It's Inti Raymi, an Inca winter solstice celebration...
Today is Wednesday, the 24th of June of 2020
It is the 176th day of the year.
190 days remain until the end of the year.
90 days until autumn begins
132 days until Election Day
Tuesday November 3, 2020
(4 months and 10 days from today)
The sun rises at 5:49 am
and the sun sets will be at 8:36 pm.
We have 14 hours and 47 minutes of daylight to play in today
the first high tide was at 1:29 am
and the next high tide at 3:59 pm.
The first low tide will be at 8:26 am
and the next low tide at 8:27 pm.
First Quarter Moon in 4 days on Sunday the 28th of June of 2020 at 1:16 am
Full Moon and a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in 10 days on Saturday 4th of July of 2020 at 9:44 pm
Last Quarter Moon in 18 days Sunday the 12th of July of 2020 at 4:29 pm
New Moon in 25 days on Monday the 20th of July of 2020 at 10:33 am
Celebration of the Senses
International Fairy Day
Museum Comes To Life Day
National Parchment Day
National Pralines Day
Swim a Lap Day
World UFO Day
as it was on this day in 1947 – Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.
Today is also…
Army Day or Battle of Carabobo Day in Venezuela
Bannockburn Day in Scotland
Day of the Caboclo in Amazonas, Brazil
Inti Raymi, a winter solstice festival and a New Year in the Andes of the Southern Hemisphere
St John's Day and the second day of the Midsummer celebrations
Enyovden in Bulgaria
Jaanipäev in Estonia
Jāņi in Latvia
Jónsmessa in Iceland
Midsummer Day in England
Saint Jonas' Festival or Joninės in Lithuania
Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Quebec
Sânziene in the western Carpathian Mountains of Romania
Wattah Wattah Festival in The Philippines
Fors Fortuna, ancient Roman festival to Fortuna
On this day in history…
1374 – A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.
1880 – First performance of O Canada at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français. The song would later become the national anthem of Canada.
1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.
1949 – The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, starring William Boyd, is aired on NBC.
1957 – In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.
1995 – Rugby World Cup: South Africa defeats New Zealand and Nelson Mandela presents Francois Pienaar with the Webb Ellis Cup in an iconic post-apartheid moment.
2004 – In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.
2010 – Julia Gillard assumes office as the first female Prime Minister of Australia.
2013 – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is found guilty of abusing his power and engaging in sex with an underage prostitute, and is sentenced to seven years in prison.
And if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you! You share this special day with….
1842 – Ambrose Bierce, American short story writer, essayist, and journalist (d. 1914)
1893 – Roy O. Disney, American businessman, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (d. 1971)
1895 – Jack Dempsey, American boxer and soldier (d. 1983)
1901 – Harry Partch, American composer and theorist (d. 1974)
1937 – Anita Desai, Indian-American author and academic
1938 – Lawrence Block, American author
1941 – Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French psychoanalyst and author
1942 – Arthur Brown, English rock singer-songwriter
1942 – Mick Fleetwood, English-American drummer
1944 – Jeff Beck, English guitarist and songwriter
1945 – George Pataki, American lawyer and politician, 53rd Governor of New York
1946 – Robert Reich, American economist and politician, 22nd United States Secretary of Labor