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Almanac - Thursday 9/5/19

samosas, by flickr user julie corsi

Today is Thursday, the 5th of September of 2019...

It is the 248th day of the year.

117 days remain until the end of the year.

18 days until autumn begins

180 days until primaries Tuesday March 3, 2020

(5 months and 27 days from today)

and 425 days until presidential elections  Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 1 month and 29 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:44 am 

and sunset will be at 7:31 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 47 minutes of daylight. 

Solar noon will be at 1:07 pm.

The first high tide will be at 5:37 am 

and the next high tide at 5:10 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 10:41 am.

The Moon is 43.3% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 303.05° WNW↑

Moon Altitude:-59.64°

Moon Distance: 236951 mi

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

Next New Moon: Saturday September 28, 2019 at 11:26 am

Next Moonrise: Today 1:47 pm

Today is…

National Be Late For Something Day

National Cheese Pizza Day

National Shrink Day

World Samosa Day

Today is also…

Jeûne genevois  (Canton of Geneva)

International Day of Charity

Teacher's Day in India

The flag-flying day for Denmark's deployed personnel in Denmark

First day of school in Vietnam

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

1735 – Johann Christian Bach, German-English viol player and composer (d. 1782)

1817 – Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian poet, author, and playwright (d. 1875)

1847 – Jesse James, American outlaw (d. 1882)

1867 – Amy Beach, American pianist and composer (d. 1944)

1902 – Jean Dalrymple, American playwright, producer, manager, and publicist (d. 1998)

1902 – Darryl F. Zanuck, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1979)

1905 – Arthur Koestler, Hungarian-English journalist and author (d. 1983)

1906 – Sunnyland Slim, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1995)

1912 – John Cage, American composer and theorist (d. 1992)

1927 – Paul Volcker, American economist and academic

1929 – Bob Newhart, American comedian and actor

1935 – Werner Erhard, American author and philanthropist, founded Werner Erhard and Associates and The Hunger Project

1936 – Jonathan Kozol, American sociologist, author, and educator

1939 – John Stewart, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)

1940 – Raquel Welch, American actress and singer

1942 – Werner Herzog, German actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1945 – Al Stewart, Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1946 – Freddie Mercury, Tanzanian-English singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1991)

1946 – Loudon Wainwright III, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1947 – Buddy Miles, American singer-songwriter and drummer (d. 2008)

1950 – Cathy Guisewite, American cartoonist, created Cathy

1961 – Marc-André Hamelin, Canadian pianist and composer

1969 – Dweezil Zappa, American actor and musician

…and on this day in history…

1666 – Great Fire of London ends: Ten thousand buildings, including Old St Paul's Cathedral, are destroyed, but only six people are known to have died.

1774 – First Continental Congress assembles in Philadelphia.

1836 – Sam Houston is elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas.

1882 – The first United States Labor Day parade is held in New York City.

1915 – The pacifist Zimmerwald Conference begins.

1921 – Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle party in San Francisco ends with the death of the young actress Virginia Rappe: One of the first scandals of the Hollywood community.

1927 – The first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon, Trolley Troubles, produced by Walt Disney, is released by Universal Pictures..

1960 – Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) wins the gold medal in the light heavyweight boxing competition at the Olympic Games in Rome.

1969 – My Lai Massacre: U.S. Army Lieutenant William Calley is charged with six specifications of premeditated murder for the death of 109 Vietnamese civilians in My Lai.

1972 – Munich massacre: A Palestinian terrorist group called "Black September" attacks and takes hostage 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. Two die in the attack and nine are murdered the following day.

1975 – Sacramento, CaliforniaLynette Fromme attempts to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford.

1978 – Camp David AccordsMenachem Begin and Anwar Sadat begin peace discussions at Camp David, Maryland.

1984 – STS-41-D: The Space Shuttle Discovery lands after its maiden voyage.

1984 – Western Australia becomes the last Australian state to abolish capital punishment.

1991 – The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, comes into force.