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Almanac - Wednesday 6/13/18

The Gates art installation in NYC Central Park in February 2005 by Christo and Jeanne-Marie. Taken by flickr user adad

Today is Wednesday, the 13th of June of 2018.

It is the 164th day of the year.

There are 201 days remaining until the end of the year.

8 days until summer begins...

146 days until mid-term elections Tuesday November 6, 2018

(4 months and 24 days from today)

874 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 4 months and 21 days from today)

The sun rose at 5:47 am 

and the sun will set at 8:33 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 46 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:10 pm.

The first low tide will be at 5:45am 

and the next low tide at 5:27 pm.

The first high tide will be at 12:57 pm 

and the next high tide at 11:43 pm.

Moon: 0.3%

Near New Moon (Waning Crescent)

Moon Direction:↑ 60.02° ENE

Moon Altitude:-7.21°

Moon Distance:224593 mi

Next New Moon: Today  at 12:43 pm

Next Full Moon: Wednesday June 27, 20189:53 pm

Next Moonrise: Today 5:52 am

Tomorrow at sundown will mark the end of the month of Ramadan and heralding in the festival of Eid El-Fatir

Today is…

National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

Random Acts of Light Day

Sewing Machine Day

Weed Your Garden Day

It’s also…

Inventors' Day in Hungary

Suleimaniah City Fallen and Martyrs Day in Iraqi Kurdistan

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

1809 – Heinrich Hoffmann, German psychiatrist and author (d. 1894)

1865 – William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1939)

1892 – Basil Rathbone, South African-born British-American actor (d. 1967)

1893 – Dorothy L. Sayers, English author and poet (d. 1957)

1899 – Carlos Chávez, Mexican composer, conductor, and journalist, founded the Mexican Symphonic Orchestra (d. 1978)

1913 – Ralph Edwards, American radio and television host (d. 2005)

1927 – Slim Dusty, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2003)

1931 – Irvin D. Yalom, American psychotherapist and academic

1935 – Christo, Bulgarian-French sculptor and painter

1944 – Ban Ki-moon, South Korean politician and diplomat, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations

1953 – Tim Allen, American actor, comedian, and producer

1962 – Ally Sheedy, American actress and author

1972 – Natalie MacMaster, Canadian fiddler

1986 – Ashley Olsen, American child actress, fashion designer, and businesswoman

1986 – Mary-Kate Olsen, American child actress, fashion designer, and businesswoman

…and on this day in history…

1893 – Grover Cleveland notices a rough spot in his mouth and on July 1 undergoes secret, successful surgery to remove a large, cancerous portion of his jaw; the operation was not revealed to the public until 1917, nine years after the president's death.

1898 – Yukon Territory is formed, with Dawson chosen as its capital.

1966 – The United States Supreme Court rules in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.

1967 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson nominates Solicitor-General Thurgood Marshall to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

1971 – Vietnam WarThe New York Times begins publication of the Pentagon Papers.

1983 – Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the central Solar System when it passes beyond the orbit of Neptune.

1994 – A jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blames recklessness by Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages.

2000 – President Kim Dae-jung of South Korea meets Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, in the northern capital of Pyongyang.

2002 – The United States withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.