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KALW Almanac: Wednesday Aug. 3, 2016

"Watermelon" from Flickr user Rufus Ashford

Today Wednesday, 3rd of August of 2016 is the 216th day of the year. There are 150 days remaining until the end of the year. The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:16 am and sunset will be at 8:15 pm. Today we will have 13 hours and 59 minutes of sun. The solar transit will be at 1:16 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:31 am and the next low tide at 6:33 pm. The only high tide of the day will be at 1:34 pm.

The Moon is only 0.6% illuminated, a Waxing Crescent.  Yesterday was the New Moon.
Moonrise Today: 7:09 AM↑ 74° East
Moonset Today: 8:50 PM↑ 284° West

First Quarter Moon10th of August of 2016 at 11:21 amin 7 days
Full Moon18th of August of 2016 at 2:27 amin 15 days
Last Quarter Moon24th of August of 2016 at 8:41 pmin 22 days
New Moon1st of September of 2016 at 2:03 amin 28 days

Today is Airplane Crop Duster Day

Esther Day

Grab Some Nuts Day

National Watermelon Day

It's also...

Anniversary of the Killing of Pidjiguiti in Guinea-Bissau

Armed Forces Day in Equatorial Guinea

Flag Day in Venezuela

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Niger from France in 1960.

National Guard Day in Venezuela

On this day in history….

1527The first known letter from North America is sent by John Rut while at St. John's, Newfoundland.

1778The opera house La Scala opened in Milan, Italy, with a performance of Antonio Salieri's "Europa riconosciuta."

1852Harvard University wins the first Boat Race between Yale University and Harvard. The race is also the first American intercollegiate athletic event

1859The American Dental Association is founded in Niagara Falls, New York.

1900The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company is founded.

1936 Jesse Owens wins the 100 metre dash, defeating Ralph Metcalfe, at the Berlin Olympics.

1946Santa Claus Land, the world's first themed amusement park, opens in Santa Claus, Indiana, United States.

1949The Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League finalize the merger, that would create the National Basketball Association

1958the nuclear-powered submarine Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater.

1960 Niger gains independence from France.

1961The New Democratic Party of Canada is founded by the merger of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and the Canadian Labour Congress.

1972The United States Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

1977Tandy Corporation announces the TRS-80, one of the world's first mass-produced personal computers.

1981U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan that they would be fired.

1987The Iran-Contra congressional hearings ended with none of the 29 witnesses tying President Ronald Reagan directly to the diversion of arms-sales profits to 
Nicaraguan rebels.

2011Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak denied all charges against him as he went on trial for alleged corruption and complicity in the deaths of protesters who'd 
helped drive him from power.

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  And Happy Birthday to...

1887Rupert Brooke, English-Greek soldier and poet (d. 1915)

1900Ernie Pyle, American soldier and journalist (d. 1945)

1905Dolores del Río, Mexican-American actress and singer (d. 1983)

1905Maggie KuhnAmerican activist; formed the Gray Panthers

1920P. D. James, English author (d. 2014)

1924Leon Uris, American soldier and author (d. 2003)

1926Tony Bennett, American singer and actor

1940Martin Sheen, American actor and producer

1941Martha Stewart, American businesswoman, publisher, and author, founded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

1964Lucky Dube, South African singer and keyboard player (d. 2007)