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Almanac - Friday 8/23/19

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Cuban Sandwich Another excellent options at Cubanitas is the Cuban sandwich. Cubanitas. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. By flickr user jpellgen (@1179_jp)

It's Friday, August 23, 2019...

It is the 235th day of the year.

130 days remain until the end of the year.

31 days until autumn begins

193 days until primaries Tuesday March 3, 2020

(6 months and 9 days from today)

438 days until Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 2 months and 11 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:33 am 

and sunset will be at 7:51 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 18 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:12 pm.

The first high tide will be at 6:17am 

and the next high tide at 5:45 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 11:04 am.

The Moon is currently 51.5% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: 119.30° ESE↑

Moon Altitude: 54.19°

Moon Distance: 242265 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 2:06 pm

Today is…

Buttered Corn Day

Cuban Sandwich Day

Daffodil Day

Hug Your Sweetheart Day

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Internaut Day

National Cheap Flight Day

National Sponge Cake Day

Ride the Wind Day

Valentino Day

Today is also…

Battle of Kursk Day in Russia

On  this day in 1943, during World War II,  Kharkiv is liberated by the Soviet Union after the Battle of Kursk.

Day of the National Flag in Ukraine

European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism or Black Ribbon Day (European Union and other countries), and related observances:

Liberation from Fascist Occupation Day (Romania)

as it was on this day in 1939, leading up to World War IINazi Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the Baltic states, Finland, Romania, and Poland are divided between the two nations.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

National Day for Physicians in Iran

Umhlanga Day in Swaziland

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

1890 – Harry Frank Guggenheim, American businessman and publisher, co-founded Newsday (d. 1971)

1900 – Malvina Reynolds, American singer-songwriter and activist (d. 1978)

1905 – Ernie Bushmiller, American cartoonist (d. 1982)

1912 – Gene Kelly, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1996)

1931 – Barbara Eden, American actress and singer

1933 – Pete Wilson, American commander and politician, 36th Governor of California

1940 – Galen Rowell, American mountaineer and photographer (d. 2002)

1946 – Keith Moon, English drummer, songwriter, and producer (d. 1978)

1947 – Linda Thompson, English folk-rock singer-songwriter

1949 – Rick Springfield, Australian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1970 – River Phoenix, American actor (d. 1993)

1978 – Kobe Bryant, American basketball player and businessman

…and on this day in history…

AD 79 – Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.

1839 – The United Kingdom captures Hong Kong as a base as it prepares for the First Opium War with Qing China.

1970 – Organized by Mexican American labor union leader César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, the largest farm worker strike in U.S. history, begins.

1973 – A bank robbery gone wrong in Stockholm, Sweden, turns into a hostage crisis; over the next five days the hostages begin to sympathise with their captors, leading to the term "Stockholm syndrome".

1989 – Singing Revolution: Two million people from EstoniaLatvia and Lithuania stand on the VilniusTallinnroad, holding hands.

1990 – Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union.

1990 – West and East Germany announce that they will reunite on October 3.

1991 – The World Wide Web is opened to the public.

1994 – Eugene Bullard, the only African American pilot in World War I, is posthumously commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.