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Almanac - Tuesday 9/3/19

San Marino-2, a postcard, by flickr user Ekaterina Didkovskaya

Today is Tuesday, the 3rd of September of 2019...

It is the 246th day of the year.

119 days remain until the end of the year

20 days until autumn begins

182 days until primaries Tuesday March 3, 2020

(5 months and 29 days from today)

427 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 1 month and 31 days from today)

The sun rises this morning at 6:42 am 

and sunset will be at 7:34 pm.

We will have 12 hours and 52 minutes of daylight.

The first high tide was at 3:07 am

The first low tide will be at 8:49 am 

The solar transit will be at 1:08 pm.

The next high tide will be at 3:30 pm,

and the final low tide at 9:44 pm.

The Moon is 22.6% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 355.34° N↑

Moon Altitude:-62.02°

Moon Distance: 229632 mi

Next Moonrise: Today 11:35 am

First Quarter Moon in 2 days on Thursday the 5th of September of 2019 at 8:10 pm

Full Moon in 10 days on Friday the 13th of September of 2019 at 9:33 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 18 days on Saturday the 21st of September of 2019 at 7:41 pm

New Moon in 24 days also on a Saturday the 28th of September of 2019 at 11:26 am

Today is…

Another Look Unlimited Day

National Skyscraper Day

Telephone Tuesday

US Bowling League Day

Today is also…
China's victory over Japan commemoration related observances:

Armed Forces Day in Taiwan, the Republic of China

V-J Day in the mainland People's Republic of China

Feast of San Marino and the Republic, celebrates the foundation of the Republic of San Marino in 301.

Broadcast Day in South Korea - The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has assigned 'HL' to the beginning of call signs in South Korea in 1947.

Flag Day in Australia

Independence Day, celebrates the second independence of Qatar from the United Kingdom in 1971.

Levy Mwanawasa Day in Zambia

Memorial Day in Tunisia

Merchant Navy Remembrance Day in Canada

Merchant Navy Day in United Kingdom

National Welsh Rarebit Day in the United States, (but not in Wales)

Tokehega Day in TokelauNew Zealand

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

1910 – Kitty Carlisle, American actress, singer, socialite, and game show panelist (d. 2007)

1913 – Alan Ladd, American actor and producer (d. 1964)

1914 – Dixy Lee Ray, American biologist and politician, 17th Governor of Washington (d. 1994)

1915 – Memphis Slim, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1988)

1926 – Alison Lurie, American author and academic

1926 – Irene Papas, Greek actress

1932 – Eileen Brennan, American actress and singer (d. 2013)

1934 – Freddie King, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1976)

1938 – Caryl Churchill, English-Canadian playwright

1940 – Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist and author (d. 2015)

1943 – Valerie Perrine, American model and actress

1963 – Malcolm Gladwell, Canadian journalist, essayist, and critic

1965 – Charlie Sheen, American actor and producer

1971 – Kiran Desai, Indian-American author

…and on this day in history…

301 – San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world's oldest republic still in existence, is founded by Saint Marinus.

In 1783, representatives of the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the Revolutionary War.

1802 – William Wordsworth composes the sonnet Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802.

1838 – Future abolitionist Frederick Douglass escapes from slavery.

1981 – The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, an international bill of rights for women, is instituted by the United Nations

In 1976, America's Viking 2 lander touched down on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the red planet's surface.

In 1994, China and Russia proclaimed an end to any lingering hostilities, pledging they would no longer target nuclear missiles or use force against each other.

In 1995, the online auction site eBay was founded in San Jose, California, by Pierre Omidyar under the name "AuctionWeb."