Almanac - Monday 8/17/20
Today is National Black Cat Appreciation Day...
It's Monday, the 17th of August of 2020...
It is the 230th day of the year
136 days remain until the end of the year.
36 days until autumn begins
78 days until Election Day
Tuesday November 3, 2020
(2 months and 20 days from today)
The sun rises at 6:27 am
and sunset will be at 7:58 pm.
We will have 13 hours and 31 minutes of daylight.
Solar transit will be at 1:13 pm today.
The first low tide will be at 4:58 am
The first high tide will be at 12:21 pm at 5.15 feet
and the next low tide at 4:55 pm at 2.76 feet
and the final high tide at Aquatic Park will be at 11:01 pm at 6.86 feet
We will have a new moon early Wednesday morning, this week
Baby Boomers Recognition Day
Balloon Airmail Day
RSPCA Cupcake Day in Australia
National #2 Pencil Day
National Black Cat Appreciation Day
National I LOVE My Feet Day
National Meaning of "Is" Day
National Nonprofit Day
National Thrift Shop Day
National Vanilla Custard Day
Stay Home with Your Kids Day
Today is also...
Engineer's Day in Colombia
Flag Day in Bolivia
Independence Day, celebrates the independence proclamation of Indonesia from Japan in 1945.
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Gabon from France in 1960.
Marcus Garvey Day in Jamaica
Prekmurje (preck-MOOR-ye) Union Day in Slovenia
San Martin Day in Argentina
On this day in history...
1907 – Pike Place Market, a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle, opened.
1908 – Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris, France.
1945 – The novella Animal Farm by George Orwell is first published.
1953 – First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous takes place, in Southern California.
1998 – Lewinsky scandal: US President Bill Clinton admits in taped testimony that he had an "improper physical relationship" with White House intern Monica Lewinsky; later that same day he admits before the nation that he "misled people" about the relationship.
2008 – American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the first person to win eight gold medals at one Olympic Games.
and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You get to share birthday cake with...
1786 – Davy Crockett, American soldier and politician (d. 1836)
1887 – Marcus Garvey, Jamaican journalist and activist, founded Black Star Line (d. 1940)
1893 – Mae West, American actress, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1980)
1926 – Jiang Zemin, Chinese engineer and politician, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and 5th President of China
1929 – Francis Gary Powers, American captain and pilot (d. 1977)
1930 – Ted Hughes, English poet and playwright (d. 1998)
1932 – V. S. Naipaul, Trinidadian-English novelist and essayist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2018)
1936 – Margaret Heafield Hamilton, American computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner.
1939 – Luther Allison, American blues guitarist and singer (d. 1997)
1943 – Robert De Niro, American actor, entrepreneur, director, and producer
1943 – Dave "Snaker" Ray, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)
1944 – Larry Ellison, American businessman, co-founded the Oracle Corporation
1949 – Sue Draheim, American fiddler and composer (d. 2013)
1958 – Belinda Carlisle, American singer-songwriter
1960 – Sean Penn, American actor, director, and political activist