Almanac - Tuesday 7/31/18
Today is Tuesday, the 31th of July of 2018. It is the 212th day of the year.
There are 153 days remaining until the end of the year.
98 days until mid-terms Tuesday November 06 2018
(3 months and 6 days from today)
826 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020
(2 years 3 months and 3 days from today)
The sun rises at 6:13 am
and sunset will be at 8:18 pm.
We will have 14 hours and 5 minutes of daylight.
Solar noon will be at 1:15 pm.
The first high tide will be at 1:45 am
The first low tide will be at 8:15 am
and the next high tide at 3:20 pm.
and the next low tide at 8:33 pm.
A low-to-medium pollen count for the week, up and down, between 3.7 and 4.3
The Moon is currently 88.3% visible; a Waning Gibbous
Moon Direction: ↑ 196.59° SSW
Moon Altitude: 42.21°
Moon Distance: 248676 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 9:41 am
If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You share this day with…
1886 – Fred Quimby, American animator and producer (d. 1965)
1918 – Hank Jones, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 2010)
1919 – Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster and actor (d. 2006)
1919 – Primo Levi, Italian chemist and author (d. 1987)
1931 – Kenny Burrell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1952 – Faye Kellerman, American author
1958 – Mark Cuban, American businessman and television personality
1962 – Wesley Snipes, American actor and producer
…and on this day in history…
In 1777, during the Revolutionary War, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general in the American Continental Army.
In 1919, Germany's Weimar (VY'-mahr) Constitution was adopted by the republic's National Assembly.
In 1948, President Harry S. Truman helped dedicate New York International Airport (later John F. Kennedy International Airport) at Idlewild Field.
1948 – USS Nevada is sunk by an aerial torpedo after surviving hits from two atomic bombs (as part of post-war tests) and being used for target practice by three other ships.
In 1954, Pakistan's K2 was conquered as two members of an Italian expedition, Achille Compagnoni (ah-KEE'-lay kohm-pahn-YOH'-nee) and Lino Lacedelli (LEE'-noh lah-chee-DEHL'-ee), reached the summit.
In 1957, the Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations designed to detect Soviet bombers approaching North America, went into operation.
In 1964, the American space probe Ranger 7 reached the moon, transmitting pictures back to Earth before impacting the lunar surface.
In 1970, "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" came to an end after nearly 14 years as co-anchor Chet Huntley signed off for the last time; the broadcast was renamed "NBC Nightly News."
In 1971, Apollo 15 crew members David Scott and James Irwin became the first astronauts to use a lunar rover on the surface of the moon.
In 1972, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew from the ticket with George McGovern following disclosures that Eagleton had once undergone psychiatric treatment.
On July 31, 1991, President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.
In 1992, the former Soviet republic of Georgia was admitted to the United Nations as its 179th member.
Ten years ago, in 2008,
Scientists reported the Phoenix spacecraft had confirmed the presence of frozen water in Martian soil.
Five years ago, in 2013,
President Barack Obama's national security team acknowledged for the first time that, when investigating one suspected terrorist, it could read and store the phone records of millions of Americans.
One year ago, in 2017,
Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly was sworn in as White House chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus. Hours later, White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was let go, just 11 days after he was appointed to the job.
Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of a criminal charge for refusing to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. (Arpaio was later pardoned by President Donald Trump.)
The Trump administration slapped financial sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after a weekend election that gave his ruling party virtually unlimited powers.
Los Angeles reached a deal with international Olympic leaders to host the 2028 Summer Games. (The games were officially awarded to Los Angeles in September.)