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Almanac - Tuesday 8/18/20

Aug 18, 2020

On this day in 1920 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage.

Today is Tuesday, the 18th of August of 2020

It is the 231st day of the year

135 days remain until the end of the year.

35 days until autumn begins

77 days until Election Day

Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 months and 20 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:27 am 

and sunset will be at 7:57 pm.

We will have 13 hours and 30 minutes of daylight.

Solar transit will be at 1:13 pm today.

The first low tide will be at 5:44 am at minus point 75 feet

The first high tide will be at 12:25 pm at 5.35 feet

and the next low tide at 5:49 pm at 2.46 feet

and the final high tide at Aquatic Park will be at 11:48 pm at 6.92 feet

We will have a new moon early tomorrow morning

Today is...

Helium Discovery Day 

as it was on this day in 1868 – French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium.

National Bad Poetry Day

National Fajita Day

National Ice Cream Pie Day

Pinot Noir Day

Serendipity Day

Today is also...

Arbor Day in Pakistan

Armed Forces Day in Macedonia

Birthday of Virginia Dare on Roanoke Island

Constitution Day in Indonesia

Long Tan Day, also called Vietnam Veterans' Day in Australia

as it was on this day in 1966 – The Battle of Long Tan ensues after a patrol from the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment clashes with a Viet Cong force in Phước Tuy Province.

and on this day in 1971 – Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.

National Science Day in Thailand

1903 – German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright brothers.

1920 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage.

1938 – The Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting New York, United States with Ontario, Canada over the Saint Lawrence River, is dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

1945 – Sukarno takes office as the first president of Indonesia, following the country's declaration of independence the previous day.

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.

1976 – In the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjom, the Axe murder incident results in the death of two US soldiers.

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.

2019 – 100 activists, officials, and other concerned citizens in Iceland hold a funeral for Okjökull glacier, which has completely melted after once covering six square miles 

and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You get to share birthday cake with...

1750 – Antonio Salieri, Italian composer and conductor (d. 1825)

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, First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981

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

1970 – Malcolm-Jamal Warner, American actor and producer