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Almanac - Thursday 4/9/20

The Unicorn of Scotland on one of the pillars of the Trophy Gate at Hampton Court Palace in London designed in 1708 by Grinling Gibbons. The Lion of England is on the other pillar. By flickr user Lemon~art

It's Unicorn Day...

Today is Thursday, the 9th of April of 2020

It is the 99th day of the year.

266 days remain until the end of the year.

72 days until summer begins

208 days until presidential elections

(Tuesday November 03 2020

6 months and 25 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:41 am 

and sunset will be at 7:42 pm.

We will have 13 hours of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:11 pm.

the first high tide will be at 12:52 am 

and the next high tide at 1:45 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:03 am 

and the next low tide at 7:04 pm.

The Moon is 96.9% visible

now a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction:222.45° SW↑

Moon Altitude:29.69°

Moon Distance:223610 mi

Next Moonset: Today at 8:00 am

Last Quarter Moon in 6 days on Tuesday the 14th of April of 2020 at 3:56 pm

New Moon in 14 days Wednesday the 22nd of April of 2020 at 7:26 pm

First Quarter Moon in 22 days Thursday the 30th of April of 2020 at 1:38 pm

Full Moon in 28 days on a Thursday the 7th of May of 2020 at 3:45 am

Today is…

Appomattox Day

1865 – American Civil WarRobert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia (26,765 troops) to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the war.

International ASMR Day

Jenkins' Ear Day

Maundy Thursday

National Alcohol Screening Day

National Cherish an Antique Day

National Chinese Almond Cookie Day

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

National Gin and Tonic Day

National Name Yourself Day

National Unicorn Day

National Winston Churchill Day

The first day of Passover

Today is also…

Anniversary of the German Invasion of Denmark

Baghdad Liberation Day in Iraqi Kurdistan

Bataan Day or Araw ng Kagitingan in The Philippines

Constitution Day in Kosovo

Day of National Unity in Georgia

Day of the Finnish Language

Feast of the Second Day of the Writing of the Book of the Law  in Thelema

Martyr's Day in Tunisia

Remembrance for Haakon Sigurdsson for The Troth

Vimy Ridge Day in Canada

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

1821 – Charles Baudelaire, French poet and critic (d. 1867)

1830 – Eadweard Muybridge, English photographer and cinematographer (d. 1904)

1895 – Mance Lipscomb, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1976)

1898 – Paul Robeson, American singer, actor, and activist (d. 1976)

1905 – J. William Fulbright, American lawyer and politician (d. 1995)

1906 – Antal Doráti, Hungarian-American conductor and composer (d. 1988)

1910 – Abraham A. Ribicoff, American lawyer and politician, 4th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (d. 1998)

1926 – Hugh Hefner, American publisher, founded Playboy Enterprises (d. 2017)

1928 – Tom Lehrer, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and mathematician

1932 – Carl Perkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998)

1933 – Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor and producer

1935 – Avery Schreiber, American actor and comedian (d. 2002)

1937 – Marty Krofft, Canadian screenwriter and producer

1939 – Michael Learned, American actress

1954 – Dennis Quaid, American actor

1963 – Joe Scarborough, American journalist, lawyer, and politician

On this day in history…

1860 – On his phonautograph machine, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville makes the oldest known recording of an audible human voice.

1939 – African-American singer Marian Anderson gives a concert at the Lincoln Memorial after being denied the use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

1947 – The Journey of Reconciliation, the first interracial Freedom Ride begins through the upper South in violation of Jim Crow laws. The riders wanted enforcement of the United States Supreme Court's 1946 Irene Morgan decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel.

1961 – The Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles, once the largest electric railway in the world, ends operations.

1965 – Astrodome opens. First indoor baseball game is played.

1967 – The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) makes its maiden flight.

1969 – The first British-built Concorde 002 makes its maiden flight from Filton to RAF Fairford.

1991 – Georgia declares independence from the Soviet Union.

2005 – Charles, Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony at Windsor's Guildhall.