212th day of 2012, 154 remaining
86% of the moon is visible, setting at 3:34am, rising at 6:25pm
Low Tides at the Golden Gate: 3:59am/3:39pm
High Tides: 11:11am/9:56pm
Today's special celebrations:
Independence Day - Vanuatu
MicMac Festival of St. Ann - Canada
Father-in-Law Day - USA
National Support Public Education Day
National Cheesecake Day
St. Abdon's Day, patron of barrel makers
Significant events on this day in history:
1502 - Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage.
1619 - The first representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, VA. (House of Burgesses)
1729 - The city of Baltimore was founded in Maryland.
1733 - The first Freemasons lodge opened in what would later become the United States.
1898 - "Scientific America" carried the first magazine automobile ad. The ad was for the Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH.
1932 - Walt Disney's "Flowers and Trees" premiered. It was the first Academy Award winning cartoon and first cartoon short to use Technicolor.
1937 - The American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA) was organized as a part of the American Federation of Labor.
1942 - The WAVES were created by legislation signed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The members of the Women's Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service were a part of the U.S. Navy.
1945 - The USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian. Only 316 out of 1,196 men aboard survived the attack.
1956 - The phrase "In God We Trust" was adopted as the U.S. national motto.
1965 - U.S. President Johnson signed into law Social Security Act that established Medicare and Medicaid. It went into effect the following year.
1968 - Ron Hansen (Washington Senators) made the first unassisted triple play in the major leagues in 41 years.
1974 - The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted to impeach President Nixon for blocking the Watergate investigation and for abuse of power.
1987 - Indian troops arrived in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, to disarm the Tamil Tigers and enforce a peace pact.
1990 - The first Saturn automobile rolled off the assembly line.
1996 - A federal law enforcement source said that security guard Richard Jewell had become the focus of the investigation into the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park. Jewell was later cleared as a suspect.
1998 - A group of Ohio machine-shop workers (who call themselves the Lucky 13) won the $295.7 million Powerball jackpot. It was the largest-ever American lottery.
2001 - Lance Armstrong became the first American to win three consecutive Tours de France.
2003 - In Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagon Beetle rolled off an assembly line.
If today's your birthday, you share it with:
Emily Bronte 1818
Thornstein Velben 1857
Henry Ford 1863
Vladimir Kosmo Zworykin 1889
Casey Stengel 1890
Henry Moore 1898
Dick Wilson 1916
Richard Johnson 1927
Thomas Sowell 1930
Buddy Guy 1936
Joe Nuxhall 1938
Eleanor Smeal 1939
Peter Bogdanovich 1939
Paul Anka 1941
David Sanborn 1945
William Atherton 1947
Arnold Schwarzenegger 1947
Jean Reno 1948
Frank Stallone 1950
Ken Olin 1954
Anita Hill 1956
Delta Burke 1956
Kate Bush 1958
Laurence Fishburne 1961
Lisa Kudrow 1963
Vivica A. Fox 1964
Hillary Swank 1974