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Almanac - Wednesday 7/11/18

Blueberry muffins, by flickr user Alice Keeler

Today Wednesday, 11th of July of 2018 is the 192nd day of the year.

There are 173 days remaining until the end of the year.

73 days until autumn begins...

118 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018

(3 months and 26 days from today)

846 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 3 months and 23 days from today)

The sun rises this morning at 5:58 am 

and the sun sets at 8:33 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 35 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:15 pm.

The first low tide was at 4:42 am

and the next low tide will be at 4:18 pm.

The first high tide will be at 11:53 am 

and the next high tide at 10:36 pm.

Pollen count will be low-medium, mostly in the threes

The Moon is currently 3.9% visible; A Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: ↑ 66.99° ENE

Moon Altitude: 2.40°

Moon Distance: 224130 mi

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

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

Next Moonset: Today at 7:19 pm

Today is…

All American Pet Photo Day

Bowdler's Day

Free Slurpee Day

National Blueberry Muffin Day

National Cheer up the Lonely Day

National Mojito Day

National Rainier Cherries Day

National Swimming Pool Day

Today is also…

China National Maritime Day

Day of the Bandoneón in Argentina

Day of the Flemish Community of Belgium

Eleventh Night in Northern Ireland

National Day of Remembrance of Victims of Genocide by Ukrainian Nationalists on Citizens of the Second Republic of Poland

Gospel Day in Kiribati

Imamat Day in Isma'ilism

The first day of Naadam (July 11–15) in Mongolia

World Population Day

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

1274 – Robert the Bruce, Scottish king (d. 1329)

1767 – John Quincy Adams, American lawyer and politician, 6th President of the United States (d. 1848)

1895 – Dorothy Wilde, English author and poet (d. 1941)

1897 – Bull Connor, American police officer (d. 1973)

1899 – E. B. White, American essayist and journalist (d. 1985)

1920 – Yul Brynner, Russian actor and dancer (d. 1985)

1925 – Nicolai Gedda, Swedish operatic tenor (d. 2017)

1931 – Tab Hunter, American actor and singer

1953 – Leon Spinks, American boxer

1957 – Michael Rose, Jamaican singer-songwriter

1959 – Suzanne Vega, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1967 – Jhumpa Lahiri, Indian American novelist and short story writer

1975 – Lil' Kim, American rapper and producer

…and on this day in history…

In 1798, the U.S. Marine Corps was formally re-established by a congressional act that also created the U.S. Marine Band.

On July 11, 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounded former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton during a pistol duel in Weehawken, New Jersey. (Hamilton died the next day.)

In 1859, Big Ben, the great bell inside the famous London clock tower, chimed for the first time.

1889 – Tijuana, Mexico, is founded.

1906 – Murder of Grace Brown by Chester Gillette in the United States, inspiration for Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy.

1914 – Babe Ruth makes his debut in Major League Baseball.

1922 – The Hollywood Bowl opens.

In 1960, the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee was first published by J.B. Lippincott and Co.

In 1972, the World Chess Championship opened as grandmasters Bobby Fischer of the United States and defending champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union began play in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Fischer won after 21 games.)

In 1977, the Presidential Medal of Freedom was presented to polio vaccine pioneer Dr. Jonas Salk and (posthumously) to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by President Jimmy Carter.

In 1979, the abandoned U.S. space station Skylab made a spectacular return to Earth, burning up in the atmosphere and showering debris over the Indian Ocean and Australia.

1990 – Oka CrisisFirst Nations land dispute in Quebec, Canada begins.