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KALW Almanac - Tuesday July 5, 2016

Today Tuesday, 5th of July of 2016 is the 187th day of the year.

There are 179 days remaining until the end of the year.

the sun rose this morning at 5:54 am 

and the sun will set at 8:35 pm

The solar transit will be at 1:15 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 41 minutes of sun.

12:52 this morning was high tide at 6.7 feet

6:51 saw the day's first low tide this morning at minus 1.3 feet

2:04 will be the next high tide this afternoon at 5.2 feet

and 6:48 tonight will be the last low tide of the day at 2.4 feet

The moon is a waxing crescent, at 1.7 percent illumination

The first quarter will be next monday the 11th of July

and the next full moon will be Tuesday the 19th.

Today is…

National Bikini Day

National Apple Turnover Day

National Graham Cracker Day

It’s also…

·         Arbor Day in New Zealand

·         Armed Forces Day in Venezuela

·         Constitution Day in Armenia

·         Independence Day in Algeria, celebrating the independence of Algeria from France in 1962.

·         Independence Day in Cape Verde, celebrating the independence of Cape Verde from Portugal in 1975.

·         Independence Day in Venezuela, celebrating the independence of Venezuela from Spain in 1811.

·         Emancipation Day, celebrating the emancipation of enslaved Africans in New York City in 1827.

·         Poplifugia in Ancient Rome

·         X-Day in Church of the SubGenius

On this day in history…

·         1687 – Isaac Newton publishes Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.

·         1811 – Venezuela declares independence from Spain.

·         1884 – Germany takes possession of Cameroon.

·         1915 – The Liberty Bell leaves Philadelphia by special train on its way to the Panama–Pacific International Exposition. This is the last trip outside Philadelphia that the custodians of the bell intend to permit.

·         1934 – "Bloody Thursday": Police open fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco.

·         1935 – The National Labor Relations Act, which governs labor relations in the United States, is signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

·         1937 – Spam, the luncheon meat, is introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.

·         1946 – The bikini goes on sale after debuting during an outdoor fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris, France.

·         1948 – National Health Service Acts create the national public health system in the United Kingdom.

·         1954 – The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin.

·         1954 – Elvis Presley records his first single, "That's All Right," at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee.

·         1962 – Algeria becomes independent from France.

·         1971 – Right to vote: The Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 years, is formally certified by President Richard Nixon.


·         1975 – Arthur Ashe becomes the first black man to win the Wimbledon singles title.

·         1975 – Cape Verde gains its independence from Portugal.

·         1980 – Swedish tennis player Björn Borg wins his fifth Wimbledon final and becomes the first male tennis player to win the championships five times in a row (1976–1980).

·         1989 – Iran–Contra affairOliver North is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell to a three-year suspended prison term, two years probation, $150,000 in fines and 1,200 hours community service. His convictions are later overturned.

·         2016 – NASA's Juno spacecraft enters orbit of Jupiter.


If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you and to…

·         1810 – P. T. Barnum, American businessman, co-founded Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (d. 1891)


·         1853 – Cecil Rhodes, English-South African businessman and politician, 6th Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (d. 1902)

·         1879 – Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichord player and educator (d. 1959)

·         1889 – Jean Cocteau, French novelist, poet, and playwright (d. 1963)

·         1902 – Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., American colonel and politician, 3rd United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 1985)

·         1911 – Georges Pompidou, French banker and politician, 19th President of France (d. 1974)

·         1913 – George Costakis, Russian art collector (d. 1990)

·         1929 – Katherine Helmond, American actress and director

·         1936 – Shirley Knight, American actress


Happy Birthday to Robbie Robertson, a founder of The Band.

·         1943 – Robbie Robertson, Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor

·         1950 – Huey Lewis, American singer-songwriter and actor known for his band Huey Lewis and the News and and the group Clover.

·         1959 – Marc Cohn, American singer-songwriter and keyboard player (he recorded a great song, "Walking In Memphis")

·         1972 – Gary Shteyngart, American writer, born in Leningrad. He wrote the novel, "Absurdistan"