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Almanac - Monday 8/17/20

Happy Caturday, by flickr user Daniela

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

Today is...

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