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Almanac - Wednesday 7/17/19

Self-Hating Hot Dog Atop a hot dog stand in the Marquette Park neighborhood, by flickr user ChicagoEye

Today is Wednesday, the 17th of July of 2019...

It is the 198th day of the year. 167 days remain until the end of the year. 68 days until autumn begins.

475 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 03 2020      (1 year 3 months and 17 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:02 am 

and sunset will be at 8:30 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 28 minutes of sun.

The solar transit will be at 1:16 pm.

the first low tide will be at 6:40am 

and the next low tide at 6:30 pm.

The only high tide of the day will be at 1:58 pm.

The Moon is 99.7% visible, a Near Full Moon, now a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction:225.19° SW↑

Moon Altitude:15.71°

Moon Distance:248847 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Thursday August 15, 2019 at 5:29 am

Next Moonset: Today at 6:38 am

Today is…

National Hot Dog Day

National Peach Ice Cream Day

National Tattoo Day

Take Your Poet to Work Day

Wrong Way Corrigan Day

Yellow Pigs Day

Today is also…
Constitution Day in South Korea

Gion Matsuri in Yasaka ShrineKyoto

Independence Day in Slovakia

International Firgun Day

(genuine, unselfish delight or pride in the accomplishment of the other)

King's Birthday in Lesotho

U Tirot Sing Day in MeghalayaIndia

World Day for International Justice

World Emoji Day

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

1889 – Erle Stanley Gardner, American lawyer and author (d. 1970)

1899 – James Cagney, American actor and dancer (d. 1986)

1912 – Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television host (d. 2010)

1917 – Phyllis Diller, American actress, comedian, and voice artist (d. 2012)

1928 – Vince Guaraldi, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1976)

1935 – Diahann Carroll, American actress and singer

1935 – Peter Schickele, American composer and educator

1935 – Donald Sutherland, Canadian actor and producer

1939 – Ali Khamenei, Iranian cleric and politician, 2nd Supreme Leader of Iran

1950 – Phoebe Snow, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2011)

1951 – Lucie Arnaz, American actress and singer

1952 – Nicolette Larson, American singer-songwriter (d. 1997)

1954 – Angela Merkel, German chemist and politician, 8th Chancellor of Germany

1971 – Cory Doctorow, Canadian author and activist

…and on this day in history…

1717 – King George I of Great Britain sails down the River Thames with a barge of 50 musicians, where George Frideric Handel's Water Music is premiered.

1867 – Harvard School of Dental Medicine is established in Boston, Massachusetts. It is the first dental school in the U.S. that is affiliated with a university.

1899 – NEC Corporation is organized as the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital.

1938 – Douglas Corrigan takes off from Brooklyn to fly the "wrong way" to Ireland and becomes known as "Wrong Way" Corrigan.

1944 – Port Chicago disaster: Near the San Francisco Bay, two ships laden with ammunition for the war explode in Port Chicago, California, killing 320.

1955 – Disneyland is dedicated and opened by Walt Disney in Anaheim, California.

1975 – Apollo–Soyuz Test Project: An American Apollo and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft dock with each other in orbit marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the two nations.

1979 – Nicaraguan dictator General Anastasio Somoza Debayle resigns and flees to Miami, Florida, United States.

1984 – The national drinking age in the United States was changed from 18 to 21.

1998 – A diplomatic conference adopts the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, establishing a permanent international court to prosecute individuals for genocidecrimes against humanitywar crimes, and the crime of aggression.