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Almanac - Monday 7/8/19

Ice Cream Sundae, by flickr user TheCulinaryGeek

Today is Monday, the 8th of July of 2019...

It is the 189th day of the year.

176 days remain until the end of the year. 

77 days until autumn begins...

484 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 3 months and 26 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:56 am 

and sunset will be at 8:34 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 38 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:15 pm.

The first high tide was at 4:19 am

and the next high tide will be at 5:51 pm.

The first low tide will be at 10:38 am 

and the next low tide at 11:51 pm.

Moon is 39.2% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction:325.93° NW↑

Moon Altitude:-43.87°

Moon Distance:229728 mi

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

Next New Moon: Wednesday July 31, 2019 at 8:11 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 12:37 pm

Today is…

Be a Kid Again Day

International Town Criers Day

Math 2.0 Day

National Ice Cream Sundae Day

National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day


Also known as Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama Day

It’s also…

Air Force and Air Defense Forces Day (Ukraine)

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

1838 – Eli Lilly, American soldier, chemist, and businessman, founded Eli Lilly and Company (d. 1898)

1838 – Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and businessman, founded the Zeppelin Airship Company (d. 1917)

1839 – John D. Rockefeller, American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Standard Oil Company (d. 1937)

1867 – Käthe Kollwitz, German painter and sculptor (d. 1945)

1882 – Percy Grainger, Australian-American pianist and composer (d. 1961)

1885 – Ernst Bloch, German philosopher, author, and academic (d. 1977)

1900 – George Antheil, American pianist, composer, and author (d. 1959)

1907 – George W. Romney, American businessman and politician, 43rd Governor of Michigan (d. 1995)

1908 – Louis Jordan, American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and actor (d. 1975)

1908 – Nelson Rockefeller, American businessman and politician, 41st Vice President of the United States (d. 1979)

1914 – Billy Eckstine, American singer and trumpet player (d. 1993)

1926 – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-American psychiatrist and author (d. 2004)

1934 – Marty Feldman, English actor and screenwriter (d. 1982)

1948 – Raffi, Egyptian-Canadian singer-songwriter

1949 – Wolfgang Puck, Austrian-American chef, restaurateur and entrepreneur

1951 – Anjelica Huston, American actress and director

1952 – Marianne Williamson, American author and activist

1958 – Tzipi Livni, Israeli lawyer and politician, 18th Justice Minister of Israel

1961 – Toby Keith, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor

1962 – Joan Osborne, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1968 – Billy Crudup, American actor

1970 – Beck, American singer-songwriter and producer

Writer Anna Quindlen is 67.

Actor Kevin Bacon is 61.

Actor Jaden Smith is 21

…and on this day in history…

1776 – Church bells (possibly including the Liberty Bell) are rung after John Nixon delivers the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence of the United States.

1853 – The Perry Expedition arrives in Edo Bay with a treaty requesting trade.

1879 – Sailing ship USS Jeannette departs San Francisco carrying an ill-fated expedition to the North Pole.

1889 – The first issue of The Wall Street Journal is published.

In 1911, cowgirl "Two-Gun Nan" Aspinwall became the first woman to make a solo trip by horse across the United States, arriving in New York 10 months after departing San Francisco.

1947 – Reports are broadcast that a UFO crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico in what became known as the Roswell UFO incident.

1948 – The United States Air Force accepts its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force (WAF).

1960 – Francis Gary Powers is charged with espionage resulting from his flight over the Soviet Union.

1968 – The Chrysler wildcat strike begins in Detroit, Michigan.

1970 – Richard Nixon delivers a special congressional message enunciating Native American self-determination as official US Indian policy, leading to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975.

In 2000, Venus Williams beat Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-6 (3) for her first Grand Slam title, becoming the first black female champion at Wimbledon since Althea Gibson in 1957-58.

Five years ago in 2014: President Barack Obama appealed to Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to deal with the immigration crisis on the nation's southern border, where unaccompanied children were showing up by the thousands (Republican lawmakers rejected the request). Washington became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note. Germany handed Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever with a 7-1 rout in the semifinals that stunned the host nation.

In 2017, at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, world powers lined up against President Donald Trump on climate change, reaffirming their support for international efforts to fight global warming.  After their first face-to-face meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he thought Trump believed his denials of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential vote.

One year ago in 2018: A woman who was poisoned in southwest England died, eight days after she may have touched a contaminated item containing the same type of military-grade nerve agent used to poison a former Russian spy and his daughter in the area in March. Divers rescued four of the 12 boys who’d been trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand with their soccer coach for more than two weeks. (The remaining eight boys and their coach were rescued over the next two days)