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Almanac - Wednesday 7/1/20

Canada, by flickr user Michel Marie

It's Canada Day...

Today is Wednesday, the 1st of July of 2020

It is the 183rd day of the year.

183 days remain until the end of the year.

83 days until autumn begins

125 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 03 2020

(4 months and 2 days from today)

It is the last day of the first half of the year. The end of this day marks the halfway point of a leap year. It also falls on the same day of the week as New Year's Day in a leap year. The midpoint of the year for southern hemisphere countries that observe Daylight Savings Time, occurs at 11:00 p.m.

The sun rises at 5:52 am 

and sunset will be at 8:36 pm.

We will have 14 hours and 44 minutes of daylight

The first low tide was at 3:14 am 

The first high tide will be at 9:58 am 

and the next low tide at 2:34 pm

and the final high tide at the Golden Gate will be at 9:10 pm

The Moon is 83.4% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

We’ll have a Full Moon and a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in 3 days on Saturday the 4th of July of 2020 at 9:44 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 11 days on a Sunday the 12th of July of 2020 at 4:29 pm

New Moon in 19 days on a Monday the 20th of July of 2020 at 10:33 am

First Quarter Moon in 25 days on Monday 27th of July of 2020 at 5:32 am

Today is…

American Zoo Day

Canada Day

Devotion to Duty Day

Early Bird Day

International Chicken Wing Day

International Joke Day

International Reggae Day

National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day

National Financial Freedom Day

National Gingersnap Day

National Postal Workers Day

National Television Heritage Day

Second Half of the New Year Day

U.S. Postage Stamp Day

Zip Code Day

Today is also…

Armed Forces Day in Singapore

Children's Day in Pakistan

Communist Party of China Founding Day in China

Day of Officials and Civil Servants in Hungary

Doctors' Day in India

Emancipation Day in the Netherlands Antilles

as it was on this day in 1863 – Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marking the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands.

Engineer's Day both in Bahrain and in Mexico

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

Independence Day in Burundi and Rwanda from Belgium in 1962.

Independence Day in Somalia

International Tartan Day

July Morning in Bulgaria

Madeira Day in MadeiraPortugal

Moving Day in Quebec

Newfoundland and Labrador Memorial Day

Republic Day in Ghana

Sir Seretse Khama Day in Botswana

Territory Day on the British Virgin Islands

The first day of Van Mahotsav, celebrated until July 7. in India

On this day in history…

1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg begins.

1867 – The British North America Act takes effect as the Province of CanadaNew Brunswick, and Nova Scotia join into confederation to create the modern nation of Canada. Sir John A. Macdonald is sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date is commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.

1870 – The United States Department of Justice formally comes into existence.

1881 – The world's first international telephone call is made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States.

1908 – SOS is adopted as the international distress signal.

1931 – Wiley Post and Harold Gatty become the first people to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engined monoplane aircraft.

1932 – Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was formed.

1960 – Ghana becomes a republic and Kwame Nkrumah becomes its first President as Queen Elizabeth II ceases to be its head of state.

1963 – ZIP codes are introduced for United States mail.

1963 – The British Government admits that former diplomat Kim Philby had worked as a Soviet agent.

1968 – Formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL–CIO in the United States.

1972 – The first Gay pride march in England takes place.

1979 – Sony introduces the Walkman.

1984 – The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA.

1987 – The American radio station WFAN in New York City is launched as the world's first all-sports radio station.

1997 – China resumes sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule. The handover ceremony is attended by British Prime Minister Tony BlairCharles, Prince of Wales, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

2002 – The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocidecrimes against humanitywar crimes, and the crime of aggression.

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

1804 – George Sand, French author and playwright (d. 1876)

1899 – Thomas A. Dorsey, American pianist and composer (d. 1993)

1906 – Estée Lauder, American businesswoman, co-founded the Estée Lauder Companies (d. 2004)

1912 – David Brower, American environmentalist, founded Sierra Club Foundation (d. 2000)

1912 – Sally Kirkland, American journalist (d. 1989)

1915 – Willie Dixon, American singer-songwriter, bass player, guitarist, and producer (d. 1992)

1922 – Toshi Seeger, German-American activist, co-founded the Clearwater Festival (d. 2013)

1934 – Jamie Farr, American actor

1939 – Karen Black, American actress (d. 2013)

1941 – Twyla Tharp, American dancer and choreographer

1942 – Andraé Crouch, American singer-songwriter, producer, and pastor (d. 2015)

1945 – Debbie Harry, American singer-songwriter and actress

1950 – David Duke, American white supremacist, politician and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard

1951 – Anne Feeney, American singer-songwriter and activist

1952 – Dan Aykroyd, Canadian actor, producer, and screenwriter

1961 – Carl Lewis, American long jumper and runner

1961 – Diana, Princess of Wales (d. 1997)

1975 – Sufjan Stevens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist