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Almanac - Thursday 8/1/19

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homemade apple pie, by flickr user Phil Denton

It's Thursday August 1, 2019...

It is the 213th day of the year.

152 days remain until the end of the year.

The sun rises at 6:14 am 

and sunset will be at 8:18 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 4 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:16 pm

The only high tide of the day will be at 1:28 pm.

The final low tide at 6:09 pm.

The Moon is 0.2% visible; Near New Moon (Waxing Crescent)

August 1 is a 1988 Malayalam film loosely based on the 1971 British novel The Day of the Jackal, by Frederick Forsyth

Today is…

Homemade Pie Day

National Girlfriends Day

National IPA Day

National Minority Donor Awareness Day

National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

Planner Day

Play Ball Day

Respect for Parents Day

Rounds Resounding Day

Scout Scarf Day

Spider-Man Day

Woman Astronomers Day

World Lung Cancer Day

World Wide Web Day

Today is also…

Armed Forces Day in Lebanon and China

Armed Forces Day in China, the Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Liberation Army in People's Republic of China

Azerbaijani Language and Alphabet Day in Azerbaijan

Emancipation Day in BarbadosBermudaGuyanaJamaicaSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesTrinidad and Tobago

as it was in 1834 – Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.

The first day of Carnaval del Pueblo in Burgess ParkLondon, England

Minden Day in the United Kingdom

National Day in Benin and Switzerland

Lunasa and Lammas, mid-summer celebrated among the Gaels

Pachamama Raymi in Quechuan in Ecuador and Peru

Official Birthday and Coronation Day of the King of Tonga

Parents' Day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Statehood Day in Colorado

as it was 1876 – Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.

Victory Day in CambodiaLaosVietnam

World Scout Scarf Day

Yorkshire Day in YorkshireEngland

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

1779 – Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, author, and poet (d. 1843)

1819 – Herman Melville, American novelist, short story writer, and poet (d. 1891)

1843 – Robert Todd Lincoln, American lawyer and politician, 35th United States Secretary of War (d. 1926)

1931 – Ramblin' Jack Elliott, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1933 – Dom DeLuise, American actor, singer, director, and producer (d. 2009)

1942 – Jerry Garcia, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1995)

1949 – Jim Carroll, American poet, author, and musician (d. 2009)

1953 – Robert Cray, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist

1960 – Chuck D, American rapper and songwriter

1963 – Coolio, American rapper, producer, and actor

1978 – Dhani Harrison, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

…and on this day in history…

1907 – The start of the first Scout camp on Brownsea Island, the origin of the worldwide Scouting movement.

1911 – Harriet Quimby takes her pilot's test and becomes the first U.S. woman to earn an Aero Club of America aviator's certificate.

1965 – Frank Herbert's novel, Dune was published for the first time. It was named as the world's best-selling science fiction novel in 2003.

1971 – The Concert for Bangladesh, organized by former Beatle George Harrison, is held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1980 – Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is elected President of Iceland and becomes the world's first democratically elected female head of state.

1981 – MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.

1984 – Commercial peat-cutters discover the preserved bog body of a man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow MossCheshire, England.