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Almanac - Monday 7/4/22

Chargrillin' tofu. That's just how I roll.
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Chargrillin' tofu. That's just how I roll.

Today is Monday, the 4th of July of 2022,

July 4 is the 185th day of the year

180 days remain until the end of the year.

80 days until Autumn

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 5:53:14 am

and sunset will be at 8:35:18 pm

We will have 14 hours and 42 minutes of daylight

The solar transit will be at 1:14:16 pm.

The first high tide will be at 1:55 am at 5.14 feet

The first low tide will be at 8:58 am at -0.03 feet

The next high tide at 4:12 pm at 4.98 feet

and the final low tide tonight at Ocean Beach will be at 9:39 pm at 2.87 feet

The Moon is currently 24.8% visible

It’s a waxing crescent

First Quarter Moon in 2 days Wednesday the 6th of July of 2022 at 7:14 pm

Today is…

Alice in Wonderland Day

Independence Day

Independence From Meat Day

Indivisible Day

Invisible Day

Jackfruit Day

National Barbecue Day

National Barbecued Spareribs Day

National Caesar Salad Day

National Country Music Day

Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

July 4 is the name of a 2007 Indian Malayalam-language film made in Kerala state in South West India

Today is also…

Birthday of Queen Sonja of Norway

The first evening of Dree Festival, celebrated until July 7 for the Apatani people, in Arunachal Pradesh, India

Liberation Day in Northern Mariana Islands

Liberation Day in Rwanda

Republic Day in The Philippines

On this day in history…

1817 – In Rome, New York, construction on the Erie Canal begins.

1826John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, respectively the second and third presidents of the United States, die on the same day, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence. Adams' last words were, "Thomas Jefferson survives," not knowing that Jefferson had died hours earlier.

1827Slavery is abolished in the State of New York.

1831Samuel Francis Smith writes "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" for the Boston, Massachusetts July 4 festivities.

1832John Neal delivers the first public lecture in the US to advocate the rights of women.

1845Henry David Thoreau moves into a small cabin on Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau's account of his two years there, Walden, will become a touchstone of the environmental movement.

1855 – The first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, Leaves of Grass, is published in Brooklyn.

1862Lewis Carroll tells Alice Liddell a story that would grow into Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequels.

1881 – In Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute opens.

1892Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, causing Monday (July 4) to occur twice, resulting in a year with 367 days.

1910 – The Johnson–Jeffries riots occur after African-American boxer Jack Johnson knocks out white boxer Jim Jeffries in the 15th round. Between 11 and 26 people are killed and hundreds more injured.

1911 – A massive heat wave strikes the northeastern United States, killing 380 people in eleven days and breaking temperature records in several cities.

1939Lou Gehrig, recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, informs a crowd at Yankee Stadium that he considers himself "The luckiest man on the face of the earth", then announces his retirement from major league baseball.

1946 – After 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule by various powers, the Philippines attains full independence from the United States.

1950Cold War: Radio Free Europe first broadcasts.

1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into United States law. The act went into effect the next year.

1976Israeli commandos raid Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing all but four of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by Palestinian terrorists.

1976 – The U.S. celebrates its Bicentennial.

1977 – The George Jackson Brigade plants a bomb at the main power substation for the Washington state capitol in Olympia, in solidarity with a prison strike at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary Intensive Security Unit.

2009 – The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after eight years of closure due to security concerns following the September 11 attacks.

…and if today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You were born on the Fourth of July along with…

1804Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1864)

1826Stephen Foster, American songwriter and composer (d. 1864)

1872Calvin Coolidge, American lawyer and politician, 30th President of the United States (d. 1933)

1883Rube Goldberg, American sculptor, cartoonist, and engineer (d. 1970)

1898 – Gertrude Lawrence, British actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1952)

1902Meyer Lansky, American gangster (d. 1983)

1902 – George Murphy, American actor and politician (d. 1992)

1905Irving Johnson, American sailor and author (d. 1991)

1905 – Lionel Trilling, American critic, essayist, short story writer, and educator (d. 1975)

1911 – Mitch Miller, American singer and producer (d. 2010)

1916Iva Toguri D'Aquino, American typist and broadcaster (d. 2006)

1924Eva Marie Saint, American actress

1927Gina Lollobrigida, Italian actress and photographer

1927 – Neil Simon, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 2018)

1929Al Davis, American football player, coach, and manager (d. 2011)

1930George Steinbrenner, American businessman (d. 2010)

1938 – Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2020)

1941Sam Farr, American politician

1941 – Brian Willson, American soldier, lawyer, and activist

1942 – Peter Rowan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1943 – Geraldo Rivera, American lawyer, journalist, and author

1946Ron Kovic, American author and activist

1946 – Michael Milken, American businessman and philanthropist