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Almanac - Thursday 4/30/18

cookies, by flickr user Loree


It's Oatmeal Cookie Day.  It's also Raisin Day, coincidently...

Today is Thursday, the 30th of April of 2020.

It is the 121st day of the year.

245 days remain until the end of the year.

51 days until summer begins

186 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020



(6 months and 4 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:13 am 



and the sun will set will be at 8:01 pm.

We will have 13 hours and 48 minutes of daylight, today. 



The solar transit will be at 1:07 pm.

The first high tide was at 4:48 am 



The only low tide of the day will be at 11:57 am.

and the final high tide at the Golden Gate will be at 7:49 pm. 



First Quarter Moon today at 1:38 pm

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



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

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



Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Bugs Bunny Day



Day of the Child

Hairstyle Appreciation Day



International Jazz Day

National Animal Advocacy Day



National Bubble Tea Day

National Honesty Day



National Military Brats Day

National Mr. Potato Head Day



National Oatmeal Cookie Day

National Raisin Day



National PrepareAthon! Day

National Sarcoidosis Day



Poem in your Pocket Day

Spank Out Day



Thank You Thursday

Today is also...



Armed Forces Day in Georgia

Birthday of the King Carl XVI Gustaf, one of the official flag days of Sweden.



Camarón Day in French Foreign Legion

Children's Day in Mexico



Consumer Protection Day in Thailand

Sheep Festival in Cameroon



International Jazz Day 

Martyrs' Day in Pakistan


May Eve, the eve of the first day of summer in the Northern hemisphere (see May 1):


Beltane begins at sunset in the Northern hemisphere, 


Samhain begins at sunset in the Southern hemisphere. (Neo-Druidic Wheel of the Year)

Carodejnice in the Czech Republic and Slovakia



Walpurgis Night in Central and Northern Europe

National Persian Gulf Day in Iran



Reunification Day in Vietnam

Russian State Fire Service Day in Russia



Teachers' Day in Paraguay

On this day in history...

1789 – On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.

1803 – Louisiana Purchase: The United States purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million, more than doubling the size of the young nation.

1812 – The Territory of Orleans becomes the 18th U.S. state under the name Louisiana.



1838 – Nicaragua declares independence from the Central American Federation.

1885 – Governor of New York David B. Hill signs legislation creating the Niagara Reservation, New York's first state park, ensuring that Niagara Falls will not be devoted solely to industrial and commercial use.



1897 – J. J. Thomson of the Cavendish Laboratory announces his discovery of the electron as a subatomic particle, over 1,800 times smaller than a proton (in the atomic nucleus), at a lecture at the Royal Institution in London.

1900 – Hawaii becomes a territory of the United States, with Sanford B. Dole as governor.



1927 – Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

1937 – The Commonwealth of the Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative.



1938 – The animated cartoon short Porky's Hare Hunt debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit, an early version of Bugs Bunny.

1939 – The 1939–40 New York World's Fair opens.  Also, NBC inaugurates its regularly scheduled television service in New York City, broadcasting President Franklin D. Roosevelt's N.Y. World's Fair opening day ceremonial address.

1947 – In Nevada, Boulder Dam is renamed Hoover Dam.



1963 – The Bristol Bus Boycott is held in Bristol to protest the Bristol Omnibus Company's refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, drawing national attention to racial discrimination in the United Kingdom.

1966 – The Church of Satan is formed in The Black House, San Francisco.



1973 – Watergate scandal: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces that White House Counsel John Dean has been fired and that other top aides, most notably H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, have resigned.

1993 – CERN announces World Wide Web protocols will be free.



2009 – Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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



1870 – Franz Lehár, Hungarian composer (d. 1948)

1877 – Alice B. Toklas, American memoirist (d. 1967)



1896 – Reverend Gary Davis, American singer and guitarist (d. 1972)

1908 – Eve Arden, American actress (d. 1990)



1909 – Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (d. 2004)

1925 – Johnny Horton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1960)



1938 – Larry Niven, American author and screenwriter

1943 – Bobby Vee, American pop singer-songwriter (d. 2016)



1944 – Jill Clayburgh, American actress (d. 2010)

1945 – Annie Dillard, American novelist, essayist, and poet




1945 – Mimi Fariña, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist (d. 2001)

1959 – Stephen Harper, Canadian economist and politician, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada


1982 – Kirsten Dunst, American actress

1985 – Gal Gadot, Israeli actress and model