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Almanac - 3/25/21

Waffles out of an old waffle-maker at the Red Clover Collective in Baltimore. By flickr user Jonathan McIntosh

Today is Waffle Day...

Today is Thursday, the 25th of March, 2021

It is the 84th day of the year

281 days remain until the end of the year.

87 days until summer begins

The sun rises at 7:04 am 

and the sun sets at 7:28 pm.

We will have 12 hours and 24 minutes of daylight today.

Solar noon will be at 1:16 pm.

The first low tide will be at 3:01 am 

The first high tide will be at 8:38 am

The next low tide at 3:22 pm.

and the final high tide at Ocean Beach will be at 10:20 pm.

The Moon is 85.9% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Today is…

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

International Waffle Day

National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy

National Lobster Newburg Day

National Medal of Honor Day

Old New Year's Day

Pecan Day

Tolkien Reading Day

Today is also…

Anniversary of the Arengo and the Feast of the Militants (San Marino)

Cultural Workers Day (Russia)

Empress Menen's Birthday (Rastafari)

EU Talent Day (European Union)

Freedom Day (Belarus)

Independence Day, celebrates the start of Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire, in 1821. (Greece)

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (international)

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members (United Nations General Assembly)[16]

International Day of the Unborn Child (international)

Maryland Day (MarylandUnited States)

Medal of Honor Day (United States)

Mother's Day (Slovenia)

New Year's Day (Lady Day) in England, Wales, Ireland, and the future United States from 1155 through 1751, until Calendar (New Style) Act 1750 moved it to 1 January (and adopted the Gregorian calendar. (The year 1751 began on 25 March; the year 1752 began on 1 January.)

NZ Army Day

Quarter day (first of four) in Ireland and England.

Struggle for Human Rights Day (Slovakia)

Tolkien Reading Day

Vårfrudagen or Våffeldagen, "Waffle Day" (Sweden, Norway & Denmark)

On this day in Women’s Herstory…

1911 - New York Shirt Factory Fire

148 Girls Perish in a New York Shirt Factory when they became trapped by a fire. The Triangle Shirtwaist Co. factory located on the eighth, ninth and tenth floors of a New York City loft building, didn't have an outside fire escape.

Women’s Herstory birthdays today include…

March 25, 1934 – Gloria Steinem, women’s rights activist and journalist, founding editor of Ms. Magazine, helped found National Women’s Political Caucus, the Women’s Action Alliance, and the Coalition of Labor Union Women

March 25, 1939 (d. 1995) – Toni Cade Bambara, challenged masculinist assumptions in black radical discourse of the Sixties, wrote short fiction Gorilla, My Love (1972) which won the Black Rose Award, The Salt Eaters (1981) won the Langston Hughes Society Award

March 25, 1949 – Lillian E. Fishburne, the first African-American female to hold the rank of Rear Admiral (RDML) in the United States Navy (1998)

March 26, 1926 (d. 1997) – Virginia (Toni) Carabillo, supported activism in behalf of women’s issues, active in National Organization for Women (1968-87), co-authored the Feminist Chronicles 1953-1993

March 26, 1930 – Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1981)

March 26, 1940 – Nancy Pelosi, first woman Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (2007-09), Democratic California representative from 1987 to present

1925 – Flannery O'Connor, American short story writer and novelist (d. 1964)

1958 – Susie Bright, American journalist, author, and critic

Also on this day in history…

1306 – Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scots (Scotland).

1811 – Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from the University of Oxford for publishing the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism.

1894 – Coxey's Army, the first significant American protest march, departs Massillon, Ohio for Washington, D.C.

1957 – United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" on obscenity grounds.

1965 – Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King Jr. successfully complete their 4-day 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.

1995 – WikiWikiWeb, the world's first wiki, and part of the Portland Pattern Repository, is made public by Ward Cunningham.

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

1347 – Catherine of Siena, Italian philosopher, theologian, and saint (d. 1380)

1491 – Marie d'Albret, Countess of Rethel (d. 1549)

1782 – Caroline Bonaparte, French daughter of Carlo Buonaparte (d. 1839)

1867 – Arturo Toscanini, Italian-American cellist and conductor (d. 1957)

1881 – Béla Bartók, Hungarian pianist and composer (d. 1945)

1881 – Mary Webb, English author and poet (d. 1927)

1901 – Ed Begley, American actor (d. 1970)

1910 – Magda Olivero, Italian soprano (d. 2014)

1912 – Melita Norwood, English civil servant and spy (d. 2005)

1915 – Dorothy Squires, Welsh singer (d. 1998)

1918 – Howard Cosell, American soldier, journalist, and author (d. 1995)

1921 – Nancy Kelly, American actress (d. 1995)

1921 – Simone Signoret, French actress (d. 1985)

1921 – Alexandra of Yugoslavia, the last Queen of Yugoslavia (d. 1993)

1922 – Eileen Ford, American businesswoman, co-founded Ford Models (d. 2014)

1923 – Bonnie Guitar, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2019)

1926 – Gene Shalit, American journalist and critic

1928 – Jim Lovell, American captain, pilot, and astronaut

1929 – Cecil Taylor, American pianist and composer (d. 2018)

1932 – Penelope Gilliatt, English novelist, short story writer, and critic (d. 1993)

1938 – Hoyt Axton, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1999)

1947 – Elton John, English singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor

1948 – Bonnie Bedelia, American actress

1957 – Christina Boxer, English runner and journalist

1958 – Sisy Chen, Taiwanese journalist and politician

1958 – María Caridad Colón, Cuban javelin thrower and shot putter

1960 – Brenda Strong, American actress

1962 – Marcia Cross, American actress

1963 – Karen Bruce, English dancer and choreographer

1965 – Sarah Jessica Parker, American actress, producer, and designer

1967 – Debi Thomas, American figure skater and physician

1975 – Melanie Blatt, English singer-songwriter and actress

1975 – Erika Heynatz, Papua New Guinean-Australian model and actress

1977 – Natalie Clein, English cellist and educator

1979 – Muriel Hurtis-Houairi, French sprinter

1980 – Kathrine Sørland, Norwegian fashion model and television presenter

1982 – Danica Patrick, American race car driver

1982 – Jenny Slate, American comedian, actress and author

1984 – Katharine McPhee, American singer-songwriter and actress

1985 – Carmen Rasmusen, Canadian-American singer-songwriter and actress

1985 – Diana Rennik, Estonian figure skater

1994 – Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Canadian skier