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Almanac - Wednesday March 27, 2024

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Today is Wednesday, the 27th of March of 2024

March 27 is the 87th day of the year

279 days remain until the end of the year.

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:01:12 am

and sunset will be at 7:29:38 pm

Today we will have 12 hours and 28 minutes of daylight

That will be two minutes and 26 seconds more daylight than yesterday

The solar transit will be at 1:15:25 pm

Water temperature in San Francisco Bay today is 57.2°F.

The first high tide will be at 12:23 am at 5.5 feet

The first low tide will be at 6:51 am at 0.4 feet

The next high tide at 1:12 pm at 4.48 feet

and the final low tide at Ocean Beach this evening will be at 6:36 pm at 1.85 feet

The moon sets this morning at 8:03 am

and rises at 10:08 pm tonight

The Moon is currently 95% visible

It’s a Waning Gibbous moon

We’ll have the Last Quarter Moon in 5 days Monday the 1st of April of 2024 at 8:15 pm

Today is…

American Red Cross Giving Day

A Whole Day for Whole Grain

Celebrate Exchange Day

Holy Wednesday

International Whisky Day

Manatee Appreciation Day

National Joe Day

National Little Red Wagon Day

National Scribble Day

National Spanish Paella Day

Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day

World Theatre Day

Today is also…

Armed Forces Day in Myanmar

Day of the Union of Bessarabia with Romania

World Theatre Day


Effa Manley, co-owner and manager with husband Abe of the Negro League baseball team the Brooklyn Eagles (1935-46), was born today in 1897. She supported integration with the NAACP, worked hard to get Negro League players included in the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Julia Alvarez, a Dominican-American poet, novelist, and essayist, was born today in 1950. Her first novel How the García Girls Lost Their Accents was highly acclaimed for its portrayal of the integration of Latina immigrants into the U.S. mainstream.


Pamela Gordon became Bermuda's first woman prime minister today in 1997.


Mariah Carey, winner of multiple Grammy Awards, was born today in 1970.


Sarah Vaughan, world renown jazz singer and pianist known as the “Divine One,” was born today in 1924.


1824Virginia Minor, American women's suffrage activist (d. 1894) In 1875, She tried to carry a lawsuit to the Supreme Court arguing that the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote.


1862Jelena Dimitrijević, Serbian short story writer, novelist, poet, traveller, social worker, feminist and polyglot (d. 1945)


1868Patty Hill, American songwriter and educator (d. 1946) best known for co-writing, with her sister Mildred Hill, the tune which later became popular as "Happy Birthday to You".


1924 – Margaret K. Butler, American mathematician and pioneering computer programmer (d. 2013)


On this day in Women’s History….


1912 – First Lady Helen Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, plant two Yoshino cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., the origin of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.


1915Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant who worked as a cook for affluent families, and the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the United States, is put in quarantine for the second time, where she would remain for the rest of her life. She was made infamous in American folklore as Typhoid Mary.


Also on this day in history….


1866President of the United States of America Andrew Johnson vetoes the Civil Rights Act of 1866. His veto is overridden by Congress and the bill passes into law on April 9.

1964 – The Good Friday earthquake, the most powerful earthquake recorded in North American history at a magnitude of 9.2 strikes Southcentral Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage.

1975 – Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins.

1976 – The first section of the Washington Metro opens to the public.

1981 – The Solidarity movement in Poland stages a warning strike, in which at least 12 million Poles walk off their jobs for four hours.

1990 – The United States begins broadcasting anti-Castro propaganda to Cuba on TV Martí.

1998 – The Food and Drug Administration approves Viagra for use as a treatment for erectile dysfunction, the first pill to be approved for this condition in the United States.

Today’s birthdays include…

1724Jane Colden, American botanist and author (d. 1766)

1824Virginia Minor, American women's suffrage activist (d. 1894)

1862Jelena Dimitrijević, Serbian short story writer, novelist, poet, traveller, social worker, feminist and polyglot (d. 1945)

1863Henry Royce, English engineer and businessman, founded Rolls-Royce Limited (d. 1933)

1868Patty Hill, American songwriter and educator (d. 1946) best known for co-writing, with her sister Mildred Hill, the tune which later became popular as "Happy Birthday to You".

1878Kathleen Scott, British sculptor (d. 1947)

1883Marie Under, Estonian author and poet (d. 1980)

1899 – Gloria Swanson, American actress and producer (d. 1983)


1903 – Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet and playwright (d. 1950)

1905Leroy Carr, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1935)

1905 – Elsie MacGill, Canadian-American author and engineer (d. 1980)

1906Pee Wee Russell, American clarinet player, saxophonist, and composer (d. 1969)

1909 – Ben Webster, American saxophonist (d. 1973)

1911Veronika Tushnova, Russian poet and physician (d. 1965)

1915Robert Lockwood, Jr., American guitarist (d. 2006)

1917Cyrus Vance, American lawyer and politician, 57th United States Secretary of State (d. 2002)

1924Sarah Vaughan, American singer (d. 1990)

1924 – Margaret K. Butler, American mathematician and computer programmer (d. 2013)

1926Frank O'Hara, American writer (d. 1966)

1927 – Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor (d. 2007)

1929Anne Ramsey, American actress (d. 1988)

1941 – Liese Prokop, Austrian pentathlete and politician, Austrian Minister of the Interior (d. 2006)

1950 – Maria Ewing, American soprano (d. 2022)

1952Annemarie Moser-Pröll, Austrian skier

1952 – Maria Schneider, French actress (d. 2011)

1955 – Susan Neiman, American-German philosopher and author

1963 – Quentin Tarantino, American director, producer, screenwriter and actor

1963 – Xuxa, Brazilian actress, singer, businesswoman and television presenter

1967Talisa Soto, American actress

1968Irina Belova, Russian heptathlete

1969 – Pauley Perrette, American actress

1969 – Mariah Carey, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1970Leila Pahlavi, Princess of Iran (d. 2001)

1970 – Elizabeth Mitchell, American actress

1975 – Fergie, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress

1980 – Michaela Paštiková, Czech tennis player

1981 – Hilda Kibet, Kenyan runner

1983Yuliya Golubchikova, Russian pole vaulter

1987 – Polina Gagarina, Russian singer-songwriter

1987 – Buster Posey, American baseball player

1988 – Brenda Song, American actress

2002Daria Snigur, Ukrainian tennis player

Kevin Vance created a program of folk music for KALW, A Patchwork Quilt, in October 1991. He grew up in Berkeley during the 1960s and '70s and spent his years learning in public schools, community colleges, bookstores, libraries, and non-commercial radio stations, as well as from the people around him. When he's not on the radio, then he's selling books, taking care of his family, listening to music, entering stuff into a computer, or taking a class.