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KALW Almanac - Wednesday June 15, 2016


Today Wednesday, 15th of June of 2016, is the 167th day of the year. 

There are 199 days remaining until the end of 2016.

 the sun rose at 5:47 am 

and sunset will be at 8:34 pm. 
Today we will have 14 hours and 47 minutes of sun. The solar transit will be at 1:11 pm.
The first low tide was at 3:19 am 
and the next low tide will be at 2:39 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 9:45 am 
and the next high tide at 9:15 pm.
The Moon is 78.5% illuminated.  It is a Waxing Gibbous moon.
We'll have a full moon on June 20
Moonrise Today: 4:17 PM↑ 102° East
Moonset Today: 2:59 AM↑ 260° West
Today is..

Today is Fly A Kite Day. Also it is believed on this day, Benjamin Franklin discovered Lightning is Electricity.

Fly a Kite Day
Global Wind Day
Justice for Janitors Day
Magna Carta Day
National Electricity Day
National Lobster Day
National Smile Power Day
Native American Citizenship Day


Nature Photography Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Worldwide Day of Giving
It's also…
Arbor Day in Costa Rica
Cagayan de Oro Charter Day in the city Cagayan de Oro, a large city on the island of Mindinao, in the Philippenes archipelago
Day of Valdemar and Reunion Day as well as Flag Day in Denmark
Engineer's Day in Italy
Mangaia Gospel Day in Mangaia on the Cook Islands
National Salvation Day in Azerbaijan
Statehood Day in Arkansas

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You get to share birthday cake with…

1902Erik Erikson, German-born American psychoanalyst.

1843Edvard Grieg,Norwegian composer

1914Yury Andropov,Russian head of the KGB (1967-82)

1914Saul Steinberg,Romanian-born American cartoonist and illustrator

Happy Birthday to two Jazz Piano greats...Erroll Garner...
...and Jaki Byard!


1921 – Erroll Garner, American pianist and composer (d. 1977)

1922 – Jaki Byard, American pianist and composer (d. 1999)

1924 – Ezer Weizman, Israeli general and politician, 7th President of Israel (d. 2005)

1932 – Mario Cuomo, American lawyer and politician, 52nd Governor of New York (d. 2015)

It's also the late Waylon Jennings' birthday


1937 – Waylon Jennings, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Highwaymen) (d. 2002)

1939 – Ward Connerly, American activist and businessman, founded the American Civil Rights Institute

1954 – Jim Belushi, American actor and singer

1954 – Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan humanitarian

1959 – Vicki Genfan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1961 – Kai Eckhardt, German-American bass player and songwriter (Garaj Mahal and Vital Information)
1969 – Ice Cube, American rapper, producer, and actor (N.W.A)

On this day in history…

763 BC – Assyrians record a solar eclipse that is later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.

1752 – Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity (traditional date, the exact date is unknown).

1775George Washington was appointed head of the Continental Army.

1836Arkansas became the 25th state.

1844 – Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.

1864Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.

1877 – Henry Ossian Flipper becomes the first African American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy.



1878 – Eadweard Muybridge takes a series of photographs to prove that all four feet of a horse leave the ground when it runs; the study becomes the basis of motion pictures.

1902The 20th Century Limited, an express passenger train between New York and Chicago, began service.

1916 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter.

1923Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.

1954 – UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) is formed in Basel, Switzerland.

1969The variety show "Hee Haw" premiered on CBS.

1970 – Charles Manson goes on trial for the Sharon Tate murders.

1972 – Red Army Faction co-founder Ulrike Meinhof is captured by police in Langenhagen.

1978King Hussein of Jordan married 26-year-old American Lisa Halaby, who became Queen Noor.

1991Mount Pinatubo in the northern Philippines exploded in one of the biggest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century, killing about 800 people.

1992Vice President Dan Quayle erroneously instructed a Trenton, N.J., elementary school student to spell potato as "potatoe" during a spelling bee.

1992 – The United States Supreme Court rules in United States v. Álvarez-Machaín that it is permissible for the United States to forcibly extradite suspects in foreign countries and bring them to the USA for trial, without approval from those other countries.

2006A divided Supreme Court made it easier for police to barge into homes and seize evidence without knocking or waiting.
2006Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates said he would transition from day-to-day responsibilities at the company to concentrate on the charitable work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

2007Bob Barker ended his 35-year run as host of the CBS game show "The Price Is Right."


2012 – Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to successfully tightrope walk directly over Niagara Falls.