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Almanac - Thursday 8/15/19

It's a Full Sturgeon Moon today!
Hagerman National Fish Hatchery in Hagerman, Idaho, has several resident sturgeon and visitors can get up close and even touch these prehistoric fish. Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service- Pacific Region

It's Thursday, August 15, 2019...

It is the 227th day of the year.

138 days remain until the end of the year.

39 days until autumn begins                       

201 days until the primaries Tuesday March 3, 2020

(6 months and 17 days from today)

446 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 2 months and 19 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:26 am 

and sunset will be at 8:01 pm.

We will have 13 hours and 35 minutes of daylight.

The first low tide will be at 6:15 am 

Solar noon will be at 1:13 pm.

The only high tide of the day will be at 1:19 pm.

and the final low tide at 6:12 pm.

The Moon is 99.9% visible

Near Full Moon, a Waxing Gibbous

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

The August moon is called The Full Sturgeon Moon.

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…

Assumption of Mary

I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day

National Best Friends Day

National Failures Day

National Leathercraft Day

National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

National Relaxation Day

Nicolas Chauvin Day

Today is also…

Armed Forces Day in Poland

Constitution Day in Equatorial Guinea

Founding of Asunción in Paraguay

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Korea from Japan in 1945:

Gwangbokjeol, "Independence Day" in South Korea

Jogukhaebangui nal, "Fatherland Liberation Day" in North Korea

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of India from the United Kingdom in 1947.

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of the Republic of the Congo from France in 1960.

National Day in Liechtenstein

National Mourning Day, observed on Srabon 31 in Bangladesh

The first day of Flooding of the Nile, or Wafaa El-Nil in Egypt and Coptic Church

The main day of Bon Festival in Japan, and its related observances:

Awa Dance Festival in Tokushima Prefecture

Victory over Japan Day or “V-J” Day, and its related observances:

End-of-war Memorial Day, when the National Memorial Service for War Dead is held in Japan

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

1769 – Napoleon, French general and emperor (d. 1821)

1771 – Walter Scott, Scottish novelist, playwright, and poet (d. 1832)

1872 – Sri Aurobindo, Indian guru, poet, and philosopher (d. 1950)

1875 – Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, English pianist, violinist, and composer (d. 1912)

1879 – Ethel Barrymore, American actress (d. 1959)

1912 – Julia Child, American chef and author (d. 2004)

1917 – Óscar Romero, Salvadoran archbishop (d. 1980)

1923 – Rose Marie, American actress and singer (d. 2017)

1924 – Phyllis Schlafly, American lawyer, writer, and political activist (d. 2016)

1925 – Rose Maddox, American singer-songwriter and fiddle player (d. 1998)

1925 – Oscar Peterson, Canadian pianist and composer (d. 2007)

1933 – Mike Seeger, American folk musician and folklorist (d. 2009

1938 – Maxine Waters, American educator and politician

1946 – Jimmy Webb, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1954 – Stieg Larsson, Swedish journalist and author (d. 2004)

1964 – Melinda Gates, American businesswoman and philanthropist, co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

1972 – Ben Affleck, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

…and on this day in history….,

1843 – Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1935 – Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after their aircraft develops engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, Alaska.

1939 – The Wizard of Oz premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California.

1965 – The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City, an event later regarded as the birth of stadium rock.

1969 – The Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.

1971 – President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the United States dollar into gold by foreign investors.

1977 – The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the "Wow! signal" from the notation made by a volunteer on the project.