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Almanac - Tuesday 6/4/19

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Today is Tuesday, June 4, 2019. It is the 155th day of the year....

210 days remain until the end of the year.

17 days until summer begins

518 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 4 months and 30 days from today)

The sun rose at 5:48 am 

and sunset will be at 8:29 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 41 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:08 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:02am 

and the next high tide will be at 2:15 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:52 am 

and the next low tide at 6:36 pm.

The Moon is 1.6% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Next Full Moon:Jun 17, 20191:30 am

Next New Moon:Jul 2, 201912:16 pm

Next Moonrise:Today7:02 am

Today is…

Audacity to Hope Day

Hug your Cat Day

National Cheese Day

National Cognac Day

National SAFE Day

Old Maid's Day

Shopping Cart Day

Today is also…

Birthday of Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim & Flag Day celebration of the Finnish Defence Forces (Finland)

Emancipation Day or Independence Day, commemorates the abolition of serfdom in Tonga by King George Tupou in 1862, and the independence of Tonga from the British protectorate in 1970. (Tonga)

Flag Day (Estonia)

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

National Unity Day (Hungary)

Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 Memorial Day (International)

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

1738 – George III of the United Kingdom (d. 1820)

1924 – Dennis Weaver, American actor and director (d. 2006)

1928 – Ruth Westheimer, German-American therapist and author

1930 – Morgana King, American singer and actress (d. 2018)

1932 – John Drew Barrymore, American actor (d. 2004)

1932 – Oliver Nelson, American saxophonist and composer (d. 1975)

1936 – Bruce Dern, American actor

1937 – Freddy Fender, American singer and guitarist (d. 2006)

1944 – Michelle Phillips, American singer-songwriter and actress

1951 – Melanie Phillips, English journalist and author

1956 – John Hockenberry, American journalist and author

1966 – Cecilia Bartoli, Italian soprano and actress

1975 – Russell Brand, English comedian and actor

1975 – Angelina Jolie, American actress, filmmaker, humanitarian, and activist

1976 – Kasey Chambers, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist

…and on this day in history…

1411 – King Charles VI granted a monopoly for the ripening of Roquefort cheese to the people of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon as they had been doing for centuries.[1]

1876 – An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after leaving New York City.

1896 – Henry Ford completes the Ford Quadricycle, his first gasoline-powered automobile, and gives it a successful test run.

1912 – Massachusetts becomes the first state of the United States to set a minimum wage.

1917 – The first Pulitzer Prizes are awarded: Laura E. RichardsMaude H. Elliott, and Florence Hall receive the first Pulitzer for biography (for Julia Ward Howe). Jean Jules Jusserand receives the first Pulitzer for history for his work With Americans of Past and Present DaysHerbert B. Swope receives the first Pulitzer for journalism for his work for the New York World.

1919 – Women's rights: The U.S. Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees suffrage to women, and sends it to the U.S. states for ratification.

1939 – The Holocaust: The MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 963 Jewish refugees, is denied permission to land in Florida, in the United States, after already being turned away from Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, more than 200 of its passengers later die in Nazi concentration camps.

1940 – World War II: The Dunkirk evacuation ends: British forces complete evacuation of 338,000 troops from Dunkirk in France. To rally the morale of the country, Winston Churchill delivers, only to the House of Commons, his famous "We shall fight on the beaches" speech.

1944 – World War II: Rome falls to the Allies, the first Axis capital to fall.

1961 – Cold War: In the Vienna summit, the Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev sparks the Berlin Crisis by threatening to sign a separate peace treaty with East Germany and ending American, British and French access to East Berlin.

1970 – Tonga gains independence from the United Kingdom.

1975 – The Governor of California Jerry Brown signs the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act into law, the first law in the U.S. giving farmworkers collective bargaining rights.

1986 – Jonathan Pollard pleads guilty to espionage for selling top secret United States military intelligence to Israel.

1989 – Ali Khamenei is elected as the new Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran by the Assembly of Experts after the death and funeral of AyatollahRuhollah Khomeini.

1989 – The Tiananmen Square protests are violently suppressed in Beijing by the People's Liberation Army, with between 241 and 10,000 dead.

1989 – Solidarity's victory in the first (somewhat) free parliamentary elections in post-war Poland sparks off a succession of peaceful anti-communistrevolutions in Eastern Europe, leads to the creation of the so-called Contract Sejm and begins the Autumn of Nations.

1998 – Terry Nichols is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing.