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Almanac - Wednesday, 8/9/17

Aug 9, 2017

Today Wednesday, 9th of August of 2017 is the 221st day of the year...

There are 144 days remaining until the end of the year.

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:21 am 

and sunset will be at 8:09 pm.

Today we will have 13 hours and 48 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:15 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:45 am 

and the next high tide at 2:12 pm.

The first low tide will be at 7:12 am 

and the next low tide at 7:18 pm.

The Moon is currently 96.9% illuminated

A Waning Gibbous Moon

Moon Direction: ↑ 221.90° SW

Moon Altitude: 31.39°

Moon Distance: 241657 mi

Next New Moon: Monday August 21, 2017 at 11:30 am, same day as the eclipse

Next Full Moon: Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 12:02 am

Next Moonset: Today at 8:11 am

Today is…

Book Lovers DayNational Hand Holding Day

National Polka Day

National Psychiatric Technician Appreciation Day

It’s also…

Battle of Gangut Day in Russia

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

National Day, celebrates the independence of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965.

National Women's Day in South Africa

Remembrance for Radbod, King of the Frisians for followers of The Troth

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You share this day with...


1631 -- John Dryden, English poet, dramatist, and literary critic (d.1700) 


1819 -- William Morton,  American dental surgeon who first demonstrated anesthesia (d.1868)

1896 -- Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist whose work with children contributed immensely to the growth of developmental psychology.


1899 - P. L. Travers, Australian-born English writer of the "Mary Poppins" books (d. 1996)


1911 - William Fowler, American Nobel Prize-winning physicist  in 1983 (d. 1995)


1918 - Robert Aldrich, American motion-picture director (d.1983)

1942 – Jack DeJohnette, American drummer, pianist, and composer

1991 – Young Thug, American rapper

On this day in history...

1173 – Construction of the campanile of the Cathedral of Pisa (now known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa) begins; it will take two centuries to complete.

1854 --Henry David Thoreau published "Walden," which described his experiences living near Walden Pond in Massachusetts.

1892 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph.

1930 – Betty Boop makes her cartoon debut in Dizzy Dishes.

1936 --Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics as the United States took first place in the 400-meter relay.

1944 – The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council release posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time.

1945 – World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bombFat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Boxcar. 35,000 people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers.

1945 – The Red Army invades Japanese-occupied Manchuria.

1969 --Actress Sharon Tate and four other people were found murdered in Los Angeles; cult leader Charles Manson and a group of his followers were later convicted of the crime.

1974 --Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States following the resignation of Richard M. Nixon.

1995 -- Rock musician Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead died at age 53.

2001 -- President George W. Bush approved federal funding for existing lines of embryonic stem cells.

2002 -- Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 600th home run, becoming the fourth major leaguer to reach the mark.

2004 -- Terry Nichols was sentenced to 161 consecutive life sentences on state murder charges in the Oklahoma City bombing.

 2014 – Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American male in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer after reportedly assaulting the officer and attempting to steal his weapon, sparking protests and unrest in the city.