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Almanac - Tuesday 4/14/20

dolphin, by flickr user Mark Lee

It's National Dolphin Day...

Today is Tuesday, the 14th of April of 2020.

It is the 105th day of the year.

261 days remain until the end of the year.

67 days until summer begins

203 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(6 months and 20 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:34 am 

and sunset will be at 7:47 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 13 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:10 pm.

The first high tide was at 4:49 am 

and the next high tide will be at 7:43 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 12:00 pm.

Moon: 54.8%

Waning Gibbous

Last Quarter Moon today at 3:56 pm

Moon Altitude: 21.12°

Moon Distance: 240958 mi

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

Next Full Moon: May 7, 2020 at 3:45 am

Next Moonset:Today 11:59 am

Today is…

Children With Alopecia Day

Dreams of Reason Feast Day

Ex-Spouse Day

International Be Kind To Lawyers Day

International Moment of Laughter Day

Look up at the Sky Day

National Dolphin Day

National Library Workers Day

National Pecan Day

Pan American Day

Pathologists' Assistant Day

Reach as High as You Can Day

Today is also…

Ambedkar Jayanti (India)

Black Day (South Korea)

Commemoration of Anfal Genocide Against the Kurds (Iraqi Kurdistan)

Day of Mologa (Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia)

Day of the Georgian language (Georgia)

Dhivehi Language Day (Maldives)

N'Ko Alphabet Day (Mande speakers)

Pan American Day (several countries in The Americas)

South and Southeast Asian New Year, celebrated on the sidereal vernal equinox. (see April 13):

Assamese New Year, or Bohag Bihu (India's Assam Valley)

Bengali New Year, or Pohela Boishakh (Bangladesh and India's West Bengal state)

Burmese New Year, or Thingyan (Myanmar)

Hindu and Sikh New Year, or Vaisakhi (Punjab region)

Khmer New Year, or Chol Chnam Thmey (Cambodia)

Lao New Year, or Pi Mai Lao (Laos)

Mahl New Year, or Alathu Aharudhuvas (Maldives and India's Lakshadweep and Kerala state)

Maithili New Year, or Jude Sheetal (Mithila region)

Malayali New Year, or Vishu (India's Kerala state)

Nepali New Year, or Navabarsha / Vaishak Ek (Nepal)

Oriya/Odia New Year, or Pana Sankranti (India's Odisha state)

Sinhalese New Year, or Aluth Avurudhu (Sri Lanka)

Tamil New Year, or Puthandu (India's Tamil Nadu state)

Thai New Year, or Songkran, celebrated from 13 to 15 April (Thailand)

Tuluva New Year, or Bisu (India's Karnataka state)

The first day of Takayama Spring Festival (Takayama, Gifu, Japan)

Youth Day (Angola)

On this day in history…

1699 – Khalsa: The Sikh religion was formalised as the Khalsa - the brotherhood of Warrior-Saints - by Guru Gobind Singh in northern India, in accordance with the Nanakshahi calendar.

1775 – The first abolition society in North America is established. The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.

1828 – Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.

1865 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth; Lincoln died the next day.

1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 23:40 (sinks morning of April 15th).

1927 – The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1935 – The Black Sunday dust storm, considered one of the worst storms of the Dust Bowl, swept across the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles and neighboring areas.

1939 – The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press.

2003 – The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.

2005 – The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.

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

1904 – John Gielgud, English actor, director, and producer (d. 2000)

1907 – François Duvalier, Haitian physician and politician, 40th President of Haiti (d. 1971)

1925 – Rod Steiger, American soldier and actor (d. 2002)

1932 – Loretta Lynn, American singer-songwriter and musician

1940 – Julie Christie, English actress and activist

1941 – Pete Rose, American baseball player and manager

1961 – Daniel Clowes, American cartoonist and screenwriter

1973 – Adrien Brody, American actor

1977 – Sarah Michelle Gellar, American actress and producer