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Almanac - Thursday 7/1/21

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Educator Booker T. Washington was the first African-American to be honored on a U.S. postage stamp, issued on April 7, 1940, as part of the 1940 Famous Americans Series

Today is Thursday, the 1st of July of 2021

July 1 is the 182nd day of the year

183 days remain until the end of the year.

83 days until autumn begins

The sun rose in San Francisco at 5:51:49 am

and sunset will be at 8:35:46 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 43 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:13:47 pm.

The first high tide will be at 4:24 am at 4.35 feet

The only low tide of the day will be at 10:54 am at zero point 72 feet

and the final high tide at Ocean Beach will be at 5:52 pm at 5.49 feet

The Moon is currently 53.7% visible

Waning Gibbous

It is the Last Quarter Moon today at 2:11 pm

Today is…

American Zoo Day

blink-182 Day

Canada Day

Devotion to Duty Day

Early Bird Day

International Chicken Wing Day

International Joke Day

International Reggae Day

National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day

National Financial Freedom Day

National Gingersnap Day

National Postal Workers Day

National Television Heritage Day

Second Half of the New Year Day

U.S. Postage Stamp Day

Armed Forces Day in Singapore

Children's Day in Pakistan

Communist Party of China Founding Day in China

Day of Officials and Civil Servants in Hungary

Doctors' Day in India

Emancipation Day in the Netherlands Antilles

Engineer's Day in both Bahrain and Mexico

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day

Independence Day in Burundi, Rwanda, and Somalia

International Tartan Day

July Morning in Bulgaria

Keti Koti or Emancipation Day in Suriname

Madeira Day in Madeira, Portugal

Moving Day in Quebec, Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador Memorial Day

Republic Day in Ghana

Sir Seretse Khama Day in Botswana

Territory Day in British Virgin Islands

The first day of Van Mahotsav, celebrated until July 7 in India

"July 1st" is a title of song by Japanese singer Ayumi Hamasaki

on this day in history....

AD 69Tiberius Julius Alexander orders his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegiance to Vespasian as Emperor.

1520 – Spanish conquistadors led by Hernán Cortés fight their way out of Tenochtitlan after nightfall.

1846 - Adolphe Sax patents the saxophone.

1863Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marking the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands.

1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg begins

1867 – The British North America Act takes effect as the Province of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia join into confederation to create the modern nation of Canada. Sir John A. Macdonald is sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date is commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.

1870 – The United States Department of Justice formally comes into existence.

1873Prince Edward Island joins into Canadian Confederation.

1874 – The Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, goes on sale.

1881 – The world's first international telephone call is made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States.

1898Spanish–American War: The Battle of San Juan Hill is fought in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

1903 – Start of first Tour de France bicycle race.

1908SOS is adopted as the international distress signal.

1932 – Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was formed.

1958 – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave.

1958 – Flooding of Canada's Saint Lawrence Seaway begins.

1959 – Specific values for the international yard, avoirdupois pound and derived units (e.g. inch, mile and ounce) are adopted after agreement between the US, the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries.

1960 – The Trust Territory of Somaliland (the former Italian Somaliland) gains its independence from Italy. Concurrently, it unites as scheduled with the five-day-old State of Somaliland (the former British Somaliland) to form the Somali Republic.

1960 – Ghana becomes a republic and Kwame Nkrumah becomes its first President as Queen Elizabeth II ceases to be its head of state.

1963ZIP codes are introduced for United States mail.

1963 – The British Government admits that former diplomat Kim Philby had worked as a Soviet agent.

1968 – The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is signed in Washington, D.C., London and Moscow by sixty-two countries.

1968 – Formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL–CIO in the United States.

1972 – The first Gay pride march in England takes place.

1976 – Portugal grants autonomy to Madeira.

1978 – The Northern Territory in Australia is granted self-government.

1979Sony introduces the Walkman.

1980 – "O Canada" officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.

1984 – The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA.

1987 – The American radio station WFAN in New York City is launched as the world's first all-sports radio station.

1990German reunification: East Germany accepts the Deutsche Mark as its currency, thus uniting the economies of East and West Germany.

1991Cold War: The Warsaw Pact is officially dissolved at a meeting in Prague.

1997 – China resumes sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule. The handover ceremony is attended by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Charles, Prince of Wales, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

1999 – The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Elizabeth II on the day that legislative powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh. In Wales, the powers of the Welsh Secretary are transferred to the National Assembly.

2002 – The International Criminal Court is established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

2003 – Over 500,000 people protest against efforts to pass anti-sedition legislation in Hong Kong.

2004Saturn orbit insertion of Cassini–Huygens begins at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC.

2007 – Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces.

2008Riots erupt in Mongolia in response to allegations of fraud surrounding the 2008 legislative elections.

2020 – The United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement replaces NAFTA.

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

1804 – George Sand, French author and playwright (d. 1876)

1869William Strunk Jr., American author and educator (d. 1946)

1899Thomas A. Dorsey, American pianist and composer (d. 1993)

1906 – Estée Lauder, American businesswoman, co-founded the Estée Lauder Companies (d. 2004)

1912David Brower, American environmentalist, founded Sierra Club Foundation (d. 2000)

1912 – Sally Kirkland, American journalist (d. 1989)

1915Willie Dixon, American blues singer-songwriter, bass player, guitarist and producer (d. 1992)

1922Toshi Seeger, German-American activist, co-founded the Clearwater Festival (d. 2013)

1934 – Jamie Farr, American actor

1934 – Sydney Pollack, American actor, director and producer (d. 2008)

1935James Cotton, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (d. 2017)

1938 – Hariprasad Chaurasia, Indian flute player and composer

1939Karen Black, American actress (d. 2013)

1941 – Twyla Tharp, American dancer and choreographer

1942 – Andraé Crouch, American singer-songwriter, producer and pastor (d. 2015)

1945 – Debbie Harry, American singer-songwriter and actress

1950David Duke, American white supremacist, politician and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard

1951 – Anne Feeney, American singer-songwriter and activist

1952Dan Aykroyd, Canadian actor, producer and screenwriter

1952 – David Arkenstone, American composer and performer

1954Keith Whitley, American singer and guitarist (d. 1989)

1961 – Carl Lewis, American long jumper and runner

1961 – Diana, Princess of Wales (d. 1997)

1967Pamela Anderson, Canadian-American model and actress

1969Séamus Egan, American-Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist

1975 – Sufjan Stevens, American singer-songwriter and guitarist