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Almanac - Monday 6/15/20

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Today is Fly A Kite Day...

It's Monday, the 15th of June of 2020

It is the 167th day of the year.

199 days remain until the end of the year.

5 days until summer begins

141 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(4 months and 19 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:47 am 

and the sun sets at 8:34 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 47 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:10 pm.

The first low tide was at 2:41 am 

and the next low tide will be at 1:53 pm.

The first high tide will be at 8:33 am 

and the next high tide at 8:41 pm.

The Moon is 29.6% visible; a Waning Crescent

New Moon and an Annular Solar Eclipse in 6 days Saturday the 20th of June of 2020 at 11:41 pm

First Quarter Moon in 13 days Sunday the 28th of June of 2020 at 1:16 am

Full Moon and a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in 20 days on Saturday the 4th of July of 2020 at 9:44 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 27 days on a Sunday the 12th of July of 2020 at 4:29 pm

Today is…

Fly a Kite Day

Global Wind Day

Justice for Janitors Day

Magna Carta Day

National Electricity Day

National Kiss a Wookiee Day

National Lobster Day

National Smile Power Day

Native American Citizenship Day

Nature Photography Day

Own Your Share of America Day

Ride to Work Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Worldwide Day of Giving

Today is also…

Arbor Day in Costa Rica

Day of Valdemar and Reunion Day as well as Flag Day in Denmark

Engineer's Day in Italy

Global Wind Day

National Beer Day in the United Kingdom

National Salvation Day in Azerbaijan

On this day in history…

763 BC – Assyrians record a solar eclipse that is later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.

1667 – The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys.

1752 – Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity (traditional date, the exact date is unknown).

1776 – Delaware Separation Day: Delaware votes to suspend government under the British Crown and separate officially from Pennsylvania.

1836 – Arkansas is admitted as the 25th U.S. state.

1844 – Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.

1877 – Henry Ossian Flipper becomes the first African American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy.

1878 – Eadweard Muybridge takes a series of photographs to prove that all four feet of a horse leave the ground when it runs; the study becomes the basis of motion pictures.

1921 – Bessie Coleman earns her pilot's license, becoming the first female pilot of African-American descent.

1934 – The United States Great Smoky Mountains National Park is founded.

1944 – In the Saskatchewan general election, the CCF, led by Tommy Douglas, is elected and forms the first socialist government in North America.

1977 – After the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, the first democratic elections took place in Spain on this day.

1978 – King Hussein of Jordan marries American Lisa Halaby, who takes the name Queen Noor.

1991 – In the Philippines, Mount Pinatubo erupts in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, killing over 800 people.

2012 – Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to successfully tightrope walk directly over Niagara Falls.

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

1843 – Edvard Grieg, Norwegian pianist and composer (d. 1907)

1902 – Erik Erikson, German-American psychologist and psychoanalyst (d. 1994)

1910 – David Rose, English-American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1990)

1914 – Yuri Andropov, Russian politician (d. 1984)

1914 – Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist (d. 1999)

1921 – Erroll Garner, American pianist and composer (d. 1977)

1922 – Jaki Byard, American pianist and composer (d. 1999)

1924 – Ezer Weizman, Israeli general and politician, 7th President of Israel (d. 2005)

1927 – Hugo Pratt, Italian author and illustrator (d. 1995)

1932 – Mario Cuomo, American lawyer and politician, 52nd Governor of New York (d. 2015)

1937 – Waylon Jennings, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)

1939 – Ward Connerly, American activist and businessman, founded the American Civil Rights Institute

1943 – Johnny Hallyday, French singer and actor (d. 2017)

1953 – Xi Jinping, Chinese engineer and politician, General Secretary of the Communist Party and President of China

1954 – Jim Belushi, American actor

1954 – Paul Rusesabagina, Rwandan humanitarian

1963 – Helen Hunt, American actress, director, and producer

1969 – Ice Cube, American rapper, producer, and actor