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KALW Almanac - Thursday July 14, 2016



Today Thursday, 14th of July of 2016 is the 196th day of the year. There are 170 days remaining until the end of the year. The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:00 am and sunset will be at 8:31 pm. 

Today we will have 14 hours and 31 minutes of sun. The solar transit will be at 1:16 pm.

The first low tide was at 2:42 am 

and the next low tide will be at 1:59 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 9:24 am 

and the next high tide at 8:27 pm.

Moon: 72.7%

Waxing Gibbous

Moonrise Today: 3:58 PM↑ 108° East

Moonset Today: 2:05 AM↑ 254° West

We will have a full moon on Tuesday July 19

The last quarter moon for the month will fall on Tuesday July 26

We'll have a New Moon on Tuesday August 2

Today is...National Grand Marnier Day

National Tape Measure Day

Pandemonium Day

Shark Awareness Day

Today is...

Bastille Day in France and French dependencies, or "Quatorze Juillet" (Fourteenth of July in French) 

July 14th is also the title of a 2004 Tamil-language film

Birthday of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, an official flag day. in Sweden

Republic Day in Iraq

and Hondurans' Day in Honduras

On this day in history...

1771 – Foundation of the Mission San Antonio de Padua in modern California by the Franciscan friar Junípero Serra.



1789 – French Revolution: Citizens of Paris storm the Bastille.

1798 – The Sedition Act becomes law in the United States making it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the United States government.

1874 – The Chicago Fire of 1874 burns down 47 acres of the city, destroying 812 buildings, killing 20, and resulting in the fire insurance industry demanding municipal reforms from Chicago's city council.

1881 – Billy the Kid is shot and killed by Pat Garrett outside Fort Sumner.

1911 – Harry Atwood, an exhibition pilot for the Wright brothers, lands his airplane at the South Lawn of the White House. He is later awarded a Gold medal from U.S. President William Howard Taft for this feat.

1960 – Jane Goodall arrives at the Gombe Stream Reserve in present-day Tanzania to begin her famous study of chimpanzees in the wild.

1965 – The Mariner 4 flyby of Mars takes the first close-up photos of another planet.

1969 – The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.

1976 – Capital punishment is abolished in Canada.

1992 – 386BSD is released by Lynne Jolitz and William Jolitz beginning the Open Source operating system revolution. Linus Torvalds releases his Linux soon afterwards.

2003 – In an effort to discredit U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, who had written an article critical of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Washington Post columnist Robert Novak reveals that Wilson's wife Valerie Plame is a CIA "operative".

2015 – NASA's New Horizons probe performs the first flyby of Pluto, and thus completes the initial survey of the Solar System.

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

1861 – Kate M. Gordon, American activist (d. 1931)


1862 – Gustav Klimt, Austrian painter and illustrator (d. 1918)

1894 – Dave Fleischer, American animator, director, and producer (d. 1979)

1903 – Irving Stone, American author and educator (d. 1989)

1910 – William Hanna, American animator, director, producer, and actor, co-founded Hanna-Barbera (d. 2001)

1911 – Terry-Thomas, English actor and singer (d. 1990)



1912 – Woody Guthrie, American singer-songwriter and guitarist and for a time, a member of theAlmanac Singers (d. 1967)

1913 – Gerald Ford, American commander, lawyer, and politician, 38th President of the United States (d. 2006)

1918 – Ingmar Bergman, Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2007)

1918 – Arthur Laurents, American director, screenwriter, and playwright (d. 2011)

1926 – Harry Dean Stanton, American actor

1927 – John Chancellor, American journalist (d. 1996)

1930 – Polly Bergen, American actress and singer (d. 2014)

1932 – Rosey Grier, American football player and actor



1936 – Pema Chödrön, American nun and author

1938 – Jerry Rubin, American activist, author, and businessman (d. 1994)



1960 – Angélique Kidjo, Beninese singer-songwriter and activist

1966 – Matthew Fox, American actor

1966 – Brian Selznick, American author and illustrator