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Almanac - Wednesday 9/5/18

Traditional Cheese, by flickr user zharth

Today is Wednesday September 5, 2018.  It is the 248th day of the year. 

There are 117 days remaining until the end of the year.  17 days until autumn begins.

62 days until mid-term elections Tuesday November 6, 2018...

(2 months and 1 day from today)

790 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 1 month and 29 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:44 am 

and sunset will be at 7:31 pm.

We will have 12 hours and 47 minutes of daylight today.

The solar transit will be at 1:07 pm.

The first low tide was at 2:15 am

and the next low tide at 2:08 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:33 am 

and the next high tide at 8:18 pm.

A steady medium-high pollen count for today at 7.7 and for the next few days, to 7.9 by Sunday

The Moon is 24.0% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: ↑ 90.76° E

Moon Altitude: 35.63°

Moon Distance: 227385 mi

Next New Moon: Wednesday September  9, 2018 at 11:01 am

Next Full Moon: Monday September  24, 2018 at 7:52 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 4:47 pm

Today is…

National Be Late For Something Day

National Cheese Pizza Day

National Shrink Day

It’s also…

International Day of Charity

Teacher's Day in India

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

699 – Abu Hanifa, Iraqi scholar (d. 767)

1735 – Johann Christian Bach, German-English viol player and composer (d. 1782)

1817 – Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian poet, author, and playwright (d. 1875)

1847 – Jesse James, American outlaw (d. 1882)

1867 – Amy Beach, American pianist and composer (d. 1944)

1902 – Jean Dalrymple, American playwright, producer, manager, and publicist (d. 1998)

1902 – Darryl F. Zanuck, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1979)

1905 – Arthur Koestler, Hungarian-English journalist and author (d. 1983)

1906 – Sunnyland Slim, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1995)

1912 – John Cage, American composer and theorist (d. 1992)

1929 – Bob Newhart, American comedian and actor

1935 – Werner Erhard, American author and philanthropist, founded Werner Erhard and Associates and The Hunger Project

1936 – Jonathan Kozol, American sociologist, author, and educator

1939 – John Stewart, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)

1940 – Raquel Welch, American actress and singer

1942 – Werner Herzog, German actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1945 – Al Stewart, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1946 – Freddie Mercury, Tanzanian-English singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1991)

1946 – Loudon Wainwright III, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1947 – Buddy Miles, American singer-songwriter and drummer (d. 2008)

1950 – Cathy Guisewite, American cartoonist, created Cathy

1951 – Michael Keaton, American actor and producer

1961 – Marc-André Hamelin, Canadian pianist and composer

1969 – Dweezil Zappa, American actor and musician

…and on this day in history…

917 – Liu Yan declares himself emperor, establishing the Southern Han state in southern China, at his capital of Panyu.

1836 – Sam Houston is elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas.

1882 – The first United States Labor Day parade is held in New York City.

1915 – The pacifist Zimmerwald Conference begins.

1921 – Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle party in San Francisco ends with the death of the young actress Virginia Rappe: One of the first scandals of the Hollywood community.

1927 – The first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon, Trolley Troubles, produced by Walt Disney, is released by Universal Pictures.

1960 – Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) wins the gold medal in the light heavyweight boxing competition at the Olympic Games in Rome.

1969 – My Lai Massacre: U.S. Army Lieutenant William Calley is charged with six specifications of premeditated murder for the death of 109 Vietnamese civilians in My Lai.

1972 – Munich massacre: A Palestinian terrorist group called "Black September" attacks and takes hostage 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. Two die in the attack and nine are murdered the following day.

1975 – Sacramento, CaliforniaLynette Fromme attempts to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford.

1977 – Voyager ProgramNASA launches the Voyager 1 spacecraft.

1978 – Camp David AccordsMenachem Begin and Anwar Sadat begin peace discussions at Camp David, Maryland.

1991 – The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, comes into force.