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Almanac - Wednesday 1/9/19

Jan 9, 2019

Today is Wednesday, the 9th of January of 2019, "one-nine-one-nine", is the ninth day of the year. There are 356 days remaining until the end of the year. 70 days until spring begins and 664 days until Presidential Elections Tuesday November 3, 2020…

(1 year 9 months and 25 days from today)

The sun will rise at 7:25 am 

and sunset will be at 5:10 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 45 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:17 pm.

he first high tide was at 2:18 am

and the next high tide will be at 12:47 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:03 am 

and the next low tide at 7:32 pm.

The Moon is 10.5% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 57.26° ENE↑

Moon Altitude:-55.85°

Moon Distance: 252316 mi

Next Full Moon: Sunday January 20, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Next New Moon: Monday February 4, 2019 at 1:03 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 9:49 am

Today is…

Balloon Ascension Day

International Choreographers Day

National Apricot Day

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

National Static Electricity Day

National Word Nerd Day

Play God Day

Today is also…
Start of Hōonkō (Nishi Honganji) January 9–16 (Jōdo Shinshū Buddhism)

Martyrs' Day in Panama

Non-Resident Indian Day in India

Peace Agreement Day in South Sudan

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

1854 – Lady Randolph Churchill, American-born wife of Lord Randolph Churchill, mother of Sir Winston Churchill (d. 1921)

1859 – Carrie Chapman Catt, American activist, founded the League of Women Voters and International Alliance of Women (d. 1947)

1870 – Joseph Strauss, American engineer, co-designed the Golden Gate Bridge (d. 1938)

1890 – Karel Čapek, Czech author and playwright (d. 1938)

1901 – Chic Young, American cartoonist (d. 1973)

1908 – Simone de Beauvoir, French philosopher and author (d. 1986)

1913 – Richard Nixon, American commander, lawyer, and politician, 37th President of the United States (d. 1994)

1914 – Kenny Clarke, American jazz drummer and bandleader (d. 1985)

1915 – Fernando Lamas, Argentinian-American actor, singer, and director (d. 1982)

1928 – Judith Krantz, American novelist

1935 – Bob Denver, American actor (d. 2005)

1939 – Susannah York, English actress and activist (d. 2011)

1941 – Joan Baez, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and activist

1944 – Jimmy Page, English guitarist, songwriter, and producer

1951 – Crystal Gayle, American singer-songwriter and producer

1955 – J.K. Simmons, American actor

1959 - Nobel Peace laureate Rigoberto Menchu is 60.

1967 – Dave Matthews, South African-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1982 – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton

…and on this day in history…

1894 – New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts.

1909 – Ernest Shackleton, leading the Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole, plants the British flag 97 nautical miles (180 km; 112 mi) from the South Pole, the farthest anyone had ever reached at that time.

1914 – Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., the first historically black intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity to be officially recognized at Howard University, is founded.

In 1931, Bobbi Trout and Edna May Cooper broke an endurance record for female aviators as they returned to Mines Field in Los Angeles after flying a Curtiss Robin monoplane continuously for 122 hours and 50 minutes.

1960 – President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser opens construction on the Aswan Dam by detonating ten tons of dynamite to demolish twenty tons of granite on the east bank of the Nile.

In 1972, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, speaking by telephone from the Bahamas to reporters in Hollywood, said a purported autobiography of him by Clifford Irving was a fake.

In 1987, the White House released a January 1986 memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan by Lt. Col. Oliver L. North showing a link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon.

1992 – The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomers Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail. They discovered two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12.[1]

In 2001, Linda Chavez withdrew her bid to be President-elect George W. Bush's Secretary of Labor because of controversy over an immigrant in the U.S. illegally who'd once lived with her.

2007 – Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces the original iPhone at a Macworld keynote in San Francisco.