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KALW Almanac: Monday Aug. 15, 2016

August 15 is the 228th day of the year. There are 138 days remaining until the end of the year. 
Today Monday, 15th of August of 2016, the sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:27 am and sunset will be at 8:01 pm. 

Today we will have 13 hours and 34 minutes of sun. The solar transit will be at 1:14 pm.

The first low tide was at 4:12 am 

and the next low tide will be at 4:00 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 11:19 am 

and the next high tide at 10:07 pm.

No Spare The Air Day is in effect

The Moon is 90.5% illuminated Waxing Gibbous

Moonrise Today: 6:08 PM↑ 112° Southeast

Moonset Today: 3:41 AM↑ 247° West

We'll have a Full Moon on Thursday 18th of August of 2016 at 2:27 am in 3 days

Today is Assumption of Mary

Cupcake Day

I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day

National Failures Day

National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

National Relaxation Day

Nicolas Chauvin Day

Stay Home with Your Kids Day

Armed Forces Day in Poland

The main day of Bon Festival in Japan and its related observances:

including the Awa Dance Festival in Tokushima Prefecture

Constitution Day in Equatorial Guinea

The first day of Flooding of the Nile, or Wafaa El-Nil in Egypt 

Founding of Asunción in Paraguay

Independence Day in Korea, celebrates the independence of Korea from Japan in 1945:

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of India from the United Kingdom in 1947.

Independence Day in the Republic of the Congo, refered to as Congo-Brazzaville, celebrates the independence of the Republic of the Congo from France in 1960.

End-of-war Memorial Day, when the National Memorial Service for War Dead is held in Japan

National Day in Liechtenstein

National Mourning Day in Bangladesh

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You celebrate with...

1769 – Napoleon, French general and emperor (d. 1821)

1872 – Sri Aurobindo, Indian guru, poet, and philosopher (d. 1950)

1879Ethel Barrymore,considered the "first lady" of the American theatre, was born. 

1912 – Julia Child, American chef and author (d. 2004)

1917 – Jack Lynch, Irish footballer and politician, 5th Taoiseach of Ireland (d. 1999)

1917 – Óscar Romero, Salvadoran archbishop (d. 1980)

1925 – Oscar Peterson, Canadian pianist and composer (d. 2007)

1938 – Maxine Waters, American educator and politician

1944 – Linda Ellerbee, American journalist and author

1954 – Stieg Larsson, Swedish journalist and author (d. 2004), author of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

1964 – Melinda Gates, American businesswoman and philanthropist, co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

1972 – Ben Affleck, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

On this day in history…

On Aug. 15, 1947, India and Pakistan became independent after some 200 years of British rule.

1057Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed in battle by Malcolm, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain.

1935Humorist Will Rogers and aviator Wiley Post were killed when their airplane crashed near Point Barrow, Alaska.

1939"The Wizard of Oz" premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

1945The Allies proclaimed V-J Day, one day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.

1947India became independent after some 200 years of British rule.

1948The Republic of Korea (South Korea) was proclaimed.

1960The Republic of the Congo became independent of French rule.

1971President Richard M. Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents.

2001Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own - two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.

1843 – Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1915 – A story in New York World newspaper reveals that the Imperial German government had purchased excess phenol from Thomas Edison that could be used to make explosives for the war effort and diverted it to Bayer for aspirin production.

1935 – Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after their aircraft develops engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, Alaska.

1939 – The Wizard of Oz premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California.

1945 – Effective surrender of Japan in World War II, Korea gains Independence from Japan.

1947 – India gains Independence from British rule after near 190 years of Crown rule and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.

1947 – Founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah is sworn in as first Governor-General of Pakistan in Karachi.

1948 – The Republic of Korea is established south of the 38th parallel north.

1965 – The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, an event later regarded as the birth of stadium rock.

1969 – The Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.

1970 – Patricia Palinkas becomes the first woman to play professionally in an American football game.

1971 – President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.

1977 – The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the "Wow! signal" from the notation made by a volunteer on the project.