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KALW Almanac: Tuesday Aug. 23, 2016

corn, by flickr user F_A (CC BY 2.0) cropped from original

Today Tuesday, 23th of August of 2016 is the 236th day of the year 
There are 130 days remaining until the end of the year. 
The sun rose this morning at 6:34 am 
and sunset will be at 7:51 pm. 
Today we will have 13 hours and 17 minutes of daylight.
The solar transit will be at 1:12 pm.

The first high tide was at 4:04 am 

and the next high tide will be at 4:21 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 9:37 am 

and the next low tide at 10:42 pm.

The Moon is 68.7% illuminated, a Waning Gibbous moon

Moonrise Today: 11:32 PM↑ 74° East

Moonset Today: 12:24 PM↑ 284° West

Today is Buttered Corn Day

Hug Your Sweetheart Day

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

National Spongecake Day

Ride the Wind Day

Valentino Day

Today is also...

Battle of Kursk Day in Russia

Day of the National Flag in Ukraine

European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism or Black Ribbon Day in the European Union and other countries

as well as Liberation from Fascist Occupation Day in Romania

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Internaut Day

National Day for Physicians in Iran

Umhlanga Day in Swaziland

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

1900 – Malvina Reynolds, American singer-songwriter and activist (d. 1978)

1905 – Ernie Bushmiller, American cartoonist (d. 1982) He drew the daily comic strip Nancy

1912 – Gene Kelly, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1996)

1931 – Barbara Eden, American actress (Jeannie in the 1960's comedy TV series I Dream Of Jeannie)

1932 – Mark Russell, American comedian, singer, and pianist

1933 – Pete Wilson, American commander and politician, 36th Governor of California

1942 – Letta Mbulu, South African-American singer and actress

1946 – Keith Moon, English drummer, songwriter, and producer (The Who and 
Plastic Ono Band) (d. 1978)

1947 – Terje Rypdal, Norwegian guitarist and songwriter (The Vanguards)

1949 – Shelley Long, American actress

1949 – Rick Springfield, Australian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1951 – Queen Noor of Jordan

1970 – Brad Mehldau, American pianist and composer

1970 – River Phoenix, American actor (d. 1993)

1975 – Eliza Carthy, English singer-songwriter and fiddler (Blue Murder)

1978 – Kobe Bryant, American basketball player

On this day in history…

79 – Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of 

1775 – American Revolutionary War: King George III delivers his Proclamation of 
Rebellion to the Court of St James's stating that the American colonies have 
proceeded to a state of open and avowed rebellion.

1784 – Western North Carolina (now eastern Tennessee) declares itself an 
independent state under the name of Franklin; it is not accepted into the United 
States, and only lasts for four years.

1898 – The Southern Cross Expedition, the first British venture of the Heroic Age of 
Antarctic Exploration, departs from London.

1904 – The automobile tire chain is patented.

1966 – Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the 

1970 – Organized by Mexican American labor union leader César Chávez, the Salad 
Bowl strike, the largest farm worker strike in U.S. history, begins.

1973 – A bank robbery gone wrong in Stockholm, Sweden, turns into a hostage 
crisis; over the next five days the hostages begin to sympathise with their captors, 
leading to the term "Stockholm syndrome".

1987 – The American male basketball team lost the gold medal to Brazilian team at 
the Pan American Games in Indianapolis. The final score was 120–115 and triggered 
changes in this sport basis in USA, resulting in the "Dream Team".

1989 – Singing Revolution: Two million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 
stand on the Vilnius–Tallinn road, holding hands (Baltic Way).

1990 – Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.

1990 – West Germany and East Germany announce that they will reunite on 
October 3.

1991 – Tim Berners-Lee opens the World Wide Web (WWW) to new users.

1993 – The Galileo spacecraft discovers a moon, later named Dactyl, around 243 
Ida, the first known asteroid moon.

1994 – Eugene Bullard, the only black pilot in World War I, is posthumously 
commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.