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Almanac - Wednesday 8/7/19

Aug 7, 2019

It's Raspberries & Cream Day...enjoy!

Today is Wednesday, August 7, 2019, the 219th day of the year, with 146 days remaining. 47 days until autumn and a mere 454 days until the 2020 Presidential Election.

  • Sunrise: 6:18am    
  • Sunset: 8:12pm ...giving us 13 hours and 56 minutes of daylight.  39% of waxing crescent moon will be visible, rising at 1:48pm.    

Tides at the Golden Gate     

  • High: 5:40am/6:01pm   
  • Low: 11:10am

Special celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Battle of Boyacá- Colombia 
  • Independence Day - Ivory Coast 
  • Labor Day - Samoa 
  • Youth Day - Kiribati
  • Lighthouse Day
  • Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day
  • Professional Speakers Day
  • Purple Heart Day
  • National Raspberries & Cream Day

On this day in…

1789 - The U.S. War Department was established by the U.S. Congress.

1782 - George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart.

1888 - Theophilus Van Kannel received a patent for the revolving door.

1914 - Germany invaded France.

1928 - The U.S. Treasury Department issued a new bill that was one third smaller than the previous U.S. bills.

1934 - The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling striking down the government's attempt to ban the controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses."

1942 - U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II.

1947 - The balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, which had carried a six-man crew 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean, crashed into a reef in a Polynesian archipelago.

1959 - The U.S. launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth.

1960 - The Cuban Catholic Church condemned the rise of communism in Cuba. Fidel Castro then banned all religious TV and radio broadcasts.

1964 - The U.S. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, which gave President Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.

1974 - French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.

1976 - Scientists in Pasadena, CA, announced that the Viking 1 spacecraft had found strong indications of possible life on Mars.

1990 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia to guard against a possible invasion by Iraq.

2003 - In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would run for the office of governor.

Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...

  • Nathaniel Greene 1742
  • John Heathcoat 1783 - Inventor, pioneer in lace making
  • Mata Hari 1876
  • Billie Burke 1884
  • Stan Freberg 1926
  • Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer 1927
  • B.J. Thomas 1942
  • Garrison Keillor 1942
  • John Glover 1944
  • Alberto Salazar 1958
  • Bruce Dickinson 1958 - Singer (Iron Maiden)
  • David Duchovny 1960
  • DeLane Matthews 1961
  • Marcus Roberts 1963
  • Sydney Penny 1971
  • Charlize Theron 1975 - Actress 
  • Joe Burke
  • Niels Swinkels