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Almanac - Monday 8/24/20

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Waffles, by flickr user mroach

It's Waffle Day...

Today is Monday, the 24th of August of 2020,

It is the 237th day of the year.

129 days remain until the end of the year.

29 days until autumn begins

71 days until Election Day Tuesday November 3, 2020

2 months and 10 days from today

The sun rise at 6:33 am 

and the sun will set at 7:49 pm.

We will have 13 hours and 13 minutes of daylight

Solar mid-day will be at 1:11 pm 

The first high tide was at 4:35 am at 4.89 feet

and the next high tide will be at 4:51 pm at 6.4 feet.

The first low tide will be at 10:03 am at 1.61 feet

and the final low tide at Aquatic Park will be at 11:17 pm at zero point 69 feet

The Moon is 35.9% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction:

321.30° NW↑

Moon Altitude:

-60.87°

Moon Distance:

229,154 mi

Next Full Moon:

Sep 1, 2020, 10:22 pm

Next New Moon:

Sep 17, 2020, 4:00 am

Next Moonrise:

Today, 12:57 pm

We’ll have a Quarter Moon tomorrow Tuesday the 25th of August of 2020 at 10:58 am

Full Moon in 9 days next Tuesday 1st of September of 2020 at 10:22 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 17 days on Thursday the 10th of September of 2020 at 2:26 am

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

Today is…

Can Opener Day

International Day Against Intolerance, Discrimination and Violence Based on Musical Preferences, Lifestyle and Dress Code

International Strange Music Day

National Knife Day

National Peach Pie Day

National Waffle Day

Pluto Demoted Day

Shooting Star Day

Vesuvius Day

Weather Complaint Day

William Wilberforce Day

Today is also…

Flag Day in Liberia

Independence Day or Den' Nezalezhnosti, celebrates the independence of Ukraine from the Soviet Union in 1991.

International Strange Music Day

Nostalgia Night in Uruguay

Willka Raymi in CuscoPeru

On this day in history…

394 – The Graffito of Esmet-Akhom, the latest known inscription in Egyptian hieroglyphs, is written.

410 – The Visigoths under king Alaric I begin to pillage Rome.

1682 – William Penn receives the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania.

1814 – British troops invade Washington, D.C. and during the Burning of Washington the White House, the Capitol and many other buildings are set ablaze.

1909 – Workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.

1932 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey.

1950 – Edith Sampson becomes the first black U.S. delegate to the United Nations.

1954 – The Communist Control Act goes into effect, outlawing the American Communist Party.

1967 – Led by Abbie Hoffman, the Youth International Party temporarily disrupts trading at the New York Stock Exchange by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery, causing trading to cease as brokers scramble to grab them.

1970 – Vietnam War protesters bomb Sterling Hall at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, leading to an international manhunt for the perpetrators.

1981 – Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.

1989 – Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose is banned from baseball for gambling by Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.

1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

1991 – Ukraine declares itself independent from the Soviet Union.

1995 – Microsoft Windows 95 was released to the public in North America.

2006 – The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is now considered a dwarf planet.

2010 – In San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 72 illegal immigrants are killed by Los Zetas and eventually found dead by Mexican authorities.

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

1759 – William Wilberforce, English philanthropist and politician (d. 1833)

1890 – Jean Rhys, Dominican-English novelist (d. 1979)

1899 – Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator (d. 1986)

1902 – Carlo Gambino, Italian-American mob boss (d. 1976)

1904 – Ida Cook, English campaigner for Jewish refugees, and romantic novelist as Mary Burchell[17] (d. 1986)

1905 – Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1974)

1915 – Wynonie Harris, American singer and guitarist (d. 1969)

1922 – René Lévesque, Canadian journalist and politician, 23rd Premier of Quebec (d. 1987)

1922 – Howard Zinn, American historian, author, and activist (d. 2010)

1929 – Yasser Arafat, Egyptian-Palestinian engineer and politician, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (d. 2004)

1936 – A. S. Byatt, English novelist and poet

1942 – Max Cleland, American captain and politician

1943 – John Cipollina, American rock guitarist (d. 1989)

1945 – Ronee Blakley, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1945 – Marsha P. Johnson, African American gay liberation activist and drag queen

1947 – Paulo Coelho, Brazilian author and songwriter

1948 – Jean Michel Jarre, French pianist, composer, and producer

1951 – Orson Scott Card, American novelist, critic, public speaker, essayist, and columnist

1951 – Oscar Hijuelos, American author and academic (d. 2013)

1952 – Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jamaican dub poet

1955 – Mike Huckabee, American minister and politician, 44th Governor of Arkansas

1960 – Cal Ripken, Jr., American baseball player and coach

1965 – Reggie Miller, American basketball player and sportscaster

1973 – Dave Chappelle, American comedian, actor, producer and screenwriter

1979 – Kaki King, American guitarist and composer

1988 – Rupert Grint, English actor