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Almanac - Thursday 9/13/18

Sep 13, 2018

Today is Thursday, the 13th of September of 2018.  It is the 256th day of the year.

There are 109 days remaining until the end of the year.  9 days until autumn begins

54 days until mid-term elections Tuesday November 06 2018 ...

(1 month and 24 days from today)

the sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:51 am 

and sunset will be at 7:19 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 28 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:05 pm.

the first high tide was at 2:47 am

and the next high tide will be at 2:58 pm.

The first low tide will be at 8:24 am 

and the next low tide at 9:12 pm.

A medium pollen count of 6.6 today and tomorrow, shooting up to a high-medium reading of 7.7 by the weekend

The Moon is 17.9% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction:↑ 39.08° NE

Moon Altitude:-57.18°

Moon Distance:237267 mi

Next Full Moon:Sep 24, 20187:52 pm

Next New Moon:Oct 8, 20188:46 pm

Next Moonrise:Today11:04 am

Today is…

Bald is Beautiful Day

Fortune Cookie Day

International Chocolate Day

Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day

National Celiac Awareness Day

National Defy Superstition Day

National Peanut Day

Positive Thinking Day

R U OK Day (Australia)

Snack a Pickle Day

Uncle Sam Day

Today is also…

Day of the Programmer, during a non-leap year. (International)

Día de los Niños Héroes (Mexico)

Engineer's Day (Mauritius)

Roald Dahl Day (AfricaUnited KingdomLatin America)

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

1819 – Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (d. 1896)

1851 – Walter Reed, American physician and biologist (d. 1902)

1857 – Milton S. Hershey, American businessman, founded The Hershey Company (d. 1945)

1860 – John J. Pershing, American general and lawyer (d. 1948)

1874 – Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian composer and painter (d. 1951)

1876 – Sherwood Anderson, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1941)

1903 – Claudette Colbert, French-American actress (d. 1996)

1911 – Bill Monroe, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1996)

1914 – Leonard Feather, English-American pianist, composer, producer, and journalist (d. 1994)

1916 – Roald Dahl, British novelist, poet, and screenwriter (d. 1990)

1918 – Ray Charles, American singer-songwriter and conductor (d. 2015)

1922 – Charles Brown, American singer and pianist (d. 1999)

1924 – Maurice Jarre, French composer and conductor (d. 2009)

1925 – Mel Tormé, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1999)

1939 – Joel-Peter Witkin, American photographer

1956 – Anne Geddes, Australian-New Zealand photographer and fashion designer

1964 – Tavis Smiley, American talk show host, journalist, and author

1965 – Zak Starkey, English drummer

1969 – Tyler Perry, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1977 – Fiona Apple, American singer-songwriter, producer, and pianist

…and on this day in history…

1501 – Italian RenaissanceMichelangelo begins work on his statue of David.

1814 – In a turning point in the War of 1812, the British fail to capture Baltimore. During the battle, Francis Scott Key composes his poem "Defence of Fort McHenry", which is later set to music and becomes the United States' national anthem.

1933 – Elizabeth McCombs becomes the first woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament.

1948 – Margaret Chase Smith is elected United States senator, and becomes the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

1953 – Nikita Khrushchev is appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

1962 – An appeals court orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, the first African-American student admitted to the segregated university.

1971 – State police and National Guardsmen storm New York's Attica Prison to quell a prison revolt.

1971 – Chairman Mao Zedong's second in command and successor Marshal Lin Biao flees the People's Republic of China after the failure of an alleged coup. His plane crashes in Mongolia, killing all aboard.

1985 – Super Mario Bros. is released in Japan for the NES, which starts the Super Mario series of platforming games.

1989 – Largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa, led by Desmond Tutu.

1993 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shakes hands with Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House after signing the Oslo Accords granting limited Palestinian autonomy.

2007 – The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.