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Almanac - Friday 8/2/19


Have an "It's It" as it's Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

Today is Friday, August 2, 2019, the 214th day of the year, with 151 days remaining.

  • Sunrise: 6:14am    
  • Sunset: 8:18pm ...giving us 14 hours and 5 minutes of daylight.  

0% of the so-called Black Moon is visible, so called because it’s the first of two new moons occurring within the month, rising at 7:59am (if you can see it!).    

Tides at the Golden Gate     

  • High: 12:25am/2:13pm   
  • Low: 7:06am/7:08pm

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Emancipation Day - St. Kitts & Nevis 
  • National Holiday "Ilinden" or St. Elijah Day - Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia  
  • Virgin of the Angels Day - Costa Rica 
  • National Coloring Book Day
  • National Water Balloon Day
  • Take A Penny/Leave A Penny Day
  • Braham Pie Day or Homemade Pie Day
  • International Beer Day
  • Tomboy Tools Day
  • National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

On this day in…

1776 - Members of the Continental Congress began adding their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.


1791 - Samuel Briggs and his son Samuel Briggs, Jr. received a joint patent for their nail-making machine. They were the first father-son pair to receive a patent.

1824 - In New York City, Fifth Avenue was opened.

1858 - In Boston and New York City the first mailboxes were installed along streets.

1861 - The United States Congress passed the first income tax. The revenues were intended for the war effort against the South. The tax was never enacted.

1887 - Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire.

1892 - Charles A. Wheeler patented the first escalator.

1921 - Eight White Sox players were acquitted of throwing the 1919 World Series.

1926 - John Barrymore and Mary Astor starred in the first showing of the Vitaphone System. The system was the combining of picture and sound for movies.

1938 - Bright yellow baseballs were used in a major league baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. It was hoped that the balls would be easier to see.

1939 - Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging the U.S. to have an atomic weapons research program.

1939 - U.S. President Roosevelt signed the Hatch Act. The act prohibited civil service employees from taking an active part in political campaigns.

1943 - The U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat, PT-109, sank after being attacked by a Japanese destroyer. The boat was under the command of Lt. John F. Kennedy.

1945 - The Allied conference at Potsdam was concluded.

1964 - The Pentagon reported the first of two North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.

1983 - U.S. House of Representatives approved a law that designated the third Monday of January would be a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The law was signed by President Reagon on November 2.

1987 - "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was re-released. The film was 50 years old at the time of its re-release.

1990 - Iraq invaded the oil-rich country of Kuwait. Iraq claimed that Kuwait had driven down oil prices by exceeding production quotas set by OPEC.

1995 - China ordered the expulsion of two U.S. Air Force officers. The two were said to have been caught spying on military sights. 

Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...

  • Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss 1891
  • Myrna Loy 1905
  • Beatrice Straight 1918
  • James Baldwin 1924
  • Carroll O'Connor 1924
  • Peter O'Toole 1932
  • Wes Craven 1939
  • Edward Patten (Gladys Knight and the Pips) 1939
  • Doris Kenner-Jackson (The Shirelles) 1941
  • Kathy Lennon 1942 - Musician (The Lennon Sisters)
  • Joanna Cassidy 1945
  • Lance Ito 1950
  • Andy Fairweather-Low (Amen Corner) 1950
  • Andrew Gold 1951
  • Mojo Nixon 1957
  • Victoria Jackson 1959 - Actress, comedian
  • Mary-Louise Parker 1964