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Almanac - Thursday 6/28/18

Strawberry Moon Infrared full moon of Summer's strawberry season, taken by flickr user fe2cruz

Today is Thursday, the 28th of June of 2018. 

It is the 179th day of the year.

There are 186 days remaining until the end of the year.

86 days until autumn begins ...

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

(4 months and 9 days from today)

859 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 4 months and 6 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:51 am 

and the sun sets at 8:36 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 45 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:13 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:31am 

and the next low tide at 6:15 pm.

The only high tide of the day will be at 1:50 pm.

The Moon is 99.9% visible. A Near Full Moon (Waning Gibbous)

The Algonquin tribes knew this Moon as a time to gather ripening strawberries.

It is also known as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon.

Moon Direction: ↑ 229.41° SW

Moon Altitude: 12.88°

Moon Distance: 251743 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Friday July 27, 2018 at 1:20 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 6:20 am

Today is…

Insurance Awareness Day

International Body Piercing Day


National Bomb Pop Day

National Handshake Day

National Tapioca Day

Paul Bunyan Day

Tau Day

It’s also…

Constitution Day in Ukraine

Family Day in Vietnam

Poznań Remembrance Day in Poland

Vidovdan, celebrating St. Vitus and an important day in Serbian history. in the Eastern Orthodox Church

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

1902 – Richard Rodgers, American playwright and composer (d. 1979)

1926 – George Booth, American cartoonist, who draws the psychotic-looking dogs in the New Yorker

1926 – Mel Brooks, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1932 – Pat Morita, American actor (d. 2005)

1946 – Gilda Radner, American actress and comedian (d. 1989)

1966 – John Cusack, American actor and screenwriter

1966 – Mary Stuart Masterson, American actress

1971 – Elon Musk, South African-born American businessman

Comedian-impressionist John Byner is 81.

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is 80.

…and on this day in history…

In 1778, the Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth took place in New Jersey; from this battle arose the legend of "Molly Pitcher," a woman who was said to have carried water to colonial soldiers, then taken over firing her husband's cannon after he was disabled.

In 1838, Britain's Queen Victoria was crowned in Westminster Abbey.

1846 – Adolphe Sax patents the saxophone.

In 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, were shot to death in Sarajevo (sah-ruh-YAY'-voh) by Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip (gavh-REE'-loh PREEN'-seep) — an act which sparked World War I.

In 1919, the Treaty of Versailles (vehr-SY') was signed in France, ending the First World War.

1926 – Mercedes-Benz is formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz merging their two companies.

In 1928, New York Gov. Alfred E. Smith was nominated for president at the Democratic national convention in Houston.

In 1939, Pan American Airways began regular trans-Atlantic air service with a flight that departed New York for Marseilles, France.

In 1944, the Republican national convention in Chicago nominated New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey for president and Ohio Gov. John W. Bricker for vice president.

1964 – Malcolm X forms the Organization of Afro-American Unity.

On June 28, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved commemorations for Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day and Veterans Day to Monday, creating three-day holiday weekends beginning in 1971.

1969 – Stonewall riots begin in New York City, marking the start of the Gay Rights Movement.

1978 – The United States Supreme Court, in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke bars quota systems in college admissions.

1997 – Holyfield–Tyson IIMike Tyson is disqualified in the third round for biting a piece off Evander Holyfield's ear.

Five years ago: Tens of thousands of supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi rallied in Cairo, and both sides fought each other in Egypt's second-largest city of Alexandria, where two people — including an American — were killed and scores injured.

Also in 2013, The four plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban tied the knot, just hours after a federal appeals court freed gay couples to obtain marriage licenses in the state for the first time in 4 1/2 years.

One year ago: Republican donors paid $35,000 apiece to hear a familiar message from President Donald Trump: That the media, particularly CNN, kept trying to take him down, and yet Republicans just kept on winning elections