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Almanac - Friday 8/21/20

from the front cover of the album Duke Ellington meets Count Basie, photo by flickr user comunicom.es

It's Count Basie's birthday today!  

Today is Friday, the 21st of August of 2020....

It is the 234rd day of the year

132 days remain until the end of the year.

32 days until autumn begins

74 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

2 months and 14 days from today

The sun rises this morning at 6:30 am 

and the sun sets tonight will be at 7:53 pm.

We will have 13 hours and 23 minutes of daylight

The Sun Meridian today will be at 1:12 pm.

The first high tide was early this morning at 1:28 am at 6.53 feet

The first low tide will be at 7:43 am at minus point 3 feet

The next high tide at 2:42 pm at 6 feet.

and the final low tide at Aquatic Park will be 8:06 pm at 1.48 feet

The Moon is currently 8.4% visible

a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction:

44.20° NE↑

Moon Altitude:


Moon Distance:

225,878 mi

Next Full Moon:

Sep 1, 2020, 10:22 pm

Next New Moon:

Sep 17, 2020, 4:00 am

Next Moonrise:

Today, 9:23 am

First Quarter Moon in 4 days on Tuesday the 25th of August of 2020 at 10:58 am

Full Moon in 11 days Tuesday the 1st of September of 2020 at 10:22 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 20 days on Thursday the 10th of September of 2020 at 2:26 am

New Moon in 26 days on Thursday the 17th of September of 2020 at 4:00 am

Today is…

National Brazilian Blowout Day

National Men's Grooming Day

National Senior Citizens Day

National Spumoni Day

Poet's Day

Today is also…

Ninoy Aquino Day in The Philippines

Youth Day in Morocco

On this day in history…

1791 – A Vodou ceremony, led by Dutty Boukman, turns into a violent slave rebellion, beginning the Haitian Revolution.

1831 – Nat Turner leads black slaves and free blacks in a rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia, which will claim the lives of 55 to 65 whites and about twice that number of blacks.

1858 – The first of the Lincoln–Douglas debates is held in Ottawa, Illinois.

1888 – The first successful adding machine in the United States is patented by William Seward Burroughs.

1897 – Oldsmobile, an American automobile manufacturer and marque, is founded.

1968 – James Anderson Jr. posthumously receives the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to an African American U.S. Marine.

1983 – Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. is assassinated at the Manila International Airport (now renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport in his honor).

1991 – Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses.

1993 – NASA loses contact with the Mars Observer spacecraft.

2000 – Tiger Woods, American professional golfer, wins the 82nd PGA Championship and becomes the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors in a calendar year.

…and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You get to share birthday cake with…

1904 – Count Basie, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1984)

1906 – Friz Freleng, American animator, director, and producer (d. 1995)

1928 – Art Farmer, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1999)

1929 – X. J. Kennedy, American poet, translator, anthologist, editor

1930 – Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (d. 2002)

1932 – Melvin Van Peebles, American actor, director, and screenwriter

1936 – Wilt Chamberlain, American basketball player and coach (d. 1999)

1938 – Kenny Rogers, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (d. 2020)

1941 – Jackie DeShannon, American singer-songwriter

1943 – Jonathan Schell, American journalist and author (d. 2014)

1944 – Peter Weir, Australian director, producer, and screenwriter

1952 – Joe Strummer, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2002)

1973 – Sergey Brin, Russian-American computer scientist and businessman, co-founded Google

1986 – Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter

1988 – Kacey Musgraves, American singer-songwriter and guitarist