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Almanac - Monday 7/30/18

cheesecake, taken by flickr stu_spivack

Today Monday, 30th of July of 2018 is the 211th day of the year.

There are 154 days remaining until the end of the year.

54 days until autumn begins...

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

(3 months and 7 days from today)

827 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 3 months and 4 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:12 am 

and sunset will be at 8:19 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 7 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:15 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:07 am

and the next high tide will be at 2:49 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:43 am 

and the next low tide at 7:49 pm.

A low to medium pollen count of 3.9 today rising this week to 5.1 by the end of the week.

The Moon is now 93.8% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: ↑ 211.13° SSW

Moon Altitude: 34.26°

Moon Distance: 250231 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Sunday August  26, 2018 at 4:56 am

Next Moonset: Today at 8:44 am

Today is…

Father-in-Law Day

National Cheesecake Day

National Support Public Education Day

National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

Paperback Book Day

World Snorkeling Day

It’s also…

Feast of the Throne in Morocco

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Vanuatu from the United Kingdom and France in 1980.

International Day of Friendship, and its related observances:

Día del Amigo in Paraguay

Martyrs Day in South Sudan

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

1470 – Hongzhi, emperor of the Ming dynasty (d. 1505)

1751 – Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart, Austrian pianist, older sister of Wolfgang Amadeus (d. 1829)

1818 – Emily Brontë, English novelist and poet (d. 1848)

1863 – Henry Ford, American engineer and businessman, founded the Ford Motor Company (d. 1947)

1881 – Smedley Butler, American general, Medal of Honor recipient, author of “War Is A Racket” (d. 1940)

1890 – Casey Stengel, American baseball player and manager (d. 1975)

1929 – Sid Krofft, Canadian-American puppeteer and producer

1934 – Bud Selig, 9th Major League Baseball Commissioner

1936 – Buddy Guy, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1939 – Peter Bogdanovich, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1939 – Eleanor Smeal, American activist, founded the Feminist Majority Foundation

1940 – Patricia Schroeder, American lawyer and politician

1941 – Paul Anka, Canadian singer-songwriter and actor

1945 – David Sanborn, American saxophonist and composer

1947 – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, 38th Governor of California

1948 – Jean Reno, Moroccan-French actor

1948 – Otis Taylor, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1949 – Duck Baker, American guitarist

1956 – Anita Hill, American lawyer and academic

1957 – Bill Cartwright, American basketball player and coach

1958 – Kate Bush, English singer-songwriter and producer

1961 – Laurence Fishburne, American actor and producer

1963 – Lisa Kudrow, American actress and producer

1964 – Vivica A. Fox, American actress

1971 – Elvis Crespo, American-Puerto Rican singer

1972 – Jim McIlvaine, American basketball player and sportscaster

1974 – Hilary Swank, American actress and producer

…and on this day in history…

762 – Baghdad is founded.

1729 – Founding of Baltimore, Maryland.

1932 – Premiere of Walt Disney's Flowers and Trees, the first cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first Academy Award winning cartoon short.

1956 – A joint resolution of the U.S. Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing In God We Trust as the U.S. national motto.

1962 – The Trans-Canada Highway, the longest national highway in the world, is officially opened.

1965 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.

1974 – Watergate scandal: U.S. President Richard Nixon releases subpoenaed White House recordings after being ordered to do so by the Supreme Court of the United States.

1975 – Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 p.m. He is never seen or heard from again.

1981 – As many as 50,000 demonstrators, mostly women and children, took to the streets in Łódź to protest food ration shortages in Communist Poland.

2003 – In Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line.

2006 – The world's longest running music show Top of the Pops is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show had aired for 42 years.