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Almanac - Monday 8/12/19

Today is the birthday of the great Mexican film comedian Cantinflas. By flickr user Rogelio A. Galaviz C.

Today is Monday, the 12th of August of 2019...

It is the 224th day of the year.

141 days remain until the end of the year.

42 days until autumn begins

204 days until the California Primary election Tuesday March 3, 2020

(6 months and 20 days from today)

449 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 2 months and 22 days from today)

The sun rises this morning at 6:23 am 

and sunset will be at 8:05 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 42 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:14 pm.

The first low tide was at 4:27 am

and the next low tide will be at 4:11 pm.

The first high tide will be at 11:35 am 

and the next high tide at 10:12 pm.

The Moon is 91.8% visible

Waxing Gibbous

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


August’s Moon is the Full Sturgeon Moon. 

The sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. This has also been called the Green Corn Moon.

Moon Direction: 254.09° WSW↑

Moon Altitude: -17.20°

Moon Distance: 247525 mi

Next New Moon: Aug 30, 2019 at 3:37 am

Next Moonrise: Today at 6:37 pm

Today is…

Baseball Fans Day


On this day in 1981, The IBM Personal Computer is released; IBM introduced its first personal computer, the model 5150, at a press conference in New York.

National Julliene Fries Day

National Middle Child Day

National Sewing Machine Day

As it was on this day in 1851, Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine.

Truck Driver Day

Victory Day

Vinyl Record Day

World Elephant Day

It is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower.

Today is also…

It is also known as the "Glorious Twelfth" in the United Kingdom, as it marks the traditional start of the grouse shooting season.

HM the Queen Mother's Birthday and National Mother's Day in Thailand

International Youth Day

Russian Air Force Day

Russian Railway Troops Day

Sea Org Day in Scientology

World Elephant Day

National Library Day in India

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

1831 – Helena Blavatsky, Russian theosophist and scholar (d. 1891)

1881 – Cecil B. DeMille, American director and producer (d. 1959)

1907 – Joe Besser, American actor (d. 1988)

1911 – Cantinflas, Mexican actor, screenwriter, and producer (d. 1993)

1920 – Percy Mayfield, American R&B singer-songwriter (d. 1984)

1927 – Porter Wagoner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2007)

1929 – Buck Owens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2006)

1930 – George Soros, Hungarian-American businessman and investor, founded the Soros Fund Management

1949 – Mark Knopfler, Scottish-English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1954 – Pat Metheny, American jazz guitarist and composer

1975 – Actor Casey Affleck

…and on this day in history…

1865 – Joseph Lister, British surgeon and scientist, performs 1st antiseptic surgery.

In 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Indianapolis 500, first opened.

In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Hugo Black to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1939, the MGM movie musical "The Wizard of Oz," starring Judy Garland, had its world premiere at the Strand Theater in Oconomowoc (oh-KAH'-noh-moh-wahk), Wisconsin, three days before opening in Hollywood.

1960 – Echo 1A, NASA's first successful communications satellite, is launched.

In 1962, one day after launching Andrian Nikolayev into orbit, the Soviet Union also sent up cosmonaut Pavel Popovich; both men landed safely Aug. 15.

1977 – The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

1978 - The Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People's Republic of China is concluded.

1990 – Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton found to date, is discovered by Sue Hendrickson in South Dakota.

1992 – Canada, Mexico and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

1994 – Major League Baseball players go on strike, forcing the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.

On August 12, 2017, a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally in the Virginia college town of Charlottesville, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and hurting more than a dozen others. (The attacker, James Alex Fields, was sentenced to life in prison on 29 federal hate crime charges, and life plus 419 years on state charges.) President Donald Trump condemned what he called an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides;" Democrats and some Republicans called on him to specifically denounce white supremacy. Two Virginia state policemen were killed in a helicopter crash while monitoring the Charlottesville protests.