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Almanac - Friday 6/19/20

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Juneteenth 2016, by flickr user Jay Weenig

Happy Juneteenth!

Today is Friday June 19, 2020.

It is the 171st day of the year.

195 days remain until the end of the year.

Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 2:43 tomorrow afternoon…

137 days until Election Day Tuesday November 3, 2020

(4 months and 15 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:48 am 

and sun sets at 8:35 pm.

The first low tide was at 5:14 am 

and the next low tide at 4:39 pm.

The first high tide will be at 12:24 pm 

and the final high tide at the Golden Gate will be at 10:49 pm.

The Moon is 3.3% visible; a Waning Crescent

New Moon, and the Annular Solar Eclipse will be tomorrow, Saturday, the 20th of June of 2020 at 11:41 pm

Today is…

Garfield the Cat Day

Juneteenth

National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers

National Eat an Oreo Day

National Flip Flop Day

National FreeBSD Day

National Martini Day

National Pets in Film Day

National Take Back the Lunch Break Day

National Watch Day

Ugliest Dog Day

Work at Home Father's Day

World Sauntering Day

World Sickle Cell Day

It’s also…
Day of the Independent Hungary

Feast of Forest in Palawan province, The Philippines

Labour Day in Trinidad and Tobago

Laguna Day in Laguna province, The Philippines

Never Again Day in Uruguay

On this day in history…

1846 – The first officially recorded, organized baseball game is played under Alexander Cartwright's rules on Hoboken, New Jersey's Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23–1. Cartwright umpired.

1862 – The U.S. Congress prohibits slavery in United States territories, nullifying Dred Scott v. Sandford.

1865 – Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, are finally informed of their freedom. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 41 other contiguous states as Juneteenth.

1910 – The first Father's Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington.

1934 – The Communications Act of 1934 establishes the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

1949 – The first NASCAR race was held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

1953 – Cold WarJulius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing, in New York.

1961 – Kuwait declares independence from the United Kingdom.

1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.

1990 – The current international law defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, is ratified for the first time by Norway.

1991 – The last Soviet army units in Hungary are withdrawn.

2012 – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requested asylum in London's Ecuadorian Embassy for fear of extradition to the US after publication of previously classified documents including footage of civilian killings by the US army.

2018 – The 10,000,000th United States Patent is issued.

and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You get to celebrate with…

1861 – José Rizal, Filipino journalist, author, and poet (d. 1896)

1896 – Wallis Simpson, American wife of Edward VIII (d. 1986)

1897 – Moe Howard, American comedian (d. 1975)

1902 – Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American violinist and bandleader (d. 1977)

1903 – Lou Gehrig, American baseball player (d. 1941)

1914 – Alan Cranston, American journalist and politician (d. 2000)

1914 – Lester Flatt, American bluegrass singer-songwriter, guitarist, and mandolin player (d. 1979)

1917 – Joshua Nkomo, Zimbabwean guerrilla leader and politician, Vice President of Zimbabwe (d. 1999)

1919 – Pauline Kael, American film critic (d. 2001)

1928 – Nancy Marchand, American actress (d. 2000)

1945 – Radovan Karadžić, Serbian-Bosnian politician and convicted war criminal, 1st President of Republika Srpska

1945 – Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician, Nobel Prize laureate

1945 – Tobias Wolff, American short story writer, memoirist, and novelist

1947 – Salman Rushdie, Indian-English novelist and essayist

1948 – Nick Drake, English singer-songwriter (d. 1974)

1948 – Phylicia Rashad, American actress

1950 – Ann Wilson, American singer-songwriter and musician

1962 – Paula Abdul, American singer-songwriter, dancer, actress, and presenter

1963 – Laura Ingraham, American radio host and author

1978 – Zoe Saldana, American actress

1983 – Macklemore, American rapper