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Almanac - Monday 12/4/17

Dec 4, 2017

Today Monday, 4th of December of 2017 is the 338th day of the year.

There are 27 days remaining until the end of the year.

17 days until winter begins

337 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018...

(11 months and 2 days from today)

1065 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 10 months and 30 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:10 am 

and sunset will be at 4:51 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 41 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:00 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:12am

and the next high tide will be at 11:08 am.

The first low tide was at 4:53 am 

and the next low tide will be at 5:51 pm.

Moon: 98.7%

Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: ↑ 270.48° W

Moon Altitude: 31.31°

Moon Distance: 222156 mi

Next New Moon: Sunday December 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm

Next Full Moon: Monday January 1, 2018 at 6:24 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 8:05 am

Today is…

Cabernet Franc Day

Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day

National Cookie Day

National Dice Day

National Kitten Day

National Sock Day

Santa's List Day

Wear Brown Shoes Day

Wildlife Conservation Day

It’s also…

Navy Day in India

Environment Day in Thailand

Tupou I Day in Tonga

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

1866 – Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-German Abstract painter and author (d. 1944)

1875 – Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian-Swiss poet and author (d. 1926)

1892 – Francisco Franco, Spanish general and politician, Prime Minister of Spain (d. 1975)

1910 – Alex North, American composer and conductor (d. 1991)

1936 – John Giorno, American poet and performance artist

1937 – Max Baer, Jr., American actor, director, and producer

1940 – Gary Gilmore, American murderer (d. 1977)

1944 – Chris Hillman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1944 – Anna McGarrigle, Canadian musician and singer-songwriter

1944 – Dennis Wilson, American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer (d. 1983)

1948 – Southside Johnny, American singer-songwriter

1949 – Jeff Bridges, American actor

1955 – Cassandra Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer

1966 – Fred Armisen, American actor and musician

1969 – Jay Z, American rapper, producer, and actor, co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records

1973 – Tyra Banks, American model, actress, and producer

1973 – Kate Rusby, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

…and on this day in history…

1783 – At Fraunces Tavern in New York City, U.S. General George Washington bids farewell to his officers.

1786 – Mission Santa Barbara is dedicated (on the feast day of Saint Barbara).

1791 – The first edition of The Observer, the world's first Sunday newspaper, is published.

1875 – Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison; he is later recaptured in Spain.

1881 – The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.

1906 – Alpha Phi Alpha the first black intercollegiate Greek lettered fraternity was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

1909 – The Montreal Canadiens ice hockey club, the oldest surviving professional hockey franchise in the world, is founded as a charter member of the National Hockey Association.

1918 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sails for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first US president to travel to Europe while in office.

1954 – The first Burger King is opened in Miami.

1956 – The Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis PresleyJerry Lee LewisCarl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) get together at Sun Studio for the first and last time.

1965 – The Grateful Dead's first concert performance under this new name.

1969 – Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot and killed during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.

1978 – Following the murder of Mayor George MosconeDianne Feinstein becomes San Francisco's first female mayor.

1991 – Terry A. Anderson is released after seven years in captivity as a hostage in Beirut; he is the last and longest-held American hostage in Lebanon.

1991 – Pan American World Airways ceases its operations after 64 years.

2005 – Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the government to allow universal and equal suffrage.