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Almanac - Tuesday 7/2/19

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San Francisco - Telegraph Hill: Coit Tower - City Life, painted by Rinaldo Cuneo. Photo taken by flickr user Wally Gobetz

Today is Tuesday, the 2nd of July of 2019.  It is the 183rd day of the year...

182 days remain until the end of the year.

This day is the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it in common years, and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. The exact time of the middle of the year is at noon. In countries that use summer time the actual exact time of the midpoint in a common year is at 1:00 p.m, or 11:00 a.m for countries in the southern hemisphere; this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. In a leap year in those countries, the midpoint occurs at 1:00 a.m. on July 2, or 11:00pm on July 1 in the southern hemisphere. This is due to summer time having advanced the time by one hour. It falls on the same day of the week as New Year's Day in common years.

In leap years, midpoint of the year occurs at 12:00am.

83 days until autumn begins

490 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 4 months and 1 day from today)

The sun rises at 5:52 am 

and sunset will be at 8:36 pm.

We will have 14 hours and 44 minutes of daylight today. The first low tide is right about now at 5:53 am 

Solar noon will be at 1:14 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 1:13 pm 

and the next low tide at 5:31 pm.

and the final high tide at 11:42 pm.

The Moon is 0.2% visible; a Near New Moon (Waning Crescent)

New Moon today at 12:16 pm

Today is also a Total Solar Eclipse, mostly visible in the southern Pacific Ocean and South America.

First Quarter Moon in 7 days next Tuesday the 9th of July of 2019 at 3:55 am

We’ll have a Full Moon in 14 days also on a Tuesday the 16th of July of 2019 at 2:38 pm. There will also be a Partial Lunar Eclipse on this day, mostly not visible in North America.

And we’ll see the Last Quarter Moon of the month in 22 days on a Wednesday the 24th of July of 2019 at 6:18 pm Moon Direction: 51.13° NE

Moon Altitude: -11.27°

Moon Distance: 229197 mi

Next Moonrise: Today 5:44 am

Today is…

Freedom From Fear of Speaking Day

I Forgot Day

Made in the USA Day

National Anisette Day

Special Recreation for the Disabled Day

World Sports Journalists Day

World UFO Day

Today is also…

Unity Day in Zambia

Flag Day in Curaçao

Palio di Provenzano in SienaItaly

Police Day in Azerbaijan

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

1877 – Hermann Hesse, German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1962)

1877 – Rinaldo Cuneo, American artist ("the painter of San Francisco") (d. 1939)

1908 – Thurgood Marshall, American lawyer and jurist, 32nd Solicitor General of the United States (d. 1993)

1914 – Frederick Fennell, American conductor and educator (d. 2004)

1925 – Medgar Evers, American soldier and activist (d. 1963)

1925 – Patrice Lumumba, Congolese politician, 1st Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (d. 1961)

1929 – Imelda Marcos, Filipino politician; 10th First Lady of the Philippines

1930 – Carlos Menem, Argentinian lawyer and politician, 50th President of Argentina

1939 – John H. Sununu, American engineer and politician, 14th White House Chief of Staff

1942 – Vicente Fox, Mexican businessman and politician, 35th President of Mexico (2000-2006)

1947 – Larry David, American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter

1949 – Greg Brown, American musician

1956 – Jerry Hall, American model and actress

1964 – Jose Canseco, Cuban-American baseball player and mixed martial artist

…and on this day in history…

1698 – Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine.

1839 – Twenty miles off the coast of Cuba, 53 rebelling African slaves led by Joseph Cinqué take over the slave ship Amistad.

1881 – Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James Garfield (who would die of complications from his wounds on September 19).

1890 – The U.S. Congress passes the Sherman Antitrust Act.

1897 – British-Italian engineer Guglielmo Marconi obtains a patent for radio in London.

1900 – The first Zeppelin flight takes place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.

1900 – Jean SibeliusFinlandia receives its première performance in Helsinki with the Helsinki Philharmonic Society conducted by Robert Kajanus.

1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.

1962 – The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.

1964 – Civil rights movement: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 meant to prohibit segregation in public places.

1976 – Fall of the Republic of Vietnam; Communist North Vietnam declares their union to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

2000 – Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional, after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.

2013 – The International Astronomical Union names Pluto's fourth and fifth moonsKerberos and Styx.