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Almanac - Tuesday 7/3/18

dogs day, taken by flickr user xelusionx

Today is Tuesday, the 3rd of July of 2018.

It is the 184th day of the year.

There are 181 days remaining until the end of the year...

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

(4 months and 3 days from today)

854 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 3 months and 31 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:53 am 

and sunset will be at 8:35 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 42 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:14 pm.

The first high tide was at 2:44 am

and the next high tide will be at 4:49 pm.

The first low tide will be at 9:26 am 

and the next low tide at 10:07 pm.

The Moon is 76.8% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction:↑ 175.10° S

Moon Altitude:40.63°

Moon Distance:249303 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 10:50 am

Today is…

American Redneck Day

Disobedience Day

National Chocolate Wafer Day

National Compliment Your Mirror Day

National Eat Beans Day

National Fried Clam Day

Stay Out of the Sun Day

It’s also…

Emancipation Day on the United States Virgin Islands

Independence Day, celebrates the liberation of Minsk from Nazi occupation by Soviet troops in 1944 in Belarus

The start of the Dog Days according to the Old Farmer's Almanac but not according to established meaning in most European cultures

Women's Day in Myanmar

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

1854 – Leoš Janáček, Czech composer and theorist (d. 1928)

1878 – George M. Cohan, American songwriter, actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1942)

1883 – Franz Kafka, Czech-Austrian author (d. 1924)

1901 – Ruth Crawford Seeger, American composer (d. 1953)

1908 – M. F. K. Fisher, American author (d. 1992)

1913 – Dorothy Kilgallen, American journalist, actress, and author (d. 1965)

1935 – Cheo Feliciano, Puerto Rican-American singer-songwriter (d. 2014)

1940 – Lamar Alexander, American lawyer and politician, 5th United States Secretary of Education

1947 – Dave Barry, American journalist and author

1951 – Jean-Claude Duvalier, Haitian politician, 41st President of Haiti (d. 2014)

1952 – Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (d. 2004)

1956 – Montel Williams, American talk show host and television personality

1957 – Poly Styrene, British musician (d. 2011)

1962 – Tom Cruise, American actor and producer

1971 – Julian Assange, Australian journalist, publisher, and activist, founded WikiLeaks

Actress Olivia Munn is 38.

…and on this day in history…

1852 – Congress establishes the United States' 2nd mint in San Francisco.

On July 3, 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops failed to breach Union positions during an assault known as Pickett's Charge.

1884 – Dow Jones & Company publishes its first stock average.

1886 – Karl Benz officially unveils the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, the first purpose-built automobile.

1886 – The New-York Tribune becomes the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting by hand.

1890 – Idaho is admitted as the 43rd U.S. state.

In 1913, during a 50th anniversary reunion at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Civil War veterans re-enacted Pickett's Charge, which ended with embraces and handshakes between the former enemies.

1952 – The Constitution of Puerto Rico is approved by the United States Congress.

1962 – Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1962, French President Charles de Gaulle signed an agreement recognizing Algeria as an independent state after 132 years of French rule.

In 1971, singer Jim Morrison of The Doors died in Paris at age 27.

In 1976, Israel launched its daring mission to rescue 106 passengers and Air France crew members being held at Entebbe (en-TEH'-bee) Airport in Uganda (yoo-GAHN'-dah) by pro-Palestinian hijackers; the commandos succeeded in rescuing all but four of the hostages.

In 1987, British millionaire Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand became the first hot-air balloon travelers to cross the Atlantic, parachuting into the sea as their craft went down off the Scottish coast.

In 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iran Air jetliner over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.

In 2008, Venus and Serena Williams won in straight sets to set up their third all-sister Wimbledon final and seventh Grand Slam championship matchup.

2013 – Egyptian coup d'étatPresident of Egypt Mohamed Morsi is overthrown by the military after four days of protests all over the country calling for Morsi's resignation, to which he didn't respond. President of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt Adly Mansour is declared acting president.

Last year, 2017, A federal appeals court ruled that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt overstepped his authority in trying to delay implementation of an Obama administration rule requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and reduce methane leaks. The three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered the EPA to move forward with the new requirement that aims to reduce planet-warming emissions from oil and gas operations.