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Almanac - Tuesday 8/27/19

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Banana lovers sleeping, by flickr user Bede Jackson

It's Tuesday, August 27, 2019...

It is the 239th day of the year.

126 days remain until the end of the year....

27 days until autumn begins

189 days until primaries Tuesday March 3, 2020

(6 months and 5 days from today)

434 days until presidential electionsTuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 2 months and 7 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:36 am 

and sunset will be at 7:45 pm.

We will have 13 hours and 9 minutes of daylight today.

The first low tide was at 3:36 am 

The first high tide will be at 10:52 am 

The solar transit will be at 1:10 pm.

and the next low tide at 3:24 pm.

and the next high tide at 9:33 pm.

The Moon is 12.5% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: 74.71° ENE↑

Moon Altitude: 15.80°

Moon Distance: 227582 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 6:07 pm

Today is…

"The Duchess" Who Wasn't Day

Just Because Day

Kiss Me Day

National Banana Lovers Day

National Petroleum Day

National Pots de Crème Day

Tarzan Day

Touch-A-Heart Tuesday

World Rock Paper Scissors Day

Today is also…

Film and Movies Day in Russia

Independence Day celebrating the independence of Moldova from the USSR in 1991.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Day TexasUnited States

as it was on this day in 1908, Lyndon B. Johnson, American commander and politician, 36th President of the United States was born (d. 1973)

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

1871 – Theodore Dreiser, American novelist and journalist (d. 1945)

1890 – Man Ray, American-French photographer and painter (d. 1976)

1896 – Léon Theremin, Russian physicist and engineer, invented the Theremin (d. 1993)

1909 – Lester Young, American saxophonist and clarinet player (d. 1959)

1916 – Martha Raye, American actress and comedian (d. 1994)

1925 – Carter Stanley, American bluegrass singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1966)

1928 – Joan Kroc, American philanthropist (d. 2003)

1931 – Sri Chinmoy, Indian-American guru and poet (d. 2007)

1932 – Antonia Fraser, English historian and author

1937 – Alice Coltrane, American pianist and composer (d. 2007)

1939 – William Least Heat-Moon, American travel writer and historian

1941 – Cesária Évora, Cape Verdean singer (d. 2011)

…and on this day in history…

1828 – Brazil and Argentina recognize the sovereignty of Uruguay in the Treaty of Montevideo

1859 – Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world's first commercially successful oil well.

1883 – Eruption of Krakatoa: Four enormous explosions destroy the island of Krakatoa and cause years of climate change.

1896 – Anglo-Zanzibar War: The shortest war in world history (09:02 to 09:40), between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar.

1927 – Five Canadian women file a petition to the Supreme Court of Canada, asking, "Does the word 'Persons' in Section 24 of the British North America Act, 1867, include female persons?"

1928 – The Kellogg–Briand Pact outlawing war is signed by fifteen nations. Ultimately sixty-one nations will sign it.

1962 – The Mariner 2 unmanned space mission is launched to Venus by NASA.

1991 – The European Community recognizes the independence of the Baltic states of EstoniaLatvia and Lithuania.

2003 – Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing 34,646,418 miles (55,758,005 km) distant.