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Almanac - Monday 8/19/19

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Hot & Spicy, by flickr user Steve Walser

Its Monday, August 19, 2019...

It is the 231st day of the year.

134 days remain until the end of the year.

35 days until autumn begins

197 days until primary elections Tuesday March 3, 2020

(6 months and 13 days from today)

442 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 2 months and 15 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:29 am 

and sunset will be at 7:56 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 27 minutes of daylight.

The first high tide was at 2:04 am

The first low tide will be at 8:17 am 

The solar transit will be at 1:12 pm.

and the next high tide will be at 3:08 pm.

and the final low tide at 8:46 pm.

The Moon is 86.3% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: 199.05° SSW↑

Moon Altitude: 49.13°

Moon Distance: 251364 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Friday September 13, 20199:32 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 10:11 am

Today is…

'Black Cow' Root Beer Float Day

Cupcake Day (Australia)

International Bow Day

International Orangutan Day

National Aviation Day

National Hot and Spicy Food Day

National Potato Day

National Sandcastle and Sculpture Day

National Soft Ice Cream Day

Stay Home with Your Kids Day

World Humanitarian Day

World Photo Day

Today is also…

Afghan Independence Day, commemorates the Treaty of Rawalpindi in 1919, granting independence from Britain (Afghanistan)

August Revolution Commemoration Day (Vietnam)

Birthday of Crown Princess Mette-Marit (Norway)

Manuel Luis Quezón Day (Quezon City and other places in the Philippines named after Manuel L. Quezon)

National Aviation Day (United States)

World Humanitarian Day

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

1631 – John Dryden, English poet, literary critic and playwright (d. 1700)

1871 – Orville Wright, American engineer and pilot, co-founded the Wright Company (d. 1948)

1902 – Ogden Nash, American poet (d. 1971)

1906 – Philo Farnsworth, American inventor, invented the Fusor (d. 1971)

1919 – Malcolm Forbes, American publisher and politician (d. 1990)

1921 – Gene Roddenberry, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1991)

1934 – Renée Richards, American tennis player and ophthalmologist

1939 – Ginger Baker, English drummer and songwriter

1940 – Johnny Nash, American singer-songwriter

1946 – Bill Clinton, American lawyer and politician, 42nd President of the United States

1952 – Jonathan Frakes, American actor and director

1965 – Kyra Sedgwick, American actress and producer

1966 – Lee Ann Womack, American singer-songwriter

USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Famer Renee Richards is 85.

Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice President Al Gore, is 71.

Rhythm-and-blues singer Ivan Neville is 60.

…and on this day in history…

295 BC – The first temple to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility, is dedicated by Quintus Fabius Maximus Gurges during the Third Samnite War.

1839 – The French government announces that Louis Daguerre's photographic process is a gift "free to the world".

1848 – California Gold Rush: The New York Herald breaks the news to the East Coast of the United States of the gold rush in California (although the rush started in January).

1909 – The first automobile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In 1982, Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya (sah-VEETS'-kah-yah) became the second woman to be launched into space.

1989 – Several hundred East Germans cross the frontier between Hungary and Austria during the Pan-European Picnic, part of the events that began the process of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

In 1990, Leonard Bernstein (BURN'-styn) conducted what turned out to be the last concert of his career at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; the program ended with Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.

1991 – Dissolution of the Soviet UnionAugust CoupSoviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under house arrest while on holiday in the town of Foros, Ukraine.

2017 – Tens of thousands of farmed non-native Atlantic salmon are accidentally released into the wild in Washington waters in the 2017 Cypress Island Atlantic salmon pen break.

One year ago in 2018: Former CIA Director John Brennan, whose security clearance had been revoked by President Donald Trump, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he was considering taking legal action to try to prevent Trump from removing clearances from other current and former officials.