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Almanac - Tuesday 6/19/18

Cherry Tart This was a basic French fruit tart: just cut fruit with sugar in a sweet sable pastry crust. Taken, maybe baked and eaten by flickr user ulterior epicure

Today is Tuesday, the 19th of June of 2018

It is the 170th day of the year.

There are 195 days remaining until the end of the year....

2 Days until the Summer Solstice

140 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018

(4 months and 18 days from today)

868 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 4 months and 15 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:48 am 

and sunset will be at 8:35 pm.

We will have 14 hours and 47 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:11 pm.

The first high tide will be at 4:19 am 

and the next high tide at 6:10 pm.

The first low tide will be at 10:51 am 

and the next low tide at 11:59 pm.

A steady pollen count this week. Today’s at 6.9. Then 7.2 by the weekend.


The Moon is 39.9% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: ↑ 340.28° NNW

Moon Altitude: -42.48°

Moon Distance: 232138 mi

Next Full Moon: Wednesday June 27, 2018 at 9:53 pm

Next New Moon: Thursday July 12, 2018 at 7:47 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 12:26 pm

Today is…

Garfield the Cat Day


National Cherry Tart Day

National Eat an Oreo Day

National Martini Day

National Pets in Film Day

World Sauntering Day

World Sickle Cell Day

It’s also….

Day of the Independent Hungary

A number of holidays celebrated on this day in the Philippines: Feast of Forest, Laguna Day, Surigao del Norte Day and Surigao del Sur Day

Labour Day in Trinidad and Tobago

Never Again Day In Uruguay

World Sauntering Day

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

1896 – Wallis Simpson, American wife of Edward VIII (d. 1986)

1897 – Moe Howard, American comedian (d. 1975)

1902 – Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American violinist and bandleader (d. 1977)

1903 – Lou Gehrig, American baseball player (d. 1941)

1914 – Alan Cranston, American journalist and politician (d. 2000)

1914 – Lester Flatt, American bluegrass singer-songwriter, guitarist, and mandolin player (d. 1979)

1917 – Joshua Nkomo, Zimbabwean guerrilla leader and politician, Vice President of Zimbabwe (d. 1999)

1919 – Pauline Kael, American film critic (d. 2001)

1928 – Nancy Marchand, American actress (d. 2000)

1945 – Radovan Karadžić, Serbian-Bosnian politician and convicted war criminal, 1st President of Republika Srpska

1945 – Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician, Nobel Prize laureate

1945 – Tobias Wolff, American short story writer, memoirist, and novelist

1947 – Salman Rushdie, Indian-English novelist and essayist

1948 – Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter (d. 1974)

1948 – Phylicia Rashad, American actress

1950 – Ann Wilson, American singer-songwriter and musician

1962 – Paula Abdul, American singer-songwriter, dancer, actress, and presenter

1963 – Laura Ingraham, American radio host and author

1964 – Boris Johnson, British journalist and politician, Mayor of London

1978 – Zoe Saldana, American actress

1983 – Macklemore, American rapper

…and on this day in history…

1865 – Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, are finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 41 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.

1934 – The Communications Act of 1934 establishes the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

1949 – The first ever NASCAR race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

1953 – Cold WarJulius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing, in New York.

1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.

1965 – Nguyễn Cao Kỳ becomes Prime Minister of South Vietnam at the head of a military junta; General Nguyễn Văn Thiệu becomes the figurehead chief of state.

1978 – Garfield, holder of the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip, makes its debut.

1990 – The current international law defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, is ratified for the first time by Norway.