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Almanac - Tuesday 7/24/18

amelia-earhart-6-14-28 Newfoundland, taken by flickr user r_frank_g

Today is Tuesday, the 24th of July of 2018. It is the 205th day of the year.

There are 160 days remaining until the end of the year.

60 days until autumn begins...

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

(3 months and 14 days from today)

833 days until Presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 3 months and 11 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:07 am 

and sunset will be at 8:25 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 18 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:16 pm.

The first low tide was at 4:22 am early this morning 

and the next low tide at 3:56 pm this afternoon

The first high tide will be at 11:27 am later today 

and the next high tide at the Golden Gate rolls in tonight at 10:02 pm.

A low-medium pollen count today at 3.1, rising to a medium level of 5.2 by the end of the week

The Moon is currently 90.2% visible, still a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: ↑ 253.90° WSW

Moon Altitude:-12.68°

Moon Distance: 250731 mi

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

Next New Moon: Saturday August 11, 2018 at 2:57 am

Next Moonrise: Today at 6:13 pm

July’s Full Moon is called a Full Buck Moon .  At this time, a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.

Today is…

Amelia Earhart Day

Cousins Day

National Drive-Thru Day

National Tell an Old Joke Day

National Tequila Day

Pioneer Day

It’s also…

Carnival of Awussu in Tunisia

Children's Day in Vanuatu

Pioneer Day in Utah

Police Day in Poland

Simón Bolívar Day in EcuadorVenezuelaColombia, and Bolivia

Navy Day in Venezuela

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

1783 – Simón Bolívar, Venezuelan commander and politician, 2nd President of Venezuela (d. 1830)

1802 – Alexandre Dumas, French novelist and playwright (d. 1870)

1897 – Amelia Earhart, American pilot and author (d. 1937)

1900 – Zelda Fitzgerald, American author and poet (d. 1948)

1920 – Bella Abzug, American lawyer and politician (d. 1998)

1935 – Pat Oliphant, Australian cartoonist

1936 – Ruth Buzzi, American actress and comedian

1951 – Lynda Carter, American actress

1952 – Gus Van Sant, American director, producer, and screenwriter

1957 – Pam Tillis, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

1964 – Barry Bonds, American baseball player

1969 – Jennifer Lopez, American actress, singer, and dancer

…and on this date in history…

1935 – The Dust Bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109 °F (43 °C) in Chicago and 104 °F (40 °C) in Milwaukee.

1937 – Alabama drops rape charges against the "Scottsboro Boys".

1950 – Cape Canaveral Air Force Station begins operations with the launch of a Bumper rocket.

1959 – At the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev have a "Kitchen Debate".

1966 – Michael Pelkey makes the first BASE jump from El Capitan along with Brian Schubert. Both came out with broken bones. BASE jumping has now been banned from El Cap.

1967 – During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in MontrealVive le Québec libre! ("Long live free Quebec!"); the statement angered the Canadian government and many Anglophone Canadians.

1969 – Apollo programApollo 11 splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean.

1974 – Watergate scandal: The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes and they order him to surrender the tapes to the Watergate special prosecutor.

1987 – Hulda Crooks, at 91 years of age, climbed Mt. Fuji. Crooks became the oldest person to climb Japan’s highest peak.