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KALW Almanac - Tuesday July 12, 2016



 Today Tuesday, 12th of July of 2016 is the 194th day of the year.

There are 172 days remaining until the end of 2016.

The sun rose this morning in San Francisco at 5:59 am 

and sunset will be at 8:32 pm. 

Today we will have 14 hours and 33 minutes of sun.

The solar transit will be at 1:16 pm.

The first low tide was at 12:48 am 

and the next low tide will be at 12:08 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 6:34 am 

and the next high tide at 7:01 pm.

The Moon is 54.5% illuminated, a Waxing Gibbous moon.

Moonrise Today: 2:08 PM↑ 100° East

Moonset Today: 1:00 AM↑ 262° West

Today is...


Today is Different Color Eyes Day. Did you know David Bowie had two different color eyes?





Yes, today is also Paper Bag Day...



It's also...

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Kiribati from the United Kingdom in 1979.

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of São Tomé and Príncipe from Portugal in 1975.

The second day of Naadam (Mongolia)

The Twelfth, also known as Orangemen's Day (Northern Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland and Labrador)

On this day in history...



On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale named New York Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro his running mate, making her the first woman to run on a major party ticket. 

1543England's King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.

1690Protestant forces led by William of Orange defeated the Roman Catholic army of James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland.

1862Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.



1962 – The Rolling Stones perform their first concert, at the Marquee Club in London.

1972George McGovern won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Miami Beach.

2001Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant tortured in a New York City police station, agreed to an $8.7 million settlement.

2005Prince Albert II of Monaco acceded to the throne.

2006Hezbollah guerrillas kidnapped two Israeli soldiers and killed eight others in a cross-border raid; Israel sent ground troops into Lebanon in response.

2007 – U.S. Army Apache helicopters perform airstrikes in Baghdad, Iraq; footage from the cockpit is later leaked to the Internet.

2010Roman Polanski was declared a free man, no longer confined to house arrest in his Alpine villa, after Swiss authorities rejected a U.S. request for the Oscar-winning director's extradition because of a 32-year-old sex conviction.

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

George Washington Carver, the African-American scientist whose discoveries helped to improve agriculture in the South, was born.

55Julius Caesar 7/12/c100 BC - 3/15/44BCRoman imperial general and statesman



1817 – Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher and author (d. 1862)

1854 – George Eastman, American businessman, founded Eastman Kodak (d. 1933)

1884 – Louis B. Mayer, Belarusian-American film producer, co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (d. 1957)

1884 – Amedeo Modigliani, Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1920)

1895 – Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (d. 1962)



1895 – Buckminster Fuller, American architect and engineer, designed the Montreal Biosphère (d. 1983)

1895 – Oscar Hammerstein II, American director, producer, and songwriter (d. 1960)

1904 – Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet and diplomat, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)

1908 – Milton Berle, American comedian, actor, and singer (d. 2002)

1917 – Andrew Wyeth, American painter (d. 2009)

1922 – Mark Hatfield, American soldier and politician, 29th Governor of Oregon (d. 2011)

1933 – Donald E. Westlake, American author and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1934 – Van Cliburn, American pianist and composer (d. 2013)

1937 – Bill Cosby, American actor, producer, and screenwriter

1944 – Delia Ephron, American author, playwright, and screenwriter

1948 – Richard Simmons, American fitness trainer and actor

1951 – Cheryl Ladd, American actress

1955 – Jimmy LaFave, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1997 – MalalaYousafzai, Pakistani-English activist, Nobel Prize laureate