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Almanac - Thursday 7/18/19

Nelson Mandela, by flickr user South Africa The Good News

Today is Thursday, the 18th of July of 2019 is the 199th day of the year...

166 days remain until the end of the year.

and 474 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 3 months and 16 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:03 am 

and the sun sets at 8:29 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 26 minutes of sun.

The solar transit will be at 1:16 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:24am 

and the next high tide will be at 2:33 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:15 am and

the next low tide at 7:12 pm.

The Moon is 97.6% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: 220.63° SW↑

Moon Altitude: 21.31°

Moon Distance: 250279 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 7:35 am

Today is…

Get to Know Your Customers Day

National Caviar Day

National Sour Candy Day

Perfect Family Day

World Listening Day

Today is also….

Constitution Day in Uruguay

Nelson Mandela International Day

1918 – Nelson Mandela, South African lawyer and politician, 1st President of South AfricaNobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)

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

1867 – Margaret Brown, American philanthropist and activist (d. 1932)

1886 – Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr., American general (d. 1945)

1887 – Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian military officer and politician, Minister President of Norway (d. 1945)

1895 – Machine Gun Kelly, American gangster (d. 1954)

1906 – S. I. Hayakawa, Canadian-American academic and politician (d. 1992)

1906 – Clifford Odets, American director, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1963)

1908 – Peace Pilgrim, American mystic and activist (d. 1981)

1909 – Andrei Gromyko, Belarusian-Russian economist and politician, Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs (d. 1989)

1911 – Hume Cronyn, Canadian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2003)

1913 – Red Skelton, American actor and comedian (d. 1997)

1918 – Nelson Mandela, South African lawyer and politician, 1st President of South AfricaNobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)

1921 – John Glenn, American colonel, astronaut, and politician (d. 2016)

1925 – Windy McCall, American baseball relief pitcher (d. 2015)

1927 – Kurt Masur, German conductor and educator (d. 2015)

1929 – Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American R&B singer-songwriter, musician, and actor (d. 2000)

1933 – Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet and playwright (d. 2017)

1937 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (d. 2005)

1939 – Dion DiMucci, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1941 – Lonnie Mack, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2016)

1941 – Martha Reeves, American singer and politician

1947 – Steve Forbes, American publisher and politician

1950 – Richard Branson, English businessman, founded Virgin Group

1954 – Ricky Skaggs, American singer-songwriter, mandolin player, and producer

1964 – Wendy Williams, American talk show host

1967 – Vin Diesel, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1969 – Elizabeth Gilbert, American author

1975 – M.I.A., English rapper and producer

…and on this day in history…

1334 – The bishop of Florence blesses the first foundation stone for the new campanile (bell tower) of the Florence Cathedral, designed by the artist Giotto di Bondone.

1862 – First ascent of Dent Blanche, one of the highest summits in the Alps.

1966 – Human spaceflightGemini 10 is launched from Cape Kennedy on a 70-hour mission that includes docking with an orbiting Agena target vehicle.

1968 – Intel is founded in Mountain View, California.

1969 – Chappaquiddick incident: U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy crashes his car into a tidal basin at Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, killing his passenger, Boiler Room Girl Mary Jo Kopechne.

1976 – Nadia Comăneci becomes the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics.

1992 – A picture of Les Horribles Cernettes was taken, which became the first ever photo posted to the World Wide Web.

1994 – Rwandan genocide: The Rwandan Patriotic Front takes control of Gisenyi and north western Rwanda, forcing the interim government into Zaire and ending the genocide.

1995 – On the Caribbean island of Montserrat, the Soufrière Hills volcano erupts. Over the course of several years, it devastates the island, destroying the capital, forcing most of the population to flee.

2013 – The Government of Detroit, with up to $20 billion in debt, files for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.