KALW Almanac: Wednesday Aug. 24, 2016
August 24 is the 237th day of the year.
There are 129 days remaining until the end of the year.
Today Wednesday, 24th of August of 2016,
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:34 am
and sunset will be at 7:49 pm.
Today we will have 13 hours and 15 minutes of sun.
The solar transit will be at 1:12 pm.
The first high tide was at 5:21 am
and the next high tide will be at 5:15 pm.
The first low tide will be at 10:35 am
and the next low tide at 11:55 pm.
The Moon is 57.4% illuminated, a Waning Gibbous moon
Moonset Today: 1:30 PM↑ 289° West
Last Quarter Moon will be tonight, 24th of August of 2016 at 8:41 pm
We will have a New Moon 1st of September of 2016 at 2:03 am in 8 days
Today is Can Opener Day
International Day Against Intolerance, Discrimination and Violence Based on Musical Preferences, Lifestyle and Dress Code
Today is International Strange Music Day
National Knife Day
National Peach Pie Day
National Waffle Day
Pluto Demoted Day
Shooting Star Day
Weather Complaint Day
William Wilberforce Day
Flag Day in Liberia
Independence Day or Den' Nezalezhnosti, celebrates the independence of Ukraine from the Soviet Union in 1991
Nostalgia Night in Uruguay
Willka Raymi in Cusco, Peru
Kobe Bryant Day in Los Angeles
If today is your birthday…
If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You share your special day with...
1890 – Jean Rhys, Dominican-English author (d. 1979)
1898 Malcolm Cowley, American literary editor of The New Republic from 1929 to 1944
1899 – Jorge Luis Borges, Argentinian - Swiss author of essays and short stories, poetry, and criticism (d. 1986)
1922 – René Lévesque, Canadian journalist and politician, 23rd Premier of Quebec (d. 1987)
1922 – Howard Zinn, American historian, author, and activist (d. 2010)
1929 – Yasser Arafat, Egyptian-Palestinian engineer and politician, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (d. 2004)
1936 – A. S. Byatt, English author and poet
1938 – Mason Williams, American guitarist and composer
1942 – Max Cleland, American captain and politician, 23rd Secretary of State of Georgia
1943 – John Cipollina, American guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Dinosaurs, and Man) (d. 1989)
1945 – Ronee Blakley, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
1947 – Paulo Coelho, Brazilian author and songwriter
1951 – Orson Scott Card, American author and critic
1951 – Oscar Hijuelos, American author and academic (d. 2013)
1952 – Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jamaican-English poet and singer (Poet and the Roots)
1955 – Mike Huckabee, American minister and politician, 44th Governor of Arkansas
1960 – Cal Ripken, Jr., American baseball player and coach
1973 – Dave Chappelle, American comedian, actor, producer and screenwriter
1979 – Kaki King, American guitarist and composer
On this day in history...
On Aug. 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida, causing record damage; 55 deaths in Florida, Louisiana and the Bahamas were blamed on the storm.
79 – Mount Vesuvius erupts. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae are buried in volcanic ash An estimated 20,000 people died. (note: this traditional date has been challenged, and many scholars
believe that the event occurred on October 24).
394 – The Graffito of Esmet-Akhom, the latest known inscription in Egyptian hieroglyphs, was written.
1891 – Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera.
1909 – Workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.
1932Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly nonstop across the United States, traveling from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in just over 19 hours.
1950 – Edith Sampson becomes the first black U.S. delegate to the United Nations.
1967 – Led by Abbie Hoffman, the Youth International Party temporarily disrupts trading at the New York Stock Exchange by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery, causing
trading to cease as brokers scramble to grab them.
1970A bomb planted by anti-war extremists exploded at the University of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison, killing a researcher.
1981Mark David Chapman was sentenced in New York to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of rock musician John Lennon.
1989Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti banned Pete Rose from the game for gambling.
1992 – Hurricane Andrew makes landfall just south of Miami as a Category 5 hurricane.
1995 – Microsoft Windows 95 was released to the public in North America.
2006The International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto was no longer a planet, demoting it to the status of a "dwarf planet."
2007James Ford Seale, a reputed Ku Klux Klansman, was sentenced to three life terms for his role in the 1964 abduction and murder of two black teenagers in Mississippi.
2011Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple Inc.