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Almanac - Tuesday 8/20/19

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Today is Radio Day. 8MK signed on in Detroit on this day in 1920, and NHK, Nippon Hoso Kyokai, Japan's national broadcaster signs on in 1926. Picture taken by Kevin Vance. Radio found by David Latulippe

Today is Tuesday, the 20th of August of 2019...

It is the 232nd day of the year.

133 days remain until the end of the year.

34 days until autumn begins

196 days until primaries Tuesday March 3, 2020

(6 months and 12 days from today)

441 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 03 2020

(1 year 2 months and 14 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:30 am 

and sunset will be at 7:55 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 25 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:12 pm.

The first high tide was at 2:48 am

and the next high tide will be at 3:39 pm.

The first low tide will be at 8:50 am 

and the next low tide at 9:34 pm.

The Moon is 79.1% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction:179.95° S↑

Moon Altitude: 55.32°

Moon Distance: 249995 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Friday September 13, 2019 at 9:32 pm

Next Moonset: Today 11:08 am

Today is…

International Day of Medical Transporters

National Bacon Lover's Day

National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

National Lemonade Day

National Radio Day

Virtual Worlds Day

World Mosquito Day

Today is also…

Indian Akshay Urja Day in India

Restoration of Independence Day, re-declaration of the independence of Estonia from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Revolution of the King and People in Morocco

Saint Stephen's Day in Hungary

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

1778 – Bernardo O'Higgins, Chilean general and politician, 2nd Supreme Director of Chile (d. 1842)

1833 – Benjamin Harrison, American general, lawyer, and politician, 23rd President of the United States (d. 1901)

1886 – Paul Tillich, German-American philosopher and theologian (d. 1965)

1890 – H. P. Lovecraft, American short story writer, editor, novelist (d. 1937)

1905 – Jack Teagarden, American singer-songwriter and trombonist (d. 1964)

1931 – Don King, American boxing promoter

1933 – George J. Mitchell, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician

1934 – Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American country-rock pedal-steel guitarist and songwriter (d. 2007)

1935 – Ron Paul, American captain, physician, and politician

1941 – Slobodan Milošević, Serbian lawyer and politician, 1st President of Serbia (d. 2006)

1942 – Isaac Hayes, American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor (d. 2008)

1944 – Rajiv Gandhi, Indian lawyer and politician, 6th Prime Minister of India (d. 1991)

1946 – Connie Chung, American journalist

1948 – Robert Plant, English singer-songwriter

1952 – John Hiatt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1954 – Al Roker, American news anchor, television personality, and author

1965 – KRS-One, American rapper and producer

1992 – Demi Lovato, American singer-songwriter and actress

…and on this day in history…

1083 – Canonization of the first King of HungarySaint Stephen and his son Saint Emeric celebrated as a National Day in Hungary.

1882 – Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow, Russia.

1920 – The first commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ), begins operations in Detroit.

1920 – The National Football League is organized as the American Professional Football Conference in Canton, Ohio

1926 – Japan's public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK) is established.

1938 – Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam, a record that stood for 75 years until it was broken by Alex Rodriguez.

1940 – In Mexico City, exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded with an ice axe by Ramón Mercader. He dies the next day.

1940 – World War IIBritish Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes the fourth of his famous wartime speeches, containing the line "Never was so much owed by so many to so few".

1968 – Cold War: Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia, crushing the Prague Spring. East German participation is limited to a few specialists due to memories of the recent war. Only Albania and Romania refuse to participate.