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Almanac - Monday 6/8/20

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It's Oceans Day...

Today is Monday, the 8th of June of 2020.

It is the 160th day of the year. 

206 days remain until the end of the year.

12 days until summer begins

147 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(4 months and 26 days from today)

The sun just rose a minute ago at 5:47 am 

and the sun will set tonight at 8:31 pm.

We will have 14 hours and 44 minutes of daylight. 

Solar noon will be at 1:09 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:12 am 

and the next high tide at 3:38 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 8:09 am 

and the final low tide at the Golden Gate will be at 8:09 pm.

The Moon is currently 90.9% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Last Quarter Moon in 4 days on Friday the 12th of June of 2020 at 11:24 pm

New Moon and the Annular Solar Eclipse in 12 days on Saturday the 20th of June of 2020 at 11:41 pm

First Quarter Moon in 20 days on a Sunday the 28th of June of 2020 at 1:16 am

Full Moon and the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in 26 days on the 4th of July of 2020 at 9:44 pm

Today is...

Best Friends Day

Betty Picnic Day

Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day

Name Your Poison Day

Thomas Paine Day

Upsy Daisy Day

Today is also...

Queen's Birthday in Australia

Bounty Day on Norfolk Island

Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Engineer's Day in Peru

Pranav Sivakumar Day in Illinois (the winner of an important Spelling Bee in 2013)

Primož Trubar Day in Slovenia (the writer of the first book in the Slovene language)

World Brain Tumor Day

World Oceans Day

On this day in history...

1887 – Herman Hollerith applies for US patent #395,781 for the 'Art of Compiling Statistics', which was his punched card calculator.

1906 – Theodore Roosevelt signs the Antiquities Act into law, authorizing the President to restrict the use of certain parcels of public land with historical or conservation value.

1949 – Helen Keller, Dorothy Parker, Danny Kaye, Fredric March, John Garfield, Paul Muni and Edward G. Robinson are named in an FBI report as Communist Party members.

1949 – George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is published.

1953 – The United States Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. John R. Thompson Co. that restaurants in Washington, D.C., cannot refuse to serve black patrons.

1984 – Homosexuality is declared legal in the Australian state of New South Wales.

1987 – New Zealand's Labour government establishes a national nuclear-free zone under the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987.

1992 – The first World Oceans Day is celebrated, coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You share this great date with...

1671 – Tomaso Albinoni, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1751)

1810 – Robert Schumann, German composer and critic (d. 1856)

1867 – Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect, designed the Price Tower and Fallingwater (d. 1959)

1903 – Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian-French author and poet (d. 1987)

1918 – Robert Preston, American captain, actor, and singer (d. 1987)

1921 – Gordon McLendon, American broadcaster and businessman (d. 1986)

1921 – Suharto, Indonesian soldier and politician, 2nd President of Indonesia (d. 2008)

1925 – Barbara Bush, American wife of George H. W. Bush, 41st First Lady of the United States (d. 2018)

1927 – Jerry Stiller, American actor, comedian and producer (d. 2020)

1933 – Joan Rivers, American comedian, actress, and television host (d. 2014)

1940 – Nancy Sinatra, American singer and actress

1944 – Boz Scaggs, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1947 – Sara Paretsky, American author

1950 – Sônia Braga, Brazilian actress and producer

1951 – Tony Rice, American guitarist and songwriter

1957 – Scott Adams, American author and illustrator

1958 – Keenen Ivory Wayans, American actor, director, and screenwriter

1967 – Dan Futterman, American actor, screenwriter and producer

1970 – Kwame Kilpatrick, American educator and politician, 68th Mayor of Detroit

1977 – Kanye West, American rapper, producer, director, and fashion designer

1981 – Sara Watkins, American singer-songwriter and fiddler