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Almanac - Wednesday 6/27/18

It's "Happy Birthday" Day and Ice Cream Cake Day. The photo of this ice cream cake was taken by flickr user cold rock aspley

Today is Wednesday, the 27th of June of 2018 is the 178th day of the year

There are 187 days remaining until the end of the year.

87 days until autumn begins...

132 days until mid-terms Tuesday November 6, 2018

(4 months and 10 days from today)

860 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 4 months and 7 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:50 am 

and sunset will be at 8:36 pm.

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

Solar noon will be at 1:13 pm.

The first low tide will be at 5:56am 

and the next low tide at 5:35 pm.

The first high tide will be at 1:10 pm 

and the next high tide at 11:36 pm.

Pollen count today is a medium reading of 5, a low medium count of 4.7 tomorrow, and rises to 5.9 this weekend

The Moon is practically full at 99.5% visibility

still a  Waxing Gibbous moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 236.66° WSW

Moon Altitude: 7.20°

Moon Distance: 250861 mi


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

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

Next Moonset: Today at 5:33 am

Today is…

"Happy Birthday to You" Day

Decide to Be Married Day

Helen Keller Day

Industrial Workers of the World Day

International Ragweed Day

National HIV Testing Day

National Ice Cream Cake Day

National Indian Pudding Day

National Orange Blossom Day

National Parchment Day

National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day

Sunglasses Day

It’s also…

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

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day in the United States

Iglesia ni Cristo Day in The Philippines

José Celso Barbosa Day in Puerto Rico

Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers Day in Vietnam

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

1846 – Charles Stewart Parnell, Irish politician (d. 1891)

1850 – Lafcadio Hearn, Greek-Japanese historian and author (d. 1904)

1869 – Emma Goldman, Lithuanian-Canadian philosopher and activist (d. 1940)

1872 – Paul Laurence Dunbar, American author, poet, and playwright (d. 1906)

1880 – Helen Keller, American author, academic, and activist (d. 1968)

1925 – Doc Pomus, American singer-songwriter (d. 1991)

1927 – Bob Keeshan, Captain Kangaroo, American actor and producer (d. 2004)

1929 – Peter Maas, American journalist and author (d. 2001)

1930 – Ross Perot, American businessman and politician

1936 – Lucille Clifton, American author and poet (d. 2010)

1938 – Bruce Babbitt, American lawyer and politician, 47th United States Secretary of the Interior

1942 – Danny Schechter, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)

1953 – Alice McDermott, American novelist

1975 – Tobey Maguire, American actor

1984 – Khloé Kardashian, American model, businesswoman, and radio host

Writer-producer-director J.J. Abrams is 52.

Musician Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers) is 36.

Actor Sam Claflin is 32.

And on this day in history…

In 1787, English historian Edward Gibbon completed work on his six-volume work, "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."

On June 27, 1846, New York and Boston were linked by telegraph wires.

1895 – The inaugural run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.

1898 – The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia.

In 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World was founded in Chicago.

In 1922, the first Newberry Medal, recognizing excellence in children's literature, was awarded to "The Story of Mankind" by Hendrik Willem van Loon.

In 1966, the Gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows" premiered on ABC-TV.

1971 – After only three years in business, rock promoter Bill Graham closes Fillmore East in New York, the "Church of Rock and Roll".

1974 – U.S. president Richard Nixon visits the Soviet Union.

1976 – Air France Flight 139 (Tel Aviv-Athens-Paris) is hijacked en route to Paris by the PLO and redirected to EntebbeUganda.

1981 – The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China issues its "Resolution on Certain Questions in the History of Our Party Since the Founding of the People's Republic of China", laying the blame for the Cultural Revolution on Mao Zedong.

In 1985, the legendary Route 66, which originally stretched from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, passed into history as officials decertified the road.

1991 – Slovenia, after declaring independence two days before is invaded by Yugoslav troops, tanks, and aircraft starting the Ten-Day War.

1994 – Members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult release sarin gas in Matsumoto, Japan; Seven people are killed, 660 injured.

2007 – Tony Blair resigns as British Prime Minister, a position he had held since 1997.

Ten years ago:

North Korea destroyed the most visible symbol of its nuclear weapons program, the cooling tower at its main atomic reactor at Yongbyon. (However, North Korea announced in September 2008 that it was restoring its nuclear facilities.)

Five years ago:

The Senate passed, 68-32, comprehensive legislation offering the hope of citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in America's shadows; however, the measure became stalled in the GOP-led House.

President Barack Obama visited Senegal, where he urged African leaders to extend equal rights to gays and lesbians but was bluntly rebuked by Senegal's president, Macky Sall, who said his country "still isn't ready" to decriminalize homosexuality.

One year ago: A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software began causing mass disruption across the world, hitting Europe — and Ukraine — especially hard.