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Almanac - Wednesday 4/29/20

trusty guide dog, by flickr user evan p. cordes

It's Guide Dog Day...

Today is Wednesday, the 29th of April of 2020

It is the 120th day of the year.

246 days remain until the end of the year.

52 days until summer begins

188 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(6 months and 6 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:15 am 

and sunset will be at 8:00 pm.

We will have 13 hours and 45 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

The first high tide was at 3:41 am 

and the next high tide at 6:53 pm.

The first low tide will be at 10:51 am 

and the final low tide at the Golden Gate at 11:15 pm.

First Quarter Moon tomorrow Thursday the 30th of April of 2020 at 1:38 pm

Full Moon in 8 days on Thursday the 7th of May of 2020 at 3:45 am

Last Quarter Moon in 15 days on Thursday the 14th of May of 2020 at 7:03 am

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

Today is…

Denim Day

International Dance Day

International Guide Dog Day

International Noise Awareness Day

National Peace Rose Day

National Shrimp Scampi Day

Stop Food Waste Day

Viral Video Day

We Jump the World Day

World Stationery Day

World Wish Day

Zipper Day

Today is also…

Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare

Shōwa Day, traditionally the start of the Golden Week holiday period, which is April 29 and May 3–5. in Japan

On this day in history…

1910 – The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the People's Budget, the first budget in British history with the expressed intent of redistributing wealth among the British public.

1916 – Easter Rising: After six days of fighting, Irish rebel leaders surrender to British forces in Dublin, bringing the Easter Rising to an end.

1953 – The first U.S. experimental 3D television broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.

1968 – The controversial musical Hair, a product of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, opens at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway, with some of its songs becoming anthems of the anti-Vietnam War movement.

1970 – Vietnam War: United States and South Vietnamese forces invade Cambodia to hunt Viet Cong.

1974 – Watergate scandal: United States President Richard Nixon announces the release of edited transcripts of White House tape recordings relating to the scandal.

1992 – Riots in Los Angeles, following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. Over the next three days 63 people are killed and hundreds of buildings are destroyed.

2011 – The Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton takes place at Westminster Abbey in London.

2015 – A baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox sets the all-time low attendance mark for Major League Baseball. Zero fans were in attendance for the game, as the stadium was officially closed to the public due to the 2015 Baltimore protests.

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

1863 – William Randolph Hearst, American publisher and politician, founded the Hearst Corporation (d. 1951)

1895 – Malcolm Sargent, English organist, composer, and conductor (d. 1967)

1899 – Duke Ellington, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1974)

1901 – Hirohito, Japanese emperor (d. 1989)

1922 – Toots Thielemans, Belgian guitarist and harmonica player (d. 2016)

1929 – Jeremy Thorpe, English lawyer and politician (d. 2014)

1931 – Lonnie Donegan, Scottish-English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)

1933 – Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter and poet (d. 2015)

1933 – Willie Nelson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

1935 – Otis Rush, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2018)

1936 – Zubin Mehta, Indian bassist and conductor

1938 – Bernard Madoff, American businessman and financier

1938 – Klaus Voormann, German artist, bass player, and producer

1943 – Duane Allen, American country singer

1947 – Tommy James, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1952 – Nora Dunn, American actress and comedian

1954 – Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian, actor, and producer

1955 – Kate Mulgrew, American actress

1957 – Daniel Day-Lewis, British-Irish actor

1958 – Michelle Pfeiffer, American actress

1958 – Eve Plumb, American actress