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Almanac - Friday 7/27/17

On stilts: A random festival with Italians, we didn't even know what is was about. Taken by flickr user michelhrv

Today is Friday, the 27th of July of 2018.

It is the 208th day of the year.

There are 157 days remaining until the end of the year.

57 days until autumn begins ...

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

(3 months and 10 days from today)

830 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 3 months and 7 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:10 am 

and sunset will be at 8:22 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 12 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:16 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:09 am 

and the next low tide at 5:57 pm.

The first high tide will be at 1:20 pm 

and the next high tide at 11:54 pm.

There will be a low-medium pollen count of 3.6 today

rising to a medium count of 5.6 this weekend

The Moon is ALMOST full; it’s 99.9% visible still a Waxing Gibbous

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

The 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.

The lunar eclipse, a so-called ‘blood moon’ because it doesn’t completely go dark, won’t be visible here in northern California. It will be mostly in the southern and eastern hemisphere.  It’s considered historic because the entire event will take as much as 4 hours long, the actual eclipse an hour and 43 minutes. There will be a camera on the eclipse you can see on the web from the websites of Bareket Observatory in Israel and the Virtual Telescope Project in Rome, starting at 11:30 this morning, Pacific Time

Moon Direction: ↑ 234.27° SW

Moon Altitude: 10.35°

Moon Distance: 252402 mi

Next New Moon: Aug 11, 2018 at 2:57 am

Next Moonset: Today 5:57 am

Today is…

Bagpipe Appreciation Day

Cross Atlantic Communication Day

National Crème Brûlée Day

National Get Gnarly Day

National Scotch Day

National Talk in an Elevator Day

System Administrator Appreciation Day

Take Your Pants For a Walk Day

Walk on Stilts Day

It’s also…

Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War in North Korea

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day in the United States

Iglesia ni Cristo Day in the Philippines

José Celso Barbosa Day in Puerto Rico

Martyrs and Wounded Soldiers Day in Vietnam

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

1625 – Edward Montagu, 1st Earl of Sandwich (d. 1672)

1781 – Mauro Giuliani, Italian singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1828)

1824 – Alexandre Dumas, fils, French novelist and playwright (d. 1895)

1867 – Enrique Granados, Spanish pianist and composer (d. 1916)

1922 – Norman Lear, American screenwriter and producer

1927 – Guy Carawan, American singer and musicologist (d. 2015)

1927 – Will Jordan, American comedian and actor

1931 – Khieu Samphan, Cambodian academic and politician, 28th Prime Minister of Cambodia

1931 – Jerry Van Dyke, American actor (d. 2018)

1944 – Bobbie Gentry, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1949 – Maureen McGovern, American singer and actress

1967 – Juliana Hatfield, American singer-songwriter and musician

1972 – Maya Rudolph, American actress

…and on this day in history…

1775 – Founding of the U.S. Army Medical Department: The Second Continental Congress passes legislation establishing "an hospital for an army consisting of 20,000 men."

1789 – The first U.S. federal government agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, is established (it will be later renamed Department of State).

1794 – French RevolutionMaximilien Robespierre is arrested after encouraging the execution of more than 17,000 "enemies of the Revolution".

1866 – The first permanent transatlantic telegraph cable is successfully completed, stretching from Valentia Island, Ireland, to Heart's ContentNewfoundland.

1890 – Vincent van Gogh shoots himself and dies two days later.

1921 – Researchers at the University of Toronto, led by biochemist Frederick Banting, prove that the hormone insulin regulates blood sugar.

1929 – The Geneva Convention of 1929, dealing with treatment of prisoners-of-war, is signed by 53 nations.

1940 – The animated short A Wild Hare is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny.

1974 – Watergate scandal: The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee votes 27 to 11 to recommend the first article of impeachment (for obstruction of justice) against President Richard Nixon.

1987 – RMS Titanic Inc. begins the first expedited salvage of wreckage of the RMS Titanic.

2016 – At a news conference in Florida, U.S. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump publicly appealed to Russia to find and release private emails from Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton; a Special Counsel investigation (2017–present) later determined that Russian operatives began hacking into servers at the Democratic National Committee on that same day, leading to the historic July 13, 2018 indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers.