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Almanac - Thursday 8/20/20

Lemonade, by Becky Stern

Today is Lemonade Day...

It's Thursday, the 20th of August of 2020...

This is the 233rd day of the year

133 days remain until the end of the year.

33 days until autumn begins

75 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

2 months and 14 days from today

The sun rises at 6:29 am 

and the sun sets will be at 7:54 pm.

Solar mid-day will be at 1:12 pm

We will have 13 hours and 25 minutes of daylight

The first high tide was at 12:37 am at 6.82 feet

and the next high tide will be at 2:05 pm at 5.81 feet

The first low tide will be at 7:03 am at minus point 66 feet

and the next low tide at 7:14 pm at 1.8 feet

Moon: 3.0%

Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction:

42.81° NE↑

Moon Altitude:


Moon Distance:

226,277 mi

Next Full Moon:

Sep 1, 2020, 10:22 pm

Next New Moon:

Sep 17, 2020, 4:00 am

Next Moonrise:

Today, 8:11 am

First Quarter Moon in 5 days Tuesday the 25th of August of 2020 at 10:58 am

Full Moon in 13 days Tuesday the 1st of September of 2020 at 10:22 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 21 days Thursday the 10th of September of 2020 at 2:26 am

New Moon in 27 days Thursday the 17th of September of 2020 at 4:00 am

Today is…

International Day of Medical Transporters

National Bacon Lover's Day

National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

National Lemonade Day

National Radio Day

as it was on this day in 1920 – The first commercial radio station, 8MK (now WWJ), begins operations in Detroit

Virtual Worlds Day

World Mosquito Day

Today is also…

Feast of Asmá’ (Bahá'í Faith, only if Bahá'í Naw-Rúz falls on March 21)

Indian Akshay Urja Day (India)

Restoration of Independence Day, re-declaration of the independence of Estonia from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Revolution of the King and People (Morocco)

Saint Stephen's Day (Hungary)

World Mosquito Day

1858 – Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace's same theory.

1866 – President Andrew Johnson formally declares the American Civil War over.

1882 – Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow, Russia.

1920 – The National Football League is organized as the American Professional Football Conference in Canton, Ohio

1926 – Japan's public broadcasting company, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK) is established.

1938 – Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam, a record that stood for 75 years until it was broken by Alex Rodriguez.

1940 – In Mexico City, exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded with an ice axe by Ramón Mercader. He dies the next day.

1940 – World War IIBritish Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes the fourth of his famous wartime speeches, containing the line "Never was so much owed by so many to so few".

1960 – Senegal breaks from the Mali Federation, declaring its independence.

1968 – Cold War: Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia, crushing the Prague Spring. East German participation is limited to a few specialists due to memories of the recent war. Only Albania and Romania refuse to participate.

1988 – "Black Saturday" of the Yellowstone fire in Yellowstone National Park

1988 – Iran–Iraq War: A ceasefire is agreed after almost eight years of war.

1991 – Dissolution of the Soviet UnionAugust Coup: More than 100,000 people rally outside the Soviet Union's parliament building protesting the coup aiming to depose President Mikhail Gorbachev.

1993 – After rounds of secret negotiations in Norway, the Oslo Accords are signed, followed by a public ceremony in Washington, D.C. the following month.

1998 – The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval.

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

1778 – Bernardo O'Higgins, Chilean general and politician, 2nd Supreme Director of Chile (d. 1842)

1833 – Benjamin Harrison, American general, lawyer, and politician, 23rd President of the United States (d. 1901)

1886 – Paul Tillich, German-American philosopher and theologian (d. 1965)

1890 – H. P. Lovecraft, American short story writer, editor, novelist (d. 1937)

1905 – Jack Teagarden, American singer-songwriter and trombonist (d. 1964)

1941 – Slobodan Milošević, Serbian lawyer and politician, 1st President of Serbia (d. 2006)

1942 – Isaac Hayes, American singer-songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor (d. 2008)

1944 – Rajiv Gandhi, Indian lawyer and politician, 6th Prime Minister of India (d. 1991)

1946 – Connie Chung, American journalist

1948 – Robert Plant, English singer-songwriter

1952 – John Hiatt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1954 – Al Roker, American news anchor, television personality, and author

1965 – KRS-One, American rapper and producer