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Almanac - Wednesday 6/24/20

Inti Raymi 2017 - The Inca Inti Raymi winter solstice festival - at the ruins of Sacsayhuaman. By flickr user Carsten ten Brink

It's Inti Raymi, an Inca winter solstice celebration...

Today is Wednesday, the 24th of June of 2020

It is the 176th day of the year.

190 days remain until the end of the year.

90 days until autumn begins

132 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(4 months and 10 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:49 am 

and the sun sets will be at 8:36 pm.

We have 14 hours and 47 minutes of daylight to play in today

the first high tide was at 1:29 am 

and the next high tide at 3:59 pm.

The first low tide will be at 8:26 am 

and the next low tide at 8:27 pm.

First Quarter Moon in 4 days on Sunday the 28th of June of 2020 at 1:16 am

Full Moon and a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in 10 days on Saturday 4th of July of 2020 at 9:44 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 18 days Sunday the 12th of July of 2020 at 4:29 pm

New Moon in 25 days on Monday the 20th of July of 2020 at 10:33 am

Today is…

Celebration of the Senses

International Fairy Day

Museum Comes To Life Day

National Parchment Day

National Pralines Day

Swim a Lap Day

World UFO Day

as it was on this day in 1947 – Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount RainierWashington.

Today is also…

Army Day or Battle of Carabobo Day in Venezuela

Bannockburn Day in Scotland

Day of the Caboclo in Amazonas, Brazil

Inti Raymi, a winter solstice festival and a New Year in the Andes of the Southern Hemisphere

St John's Day and the second day of the Midsummer celebrations

Enyovden in Bulgaria

Jaanipäev in Estonia

Jāņi in Latvia

Jónsmessa in Iceland

Midsummer Day in England

Saint Jonas' Festival or Joninės in Lithuania

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Quebec

Sânziene in the western Carpathian Mountains of Romania

Wattah Wattah Festival in The Philippines

Fors Fortunaancient Roman festival to Fortuna

On this day in history…

1374 – A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.

1880 – First performance of O Canada at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français. The song would later become the national anthem of Canada.

1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.

1949 – The first television westernHopalong Cassidy, starring William Boyd, is aired on NBC.

1957 – In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.

1995 – Rugby World CupSouth Africa defeats New Zealand and Nelson Mandela presents Francois Pienaar with the Webb Ellis Cup in an iconic post-apartheid moment.

2004 – In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.

2010 – Julia Gillard assumes office as the first female Prime Minister of Australia.

2013 – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is found guilty of abusing his power and engaging in sex with an underage prostitute, and is sentenced to seven years in prison.

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

1842 – Ambrose Bierce, American short story writer, essayist, and journalist (d. 1914)

1893 – Roy O. Disney, American businessman, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (d. 1971)

1895 – Jack Dempsey, American boxer and soldier (d. 1983)

1901 – Harry Partch, American composer and theorist (d. 1974)

1937 – Anita Desai, Indian-American author and academic

1938 – Lawrence Block, American author

1941 – Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French psychoanalyst and author

1942 – Arthur Brown, English rock singer-songwriter

1942 – Mick Fleetwood, English-American drummer

1944 – Jeff Beck, English guitarist and songwriter

1945 – George Pataki, American lawyer and politician, 53rd Governor of New York

1946 – Robert Reich, American economist and politician, 22nd United States Secretary of Labor