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Almanac - Thursday 4/23/20

Dragon Drexel's dragon statue, by flickr user T. Cowart

It's Saint George's Day, and 'slay a dragon' day...

Today is Thursday April 23, 2020 

is the 114th day of the year

252 days remain until the end of the year.

58 days until summer begins

194 days until presidential elections

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(6 months and 11 days from today)

The sun rises this morning at 6:22 am 

and the sun sets tonight at 7:55 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 33 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:08 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:10 am 

and the next high tide will be at 1:12 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:30 am 

and the next low tide at 6:18 pm.

The Moon is currently 0.3% visible

It’s the New Moon

Moon Direction: 59.83° ENE↑

Moon Altitude: -19.39°

Moon Distance:250942 mi

Next Moonrise: Today at 7:00 am

First Quarter Moon in 7 days Thursday of 30th of April of 2020 at 1:38 pm

Full Moon in 14 days on Thursday the 7th of May of 2020 at 3:45 am

Last Quarter Moon in 21 days Thursday the 14th of May of 2020 at 7:03 am

New Moon in 29 days on Friday the 22nd of May of 2020 at 10:39 am

Today is…

German Beer Day

Impossible Astronaut Day

International Nose Picking Day

International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day

Lover's Day

Love Your Thighs Day

Movie Theatre Day

National Cherry Cheesecake Day

National Lost Dog Awareness Day

National Picnic Day

Saint George's Day

Slay a Dragon Day

Spanish Language Day

Take a Chance Day

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Talk Like Shakespeare Day

World Laboratory Day

Today is also…

Castile and León Day (Castile and León)

Independence Day (Conch RepublicKey West, Florida)

Khongjom Day (Manipur)

National Sovereignty and Children's Day (Turkey and Northern Cyprus)

Navy Day (China)

St George's Day (England) and its related observances:

World Book Day

UN English Language Day (United Nations)

On this day in history…

1635 – The first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston.

1914 – First baseball game at Wrigley Field, then known as Weeghman Park, in Chicago.

1968 – Vietnam War: Student protesters at Columbia University in New York City take over administration buildings and shut down the university.

1985 – Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than three months.

1990 – Namibia becomes the 160th member of the United Nations and the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

1993 – Eritreans vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia in a United Nations-monitored referendum.

2005 – The first ever YouTube video, titled "Me at the zoo", was published by user "jawed".

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

1621 – William Penn, English admiral and politician (d. 1670)

1791 – James Buchanan, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 15th President of the United States (d. 1868)

1895 – Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand author and director (d. 1982)

1926 – J.P. Donleavy, American-Irish novelist and playwright (d. 2017)

1928 – Shirley Temple, American actress, singer, dancer, and diplomat (d. 2014)

1933 – Annie Easley, African-American computer scientist, mathematician, and engineer (d. 2011)

1936 – Roy Orbison, American singer-songwriter (d. 1988)

1939 – Lee Majors, American actor

1942 – Sandra Dee, American model and actress (d. 2005)

1947 – Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Irish republican activist; co-founder, Irish Republican Socialist Party (1974); British MP Mid Ulster (1969–74)

1954 – Michael Moore, American director, producer, and activist

1960 – Valerie Bertinelli, American actress

1977 – John Oliver, English comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter