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KALW Almanac: Thursday Aug.4, 2016

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Today is Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies! by flickr user steamboatwillie33

 
Today Thursday, 4th of August of 2016 is the 217th day of the year. 
 
There are 149 days remaining until the end of the year. 
 
The sun rose in San Francisco at 6:17 am 
 
and sunset will be at 8:14 pm. 
 
Today we will have 13 hours and 57 minutes of sun. 
 
The solar transit will be at 1:16 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:39 am early this morning 

and the next high tide will be at 2:11 pm this afternoon

The first low tide was at 7:09 am this morning

and the next low tide will be at 7:19 pm tonight

The Moon is 3.0% illuminated, a Waxing Crescent.
Moonrise Today: 8:09 AM↑ 78° East
Moonset Today: 9:25 PM↑ 279° West

Today is Hooray for Kids Day

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

National IPA (India Pale Ale) Day

National White Wine Day

Single Working Women's Day

It's also…

Coast Guard Day in United States

Constitution Day on the Cook Islands

Matica slovenská Day in Slovakia

Revolution Day in Burkina Faso

The first day of Fiestas de la Virgen Blanca in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital city of the Basque Autonomous Community and of the province of Araba/Álava in northern Spain

1821Louis Vuitton, French fashion designer, founded Louis Vuitton (d. 1892)

1870Harry Lauder, Scottish actor and singer (d. 1950)

1900Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother of the United Kingdom (d. 2002)

1901Louis Armstrong, American trumpet player and singer (d. 1971)

1912 – Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish architect and diplomat (d. 1947)

1961 – Barack Obama, American lawyer and politician, 44th President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate

on this day in history…

1693 – Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon's invention of champagne; it is not clear whether he actually invented champagne, however he has been credited as an innovator who developed the techniques used to perfect sparkling wine.

1790The Coast Guard had its beginnings as the Revenue Cutter Service.

1821 – The Saturday Evening Post is published for the first time as a weekly newspaper.

1830Plans for the city of Chicago were laid out.

1892Andrew and Abby Borden were axed to death in their home in Fall River, Mass. (Lizzie Borden, Andrew Borden's daughter from a previous marriage, was accused of the killings, though she was later acquitted.)

1902 – The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens.

1906 – Central railway station, Sydney opens.

1914Britain declared war on Germany while the United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War I.

1944 – The Holocaust: A tip from a Dutch informer leads the Gestapo to a sealed-off area in an Amsterdam warehouse, where they find and arrest Jewish diarist Anne Frank, her family, and four others.

1964 – American civil rights movement: Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are found dead in Mississippi after disappearing on June 21.

1964 – Gulf of Tonkin incident: U.S. destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy report coming under attack in the Gulf of Tonkin.

1977 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy.

1987The Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind the Fairness Doctrine, which required radio and TV stations to present balanced coverage of controversial issues.

1993 – A federal judge sentences Los Angeles Police Department officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating motorist Rodney King's civil rights.

2005A mini-submarine carrying seven Russians became caught on an underwater antenna 600 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean; the men were rescued three days later with help from a British vessel.

2007Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants tied Hank Aaron's 755 career home runs.