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Almanac - Thursday July 4, 2024

Ceasar Salad ...and then there was supper.

Today is Thursday, 4th of July of 2024,

July 4 is the 186th day of the year

180 days remain until the end of the year.

80 days until autumn begins

the sun rose this morning at 5:53:31 am

and sunset will be at 8:35:11 pm.

We will have 14 hours and 41 minutes of daylight

The solar transit will be at 1:14:21 pm.

Water temperature in San Francisco Bay today is 63.5°F

The first low tide was at 4:37 am at -1.08 feet

The first high tide will be at 11:45 am at 4.85 feet

The next low tide at 4:03 pm at 3.23 feet

and the final high tide at Ocean Beach tonight will be at 9:56pm at 6.8 feet

The Moon is currently 2.2% visible

It’s still a Waning Crescent moon

We’ll have the New Moon 3:57 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

Today is also….

The first evening of Dree Festival, celebrated until July 7 (Apatani people, Arunachal Pradesh, India)

Liberation Day (Northern Mariana Islands)

Liberation Day (Rwanda)

Republic Day (Philippines)

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You! You share your special day 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)

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

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

1920 – Leona Helmsley, American businesswoman (d. 2007)

1927Gina Lollobrigida, Italian actress and photographer (d. 2023)

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)

1942 – Peter Rowan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1946Ron Kovic, American author and activist

1946 – Michael Milken, American businessman and philanthropist

….and on this day in history…

1054 – A supernova, called SN 1054, is seen by Chinese Song dynasty, Arab, and possibly Amerindian observers near the star Zeta Tauri. For several months it remains bright enough to be seen during the day. Its remnants form the Crab Nebula.

1776American Revolution: The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress.

1827Slavery is abolished in the State of New York

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.

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.

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.

1994Rwandan genocide: Kigali, the Rwandan capital, is captured by the Rwandan Patriotic Front, ending the genocide in the city.

2012 – The discovery of particles consistent with the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider is announced at CERN.

Kevin Vance created a program of folk music for KALW, A Patchwork Quilt, in October 1991. He grew up in Berkeley during the 1960s and '70s and spent his years learning in public schools, community colleges, bookstores, libraries, and non-commercial radio stations, as well as from the people around him. When he's not on the radio, then he's selling books, taking care of his family, listening to music, entering stuff into a computer, or taking a class.