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Almanac - Wednesday 6/26/19

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Today is Chocolate Pudding Day!

Today is Wednesday, the 26th of June of 2019.  It is the 177th day of the year.  188 days remain until the end of the year. 

The sun rises at 5:50 am 

and sunset will be at 8:36 pm.

We will have 14 hours and 46 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:13 pm.

The first low tide will be at 1:37 am 

and the next low tide at 12:45 pm.

The first high tide will be at 7:05 am 

and the next high tide at 7:44 pm.

The Moon is now 39.5% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction:122.88° ESE

Moon Altitude:36.68°

Moon Distance:247507 mi

Next Moonset:Today2:29 pm

We will have a New Moon in 6 days on Tuesday the 2nd of July of 2019 at 12:16 pm

There will also be a Total Solar Eclipse, mostly visible in the South Pacific and South America

The First Quarter Moon in 13 days on Tuesday the 9th of July of 2019 at 3:55 am

and we’ll have a Full Moon in 20 days on a Tuesday 16th of July of 2019 at 2:38 pm

and there will be a Partial Lunar Eclipse, mostly visible in Africa, Europe and Asia.

Then the Last Quarter Moon will arrive in 28 days on Wednesday the 24th of July of 2019 at 6:18 pm

Today is…

Beautician's Day

Forgiveness Day

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

National Canoe Day in Canada

National Chocolate Pudding Day

National Parchment Day

Tropical Cocktails Day

Today is also…

Army and Navy Day in Azerbaijan

Flag Day in Romania

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Madagascar from France in 1960.

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of British Somaliland from the British in 1960.

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

World Refrigeration Day

Ratcatcher's Day in Hamelin, Germany

Sunthorn Phu Day in Thailand

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

1819 – Abner Doubleday, American general (d. 1893)

1892 – Pearl S. Buck, American novelist, essayist, short story writer Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)

1898 – Willy Messerschmitt, German engineer and businessman (d. 1978)

1903 – Big Bill Broonzy, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1958)

1904 – Peter Lorre, Slovak-American actor and singer (d. 1964)

1908 – Salvador Allende, Chilean physician and politician, 29th President of Chile (d. 1973)

1909 – Colonel Tom Parker, Dutch-American talent manager (d. 1997)

1915 – Charlotte Zolotow, American author and poet (d. 2013)

1916 – Virginia Satir, American psychotherapist and author (d. 1988)

1931 – Colin Wilson, English philosopher and author (d. 2013)

1933 – Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor (d. 2014)

1934 – Dave Grusin, American pianist and composer

1937 – Reggie Workman, American bassist and composer

1942 – Gilberto Gil, Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and politician, Brazilian Minister of Culture

1955 – Mick Jones, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1956 – Chris Isaak, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1970 – Sean Hayes, American actor

1974 – Derek Jeter, American baseball player

1993 – Ariana Grande, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress

…and on this day in history…

In 1870, the first section of Atlantic City, New Jersey's Boardwalk was opened to the public.

1906 – The first Grand Prix motor racing event held.

1945 – The United Nations Charter is signed by 50 Allied nations in San Francisco, California.

1948 – Cold War: The first supply flights are made in response to the Berlin Blockade.

1948 – William Shockley files the original patent for the grown-junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor.

1948 – Shirley Jackson's short story The Lottery is published in The New Yorker magazine.

1953 – Lavrentiy Beria, head of MVD, is arrested by Nikita Khrushchev and other members of the Politburo.

1963 – Cold War: U.S. President John F. Kennedy gave his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, underlining the support of the United States for democratic West Germanyshortly after Soviet-supported East Germany erected the Berlin Wall.

1974 – The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley's chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.

1975 – Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South DakotaLeonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.

1977 – Elvis Presley held his final concert in Indianapolis, Indiana at Market Square Arena

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush went back on his "no-new-taxes" campaign pledge, conceding that tax increases would have to be included in any deficit-reduction package worked out with congressional negotiators.

In 1997, the first Harry Potter novel, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" by J.K. Rowling (ROHL'-ing), was published in the United Kingdom (it was later released in the United States under the title "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone").

1997 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

2000 – The Human Genome Project announces the completion of a "rough draft" sequence.

2003 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.

2013 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5–4, that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

2015 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5–4, that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.