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Almanac - Friday 7/12/2019

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Doner Kebab by Miwok via flickr
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Happy World Kebab Day!

Today Friday, the 12th of July of 2019, is the 193rd day of the year. 

There are 172 days remaining until the end of the year.

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:57 am 

and sunset will be at 8:32 pm.

We will have 14 hours and 34 minutes of daylight.

High tides today at 9:53am and 9:01 pm

Low tides today at 3:09am and 2:29pm

 

The moon today is a waxing gibbous moon, 81% illuminated

It will rise at 4:59pm

The next Full Moon will be the 16th of July 

Today is…

World Kebab Day

Collector Car Appreciation Day

Simplicity Day

Different Colored Eyes Day

National Pecan Pie Day

Independence Day, in Kiribati and São Tomé and Príncipe 

Today's Birthdays:

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

100 BC – Julius Caesar, Roman politician and general

1730 – Josiah Wedgwood, English potter, founded the Wedgwood Company (d. 1795)

1817 – Henry David Thoreau, American essayist, poet, and philosopher (d. 1862)

1828 – Nikolay Chernyshevsky, Russian philosopher and critic (d. 1889)

1854 – George Eastman, American businessman, founded Eastman Kodak (d. 1933)

1876 – Max Jacob, French poet, painter, and critic (d. 1944)

1879 – Margherita Piazzola Beloch, Italian mathematician (d. 1976)

1884 – Louis B. Mayer, Russian-born American film producer, co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (d. 1957)

1895 – Buckminster Fuller, American architect and engineer, designed the Montreal Biosphère (d. 1983)

1895 – Oscar Hammerstein II, American director, producer, and songwriter (d. 1960)

1904 – Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet and diplomat, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)

1908 – Milton Berle, American comedian and actor (d. 2002)

1908 – Alain Cuny, French actor (d. 1994)

1909 – Motoichi Kumagai, Japanese photographer and illustrator (d. 2010)

1914 – Mohammad Moin, Iranian linguist and lexicographer (d. 1971)

1917 – Andrew Wyeth, American artist (d. 2009)

1918 – Vivian Mason, American actress (d. 2009)

1918 – Rusty Dedrick, American swing and bebop jazz trumpeter (d. 2009)

1934 – Van Cliburn, American pianist and composer (d. 2013)

1938 – Eiko Ishioka, Japanese art director and graphic designer (d. 2012)

1942 – Swamp Dogg, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician

1942 – Steve Young, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2016)

1943 – Christine McVie, English singer-songwriter and keyboard player

1944 – Delia Ephron, American author, playwright, and screenwriter

1945 – Butch Hancock, American country-folk singer-songwriter and musician

1947 – Wilko Johnson, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1948 – Richard Simmons, American fitness trainer and actor

1949 – Simon Fox, English drummer

1951 – Cheryl Ladd, American actress

1956 – Mel Harris, American actress

1956 – Sandi Patty, American singer and pianist

1959 – Tupou VI, King of Tonga

1961 – Shiva Rajkumar, Indian actor, singer, and producer

1962 – Julio César Chávez, Mexican boxer

1967 – Mac McCaughan, American singer and guitarist

1970 – Lee Byung-hun, South Korean actor, singer, and dancer

1971 – Loni Love, American comedian, actress, and talk show host

1971 – Kristi Yamaguchi, American figure skater

1972 – Travis Best, American basketball player

1975 – Phil Lord, American filmmaker

1976 – Anna Friel, English actress

1978 – Topher Grace, American actor

1978 – Michelle Rodriguez, American actress

1979 – Brooke Baldwin, American journalist and television news anchor

... and on this day in history…

1862: The Medal of Honor is authorized by the United States Congress.

1881: Emma and Mary Dietz of Oakland patented a dust pan that closed.

1962: The Rolling Stones performed their first concert, at London's Marquee Club.

1971: The Australian Aboriginal Flag is flown for the first time.

1973: A fire destroys the entire sixth floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States.