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KALW Almanac: Thursday Aug. 18, 2016

Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Pie by flickr user Emily (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Today Thursday, 18th of August of 2016 is the 231th day of the year. 
There are 135 days remaining until the end of the year.
The rose in San Francisco at 6:29 am 
and sunset will be at 7:57 pm. 
Today we will have 13 hours and 28 minutes of daylight. 
The solar transit will be at 1:13 pm.

The first low tide was at 6:04 am 

and the next low tide at 6:06 pm. 

The only high tide of the day will be at 12:59 pm.

The Moon this morning is 100.0% illuminated

a proper full moon becoming a Waning Gibbous moon for the next few days.

Moonrise Today: 8:17 PM↑ 101° East

Moonset Today: 6:46 AM↑ 256° West

We'll have a Half Moon Wednesday August 24

Today is Mail Order Catalog Day

National Bad Poetry Day

National Ice Cream Pie Day

National Soft Ice Cream Day

Serendipity Day

Today is also…

Arbor Day in Pakistan

Armed Forces Day in Macedonia

Birthday of Virginia Dare on Roanoke Island

Constitution Day in Indonesia

Long Tan Day, also called Vietnam Veterans' Day in Australia

National Science Day in Thailand

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

1750 – Antonio Salieri, Italian composer and conductor (d. 1825)

1774 – Meriwether Lewis, American soldier, explorer, and politician, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (d. 1809)

1904 – Max Factor, Jr., American businessman (d. 1996)

1917 – Caspar Weinberger, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 15th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 2006)

1920 – Shelley Winters, American actress (d. 2006)

1927 – Rosalynn Carter, wife of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, and in that capacity served as the First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981

1933 – Roman Polanski, French-Polish director, producer, screenwriter, and actor

1934 --Roberto Clemente, one of major league baseball's top outfielders was born. 

1936 – Robert Redford, American actor, director, and producer

1943 – Martin Mull, American actor and comedian

1944 – Paula Danziger, American author (d. 2004)

1952 – Elayne Boosler, American actress, director, and screenwriter

1952 – Patrick Swayze, American actor and dancer (d. 2009)

1957 – Denis Leary, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter

1961 – Timothy Geithner, American banker and politician, 75th United States Secretary of the Treasury

1961 – Bob Woodruff, American journalist and author

1962 – Felipe Calderón, Mexican lawyer and politician, 56th President of Mexico

1969 – Edward Norton, American actor

On this day in history...

684 – Battle of Marj Rahit: Umayyad partisans defeat the supporters of Ibn al-Zubayr and cement Umayyad control of Syria.

1868 – French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium.

1903 – German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright brothers.

1920 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage.

1958 – Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States.

1963 – American civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi.

1971 – Vietnam War: Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.

1976 – In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjom, the Axe murder incident results in the death of two US soldiers.

1977 – Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No. 83 of 1967 in King William's Town, South Africa. He later dies from injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa's apartheid policies.

1991Soviet hard-liners launched a coup aimed at toppling President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who was vacationing in the Crimea.

1997Virginia Military Institute admitted a female student for the first time in its 158-year history.