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Almanac - Monday 7/31/17

Flourless Chocolate Raspberry Cake by flickr user Tim Sackton

Today Monday, the 31st of July of 2017 is the 212nd day of the year ....

There are 153 days remaining until the end of the year. 

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

1191 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020 (3 years 3 months and 3 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:14 am 

and the sun will set at 8:19 pm. 

Today we will have 14 hours and 5 minutes of daylight. 

Solar noon will be at 1:16 pm.

The first low tide was at 1:03 am 

and the next low tide will be at 12:30 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 7:28 am 

and the next high tide at 7:08 pm.

The Moon is 58.5% illuminated; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: ↑ 298.42° WNW

Moon Altitude: -49.24°

Moon Distance: 249855 mi

Next Full Moon: Aug 7, 2017 at 11:10 am

Next New Moon: Aug 21, 2017 at 11:30 am

Next Moonrise: Today at 2:41 pm

Today is…

Mutt's Day

National Cotton Candy Day
Observed annually on December 7th and annually on July 31st

National Jump for Jelly Beans Day

National Raspberry Cake Day

Shredded Wheat Day

Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day

World Ranger Day

It's also…

End of the Trinity term (sitting of the High Court of Justice of England)

Ka Hae Hawaiʻi Day (Hawaii, United States)

Martyrdom Day of Shahid Udham Singh (Haryana and Punjab, India)

Treasury Day (Poland)

Warriors' Day (Malaysia)

Historic Birthdays

1867 – S. S. Kresge, American businessman, founded Kmart (d. 1966)

1875 – Jacques Villon, French painter and printmaker & brother of Marcel Duchamp (d. 1963)

1886 – Fred Quimby, American animator and producer (d. 1965)

1892 – Herbert W. Armstrong, American evangelist and publisher, founded Worldwide Church of God (d. 1986)

1912 – Milton Friedman, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2006)

1918 – Hank Jones, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 2010)

1919 – Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster and actor (d. 2006)

1919 – Primo Levi, the Italian writer and chemist whose work was influenced by his captivity at Auschwitz, was born.  (d. 1987)

1921 – Whitney Young, American civil rights leader & head of the National Urban League (d. 1971)

1923 – Ahmet Ertegun, Turkish-American songwriter and producer, founded Atlantic Records (d. 2006)

1931 – Kenny Burrell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1932 – Ted Cassidy, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1979) Lurch on the Addams Family

1943 – William Bennett, American journalist and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Education

1944 – Geraldine Chaplin, American actress and screenwriter

1951 – Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Australian tennis player

1952 – Faye Kellerman, American author

1958 – Mark Cuban, American businessman and television personality

1962 – Wesley Snipes, American actor and producer

1965 – J. K. Rowling, English author and film producer; created Harry Potter

On this day in history…

781 – The oldest recorded eruption of Mount Fuji (Traditional Japanese date: July 6, 781).

1777 – The Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general in the American Continental Army.

1874 – Dr. Patrick Francis Healy became the first African-American inaugurated as president of a predominantly white university.

1964 – the American space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the moon's surface.

1971 – Apollo program: Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to ride in a lunar rover.

1981 – A seven-week strike by major league baseball players ended.

1990 – Nolan Ryan became the 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games as his Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3.

1991 – The United States and Soviet Union both sign the START I Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the first to reduce (with verification) both countries' stockpiles.

1995 – Walt Disney Co. agreed to acquire Capital Cities-ABC Inc. in a $19 billion deal.

2007 – The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a 26,000-strong peacekeeping force for Sudan's Darfur region.

2008 – Scientists reported the Phoenix spacecraft had confirmed the presence of frozen water in Martian soil.

2011 – President Barack Obama and congressional leaders announced a historic agreement on emergency legislation to avert the nation's first-ever financial default.

2006 – Fidel Castro hands over power to his brother, Raúl.
2012 – Michael Phelps breaks the record set in 1964 by Larisa Latynina for the most medals won at the Olympics.