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Almanac - Wednesday 7/4/18

egg. raw. on the porch. taken by flickr user Lori Greig

Today is Wednesday, the 4th of July of 2018.

It is the 185th day of the year.

There are 180 days remaining until the end of the year.

80 days until autumn begins...

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

(4 months and 2 days from today)

853 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 3 months and 30 days from today)

The Aphelion, the point in the year when the Earth is farthest from the Sun, occurs around this date.

A low-medium pollen count in the threes for the next few days

The sun will rise in San Francisco 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 3:33 am

and the next high tide will be at 5:28 pm.

The first low tide will be at 10:07 am 

and the next low tide at 11:12 pm.

The Moon is 67.9% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction:↑ 169.81° S

Moon Altitude:44.27°

Moon Distance:247082 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 11:47 am

Today is…

Alice in Wonderland Day

Independence From Meat Day

Invisible Day

National Barbecue Day

National Barbecued Spareribs Day

National Caesar Salad Day

National Country Music Day

Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

It’s also…

Birthday of Queen Sonja in Norway

The first evening of Dree Festival, celebrated until July 7 for the Apatani peopleArunachal PradeshIndia

Independence Day, celebrates the Declaration of Independence of the United States from Great Britain in 1776.

Liberation Day in the Northern Mariana Islands

Liberation Day in Rwanda

Republic Day in Philippines

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

1804 – Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1864)

1826 – Stephen Foster, American songwriter and composer (d. 1864)

1872 – Calvin Coolidge, American lawyer and politician, 30th President of the United States (d. 1933)

1881 – Ulysses S. Grant III, American general (d. 1968)

1883 – Rube Goldberg, American sculptor, cartoonist, and engineer (d. 1970)

1898 – Gertrude Lawrence, British actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1952)

1898 – Gertrude Weaver, American supercentenarian (d. 2015)

1902 – Meyer Lansky, American gangster (d. 1983)

1902 – George Murphy, American actor and politician (d. 1992)

1905 – Lionel Trilling, American critic, essayist, short story writer, and educator (d. 1975)

1911 – Mitch Miller, American singer and producer (d. 2010)

1916 – Iva Toguri D'Aquino, American typist and broadcaster (d. 2006)

1920 – Leona Helmsley, American businesswoman (d. 2007)

1927 – Gina Lollobrigida, Italian actress and photographer

1927 – Neil Simon, American playwright and screenwriter

1929 – Al Davis, American football player, coach, and manager (d. 2011)

1930 – George Steinbrenner, American businessman (d. 2010)

1938 – Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and producer

1941 – Sam Farr, American politician

1941 – Brian Willson, American soldier, lawyer, and activist

1942 – Peter Rowan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1943 – Geraldo Rivera, American lawyer, journalist, and author

1946 – Ron Kovic, American author and activist

1946 – Michael Milken, American businessman and philanthropist

…and on this day in history…

1776 – American Revolution: The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress.

1817 – In Rome, New York, construction on the Erie Canal begins.

1826 – Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, dies the same day as John Adams, second president of the United States, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence.

1827 – Slavery is abolished in the State of New York.

1831 – Samuel Francis Smith writes "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" for the Boston, Massachusetts July 4 festivities.

1845 – Henry David Thoreau moves into a small cabin on Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau’s account of his two years there, Walden, will become a touchstone of the environmental movement.

1855 – The first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, Leaves of Grass, is published In Brooklyn.

1862 – Lewis Carroll tells Alice Liddell a story that would grow into Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequels.

1881 – In Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute opens.

1892 – Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, causing Monday (July 4) to occur twice, resulting in a year with 367 days.

1892 – The first double-decked street car service was inaugurated in San Diego, California.

1939 – Lou Gehrig, recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, informs a crowd at Yankee Stadium that he considers himself "The luckiest man on the face of the earth", then announces his retirement from major league baseball.

1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into United States law. The act went into effect the next year.