1968 - Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "mountaintop" speech just 24 hours before he was assassinated.

1968 - North Vietnam agreed to meet with U.S. representatives to set up preliminary peace talks.

1972 - Charlie Chaplin returned to the U.S. after a twenty-year absence.

1979 - Jane Byrne became the first female mayor in Chicago.

1982 - John Chancellor stepped down as anchor of the "The NBC Nightly News." Roger Mudd and Tom Brokaw became the co-anchors of the show.

1983 - It was reported that Vietnamese occupation forces had overrun a key insurgent base in western Cambodia.

1984 - Sikh terrorists killed a member of the Indian Parliament in his home.

1985 - The U.S. charged that Israel violated the Geneva Convention by deporting Shiite prisoners.

1986 - The U.S. national debt hit $2 trillion.

1996 - Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski was arrested. He pled guilty in January 1998 to five Unabomber attacks in exchange for a life sentence without chance for parole.

1998 - The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 9,000 for the first time.

2000 - A U.S. federal judge ruled that Microsoft had violated U.S. antitrust laws by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors. Microsoft said that they would appeal the ruling.

2010 - The first Apple iPad was released.

If today’s your birthday, you share it with…

  • John Harrison 1693 - Carpenter, clockmaker, inventor of the marine chronometer
  • Washington Irving 1783 - Author 
  • William M. "Boss" Tweed 1823 - Political boss, known for his Tweed "Ring" that stole millions of dollars from New York City
  • Sally Rand 1904 - Burlesque dancer, actress
  • Herb Caen 1916 - Journalist
  • Jan Sterling (Adriance) 1923 - Actress
  • Doris Day 1924 - Singer, actress
  • Marlon Brando 1924 - Actor 
  • Helmut Kohl 1930 - Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1982-1998
  • Jane Goodall 1934 - Anthropologist, author
  • Jan Berry 1941 - Songwriter, singer (Jan and Dean)
  • Marsha Mason 1942 - Actress
  • Wayne Newton 1942 - Singer
  • Tony Orlando 1944 - Singer
  • Richard Thompson 1949 - Musician (Fairport Convention)
  • Mel Schacher 1951 - Musician (Grand Funk Railroad)
  • Alec Baldwin 1958 - Actor
  • David Hyde Pierce 1959 - Actor 
  • Eddie Murphy 1961 - Comedian