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Almanac - Thursday 7/27/17

Chili Dog from Michael's Italian Beef & Sausage in Portland, OR by flickr user Ron Dollete

Today Thursday, 27th of July of 2017 is the 208th day of the year...

There are 157 days remaining until the end of the year. 

467 days until mid-terms elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018  (1 year 3 months and 10 days from today)

1195 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020 (3 years 3 months and 7 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:10 am 

and sunset will be at 8:22 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 12 minutes of daylight. 

Solar noon will be at 1:16 pm.

The first high tide at the Golden Gate was at 2:42 am 

and the next high tide will be at 4:07 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 9:03 am 

and the next low tide at 9:44 pm.

The Moon is 20.5% illuminated; a Waxing Crescent moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 15.20° NNE

Moon Altitude: -48.39°

Moon Distance: 238404 mi

Next Full Moon: Monday August 7, 2017 at 11:10 am

Next New Moon: Monday August 21, 2017 at 11:30 am

Next Moonrise: Today at 10:49 am

Today is…

Bagpipe Appreciation Day

Cross Atlantic Communication Day

National Chili Dog Day

National Crème Brûlée Day

National Intern Day

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

National Scotch Day

Take Your Pants For a Walk Day

Walk on Stilts Day

Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War in North Korea

Iglesia ni Cristo Day in The Philippines

José Celso Barbosa Day in Puerto Rico

Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers Day in Vietnam

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day (United States)

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You share this day with…

1824 – Alexandre Dumas, fils, French novelist and playwright (d. 1895)

1867 – Enrique Granados, Spanish pianist and composer (d. 1916)

1922 – Norman Lear, American screenwriter and producer

1927 – Guy Carawan, American singer and musicologist (d. 2015)

1929 – Jean Baudrillard, French sociologist and philosopher (d. 2007)

1931 – Khieu Samphan, Cambodian academic and politician, 28th Prime Minister of Cambodia

1931 – Jerry Van Dyke, American actor

1939 – William Eggleston, American photographer and academic

1944 – Bobbie Gentry, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1948 – Peggy Fleming, American figure skater and sportscaster

1949 – Rory MacDonald, Scottish singer-songwriter and bass player

1949 – Maureen McGovern, American singer and actress

1953 – Yahoo Serious, Australian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1967 – Juliana Hatfield, American singer-songwriter and musician

1972 – Maya Rudolph, American actress

On this day in history…

1054 – Siward, Earl of Northumbria invades Scotland and defeats Macbeth, King of Scotland somewhere north of the Firth of Forth.

1794 – French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre is arrested after encouraging the execution of more than 17,000 "enemies of the Revolution".

1866 – The first permanent transatlantic telegraph cable is successfully completed, stretching from Valentia Island, Ireland, to Heart's Content, Newfoundland.

1880 – Second Anglo-Afghan War: Battle of Maiwand: Afghan forces led by Mohammad Ayub Khan defeat the British Army in battle near Maiwand, Afghanistan.

1890 – Vincent van Gogh shoots himself and dies two days later.

1900 – Kaiser Wilhelm II makes a speech comparing Germans to Huns; for years afterwards, "Hun" would be a disparaging name for Germans.

1921 – Researchers at the University of Toronto, led by biochemist Frederick Banting, prove that the hormone insulin regulates blood sugar.

1929 – The Geneva Convention of 1929, dealing with treatment of prisoners-of-war, is signed by 53 nations.

1940 – The animated short A Wild Hare is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny.

1953 – Fighting in the Korean War ends when the United States, China, and North Korea sign an armistice agreement. Syngman Rhee, President of South Korea, refuses to sign but pledges to observe the armistice.

1964 – Vietnam War: Five thousand more American military advisers are sent to South Vietnam bringing the total number of United States forces in Vietnam to 21,000.

1974 – Watergate scandal: The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee votes 27 to 11 to recommend the first article of impeachment (for obstruction of justice) against President Richard Nixon.

1980The deposed Shah of Iran died in Egypt at age 60.

1987 – RMS Titanic Inc. begins the first expedited salvage of wreckage of the RMS Titanic.

2003Lance Armstrong won a record-tying fifth straight Tour de France title.