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Almanac - Monday 7/2/18

Rinaldo Cuneo, Untitled (Baker Beach, near San Francisco), c. 1928, oil on canvas, 24 x 29 inches, Laguna Art Museum (Public Domain)

Today is Monday, the 2nd of July of 2018.

It is the 183rd day of the year.

There are 182 days remaining until the end of the year.

82 days until autumn begins...

This day is the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it in common years. The exact time of the middle of the year is at noon. Because we are on Daylight Saving Time, the actual exact time of the midpoint in a common year is at 1:00 p.m; this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. It falls on the same day of the week as New Year's Day in common years.

127 days until mid-term elections this year Tuesday November 6, 2018

(4 months and 4 days from today)

855 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 4 months and 1 day from today)

The sun rises at 5:52 am 

and the sun sets at 8:36 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 44 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:14 pm.

The first high tide was at 2:01 am

and the next high tide will be at 4:12 pm.

The first low tide will be at 8:48 am 

and the final low tide at the Golden Gate arrives at 9:09 pm.

The moon is currently 84.4% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction:↑ 186.67° S

Moon Altitude:37.04°

Moon Distance:250873 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 9:53 am

Today is…

Freedom From Fear of Speaking Day

I Forgot Day

Made in the USA Day

National Anisette Day

Special Recreation for the Disabled Day

World Sports Journalists Day

It’s also…

Flag Day in Curaçao

Palio di Provenzano in SienaItaly

Police Day in Azerbaijan

World UFO Day

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

Jazz musician Ahmad Jamal is 88.

Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, is 71.

Rock musician Roy Bittan (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is 69.

1877 – Hermann Hesse, German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1962)

1877 – Rinaldo Cuneo, American artist ("the painter of San Francisco") (d. 1939)

1908 – Thurgood Marshall, American lawyer and jurist, 32nd Solicitor General of the United States (d. 1993)

1914 – Frederick Fennell, American conductor and educator (d. 2004)

1925 – Medgar Evers, American soldier and activist (d. 1963)

1925 – Patrice Lumumba, Congolese politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (d. 1961)

1929 – Imelda Marcos, Filipino politician; 10th First Lady of the Philippines

1930 – Carlos Menem, Argentinian lawyer and politician, 50th President of Argentina

1932 – Dave Thomas, American businessman and philanthropist, founded Wendy's (d. 2002)

1939 – John H. Sununu, American engineer and politician, 14th White House Chief of Staff

1942 – Vicente Fox, Mexican businessman and politician, 35th President of Mexico

1947 – Larry David, American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter

1949 – Greg Brown, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1956 – Jerry Hall, American model and actress

1964 – Stéphan Bureau, Canadian journalist and producer

1964 – Jose Canseco, Cuban-American baseball player and mixed martial artist

1964 – Ozzie Canseco, Cuban-American baseball player, coach, and manager

1986 – Lindsay Lohan, American actress and singer

…and on this day in history…

1823 – Bahia Independence Day: The end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia.

1839 – Twenty miles off the coast of Cuba, 53 rebelling African slaves led by Joseph Cinqué take over the slave ship Amistad.

In 1867, New York's first elevated rail line, a single track between Battery Place and Greenwich Street, went into operation.

1881 – Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James Garfield (who would die of complications from his wounds on September 19).

1890 – The U.S. Congress passes the Sherman Antitrust Act.

In 1892, the Populist Party (also known as the People's Party) opened its first national convention in Omaha, Nebraska.

1897 – British-Italian engineer Guglielmo Marconi obtains a patent for radio in London.

1900 – The first Zeppelin flight takes place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.

1900 – Jean SibeliusFinlandia receives its première performance in Helsinki with the Helsinki Philharmonic Society conducted by Robert Kajanus.

In 1917, rioting erupted in East St. Louis, Illinois, as white mobs attacked black residents; nearly 50 people, mostly blacks, are believed to have died in the violence.

In 1926, the United States Army Air Corps was created.

1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.

In 1955, "The Lawrence Welk Show" premiered on ABC-TV under its original title, "The Dodge Dancing Party."

In 1961, author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.

1962 – The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.

1964 – Civil rights movement: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 meant to prohibit segregation in public places.

2000 – Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional, after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.

2013 – The International Astronomical Union names Pluto's fourth and fifth moonsKerberos and Styx.

One year ago: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was photographed with his family soaking up the sun on a beach he had closed to the public for the Fourth of July weekend because of a government shutdown.