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Almanac - Thursday 6/6/19

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Drive In Nights

Today is Thursday, the 6th of June of 2019. It is the 157th day of the year...

208 days remain until the end of the year.  

15 days until summer begins

and 516 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 03 2020

(1 year 4 months and 28 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:48 am 

and sunset will be at 8:30 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 42 minutes of daylight. Solar noon will be at 1:09 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:29 am

and the next high tide will be at 3:57 pm.

The first low tide will be at 8:24 am 

and the next low tide at 8:23 pm.

A medium pollen count today and tomorrow, rising to a medium-to-high pollen count this weekend.

The Moon is currently 11.6% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction:7.25° N↑

Moon Altitude:-31.00°

Moon Distance:229540 mi

Next Full Moon: Monday June 17, 2019 at 1:30 am

Next New Moon: Tuesday July 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 9:02 am

Today is…

Atheist Pride Day

D-Day

Drive-in Movie Day

National Applesauce Cake Day

National Eyewear Day

National Gardening Exercise Day

National Higher Education Day

National Hunger Awareness Day

National Moonshine Day

National Yo-yo Day

Russian Language Day

National Huntington's Disease Awareness Day Today is also…

Engineer's Day in Taiwan

Korean Children's Union Foundation Day in North Korea

Memorial Day in South Korea

National Day, marks the end of the Danish-ruled Kalmar Union in Sweden

Queensland Day in the Australian state of Queensland

Teachers' Day in Bolivia

…and on this day in history…

1844 – The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London.

1889 – The Great Seattle Fire destroys all of downtown Seattle.

1892 – The Chicago "L" elevated rail system begins operation.

1894 – Governor Davis H. Waite orders the Colorado state militia to protect and support the miners engaged in the Cripple Creek miners' strike.

In 1925, Walter Percy Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corp.

1932 – The Revenue Act of 1932 is enacted, creating the first gas tax in the United States, at a rate of 1 cent per US gallon (​1⁄4¢/L) sold.

In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater was opened by Richard Hollingshead in Camden County, New Jersey. (The movie shown was "Wives Beware," starring Adolphe Menjou.)

1934 – New Deal: The U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 into law, establishing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In 1939, the first Little League game was played as Lundy Lumber defeated Lycoming Dairy 23-8 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

1944 – World War II: The Allied invasion of Normandy—codenamed Operation Overlord—begins with the execution of Operation Neptune (commonly referred to as D-Day), the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history.

1946 – The Basketball Association of America is founded in New York City; the BAA was the precursor to the modern National Basketball Association.

In 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, 25 1/2 hours after he was shot by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan

In 1978, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes.

In 1982, Israeli forces invaded Lebanon to drive Palestine Liberation Organization fighters out of the country. (The Israelis withdrew in June 1985.)

1985 – The grave of "Wolfgang Gerhard" is opened in Embu, Brazil; the exhumed remains are later proven to be those of Josef MengeleAuschwitz's "Angel of Death"; Mengele is thought to have drowned while swimming in February 1979.

2002 – Eastern Mediterranean event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at ten meters in diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.

2004 – Tamil is established as a "classical language" by the President of India, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.

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

1755 – Nathan Hale, American soldier (d. 1776)

1756 – John Trumbull, American soldier and painter (d. 1843)

1867 – David T. Abercrombie, American surveyor and businessman, founded Abercrombie & Fitch (d. 1931)

1875 – Thomas Mann, German author and critic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)

1890 – Ted Lewis, American singer, clarinet player, and bandleader (d. 1971)

1901 – Sukarno, Indonesian engineer and politician, 1st President of Indonesia (d. 1970)

1936 – Levi Stubbs, American baritone singer for the Four Tops (d. 2008)

1939 – Gary U.S. Bonds, American singer-songwriter

1941 – Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-American journalist and author (d. 2012)

1949 – Holly Near, American folk singer-songwriter

1952 – Playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein

1955 – Sandra Bernhard, American actress and comedian

1956 – Björn Borg, Swedish tennis player and fashion designer

1960 – Steve Vai, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1967 – Actor Paul Giamatti