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Almanac - Wednesday 6/17/20

eat your vegetables, by flickr user Via Tsuji

Today is Eat Your Vegetables Day...

It's Wednesday, the 17th of June of 2020

It  is the 169th day of the year. 

197 days remain until the end of the year.

The June solstice is Saturday, June 20, at 2:43 P.M. our time

139 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(4 months and 17 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:48 am 

and the sun sets at 8:35 pm.

The first low tide was at 4:04 am 

The first high tide will be at 10:44 am

The next low tide at 3:19 pm.

and the final high tide at the Golden Gate rolls in tonight at 9:42 pm.

The Moon is currently 13.7% visible; a Waning Crescent

New Moon Annular Solar Eclipse in 3 days on Saturday the 20th of June of 2020 at 11:41 pm

Today is...

Global Garbage Collector Day

National Apple Strudel Day

National Eat Your Vegetables Day

Stewart's Root Beer Day

World Crocodile Day

Today is also...

Father's Day in El Salvador, Guatemala

Icelandic National Day, celebrates the independence of Iceland from Kingdom of Denmark in 1944.

Occupation of the Latvian Republic Day

German Unity Day, a Remembrance to East German uprising of 1953

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 

Zemla Intifada Day in the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

On this day in history...

1579 – Sir Francis Drake, a privateer (which is a nice way of calling someone a “Pirate”, and a slave trader ) claims a land he calls Nova Albion for England.  That land was where the Coast Miwok people lived in the area where we call now Point Reyes in Marin County.

Well, if we decide to rename everything, there’s a great list of notable Coast Miwok people on their Wikipedia page

1885 – The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.

1898 – The United States Navy Hospital Corps is established.

1901 – The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT.

1932 – Bonus Army: Around a thousand World War I veterans amass at the United States Capitol as the U.S. Senate considers a bill that would give them certain benefits.

1944 – Iceland declares independence from Denmark and becomes a republic.

1960 – The Nez Perce tribe is awarded $4 million for 7 million acres (28,000 km2) of land undervalued at four cents/acre in the 1863 treaty.

1972 – Watergate scandal: Five White House operatives are arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican party to illegally wiretap the opposition.

1987 – With the death of the last individual of the species, the dusky seaside sparrow becomes extinct.

1991 – Apartheid: The South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act which required racial classification of all South Africans at birth.

1994 – Following a televised low-speed highway chase, O. J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

And if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You share this special day with...

1871 – James Weldon Johnson, American author, journalist, and activist (d. 1938)

1882 – Igor Stravinsky, Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1971)

1898 – M. C. Escher, Dutch illustrator (d. 1972)

1904 – Ralph Bellamy, American actor (d. 1991)

1910 – Red Foley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1968)

1916 – Terry Gilkyson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)

1931 – John Baldessari, American painter and illustrator (d. 2020)

1942 – Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian politician, Vice President of Egypt, Nobel Prize laureate

1943 – Newt Gingrich, American historian and politician, 58th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

1943 – Barry Manilow, American singer-songwriter and producer

1945 – Art Bell, American broadcaster and author, founder and the original host of the paranormal-themed radio program Coast to Coast AM (d. 2018)

1947 – George S. Clinton, American composer and songwriter

1951 – Starhawk, American author and activist

1951 – Joe Piscopo, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter

1958 – Jello Biafra, American singer-songwriter and producer

1980 – Venus Williams, American tennis player