KALW Almanac ~ Wednesday July 12, 2017

Jul 12, 2017

 Today Wednesday, 12th of July of 2017 is the 193rd day of the year.  There are 172 days remaining until the end of the year.  482 days until Congressional Elections Tuesday November 6, 2018 (1 year 3 months and 25 days from today).   1210 days until Presidential Elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020  (3 years 3 months and 22 days from today)

The sun rose this morning at 5:59 am 

and the sun will set at 8:33 pm.

Today we will have 14 hours and 34 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:16 pm.

The first high tide was at 1:38 am

and the next high tide will be at 3:31 pm.

The first low tide will be at 8:15 am 

and the next low tide at 8:27 pm.

The Moon is 89.6% illuminated; 

a Waning Gibbous moon

Moon Direction:↑ 206.12° SSW

Moon Altitude:35.18°

Moon Distance:244340 mi

Next New Moon:July 23, 2017 at 2:45 am

Next Full Moon:August 7, 2017 at 11:10 am

Next Moonset:Today at 9:18 am

Today is…

Different Colored Eyes Day

Internet-Wide Day of Action for Net Neutrality

Internet-Wide Day of Action for Net Neutrality was last observed on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017. It was observed on July 12th in 2017. The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. On July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them. Use this day to educate yourself about Net Neutrality to become aware of how important it is and how it affects you. Then send a letter to the FCC and your representative(s) and tell your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, or anyone else who spends time online and needs to be informed about this important issue.

National Eat Your Jello Day

National Pecan Pie Day

Simplicity Day

Today is also…

Birthday of the Heir to the Crown of Tonga 

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Kiribati from the United Kingdom in 1979.

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of São Tomé and Príncipe from Portugal in 1975.

The second day of Naadam (Mongolia)

The Twelfth, also known as Orangemen's Day (Northern Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland and Labrador)

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

100 BC – Julius Caesar, Roman imperial general and statesman

1817 – Henry David Thoreau, American essayist, poet, and philosopher (d. 1862)

1854 – George Eastman, American businessman, founded Eastman Kodak (d. 1933)

1865 – George Washington Carver, the African-American scientist whose discoveries helped to improve agriculture in the South.

1884 – Louis B. Mayer, Russian-born American film producer, co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (d. 1957)

1884 – Amedeo Modigliani, Italian painter and sculptor (d. 1920)

1895 – Kirsten Flagstad, Norwegian soprano (d. 1962)

1895 – Buckminster Fuller, American architect and engineer, designed the Montreal Biosphère (d. 1983)

1895 – Oscar Hammerstein II, American director, producer, and songwriter (d. 1960)

1904 – Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet and diplomat, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)

1908 – Milton Berle, American comedian and actor (d. 2002)

1917 – Andrew Wyeth, American artist (d. 2009)

1922 – Mark Hatfield, American soldier and politician, 29th Governor of Oregon (d. 2011)

1933 – Donald E. Westlake, American author and screenwriter (d. 2008)

1934 – Van Cliburn, American pianist and composer (d. 2013)

1937 – Bill Cosby, American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter

1937 – Robert McFarlane, American colonel and diplomat, 13th United States National Security Advisor

1942 – Swamp Dogg, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician

1945 – Butch Hancock, American country-folk singer-songwriter and musician (The Flatlanders)

1948 – Richard Simmons, American fitness trainer and actor

1951 – Brian Grazer, American screenwriter and producer, founded Imagine Entertainment

1951 – Cheryl Ladd, American actress

1955 – Jimmy LaFave, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1971 – Kristi Yamaguchi, American figure skater

1997 – Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani-English activist, Nobel Prize laureate

On this day in history...

1543 – King Henry VIII of England marries his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr, at Hampton Court Palace.

1690 – Battle of the Boyne (Gregorian calendar): The armies of William III defeat those of the former James II.

1691 – Battle of Aughrim (Julian calendar): The decisive victory of William III of England's forces in Ireland.

1804 – Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies a day after being shot in a duel.

1862 – The Medal of Honor is authorized by the United States Congress.

1948 – Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion orders the expulsion of Palestinians from the towns of Lod and Ramla.

1962 – The Rolling Stones perform their first concert, at London's Marquee Club.

1971 – The Australian Aboriginal Flag is flown for the first time.

1972 – George McGovern won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Miami Beach.

1975 – São Tomé and Príncipe declare independence from Portugal.

1979 – The island nation of Kiribati becomes independent from the United Kingdom.

1984 – Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale named New York Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro his running mate, making her the first woman to run on a major party ticket.

2001 – Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant tortured in a New York City police station, agreed to an $8.7 million settlement.

2005 – Prince Albert II of Monaco acceded to the throne.