Good morning. Today is Tuesday, the 28th day of March. It's the 87th day of the year. This is not a leap year, so there are 278 days remaining in 2023. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 6th day of Nisan in the year 5783. On this day in 1933, The Imperial Airways biplane City of Liverpool is believed to be the first airline lost to sabotage when a passenger set a fire on board.
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Today in History
On this day in 1920, silent screen stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were married.
They met at a party in 1916. Although both were already married, they began a tryst that eventually led to divorce for both. Fairbanks divorced in 1919, and Ms. Pickford filed for divorce a few days later. The couple was married a short time after Pickford's divorce was final, and the newlyweds made their home in a hunting lodge in the Hollywood hills, then an undeveloped area with unpaved roads. Their closest friend, who also happened to be their nearest neighbor, was Charlie Chaplin. During the first ceremony of its type, Fairbanks and Pickford placed their hand and foot prints in wet cement at the newly opened Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on April 30, 1927. The marriage of the superstars ended in divorce in 1936. Both had new spouses within months of the divorce. Hollywood film technology has come a long way since the silent screen days of Fairbanks, Pickford and Chaplin, but the culture seems to have changed little, if any. Sidenote: Pickford was strongly opposed to the notion of talking films when the technology was first introduced. In the words of Ms. Pickford, "Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo."
Today's Birthday Boys and Girls
Today is the birthday of Raphael (1483), Frederick Pabst (1836), Maxim Gorky (1868), Paul Whiteman (1890), Spyros Skouras (1898), August Anheuser Busch, Jr. (1899), Marlin Perkins (1905), Edmund Sixtus Muskie (1914), Dirk Bogarde (1921), George Bruce (1930), Ken Howard (1944), Dianne Wiest (1948), Reba McEntire (1955), Iris Chang (1968), Vince Vaughn (1970), Juliandra Gillen (1971), and Julia Stiles (1981).
On Wall Street
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Earth and All Spheres
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We are under a first quarter moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 6 days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Thursday, April 20th at 3:05 AM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Wednesday, April 5th at 8:43 AM. For now, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are visible in the night sky. Mars, seen in the southern sky, is clearly visible and its red glow clearly identifies it. It can be seen beginning at nightfall; it moves slowly in a westerly fashion before disappearing. Mercury can be seen in the eastern sky just before dawn.
We are under the sign of Aries in the 96th day of winter, which arrived in the Northern Hemisphere on December 21st at 4:02 AM CST with the occurrence of the Winter Equinox. On the date of the Equinox, the sunrise and sunset times were 5:12 AM CDT and 7:23 PM CDT. For today, our sunrise and sunset times (at -96.852/32.847) are 7:11 AM and 7:35 PM, giving us 12 hours and 24 minutes of daylight. For now, we're on Standard Time. We will switch to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 14th at 2:00 AM, following the NIST standard.
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Sad as it may be, there are those who have made a convincing case that pop culture is the most powerful factor influencing the way we think and conduct ourselves. If that's indeed the case, it's re-assuring to know that there are pop culture icons who are deep thinking intellectuals, eager to impart their wisdom, thus making them ideal role models for the younger generations. Today we acknowledge and celebrate the noble efforts of Britney Spears--actress, model, magician musician, and woman of letters. In her words...
The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.
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