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Almanac - Tuesday 9/10/19

Alison Bechdel, by flickr user Tipton plimsoll

It's Tuesday, September 10, 2019...

It is the 253rd day of the year.

112 days remain until the end of the year.

13 days until autumn begins

175 days until primaries Tuesday March 03 2020

(5 months and 22 days from today)

420 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 03 2020

(1 year 1 month and 24 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:48 am 

and sunset will be at 7:24 pm.

Today, we will have 12 hours and 36 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:06 pm.

The first low tide will be at 3:59 am 

and the next low tide at 4:03 pm.

The first high tide will be at 11:03 am 

and the final low tide at the Golden Gate rolls in at 9:57 pm.

The Moon is 88.3% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: 259.00° W↑

Moon Altitude: -20.24°

Moon Distance: 250423 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 6:00 pm

Today is…
International Creepy Boston Dynamics Robotic Horse Day

International Make-Up Day

National Ants on a Log Day

National Hot Dog Day

National Swap Ideas Day

Sew Be It Day

TV Dinner Day

Today is also…

Amerindian Heritage Day in Guyana

Children's Day in Honduras

Gibraltar National Day

Saint George's Caye Day in Belize

Teachers' Day in China

World Suicide Prevention Day

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

1659 – Henry Purcell, English organist and composer (d. 1695)

1839 – Isaac K. Funk, American minister and publisher, co-founded Funk & Wagnalls (d. 1912)

1886 – H.D., American poet, novelist, and memoirist (d. 1961)

1896 – Adele Astaire, American actress and dancer (d. 1981)

1897 – Georges Bataille, French philosopher, novelist, and poet (d. 1962)

1903 – Cyril Connolly, English author and critic (d. 1974)

1904 – Max Shachtman, American theorist and politician (d. 1972)

1908 – Raymond Scott, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1994)

1929 – Arnold Palmer, American golfer and businessman (d. 2016)

1933 – Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa

1934 – Charles Kuralt, American journalist (d. 1997)

1935 – Mary Oliver, American poet (d. 2019)

1937 – Jared Diamond, American biologist, geographer, and author

1939 – Retired Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter

1940 – Roy Ayers, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, vibraphonist, and producer

1941 – Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist, biologist, and author (d. 2002)

1941 – Christopher Hogwood, English harpsichord player and conductor, founded the Academy of Ancient Music (d. 2014)

1945 – José Feliciano, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and guitarist

1948 – Margaret Trudeau, Canadian actress and talk show host, 12th Spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada

1948 – Singer Fee Waybill

1949 – Babette Cole, English author and illustrator (d. 2017)

1949 – Bill O'Reilly, American journalist and author

1950 – Rosie Flores, American singer and guitarist

1952 – Medea Benjamin, American activist, founder of Code Pink

1953 – Amy Irving, American actress

1956 – Johnnie Fingers, Irish keyboard player and songwriter

1958 – Chris Columbus, American director, producer, and screenwriter

1960 – Alison Bechdel, American author and illustrator

1960 – Muppeteer Kevin Clash (former voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street")

1960 – Colin Firth, English actor and producer

1964 – John E. Sununu, American engineer and politician

1968 – Guy Ritchie, English director, producer, and screenwriter

…and on this day in history…

In 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

1846 – Elias Howe is granted a patent for the sewing machine.

1858 – George Mary Searle discovers the asteroid 55 Pandora.

1932 – The New York City Subway's third competing subway system, the municipally-owned IND, is opened.

1960 – At the Summer Olympics in Rome, Abebe Bikila becomes the first sub-Saharan African to win a gold medal, winning the marathon in bare feet.

1967 – The people of Gibraltar vote to remain a British dependency rather than becoming part of Spain.

1974 – Guinea-Bissau gains independence from Portugal.

In 1978, after meeting at Camp David, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (men-AH'-kem BAY'-gihn) and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed a framework for a peace treaty.

In 1994, Heather Whitestone of Alabama was crowned the first deaf Miss America.

2002 – Switzerland, traditionally a neutral country, becomes a full member of the United Nations.

In 2004, San Francisco's Barry Bonds hit the 700th home run of his career, joining Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755) as the only players to reach the milestone (San Francisco beat San Diego, 4-1).

2008 – The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history, is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.

In 2011, a demonstration calling itself Occupy Wall Street began in New York, prompting similar protests around the U.S. and the world.

Five years ago in 2014: The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.

One year ago in 2018: Senate leaders, under pressure from fellow Republicans, scheduled a public hearing for the following week at which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault decades ago would testify; the move forced

Also on this day, one year ago, Republicans to put off a committee vote on the nomination. President Donald Trump defended Kavanaugh as an “outstanding judge” but said there might need to be a “little delay” in the confirmation process.

Also on this day, one year ago, A trade war between the U.S. and China escalated further, as President Donald Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting the following week.