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Almanac - Wednesday 8/19/20

Hot & Spicy Tofu, by flickr user MellowFood

Today is Hot And Spicy Food Day...

It is Wednesday, the 19th of August of 2020


It is the 232nd day of the year


134 days remain until the end of the year.


34 days until autumn begins


76 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 months and 20 days from today)


The sun rises at 6:28 am 


and sunset will be at 7:56 pm.


We will have 13 hours and 28 minutes of daylight.


Solar transit will be at 1:13 pm today.


The first low tide will be at 6:23 am at minus point 79 feet


The only high tide of the day will be at 1:29 pm at 5.58 feet


and the final low tide at Aquatic Park Cove in San Francisco will be at 6:29 pm at 2.13 feet


Today, we have a New Moon as of at 2:41 am this morning

This New Moon is called The Black Moon, because it's the third New Moon in a season with four New Moons



Today is...


'Black Cow' Root Beer Float Day


International Bow Day


International Orangutan Day


National Aviation Day


National Hot and Spicy Food Day


National Medical Dosimetrist's Day


National Potato Day


National Sandcastle and Sculpture Day


National Soft Ice Cream Day


World Humanitarian Day


World Photo Day


Today is also...


Afghan Independence Day, commemorates the Treaty of Rawalpindi in 1919, granting independence from Britain 


August Revolution Commemoration Day in Vietnam

1945 – August Revolution: Viet Minh led by Ho Chi Minh take power in Hanoi, Vietnam.


Birthday of Crown Princess Mette-Marit in Norway


Manuel Luis Quezón Day in the Philippines


On this day in history...


295 BC – The first temple to Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility, is dedicated by Quintus Fabius Maximus Gurges during the Third Samnite War.


1692 – Salem witch trials: In Salem, Province of Massachusetts Bay, five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft.


1839 – The French government announces that Louis Daguerre's photographic process is a gift "free to the world".


1909 – The first automobile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


1934 – The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio.


1953 – Cold War: The CIA and MI6 help to overthrow the government of Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran and reinstate the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.


1960 – Cold War: In Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union, downed American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers is sentenced to ten years imprisonment by the Soviet Union for espionage.


2017 – Tens of thousands of farmed non-native Atlantic salmon are accidentally released into the wild in Washington waters in the 2017 Cypress Island Atlantic salmon pen break.


and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You share this special day with...


1631 – John Dryden, English poet, literary critic and playwright (d. 1700)


1870 – Bernard Baruch, American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1965)


1871 – Orville Wright, American engineer and pilot, co-founded the Wright Company (d. 1948)


1878 – Manuel L. Quezon, Filipino soldier, lawyer, and politician, 2nd President of the Philippines (d. 1944)


1883 – Coco Chanel, French fashion designer, founded the Chanel Company (d. 1971)


1902 – Ogden Nash, American poet (d. 1971)


1906 – Philo Farnsworth, American inventor, invented the Fusor (d. 1971)


1919 – Malcolm Forbes, American publisher and politician (d. 1990)


1921 – Gene Roddenberry, American screenwriter and producer (d. 1991)


1930 – Frank McCourt, American author and educator (d. 2009)


1933 – Debra Paget, American actress


1934 – Renée Richards, American tennis player and ophthalmologist


1939 – Ginger Baker, English drummer and songwriter (d. 2019)


1940 – Johnny Nash, American singer-songwriter


1940 – Jill St. John, American model and actress


1946 – Bill Clinton, American lawyer and politician, 42nd President of the United States[


1952 – Jonathan Frakes, American actor and director


1965 – Kyra Sedgwick, American actress and producer


1966 – Lee Ann Womack, American singer-songwriter


1969 – Matthew Perry, American actor, producer, and screenwriter