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KALW Almanac - Wednesday July 20, 2016

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Today Wednesday, 20th of July of 2016 is the 202nd day of the year. There are 164 days remaining until the end of 2016. The sun rose in San Francisco at 6:05 a.m. and sunset will be at 8:28 p.m.

Today we have 14 hours and 23 minutes of sun.

The solar transit will be at 1:16 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:32 am 

and the next low tide at 6:24 pm.

The only high tide of the day will be at 1:42 pm.

The Moon is 99.5 percent illuminated, now a waning gibbous moon

Moon Direction: Rising, 246.00° WSW

Moon Altitude: 3.79°

Moon Distance: 237,688 mi

Next New Moon: Aug 2, 20161:44 PM

Next Full Moon: Aug 18, 20162:26 AM

Next Moonset: Today at 6:53 AM

Today is...

Ugly Truck Day

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National Lollipop Day

Moon Day

Today is also...

Día del Amigo in Argentina

Engineer's Day in Costa Rica

Independence Day in Colombia, celebrates the independence declaration of Colombia from Spain in 1810.

Lempira's Day in Honduras

Tree Planting Day in the Central African Republic

On this day in history…

1871 – British Columbia joins the confederation of Canada.

1903 – The Ford Motor Company ships its first car.

1940 – California opens its first freeway, the Arroyo Seco Parkway.

1968 – The first International Special Olympics Summer Games are held at Soldier Field in Chicago, with about 1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities.

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1969 – Apollo programApollo 11's crew successfully makes the first manned landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon (July 21 UTC).

1974 – Turkish occupation of Cyprus: Forces from Turkey invade Cyprus after a coup d'état, organised by the dictator of Greece, against president  Makarios.

1976 – The American Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars.

.2015 – The United States and Cuba resume full diplomatic relations after five decades.

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You share your special day today with…

356 BC – Alexander the Great, Macedonian king (d. 323 BC)

1919 – Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer and explorer (d. 2008)

1920 – Elliot Richardson, American lieutenant and politician, 11th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 1999)

1925 – Frantz Fanon, French–Algerian psychiatrist and philosopher (d. 1961)

1933 – Buddy Knox, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)

1933 – Cormac McCarthy, American author, playwright, and screenwriter

1938 – Diana Rigg, English actress and singer

1938 – Natalie Wood, American actress (d. 1981)

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1939 – Judy Chicago, American painter and sculptor

1945 – Kim Carnes, American singer-songwriter

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1947 – Carlos Santana, Mexican-American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1966 – Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexican lawyer and politician, 57th President of Mexico