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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.Do you have comments or questions, corrections, or suggestions for the Almanac? Would you like the Almanac to acknowledge a special birthday or anniversary? Contact me by email: kevin@kalw.org.

Thursday September 17



September 17 is the 260th day of the year 

There are 105 days remaining until the end of the year.


Sunrise Today: 6:53 AM

Sunset Today: 7:15 PM


Daylight Hours: 12 hours, 21 minutes 


High Tide this morning was 2:46 at 4.6 feet

and will be 5.4 feet at 2:39 this afternoon


Low Tide 8:09 this morning at 2.0 feet

and 8:54 tonight at 1.0 foot


it is Waxing Crescent Moon at only 15.3% illumination


Today is


… National Apple Dumpling Day


Australian Citizenship Day


Citizenship Day, Von Steuben Day. (United States)


Heroes' Day (Angola)


Operation Market Garden is still remembered with parachuting and dedications on this day. (Netherlands)


Teachers' Day (Honduras)


On this day in history:


1630 – The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.


1776 – The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.


1814 – Francis Scott Key finishes his poem "Defence of Fort McHenry", later to be the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner".


1849 – American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery.


1859 – Joshua A. Norton declares himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States."


1978 – The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt.


1980 – After weeks of strikes at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland, the nationwide independent trade union Solidarity is established.


1980 – Former Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle is killed in Asunción, Paraguay.


1983 – Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America.


1987 – Pope John Paul II embraces an AIDS-infected boy while visiting San Francisco.


2011 – Occupy Wall Street movement begins in Zuccotti Park, New York City.


If today is your birthday, you share birthday cake with:


1883 – William Carlos Williams, American pediatrician and poet (d. 1963)


1907 – Warren E. Burger, American lawyer and judge, 15th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1995)


1922 – Agostinho Neto, Angolan politician, 1st President of Angola (d. 1979)


1923 – Hank Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Drifting Cowboys) (d. 1953)


1928 – Roddy McDowall, English-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1998)


1931 – Anne Bancroft, American actress and singer (d. 2005)


1935 – Ken Kesey, American author and activist (d. 2001)


1942 – Robert Graysmith, American author and illustrator