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Almanac - Tuesday 8/25/20

Banana split at Ghirardelli, by flickr user Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar

It's Banana Split Day...

Today is Tuesday, the 25th of August of 2020...

It is the 238th day of the year

128 days remain until the end of the year.

28 days until autumn begins

70 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 months and 10 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:33 am 

and sunset will be at 7:48 pm

We’ll have 13 hours and 15 minutes of daylight.

Solar Noon will be at 1:11 pm

The first high tide will be at 6:02 am 

The only low tide of the day will be at 11:04 am.

and the final high tide at Aquatic Park will be at 5:45 pm.

The Moon is 47.3% visible; it’s the First Quarter Moon

Moon Direction:

303.42° WNW↑

Moon Altitude:


Moon Distance:

231,254 mi

Next Moonrise:

Today, 2:07 pm

We’ll have a Full Moon in 7 days on Tuesday the 1st of September of 2020 at 10:22 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 16 days on Thursday the 10th of September of 2020 at 2:26 am

New Moon in 23 days on Thursday the 17th of September of 2020 at 4:00 am

First Quarter Moon next month in 29 days on Wednesday the 23rd of September of 2020 at 6:55 pm

Today is…

Kiss and Make Up Day

National Banana Split Day

National Park Service Founders Day

National Second-hand Wardrobe Day

National Whiskey Sour Day

Touch-A-Heart Tuesday

Today is also…

Day of Songun in North Korea

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Uruguay from Brazil in 1825.

Liberation Day in France

Soldier's Day in Brazil

On this day in history...

1609 – Galileo Galilei demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers.

1835 – The first Great Moon Hoax article is published in The New York Sun, announcing the discovery of life and civilization on the Moon.

1875 – Captain Matthew Webb becomes the first person to swim across the English Channel, traveling from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in 21 hours and 45 minutes.

1916 – The United States National Park Service is created.

1981 – Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn.

1989 – Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Neptune, the last planet in the Solar System at the time, due to Pluto being within Neptune's orbit from 1979 to 1999

1991 – Belarus gains its independence from the Soviet Union.

1991 – Linus Torvalds announces the first version of what will become Linux.

2001 – American singer Aaliyah and several members of her record company are killed as their overloaded aircraft crashes shortly after takeoff from Marsh Harbour AirportBahamas.

2012 – Voyager 1 spacecraft enters interstellar space becoming the first man-made object to do so.

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

1530 – Ivan the Terrible, Russian ruler (d. 1584)

1796 – James Lick, American carpenter and piano builder (d. 1876)

1836 – Bret Harte, American short story writer and poet (d. 1902)

1909 – Ruby Keeler, Canadian-American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1993)

1911 – Võ Nguyên Giáp, Vietnamese general and politician, 3rd Minister of Defence for Vietnam (d. 2013)

1912 – Erich Honecker, German soldier and politician (d. 1994)

1913 – Walt Kelly, American illustrator and animator (d. 1973)

1917 – Mel Ferrer, American actor, director, and producer (d. 2008)

1918 – Leonard Bernstein, American pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1990)

1919 – George Wallace, American sergeant, lawyer, and politician, 45th Governor of Alabama (d. 1998)

1921 – Monty Hall, Canadian-American television personality and game show host (d. 2017)

1930 – Sean Connery, Scottish actor and producer

1931 – Regis Philbin, American actor and television host (d. 2020)

1933 – Wayne Shorter, American saxophonist and composer

1937 – Virginia Euwer Wolff, American author

1938 – Frederick Forsyth, English journalist and author

1946 – Rollie Fingers, American baseball player

1948 – Ledward Kaapana, American singer and guitarist

1954 – Elvis Costello, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1958 – Tim Burton, American director, producer, and screenwriter

1961 – Billy Ray Cyrus, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1962 – Taslima Nasrin, Bangladeshi author

1967 – Jeff Tweedy, American singer-songwriter, musician, and producer

1968 – Rachael Ray, American chef, author, and television host

1970 – Claudia Schiffer, German model and fashion designer