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Almanac - Wednesday 8/14/19

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The Far Side, 1985 Cover of booklet containing the 5th collection of Gary Larson's hilarious (at least to me!) cartoons. By flickr user Nathan Hughes Hamilton

Today is Wednesday the 14th of August of 2019...

The is the 226th day of the year.

139 days remain until the end of the year.

40 days until autumn begins

202 days until Primary elections Tuesday March 03 2020

(6 months and 18 days from today)

447 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 03 2020

(1 year 2 months and 20 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:25 am 

and sunset will be at 8:03 pm.

We will have 13 hours and 38 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:14 pm.

The first low tide will be at 5:42 am

and the next low tide at 5:35 pm.

The first high tide will be at 12:48 pm 

and the next high tide at 11:33 pm.

The Moon is 99.1% visible

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

August’s moon is called 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.

Today is…

Color Book Day

National Creamsicle Day

National Financial Awareness Day

National Navajo Code Talkers Day

National Wiffle Ball Day

It’s also…
Anniversary Day in Tristan da Cunha

Commemoration of Wadi al-Dahab in Morocco

Engineer's Day in Dominican Republic

Day of the Defenders of the Fatherland in Abkhazia

Independence Day, celebrates the day when Pakistan was declared a sovereign nation following the end of the British Raj in 1947.

Pramuka Day in Indonesia

Falklands Day is the celebration of the first sighting of the Falkland Islands by John Davis in 1592.

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

1851 – Doc Holliday, American dentist and gambler (d. 1887)

1912 – Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist and academic (d. 1985)

1926 – Buddy Greco, American singer and pianist (d. 2017)

1928 – Lina Wertmüller, Italian director and screenwriter

1929 – Gene Scott, American pastor and broadcaster (d. 2005)

1941 – David Crosby, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1943 – Ben Sidran, American jazz and rock keyboardist, producer, label owner, and music writer

1945 – Steve Martin, American actor, comedian, musician, producer, and screenwriter

1945 – Wim Wenders, German director, producer, and screenwriter

1946 – Susan Saint James, American actress

1947 – Maddy Prior, English folk singer

1947 – Danielle Steel, American author

1948 – Terry Adams, American pianist and composer

1950 – Gary Larson, American cartoonist

1952 – John McCutcheon, American folksinger

1959 – Magic Johnson, American basketball player and coach

1960 – Sarah Brightman, English singer-songwriter and actress

1966 – Halle Berry, American model, actress, and producer, Miss World United States 1986

1983 – Mila Kunis, Ukrainian-American actress

…and on this day in history….

1791 – Slaves from plantations in Saint-Domingue hold a Vodou ceremony led by houngan Dutty Boukman at Bois Caïman, marking the start of the Haitian Revolution.

1885 – Japan's first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.

1888 – An audio recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan's "The Lost Chord", one of the first recordings of music ever made, is played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edison's phonograph in London, England.

1893 – France becomes the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration.

1901 – The first claimed powered flight, by Gustave Whitehead in his Number 21.

1911 – United States Senate leaders agree to rotate the office of President pro tempore of the Senate among leading candidates to fill the vacancy left by William P. Frye's death.

1935 – Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act, creating a government pension system for the retired.

1941 – World War II: Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt sign the Atlantic Charter of war stating postwar aims.

1945 – Japan accepts the Allied terms of surrender in World War II and the Emperor records the Imperial Rescript on Surrender (August 15 in Japan Standard Time).

1947 – Pakistan gains Independence from the British Empire and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.

1959 – Founding and first official meeting of the American Football League.

1967 – UK Marine Broadcasting Offences Act declares participation in offshore pirate radio illegal.

1975 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running release in film history, opens in London.

1980 – Lech Wałęsa leads strikes at the Gdańsk, Poland shipyards.

1994 – Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, also known as "Carlos the Jackal", is captured.

2003 – A widescale power blackout affects the northeast United States and Canada.

2015 – The US Embassy in Havana, Cuba re-opens after 54 years of being closed when Cuba–United States relations were broken off.