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KALW Almanac - Thursday June 30, 2016

Today Thursday, 30th of June of 2016 is the 182nd day of the year.

There are 184 days remaining until the end of the year.

·         the sun rose this morning in San Francisco at 5:52 am 

·         and sunset will be at 8:36 pm.

·         Today we will have 14 hours and 44 minutes of sun.

·         The solar transit will be at 1:14 pm.

·         The first low tide was at 2:49 am 

·         and the next low tide will be at 2:17 pm.

·         The first high tide will be at9:31 am 

·         and the next high tide at 8:56 pm.

·         The Moon is 19 per cent illuminated

·         Next New Moon will be Monday July 4

Today is…

Social Media Day

National Meteor Watch Day

National Bomb Pop Day

National Handshake Day

It’s also..

Armed Forces Day in Guatemala

General Prayer Day in the Central African Republic

It's Independence Day in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Independence Day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, celebrates the independence of Democratic Republic of the Congo from Belgium in 1960.

Navy Day in Israel

Philippine–Spanish Friendship Day in the Philippines

Revolution Day in Sudan

Asteroid Day

On this day in history…

·         1859 – French acrobat Charles Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

·         1860 – The 1860 Oxford evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History takes place.



·         1864 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln grants Yosemite Valley to California for "public use, resort and recreation".


·         1905 – Albert Einstein sends the article On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, in which he introduces special relativity, for publication in Annalen der Physik.

·         1906 – The United States Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act.

·         1936 – Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia appeals for aid to the League of Nations against Italy's invasion of his country.

·         1937 – The world's first emergency telephone number999, is introduced in London


The first Corvette comes of the assembly line on this day in history (why is Prince's song "Little Red Corvette" running through my head?)

·         1953 – The first Chevrolet Corvette rolls off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.

·         1960 – Congo gains independence from Belgium.

·         1966 – The National Organization for Women, the United States' largest feminist organization, is founded.

·         1971 – Ohio ratifies the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, reducing the voting age to 18, thereby putting the amendment into effect.

·         1972 – The first leap second is added to the UTC time system.

·         1986 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Bowers v. Hardwick that states can outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults.

·         1990 – East Germany and West Germany merge their economies.

·         1997 – The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China.

·         2013 – Mass protests are held in Egypt.


Happy Birthday To You, and to…

·         1892 – Bo Carter, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Mississippi Sheiks) (d. 1962)

·         1893 – Walter Ulbricht, German soldier and politician (d. 1973)



Happy Birthday to poet, professor, one-time Bay Area resident Czeslaw Milosz

·         1911 – Czesław Miłosz, Polish poet and author, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)

·         1934 – Harry Blackstone Jr., American magician and author (d. 1997)


Happy Birthday to folksinger Dave Van Ronk


·         1936 – Dave Van Ronk, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)

·         1940 – Mark Spoelstra, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007)



Happy Birthday also to the great Jazz bassist Stanley Clarke

·         1951 – Stanley Clarke, American bass player and composer (Return to ForeverAnimal Logic, and SMV)


Happy Birthday as well to comedian David Alan Grier, pictured here in character as "Homie The Clown' on the TV series, "In Living Color"

·         1956 – David Alan Grier, American actor and comedian


And Happy Birthday to the great Finnish conductor Esa Pekka Salonen


·         1958 – Esa-Pekka Salonen, Finnish conductor and composer

·         1959 – Vincent D'Onofrio, American actor

·         1963 – Yngwie Malmsteen, Swedish guitarist and songwriter (Steeler and Alcatrazz)


...and don't let me forget it's also Mike Tyson's birthday today!


·         1966 – Mike Tyson, American boxer and actor

·         1979 – Matisyahu, American rapper and actor