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Almanac - Tuesday 4/28/20

Blueberry Pie, by flickr user Stefano

It's Blueberry Pie Day...

Today is Tuesday, the 28th of April of 2020.

It is the 118th day of the year.

247 days remain until the end of the year.

53 days until summer begins

188 days until election day
Tuesday November 3, 2020
(6 months and 5 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:16 am

and the sun will set at 7:59 pm.    

Today we will have 13 hours and 43 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:07 pm.

The first high tide was at 2:48 am

and the next high tide at 5:46 pm.

The first low tide will be at 9:51 am

and the final low tide at the Golden Gate will be at 9:49 pm.

The moon is currently 27.4 % visible; a waxing crescent moon.

First Quarter Moon in 2 days on Thursday, the 30th of April of 2020 at 1:38 pm

Full Moon in 9 days on Thursday the 7th of May of 2020 at 3:45 am

Last Quarter Moon in 16 days on Thursday the 14th of May of 2020 at 7:03 am

New Moon in 23 days on Friday the 22nd of May of 2020 at 10:39 am

Today is...

Biological Clock Day

Clean Comedy Day

Great Poetry Reading Day

National Blueberry Pie Day

National Cubicle Day

National Kiss Your Mate Day

National Superhero Day

Pay it Forward Day

School Bus Drivers' Day

Workers' Memorial Day

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Today is also...

Lawyers' Day in Odisha, India

Mujahideen Victory Day in Afghanistan

National Heroes Day in Barbados

Restoration of Sovereignty Day in Japan

Sardinia Day in Sardinia

National Day of Mourning in Canada

On this day in history...

1253 – Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, propounds Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō for the very first time and declares it to be the essence of Buddhism, in effect founding Nichiren Buddhism.

1788 – Maryland becomes the seventh state to ratify the United States Constitution.

1789 – Mutiny on the Bounty: Lieutenant William Bligh and 18 sailors are set adrift and the rebel crew returns to Tahiti briefly and then sets sail for Pitcairn Island.

1794 – Sardinians, headed by Giovanni Maria Angioy, start a revolution against Savoy domination, expelling Viceroy Balbiano and his officials from Cagliari, the capital and largest city of the island.
1796 – The Armistice of Cherasco is signed by Napoleon Bonaparte and Vittorio Amedeo III, King of Sardinia, expanding French territory along the Mediterranean coast.

1869 – Chinese and Irish laborers for the Central Pacific Railroad working on the First Transcontinental Railroad lay ten miles of track in one day, a feat which has never been matched.

1881 – Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.

1923 – Wembley Stadium is opened, named initially as the Empire Stadium.

1930 – The Independence Producers hosted the first night game in the history of Organized Baseball in Independence, Kansas.

1947 – Thor Heyerdahl and five crew mates set out from Peru on the Kon-Tiki to demonstrate that Peruvian natives could have settled Polynesia.

1948 – Igor Stravinsky conducted the premiere of his American ballet, Orpheus at the New York City Center.

1952 – The Treaty of San Francisco comes into effect, restoring Japanese sovereignty and ending its state of war with most of the Allies of World War II.

1967 – Vietnam War: Boxer Muhammad Ali refuses his induction into the United States Army and is subsequently stripped of his championship and license.

1969 – Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France.

1973 – The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, recorded in Abbey Road Studios goes to number one on the US Billboard chart, beginning a record-breaking 741-week chart run.

2004 – CBS News released evidence of the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse. The photographs show rape and abuse from the American troops over Iraqi detainees.

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

1758 – James Monroe, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 5th President of the United States (d. 1831)

1878 – Lionel Barrymore, American actor and director (d. 1954)

1906 – Kurt Gödel, Czech-American mathematician, philosopher, and academic (d. 1978)

1908 – Oskar Schindler, Czech-German businessman (d. 1974)

1916 – Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian businessman, created Lamborghini (d. 1993)

1924 – Blossom Dearie, American singer and pianist (d. 2009)

1924 – Kenneth Kaunda, Zambian educator and politician, 1st President of Zambia

1926 – Harper Lee, American novelist (d. 2016)

1930 – Carolyn Jones, American actress (d. 1983)

1936 – Tariq Aziz, Iraqi journalist and politician, Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 2015)

1937 – Saddam Hussein, Iraqi general and politician, 5th President of Iraq (d. 2006)

1937 – Jean Redpath, Scottish singer-songwriter (d. 2014)

1941 – Ann-Margret, Swedish-American actress, singer, and dancer

1944 – Alice Waters, American chef and author

1948 – Terry Pratchett, English journalist, author, and screenwriter (d. 2015)

1950 – Willie Colón, Puerto Rican-American trombonist and producer

1950 – Jay Leno, American comedian, talk show host, and producer

1960 – Elena Kagan, American lawyer and jurist, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

1966 – Too Short, American rapper, producer and actor
1974 – Penélope Cruz, Spanish actress and producer

1981 – Jessica Alba, American model and actress