Today is Thursday, the 16th of August of 2018 is the 228th day of the year.
There are 137 days remaining until the end of the year; 37 days until autumn begins
82 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018 ...
810 days until presidential election Tuesday November 3, 2020
The sun rises at 6:27 am
and sunset will be at 8:00 pm.
Tomorrow we will have 13 hours and 33 minutes of daylight.
The solar transit will be at 1:13 pm.
The first high tide will be at 3:56 am
and the next high tide at 4:34 pm.
The first low tide will be at 9:46 am
and the next low tide at 10:53 pm.
A Low-to-medium pollen count of 4.1 today, rising to the medium range around 6 this weekend
The Moon is 31.5% visible; a Waxing Crescent
Moon Direction: ↑ 336.87° NNW
Moon Distance: 237429 mi
Next Full Moon: Sunday August 26, 2018 at 4:56 am
Next New Moon: Sunday September 9, 2018 at 11:01 am
Next Moonrise: Today at 12:17 pm
In Catalonia, 15 August was once a festival day, and the locals would drink quite a bit, to the point that they felt a bit ill the following morning. To help them feel better, the village chocolatier would offer them a hot chocolate, which he claimed was an excellent remedy. Over the years, this habit grew into a custom, and eventually a municipal association was formed to remember the tradition and to organise the distribution of hot chocolate every year on 16 August, at precisely 11 in the morning. Today, the chocolate is brewed in large cauldrons over a wood fire. In 2007, 800 litres were consumed by 3000 people, many of whom were visitors; the festival draws many tourists to the village every year. To preserve the tradition, festival organisers have created a sort of confraternity called the Mestres xicolaters, or "master chocolatiers", who keep the recipes for the chocolate secret; the organisation also handles scheduling, which it does not reveal in advance.
If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to You! You share this special day…
1925 – Mal Waldron, American pianist and composer (d. 2002)
1928 – Eydie Gormé, American singer (d. 2013)
1933 – Julie Newmar, American actress
1939 – Eric Weissberg, American singer, banjo player, and multi-instrumentalist
1958 – Angela Bassett, American actress
...and on this day in history…
1841 – U.S. President John Tyler vetoes a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White Housein the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history.
1858 – U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. However, a weak signal forces a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.
1960 – Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,300 m), setting three records that held until 2012: High-altitude jump, free fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft.