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Almanac - Thursday 7/9/20

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nunavut, by flickr user Lisa Moffatt

It's Nunavut Day in Canada...

Today is Thursday, 9th of July of 2020...

It is the 191th day of the year.

175 days remain until the end of the year.

75 days until autumn begins

117 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(3 months and 26 days from today)

The sun rises at 5:56 am 

and sun sets at 8:34 pm.

We will have 14 hours and 38 minutes of daylight today.

The first high tide was at 2:35 this morning at 5.61 feet

the next low tide will be at 9:13 at minus zero point 26 feet

The next high tide will be at 4:40 this afternoon at 5.18 feet

and the final low tide at Aquatic Park here in the city will be tonight at 9:53 tonight at 2.85 feet

The Moon is 81.2% visible; a Waning Gibbous

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

New Moon in 12 days on a Monday the 20th of July of 2020 at 10:33 am

First Quarter Moon in 19 days on Monday the 27th of July of 2020 at 5:32 am

and the next Full Moon will be in 25 days on Monday the 3rd of August of 2020 at 8:59 am

Today is…

Call of the Horizon Day

Fashion Day

born on this day in 1819 – Elias Howe, American inventor, invented the sewing machine (d. 1867)

National Don't Put all your Eggs in One Omelet Day

National No Bra Day

National Sugar Cookie Day

Today is also…

Arbor Day in Cambodia

Constitution Day in Australia

Constitution Day in Palau

Constitutionalist Revolution Day in São Paulo, Brazil

Day of the Employees of the Diplomatic Service in Azerbaijan

Martyrdom of the Bab in the Bahá'í Faith

Independence Day in Argentina

Independence Day in South Sudan

as it was on this day in 2011 – South Sudan gains independence and secedes from Sudan.

Nunavut Day in Nunavut province, Canada

as it was on this day in 1993 – The Parliament of Canada passes the Nunavut Act leading to the 1999 creation of Nunavut, dividing the Northwest Territories into arctic (Inuit) and sub-arctic (Dene) lands based on a plebiscite.

On this day in history…

1793 – The Act Against Slavery in Upper Canada bans the importation of slaves and will free those who are born into slavery after the passage of the Act at 25 years of age.

1850 – U.S. President Zachary Taylor dies after eating raw fruit and iced milk; he is succeeded in office by Vice President Millard Fillmore.

1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing African Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law.

1877 – The inaugural Wimbledon Championships begins.

1955 – The Russell–Einstein Manifesto calls for a reduction of the risk of nuclear warfare.

1986 – The New Zealand Parliament passes the Homosexual Law Reform Act legalising homosexuality in New Zealand.

2002 – The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, replacing the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). The organization's first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.

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

1879 – Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer and conductor (d. 1936)

1901 – Barbara Cartland, prolific English author (d. 2000)

1916 – Edward Heath, English colonel and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 2005)

1932 – Donald Rumsfeld, American captain and politician, 13th United States Secretary of Defense

1933 – Oliver Sacks, English-American neurologist, author, and academic (d. 2015)

1935 – Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian singer and activist (d. 2009)

1936 – June Jordan, American poet and educator (d. 2002)

1937 – David Hockney, English painter and photographer

1945 – Dean Koontz, American author and screenwriter

1947 – Mitch Mitchell, English drummer (d. 2008)

1947 – O. J. Simpson, American football player and actor

1950 – Viktor Yanukovych, Ukrainian engineer and politician, 4th President of Ukraine

1952 – John Tesh, American pianist, composer, and radio and television host

1955 – Lindsey Graham, American colonel, lawyer, and politician

1955 – Jimmy Smits, American actor and producer

1956 – Tom Hanks, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1964 – Courtney Love, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress