KALW's Daily Almanac

Sunrise ... sunset ... tides ... annual rainfall ... on this day in history ... international holiday celebrations ... full moon lore ... and more.  Tune in for the Daily Almanac Monday through Friday at 5:49am and 8:49am.

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Thu August 2, 2012
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August 2, 2012

On August 2, 1776, members of the Continental Congress began adding their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.

215th day of 2012, 151 remaining

Sunrise: 6:15am
Sunset: 8:17pm

99% of the moon is visible, setting at 6:56am, rising at 8:29pm

Low Tides at the Golden Gate: 6:13am/6:17pm
High Tide: 1:14pm

Today's special celebrations:

Emancipation Day - St. Kitts & Nevis
Ilindan -Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia
Virgin of the Angels Day - Costa Rica
Saint Ilija - Serbia

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

On this day in...

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Wed August 1, 2012
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August 1, 2012

Andrew Hallidie tested his original cable car design on this day in 1873.

214th day of 2012, 152 remaining

Sunrise: 6:14am
Sunset: 8:18pm

100% of the moon is visible, setting at 5:49am, rising at 7:53pm

By the way, August 2012 has two full moons.   That’s somewhat unusual. Most months only have one. But in cycles of 19 years, or 228 calendar months, seven to eight calendar months will always have two full moons. In other words, there’s a month with two full moons every two to three years. When it happens, the second one is popularly called a Blue Moon. The Blue Moon for 2012 will fall on August 31.

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Tue July 31, 2012
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July 31, 2012

It's Uncommon Instrument Day!

213th day of 2012, 153 remaining

Sunrise: 6:13am
Sunset: 8:19m

93% of the moon is visible, setting at 4:41am, rising at 7:12pm

Low Tides at the Golden Gate: 4:47am/4:35pm
High Tides: 11:56am/10:50pm

Today's special celebrations:

Festival of San Ignacio - Peru
Upswing of the Revolution - Republic of Congo
La Hae Hawai`i (Flag Day) - Hawaii, US
Imbolc / Oimelc / Brigid (Southern Hemisphere) - Paganism
Lunasa or Lammas (Northern Hemisphere) - Paganism

St. Neot's Day (patron of fish)

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Mon July 30, 2012
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Medicare signed into law by LBJ this day in 1965

212th day of 2012, 154 remaining

Sunrise: 6:12am
Sunset: 8:20pm

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:

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Fri July 27, 2012

Friday July 27, 2012

1940 --- Bugs Bunny's debut (highlighted story below)
  • 209th Day of 2012 / 157 Remaining
  • 57 Days Until Autumn Begins
  • Sunrise:6:09
  • Sunset:8:23
  • 14 Hours 14 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:3:25pm
  • Moon Set:12:46am
  • Moon’s Phase: 66 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • August 1 @ 8:27pm
  • Full Sturgeon Moon
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