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Almanac - Thursday 7/5/18

Rare Bill Waterson sketch, photo taken by flickr user Anthony pepperoni

Today is Thursday, the 5th of July of 2018.

It is the 186th day of the year.

There are 179 days remaining until the end of the year...

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

(4 months and 1 day from today)

852 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 3 months and 29 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:54 am 

and sunset will be at 8:35 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 41 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:14 pm.

The first high tide was at 4:34 am

and the next high tide will be at 6:08 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 10:53 am.

The Moon is 58.4% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction:↑ 149.21° SSE

Moon Altitude: 44.49°

Moon Distance: 244345 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 12:46 pm

Today is…

Bikini Day

National Apple Turnover Day

National Graham Cracker Day

National Workaholics Day
Today is also…
Constitution Day in Armenia

Independence Day in Algeria

Independence Day in Cape Verde

Independence Day in Venezuela

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

P. T. Barnum

Wanda Landowska

Jean Cocteau

Georges Pompidou

Smiley Lewis

Robbie Robertson

Huey Lewis

Jimmy Crespo

Bill Watterson

Julie Nixon Eisenhower

Rich "Goose" Gossage

Marc Cohn

Edie Falco

…and on this day in history…

In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy.

In 1811, Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.In 1865, the Secret Service Division of the U.S. Treasury Department was founded in Washington, D.C. with the mission of suppressing counterfeit currency.

1915 – The Liberty Bell leaves Philadelphia by special train on its way to the Panama–Pacific International Exposition. This is the last trip outside Philadelphia that the custodians of the bell intend to permit.

1934 – "Bloody Thursday": Police open fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco.

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act.

1937 – Spam, the luncheon meat, is introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.

In 1940, during World War II, Britain and the Vichy government in France broke off diplomatic relations.

In 1946, the bikini, created by Louis Reard (ray-AHRD'), was modeled by Micheline Bernardini during a poolside fashion show in Paris.

On July 5, 1947, Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League three months after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the National League. In the game against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park, Doby, pinch-hitting for Bryan Stephens, struck out in his first at-bat during the seventh inning; Chicago won 6-5.

1948 – National Health Service Acts create the national public health system in the United Kingdom.

In 1954, Elvis Presley's first commercial recording session took place at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee; the song he recorded was "That's All Right."

1954 – The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin.

1971 – The Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 years, is formally certified by President Richard Nixon.

1975 – Arthur Ashe becomes the first black man to win the Wimbledon singles title.

In 1977, Pakistan's army, led by General Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, seized power from President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZUL'-fih-kahr ah-LEE' BOO'-toh). (Bhutto was executed in 1979.)

In 1991, a worldwide financial scandal erupted as regulators in eight countries shut down the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.

1996 – Dolly the sheep becomes the first mammal cloned from an adult cell.

Ten years ago in 2008: Venus Williams won her fifth Wimbledon singles title, beating younger sister Serena 7-5, 6-4 in the final.

Also in 2008, Gas station owner Kent Couch flew a lawn chair rigged with helium-filled balloons more than 200 miles across the Oregon desert, landing in a field in Cambridge, Idaho.

In 2013, Enraged Islamists pushed back against the toppling of President Mohammed Morsi, as tens of thousands of his supporters took to the streets vowing to win his reinstatement and clashed with their opponents in violence that killed some three dozen people.