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Almanac - Friday 8/9/2019

Today is Book Lovers Day!

It's Friday, August 9, 2019....

It is the 221st day of the year

144 days remain until the end of the year.

45 days until autumn begins

452 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 2 months and 25 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:21 am 

and sunset will be at 8:09 pm.

We will have 13 hours and 48 minutes of daylight today.

The first low tide was at 1:49 am 

The first high tide will be at 8:39 am 

The solar transit will be at 1:15 pm.

The next low tide at 1:17 pm.

and the final  high tide at 7:44 pm.

The Moon is 68.8% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: 282.70° WNW↑

Moon Altitude:-46.36°

Moon Distance: 240366 mi

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

Next New Moon: Friday August 30, 2019 at 3:37 am

Next Moonrise: Today 3:55 pm

Today is…

Nagasaki Memorial Day

Book Lovers Day

National Hand Holding Day

National Kool-Aid Day

National Polka Day

National Rice Pudding Day

National Veep Day

Jerry Garcia Memorial Day

Today is also...

Battle of Gangut Day (Russia)

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples (United Nations)

National Day, celebrates the independence of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965.

National Women's Day (South Africa)

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

1896 – Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist and philosopher (d. 1980)

1914 – Tove Jansson, Finnish author and illustrator (d. 2001)

1922 – Philip Larkin, English poet and novelist (d. 1985

1927 – Daniel Keyes, American short story writer and novelist (d. 2014)

1939 – Butch Warren, American bassist (d. 2013)

1940 – Linda Keen, American mathematician and academic

1942 – Tommie Agee, American baseball player (d. 2001)

1942 – Jack DeJohnette, American drummer, pianist, and composer

1942 – David Steinberg, Canadian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1957 – Melanie Griffith, American actress and producer

1959 – Kurtis Blow, American rapper, producer, and actor

1963 – Whitney Houston, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (d. 2012)

1970 – Chris Cuomo, American lawyer and journalist

…and on this day in history….

1173 – Construction of the campanile of the Cathedral of Pisa (now known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa) begins; it will take two centuries to complete.

1854 – Henry David Thoreau publishes Walden.

1892 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph.

In 1910, the U.S. Patent Office granted Alva J. Fisher of the Hurley Machine Co. a patent for an electrically powered washing machine.

1930 – Betty Boop makes her cartoon debut in Dizzy Dishes.

1936 – Summer Olympic GamesGames of the XI OlympiadJesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal at the games.

1944 – The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council release posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time.

In 1944, 258 African-American sailors based at Port Chicago, California, refused to load a munitions ship following a cargo vessel explosion that killed 320 men, many of them black. (Fifty of the sailors were convicted of mutiny, fined and imprisoned.)

1945 – World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bombFat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200–28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers.

1969 – Followers of Charles Manson murder pregnant actress Sharon Tate (wife of Roman Polanski), coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Polish actor Wojciech Frykowski, men's hairstylist Jay Sebring and recent high-school graduate Steven Parent.

1974 – As a direct result of the Watergate scandalRichard Nixon becomes the first President of the United States to resign from office. His Vice PresidentGerald Ford, becomes president.

In 1995, Jerry Garcia, lead singer of the Grateful Dead, died in Forest Knolls, California, of a heart attack at age 53.

In 2004, Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, addressing a court for the first time, asked victims of the blast for forgiveness as a judge sentenced him to 161 consecutive life sentences.

2014 – Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American male in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer after reportedly assaulting the officer and attempting to steal his weapon, sparking protests and unrest in the city and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.

One year ago in 2018, The parents of first lady Melania Trump were sworn in as U.S. citizens; they had been living in the country as permanent residents