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Almanac - Monday 7/1/19

ROOSTERS, by flickr user cuatrok77

Today is Monday, the 1st of July of 2019. It is the 182nd day of the year.  183 days remain until the end of the year...

It is the last day of the first half of the year. The end of this day marks the halfway point of a leap year. It also falls on the same day of the week as New Year's Day in a leap year. The midpoint of the year for southern hemisphere DST countries occurs at 11:00 p.m.

84 days until autumn begins

491 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 4 months and 2 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:52 am 

and sunset will be at 8:36 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 44 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:14 pm.

The first low tide was at 5:11am 

and the next low tide at 4:43 pm.

The first high tide will be at 12:26 pm 

and the final high tide at 10:57 pm.

The Moon is 2.4% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: 62.07° ENE↑

Moon Altitude:-1.32°

Moon Distance: 231814 mi

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

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

Next Moonrise: Today at 4:50 am

"July 1st" is the name of a song by Ayumi Hamasaki song.

Today is…

American Zoo Day

Blink-182 Day

Canada Day

Devotion to Duty Day

Early Bird Day

International Chicken Wing Day

International Joke Day

National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day

National Financial Freedom Day

National Gingersnap Day

National Postal Workers Day

National Television Heritage Day

Second Half of the New Year Day

U.S. Postage Stamp Day

Zip Code Day

1963 – ZIP codes are introduced for United States mail.

Today is also…

CARICOM Day in Guyana

Constitution Day in Cayman Islands

Heroes' Day in Zambia

Armed Forces Day in Singapore

Canada Day, formerly Dominion Day

Children's Day in Pakistan

Communist Party of China Founding Day

Day of Officials and Civil Servants in Hungary

Doctors' Day in India

Emancipation Day in Netherlands Antilles

1863 – Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marking the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands.

Engineer's Day in BahrainMexico

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

Independence Day in Burundi, celebrates the independence of Burundi from Belgium in 1962.

Independence Day in Rwanda

Independence Day in Somalia

International Tartan Day

July Morning in Bulgaria

Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname

Madeira Day in MadeiraPortugal

Moving Day in Quebec

Newfoundland and Labrador Memorial Day

Republic Day in Ghana

Sir Seretse Khama Day in Botswana

Territory Day in British Virgin Islands

The first day of Van Mahotsav, celebrated until July 7. in India

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

1804 – George Sand, French author and playwright (d. 1876)

1869 – William Strunk Jr., American author and educator (d. 1946)

1892 – James M. Cain, American author and journalist (d. 1977)

1899 – Thomas A. Dorsey, American pianist and composer (d. 1993)

1899 – Charles Laughton, English-American actor and director (d. 1962)

1906 – Estée Lauder, American businesswoman, co-founded the Estée Lauder Companies (d. 2004)

1915 – Willie Dixon, American singer-songwriter, bass player, guitarist, and producer (d. 1992)

1916 – Olivia de Havilland, British-American actress[12]

1922 – Toshi Seeger, German-American activist, co-founded the Clearwater Festival (d. 2013)

1930 – Carol Chomsky, American linguist and academic (d. 2008)

1934 – Jamie Farr, American actor

1938 – Hariprasad Chaurasia, Indian flute player and composer

1939 – Karen Black, American actress (d. 2013)

1941 – Twyla Tharp, American dancer and choreographer

1942 – Andraé Crouch, American singer-songwriter, producer, and pastor (d. 2015)

1950 – David Duke, American white supremacist, politician and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard

1951 – Anne Feeney, American singer-songwriter and activist

1952 – Dan Aykroyd, Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter

1961 – Diana, Princess of Wales (d. 1997)

1967 – Pamela Anderson, Canadian-American model and actress

1969 – Séamus Egan, American-Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1975 – Sufjan Stevens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

…and on this day in history…

1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg begins.

1867 – The British North America Act takes effect as the Province of CanadaNew Brunswick, and Nova Scotia join into confederation to create the modern nation of Canada. Sir John A. Macdonald is sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date is commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.

1870 – The United States Department of Justice formally comes into existence.

1874 – The Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, goes on sale.

1879 – Charles Taze Russell publishes the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower.

1881 – The world's first international telephone call is made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States.

1898 – Spanish–American War: The Battle of San Juan Hill is fought in Santiago de Cuba.

1903 – Start of first Tour de France bicycle race.

1908 – SOS is adopted as the international distress signal.

1931 – United Airlines begins service (as Boeing Air Transport).

1931 – Wiley Post and Harold Gatty become the first people to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engined monoplane aircraft.

1932 – Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was formed.

1943 – Tokyo City merges with Tokyo Prefecture and is dissolved. Since this date, no city in Japan has the name "Tokyo" (present-day Tokyo is not officially a city).

1958 – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave.

1960 – Ghana becomes a republic and Kwame Nkrumah becomes its first President as Queen Elizabeth II ceases to be its head of state.

1963 – The British Government admits that former diplomat Kim Philby had worked as a Soviet agent.

1968 – The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is signed in Washington, D.C.London and Moscow by sixty-two countries.

1972 – The first Gay pride march in England takes place.

1976 – Portugal grants autonomy to Madeira.

1979 – Sony introduces the Walkman.

1980 – "O Canada" officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.

1984 – The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA.

1987 – The American radio station WFAN in New York City is launched as the world's first all-sports radio station.

1991 – Cold War: The Warsaw Pact is officially dissolved at a meeting in Prague.

1997 – China resumes sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule. The handover ceremony is attended by British Prime Minister Tony BlairPrince Charles of Wales, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

1999 – The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Elizabeth II on the day that legislative powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.

2002 – The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocidecrimes against humanitywar crimes, and the crime of aggression.

2003 – Over 500,000 people protest against efforts to pass anti-sedition legislation in Hong Kong.

2007 – Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces.