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Almanac - Thursday March 28, 2024

Kim Siever
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Today is Thursday, the 28th of March of 2024,

March 28 is the 88th day of the year

278 days remain until the end of the year.

84 days until summer begins

The sun rises this morning at 6:59:41 am

and sunset will be at 7:30:33 pm.

We will have 12 hours and 30 minutes of daylight today

that means 2 minutes and 25 seconds more daylight than yesterday

The solar transit will be at 1:15:07 pm.

Water temperature in San Francisco Bay today is 57.4°F.

The first high tide was at 12:35 am at 5.5 feet

The first low tide is right now at 6:51 am at 0.4 feet

The next high tide at 1:21 pm at 4.48 feet

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

The Moon is currently 90.7% visible

It’s a Waning Gibbous

The moon sets at 8:18 am this morning

and rises tonight at 11:11 pm

We’ll have the Last Quarter Moon in 4 days on Monday the 1st of April of 2024 at 8:15 pm

Today is…


Children's Picture Book Day

Eat an Edy's Pie Day

Maundy Thursday

National Black Forest Cake Day

National Hot Tub Day

National Something On a Stick Day

Piano Day

Respect Your Cat Day

Weed Appreciation Day

Today is also…

Teachers' Day in the Czech Republic and Slovakia


Clara Lemlich, a Jewish immigrant from the Ukraine, labor activist, suffragist, and consumer advocate, was born today in 1886. She was a leader of the Uprising of 20,000, a labor strike of shirtwaist workers in New York’s garment industry in 1909.

1968Iris Chang, Chinese-American journalist and author (d. 2004) She is best known for her best-selling 1997 account of the Nanjing Massacre, The Rape of Nanking, and in 2003, The Chinese in America: A Narrative History.

Also on this day in history….

1776Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site for the Presidio of San Francisco.

1842 – First concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Otto Nicolai.

1910Henri Fabre becomes the first person to fly a seaplane, the Fabre Hydravion, after taking off from a water runway near in France.

1978 – The US Supreme Court hands down 5–3 decision in Stump v. Sparkman, a controversial case involving involuntary sterilization and judicial immunity.

1979 – A coolant leak at the Three Mile Island's Unit 2 nuclear reactor outside Harrisburg, Pennsylvania leads to the core overheating and a partial meltdown.

1990 – United States President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.

And today’s birthday candles are being blown out by….

1515Teresa of Ávila, Spanish nun and saint (d. 1582)

1613Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang of China (d. 1688)

1868Maxim Gorky, Russian novelist, short story writer, and playwright (d. 1936)

1887Beulah Dark Cloud, American actress (d. 1945)

1890Paul Whiteman, American violinist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1967)

1902Flora Robson, English actress (d. 1984)

1903Rudolf Serkin, Czech-American pianist and educator (d. 1991)

1904Margaret Tucker, Australian author and activist (d. 1996)

1905 – Marlin Perkins, American zoologist and television host (d. 1986)

1906 – Dorothy Knowles, South African-English author, fencer and academic (d. 2010)

1909Nelson Algren, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1981)

1910 – Ingrid of Sweden, Queen of Denmark (d. 2000)

1912 – Marina Raskova, Russian pilot and navigator (d. 1943)

1914 – Edmund Muskie, American politician, 58th United States Secretary of State (d. 1996)

1919 – Eileen Crofton, British physician and author (d. 2010)

1922 – Grace Hartigan, American painter and educator (d. 2008)

1923 – Thad Jones, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1986)

1925 – Dorothy DeBorba, American child actress (d. 2010)

1926Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba (d. 2014)

1926 – Polly Umrigar, Indian cricketer (d. 2006)

1928Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish-American political activist and analyst; United States National Security Advisor (d. 2017)

1936Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian writer and politician, Nobel Prize laureate

1942 – Neil Kinnock, Welsh politician, Vice-President of the European Commission

1942 – Jerry Sloan, American basketball player and coach (d. 2020)

1943 – Conchata Ferrell, American actress (d. 2020)

1944Rick Barry, American basketball player

1945Rodrigo Duterte, Filipino politician, 16th President of the Philippines

1948Janice Lynde, American actress

1948 – Dianne Wiest, American actress

1955Reba McEntire, American singer-songwriter and actress

1959Laura Chinchilla, Costa Rican politician, President of Costa Rica

1964Karen Lumley, English politician

1968Iris Chang, Chinese-American journalist and author (d. 2004)

1970 – Jennifer Weiner, American journalist and author

1975Kate Gosselin, American television personality

1981 – Julia Stiles, American actress

1986 – Lady Gaga, American singer-songwriter and actress

1986 – J-Kwon, American rapper

1986 – Barbora Strýcová, Czech tennis player

1989 – Mira Leung, Canadian figure skater

1990 – Laura Harrier, American actress and model

1991 – Lisa-Maria Moser, Austrian tennis player

1991 – Marie-Philip Poulin, Canadian ice hockey player

2001Xiyu Wang, Chinese tennis player

2004Anna Shcherbakova, Russian figure skater

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.