Today is Wednesday, August 18, 2021
It is the 230th day of the year
135 days remain until the end of the year.
35 days until autumn begins
The sun rises in San Francisco at 6:28:27 am
and sunset will be at 7:57:24 pm.
We will have 13 hours and 28 minutes of daylight.
The solar transit will be at 1:12:55 pm.
The first low tide will be at 2:17 am at -0.28 feet
The first high tide will be at 9:24 am at 4.71 feet
and the next low tide at 1:51 pm at 3.16 feet
and the next high tide at 7:51 pm at 6.72 feet
The Moon is currently 80.8% visible
It’s a Waxing Gibbous
Full Moon in 4 days on Sunday the 22nd of August of 2021 at 5:02 am
Congressional Startup Day
Helium Discovery Day
Mail Order Catalog Day
National Bad Poetry Day
National Fajita Day
National Ice Cream Pie Day
National Medical Dosimetrist's Day
Never Give Up Day
Pinot Noir Day
Today is also…
Arbor Day in Pakistan
Armed Forces Day in Macedonia
Birthday of Virginia Dare in Roanoke Island
Constitution Day in Indonesia
Long Tan Day, also called Vietnam Veterans' Day in Australia
National Science Day in Thailand
On this day in history…
1492 – The first grammar of the Spanish language (Gramática de la lengua castellana) is presented to Queen Isabella I.
1783 – A huge fireball meteor is seen across Great Britain as it passes over the east coast.
1920 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage.
1958 – Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel Lolita is published in the United States.
1963 – Civil rights movement: James Meredith becomes the first African American to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
1977 – Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No. 83 of 1967 in King William's Town, South Africa. He later dies from injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa's apartheid policies.
…and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You share your special day with…
1750 – Antonio Salieri, Italian composer and conductor (d. 1825)
1774 – Meriwether Lewis, American soldier, explorer, and politician (d. 1809)
1834 – Marshall Field, American businessman, founded Marshall Field's (d. 1906)
1904 – Max Factor, Jr., American businessman (d. 1996)
1917 – Caspar Weinberger, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 15th United States Secretary of Defense (d. 2006)
1918 – Cisco Houston, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1961)
1920 – Shelley Winters, American actress (d. 2006)
1927 – Rosalynn Carter, 41st First Lady of the United States
1933 – Roman Polanski, French-Polish director, producer, screenwriter, and actor
1934 – Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and soldier (d. 1972)
1936 – Robert Redford, American actor, director, and producer
1939 – Maxine Brown, American soul/R&B singer-songwriter
1943 – Martin Mull, American actor and comedian
1944 – Paula Danziger, American author (d. 2004)
1952 – Elayne Boosler, American actress, director, and screenwriter
1952 – Patrick Swayze, American actor and dancer (d. 2009)
1957 – Denis Leary, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter
1961 – Bob Woodruff, American journalist and author
1962 – Felipe Calderón, Mexican lawyer and politician, 56th President of Mexico
1969 – Edward Norton, American actor
1970 – Malcolm-Jamal Warner, American actor and producer
1978 – Andy Samberg, American actor and comedian