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Almanac - Thursday 8/27/20

Church Street playing Rock, Paper & Scissors. By flickr user Ashwin Kumar

It's Rock Paper Scissors Day...

It's Thursday the 27th of August, 20202

It is the 240th day of the year

126 days remain until the end of the year.

26 days until autumn begins

68 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 months and 8 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:37 am 

and sunset will be at 7:44 pm.

We will have 13 hours and 13 minutes of daylight

Solar Noon will be at 1:10 pm

The first low tide will be at 1:43 am at zero point 16 feet

The first high tide will be at 9:01 am at 4.63 feet

The next low tide at 1:32 pm at 2.95 feet

and the final high tide at Aquatic Park will be at 7:46 pm at 6.4 feet.

The Moon is currently 69.3% visible

a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction:

278.30° W↑

Moon Altitude:


Moon Distance:

235,960 mi

Next Moonrise:

Today, 4:18 pm

Full Moon in 5 days on Tuesday the 1st of September of 2020 at 10:22 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 14 days on a Thursday the 10th of September of 2020 at 2:26 am

New Moon in 21 days on Thursday the 17th of September of 2020 at 4:00 am

First Quarter Moon in 27 days on Wednesday the 23rd of September of 2020 at 6:55 pm

Today is…

"The Duchess" Who Wasn't Day

Just Because Day

Kiss Me Day

National Banana Lovers Day

National Burger Day (UK)

National Petroleum Day

National Pots de Crème Day

Tarzan Day

Thoughtful Thursday

World Rock Paper Scissors Day

Today is also…

Film and Movies Day in Russia

Independence Day in the Republic of Moldova, celebrating the independence of Moldova from the USSR in 1991.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Day in Texas

On this day in history...

410 – The sacking of Rome by the Visigoths ends after three days.

1883 – Eruption of Krakatoa: Four enormous explosions destroy the island of Krakatoa and cause years of climate change.

1927 – Five Canadian women file a petition to the Supreme Court of Canada, asking, "Does the word 'Persons' in Section 24 of the British North America Act, 1867, include female persons?"

1928 – The Kellogg–Briand Pact outlawing war is signed by fifteen nations. Ultimately sixty-one nations will sign it.

2003 – Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing 34,646,418 miles (55,758,005 km) distant.

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

1770 – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher and academic (d. 1831)

1877 – Charles Rolls, English engineer and businessman, co-founded Rolls-Royce Limited (d. 1910)

1890 – Man Ray, American-French photographer and painter (d. 1976)

1896 – Léon Theremin, Russian physicist and engineer, invented the Theremin (d. 1993)

1908 – Lyndon B. Johnson, American commander and politician, 36th President of the United States (d. 1973)

1909 – Lester Young, American saxophonist and clarinet player (d. 1959)

1916 – Martha Raye, American actress and comedian (d. 1994)

1923 – Jimmy Greenhalgh, English footballer and manager (d. 2013)

1925 – Carter Stanley, American bluegrass singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1966)

1928 – Joan Kroc, American philanthropist (d. 2003)

1931 – Sri Chinmoy, Indian-American guru and poet (d. 2007)

1932 – Antonia Fraser, English historian and author

1937 – Alice Coltrane, American pianist and composer (d. 2007)

1937 – Tommy Sands, American pop singer and actor

1939 – William Least Heat-Moon, American travel writer and historian

1941 – Cesária Évora, Cape Verdean singer (d. 2011)

1943 – Bob Kerrey, American lieutenant and politician, Medal of Honor recipient, 35th Governor of Nebraska

1943 – Tuesday Weld, American model and actress

1952 – Paul Reubens, American actor and comedian

1956 – Glen Matlock, English singer-songwriter and bass player