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Almanac - Friday 7/28/17

Chocolate Chocolate for baking with; visit my Etsy shop to buy some handmade goodies by flickr user Siona Karen

Today Friday, 28th of July of 2017 is the 209th day of the year...

There are 156 days remaining until the end of the year. 

466 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018 (1 year 3 months and 9 days from today)

1194 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020  (3 years 3 months and 6 days from today)

The sun rose in San Francisco at 6:11 am 

and sunset will be at 8:22 pm.

Today we have 14 hours and 11 minutes of daylight. 

Solar noon will be at 1:16 pm.

The first high tide was at 3:38 am 

and the next high tide will be at 4:50 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 9:49 am 

and the next low tide at 10:48 pm.

The Moon is 30.1% illuminated; a Waxing Crescent moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 31.01° NNE

Moon Altitude: -49.74°

Moon Distance: 242170 mi

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

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

Next Moonrise: Today at 11:50 am

Today is…

National Waterpark Day

National  Milk Chocolate Day

National  Buffalo Soldiers Day

National Talk In An Elevator Day

National  Get Gnarly Day

National System Administrator Appreciation Day 

Today is also...

Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval in Canada

Fiestas Patrias, celebrates the independence of Peru from Spain by General José de San Martín in 1821.

Liberation Day in San Marino

Ólavsøka Eve in Faroe Islands

World Hepatitis Day

If today is your birthday, Happy birthday to you!  You share this day with…

1804 – Ludwig Feuerbach, German anthropologist and philosopher (d. 1872)

1866 – Beatrix Potter, English children's book writer and illustrator (d. 1943)

1887 – Marcel Duchamp, French-American painter and sculptor (d. 1968)

1901 – Rudy Vallée, American actor, singer, and saxophonist (d. 1986)

1902 – Sir Karl Popper, Austrian-English philosopher and academic (d. 1994)

1907 – Earl Tupper, American inventor and businessman, founded Tupperware Brands (d. 1983)

1909 – Malcolm Lowry, English novelist and poet (d. 1957)

1915 – Frankie Yankovic, American polka musician (d. 1998)

1929 – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, American journalist and socialite, 37th First Lady of the United States (d. 1994)

1940 – Philip Proctor, American voice actor and screenwriter

1943 – Mike Bloomfield, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 1981)

1943 – Bill Bradley, American basketball player and politician

1945 – Jim Davis, American cartoonist, created Garfield

1946 – Jonathan Edwards, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1947 – Sally Struthers, American actress

1949 – Vida Blue, American baseball player and sportscaster

1954 – Hugo Chávez, Venezuelan colonel and politician, President of Venezuela (d. 2013)

1962 – Rachel Sweet, American singer, television writer, and actress

1971 – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Iraqi leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

1990 – Soulja Boy, American rapper, producer, and actor

On this day in history…

1794 – French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre and Louis Antoine de Saint-Just are executed by guillotine in Paris, France.

1854 – USS Constellation (1854), the last all-sail warship built by the United States Navy, is commissioned.

1866 – At the age of 18, Vinnie Ream becomes the first and youngest female artist to receive a commission from the United States government for a statue (of Abraham Lincoln).

1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is certified, establishing African American citizenship and guaranteeing due process of law.

1917 – The Silent Parade took place in New York City, in protest to murders, lynchings, and other violence directed towards African Americans.

1932 – U.S. President Herbert Hoover orders the United States Army to forcibly evict the "Bonus Army" of World War I veterans gathered in Washington, D.C.

1945 – A U.S. Army B-25 bomber crashes into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building killing 14 and injuring 26.

1965 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announces his order to increase the number of United States troops in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000.

1973 – Summer Jam at Watkins Glen: Nearly 600,000 people attend a rock festival at the Watkins Glen International Raceway.

1996 – The remains of a prehistoric man are discovered near Kennewick, Washington. Such remains will be known as the Kennewick Man.

1998 – Bell Atlantic and GTE announced a $52 billion merger that created Verizon.

2005 – The Irish Republican Army renounced the use of violence against British rule in Northern Ireland and said it would disarm.

2009 – The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Sonia Sotomayor to be the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court.