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Almanac - Thursday 6/18/20

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Loons and Sushi: Mom loon feeding her chick a freshly caught perch, Upper Hay Lake, Minnesota. By flickr Anita Ritenour

Today is Go Fishing Day, Sushi Day, and Picnic Day...

It's Thursday, the 18th of June of 2020.

It is the 170th day of the year.

196 days remain until the end of the year.

2 days until summer begins.

Summer solstice 2020 in Northern Hemisphere will be at 2:43 PM on Saturday June 20

138 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(4 months and 16 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:48 am 

and sunset will be at 8:35 pm.

The first low tide will be at 4:40 am 

and the next low tide at 3:59 pm.

The first high tide will be at 11:36 am 

and the final high tide at the Golden Gate will be at 10:14 pm.

The Moon is currently 7.9% visible; a Waning Crescent

We’ll have a New Moon and an Annular Solar Eclipse in 3 days on Saturday the 20th of June of 2020 at 11:41 pm

Today is…

Autistic Pride Day

Go Fishing Day

International Panic Day

International Picnic Day

International Sushi Day

National Career Nursing Assistants' Day

National Dump the Pump Day

National Splurge Day

Recess at Work Day

Today is also…

Foundation Day in Benguet province, in The Philippines

Human Rights Day in Azerbaijan

National Day in Seychelles

Queen Mother's Birthday in Cambodia

Waterloo Day in the United Kingdom

On this day in history…

1178 – Five Canterbury monks see what is possibly the Giordano Bruno crater being formed. It is believed that the current oscillations of the Moon's distance from the Earth (on the order of meters) are a result of this collision.

1264 – The Parliament of Ireland meets at Castledermot in County Kildare, the first definitively known meeting of this Irish legislature.

1873 – Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.

1928 – Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean (she is a passenger; Wilmer Stultz is the pilot and Lou Gordon the mechanic).

1940 – The "Finest Hour" speech is delivered by Winston Churchill.

1948 – Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

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

1857 – Henry Clay Folger, American businessman and philanthropist, founded the Folger Shakespeare Library (d. 1930)

1884 – Édouard Daladier, French captain and politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1970)

1903 – Jeanette MacDonald, American actress and singer (d. 1965)

1913 – Sammy Cahn, American pianist and composer (d. 1993)

1913 – Sylvia Porter, American economist and journalist (d. 1991)

1913 – Robert Mondavi, American winemaker and philanthropist (d. 2008)

1917 – Richard Boone, American actor, singer, and director (d. 1981)

1936 – Barack Obama Sr., Kenyan economist (d. 1982)

1937 – Jay Rockefeller, American lawyer and politician, 29th Governor of West Virginia

1942 – Roger Ebert, American journalist, critic, and screenwriter (d. 2013)

1942 – Thabo Mbeki, South African politician, 23rd President of South Africa

1942 – Paul McCartney, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1949 – Chris Van Allsburg, American author and illustrator

1952 – Carol Kane, American actress

1952 – Isabella Rossellini, Italian actress, director, producer, and screenwriter