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Almanac - Wednesday 6/19/19

flickr user Jay Weenig
a family Juneteenth celebration in Fort Worth

Today is Wednesday, the 19th of June of 2019...  

It is the 170th day of the year. 

195 days remain until the end of the year.  

2 days until summer begins.  Summer Solstice occurs Friday June 21, 2019 8:54 am.

503 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 03 2020

(1 year 4 months and 15 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:48 am 

and sunset will be at 8:35 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 47 minutes of daylight.

Solar transit will be at 1:11 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:42am 

and the next high tide will be at 3:06 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:38 am 

and the next low tide at 7:34 pm.

The Moon is 95.4% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction:205.56° SSW↑

Moon Altitude:25.06°

Moon Distance:246810 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Tuesday July 16, 2019 at 2:38 pm

Next Moonset: Today7:51 am

Today is…

Garfield the Cat Day


National Eat an Oreo Day

National FreeBSD Day

National Martini Day

National Pets in Film Day

National Watch Day

World Sauntering Day

World Sickle Cell Day

Today is also…

Day of the Independent Hungary

Feast of Forest in Palawan province in The Philippines

Labour Day in Trinidad and Tobago

Laguna Day

Never Again Day in Uruguay

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

1896 – Wallis Simpson, American wife of Edward VIII (d. 1986)

1897 – Moe Howard, American comedian (d. 1975)

1902 – Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American violinist and bandleader (d. 1977)

1914 – Alan Cranston, American journalist and politician (d. 2000)

1914 – Lester Flatt, American bluegrass singer-songwriter, guitarist, and mandolin player (d. 1979)

1917 – Joshua Nkomo, Zimbabwean guerrilla leader and politician, Vice President of Zimbabwe (d. 1999)

1919 – Pauline Kael, American film critic (d. 2001)

1945 – Radovan Karadžić, Serbian-Bosnian politician and convicted war criminal, 1st President of Republika Srpska

1945 – Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician, Nobel Prize laureate

1945 – Tobias Wolff, American short story writer, memoirist, and novelist

1947 – Salman Rushdie, Indian-English novelist and essayist

1948 – Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter (d. 1974)

1948 – Phylicia Rashad, American actress

1950 – Ann Wilson, American singer-songwriter and musician

1962 – Paula Abdul, American singer-songwriter, dancer, actress, and presenter

1963 – Laura Ingraham, American radio host and author

1970 – Rahul Gandhi, Indian lawyer and politician

1978 – Zoe Saldana, American actress

…and on this day in history…

1846 – The first officially recorded, organized baseball game is played under Alexander Cartwright's rules on Hoboken, New Jersey's Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23–1. Cartwright umpired.

1862 – The U.S. Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.

1865 – Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, are finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 41 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.

1910 – The first Father's Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington.

1934 – The Communications Act of 1934 establishes the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

1953 – Cold WarJulius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing, in New York.

1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.

1978 – Garfield, holder of the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip, makes its debut.

1991 – The Soviet occupation of Hungary ends.

2012 – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requested asylum in London's Ecuadorian Embassy for fear of extradition to the US after publication of previously classified documents including footage of civilian killings by the US army.

2018 – The 10,000,000th United States Patent is issued.