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Almanac - Thursday 7/4/19

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Vegan Caesar Salad at Garden Cafe on the Green, Woodstock NY

Today is Thursday, the 4th of July of 2019...It is the 185th day of the year, 180 days remain until the end of the year, 81 days until autumn begins, 488 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 3 months and 30 days from today)

The Aphelion, the point in the year when the Earth is farthest from the Sun, occurs around this date

The sun rises at 5:53 am 

and the sun sets at 8:35 pm.

We will have 14 hours and 42 minutes of daylight.

The first high tide will be at 12:30 am 

The first low tide will be at 7:22 am 

Solar noon will be at 1:14 pm.

the next high tide at 2:44 pm.

and the final  low tide at 7:15 pm.

The Moon is 4.0% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction:29.09° NNE↑

Moon Altitude:-26.99°

Moon Distance:226230 mi

Next Moonrise:Today7:54 am

First Quarter Moon in 5 days Tuesday the 9th of July of 2019 at 3:55 am

Full Moon in 12 days on Tuesday the 16th of July of 2019 at 2:38 pm

and a Partial Lunar Eclipse

Last Quarter Moon in 20 days on Wednesday the 24th of July of 2019 at 6:18 pm

New Moon in 27 days Wednesday the 31st of July of 2019 at 8:12 pm

Today is…

Alice in Wonderland Day

Independence Day

Independence From Meat Day

Indivisible Day

Invisible Day

National Barbecue Day

National Barbecued Spareribs Day

National Caesar Salad Day

National Country Music Day

Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

Today is also…

Birthday of Queen Sonja in Norway

The first evening of Dree Festival, celebrated until July 7 for the Apatani peopleArunachal PradeshIndia

Independence Day, celebrates the Declaration of Independence of the United States from Great Britain in 1776.

Liberation Day in the Northern Mariana Islands

Liberation Day in Rwanda

Republic Day in Philippines

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you! You share this special day with

1826 – Stephen Foster, American songwriter and composer (d. 1864)

1872 – Calvin Coolidge, American lawyer and politician, 30th President of the United States (d. 1933)

1883 – Rube Goldberg, American sculptor, cartoonist, and engineer (d. 1970)

1902 – Meyer Lansky, American gangster (d. 1983)

1902 – George Murphy, American actor and politician (d. 1992)

1911 – Mitch Miller, American singer and producer (d. 2010)

1916 – Iva Toguri D'Aquino, American typist and broadcaster (d. 2006)

1920 – Leona Helmsley, American businesswoman (d. 2007)

1927 – Gina Lollobrigida, Italian actress and photographer

1927 – Neil Simon, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 2018)

1930 – George Steinbrenner, American businessman (d. 2010)

1937 – Queen Sonja of Norway

1938 – Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and producer

1941 – Sam Farr, American politician

1941 – Brian Willson, American soldier, lawyer, and activist

1942 – Peter Rowan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1943 – Geraldo Rivera, American lawyer, journalist, and author

1946 – Ron Kovic, American author and activist

1946 – Michael Milken, American businessman and philanthropist

…and on this day in history…

1774 – Orangetown Resolutions are adopted in the Province of New York, one of many protests against the British Parliament's Coercive Acts

1776 – American Revolution: The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress.

1817 – In Rome, New York, construction on the Erie Canal begins.

1827 – Slavery is abolished in the State of New York.

1845 – Henry David Thoreau moves into a small cabin on Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau's account of his two years there, Walden, will become a touchstone of the environmental movement.

1855 – The first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, Leaves of Grass, is published In Brooklyn.

1862 – Lewis Carroll tells Alice Liddell a story that would grow into Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequels.

1881 – In Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute opens.

1939 – Lou Gehrig, recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, informs a crowd at Yankee Stadium that he considers himself "The luckiest man on the face of the earth", then announces his retirement from major league baseball.

1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into United States law. The act went into effect the next year.

1997 – NASA's Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.