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Veteran's Day - KALW Almanac-11/11/2015


November 11 is the 315th day of the year 
There are 50 days remaining until the end of the year.
Sunrise Today: 6:45 AM
Sunset Today: 5:02 PM
The Moon is relatively new; Only 0.2 percent illuminated
Low tide this morning was at 4:27 AM at  2.2 feet
High Tide later this morning at 10:41AM at  5.9
Low tide will be at 5:13 this evening at  -0.2 feet
High tide again at 12:11 AM early tomorrow morning at  4.7 feet
Today is… 
Armistice Day (New Zealand, France, Belgium and Serbia)
National Independence Day (Poland), commemorates the anniversary of Poland's 
assumption of independent statehood in 1918
Remembrance Day (United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations, including 
Australia and Canada)
Veterans Day, called Armistice Day until 1954, when it was rededicated to honor 
American military, naval, and Air Force veterans. (United States)
Independence of Cartagena (Colombia)
Opening of carnival ("Karneval"/"Fasching"), on 11-11, at 11:11. (Germany, the 
Netherlands, and other countries)
Pocky Day and Pretz Day (Japan)
Pepero Day (South Korea)
Republic Day (Maldives)
Singles Day (China)
Air Day
Birthday of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck (Bhutan)
Children's Day (Croatia)
On this day in history:
1889 – The State of Washington is admitted as the 42nd state of the United States.
1918 – World War I: Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car in the forest of Compiègne, France. The fighting officially ends at 11:00 a.m., (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) and this is commemorated annually with a two minute silence. The war officially ends on the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.
1919 – The Centralia Massacre in Centralia, Washington results the deaths of four members of the American Legion and the lynching of a local leader of the Industrial Workers of the World.
1919 – Lāčplēša day – Latvian forces defeat the Freikorps at Riga in the Latvian War of Independence.
1921 – The Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated by US President Warren G. Harding at Arlington National Cemetery.
1926 – The United States Numbered Highway System is established.
1930 – Patent number US1781541 is awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator.
1966 – NASA launches Gemini 12.
1975 – Independence of Angola.
1821 – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 1881)
1868 – Édouard Vuillard French painter (d. 1940)
1885 – George S. Patton, American general (d. 1945)
1904 – Alger Hiss, American lawyer and spy (d. 1996)
1922 – Kurt Vonnegut, American novelist, short story writer, and playwright (d. 2007)
1925 – Jonathan Winters, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2013)
1927 – Mose Allison, American singer and pianist
1928 – Carlos Fuentes, Mexican novelist and essayist(d. 2012)
1929 – LaVern Baker, American singer and actress (d. 1997)
1940 – Barbara Boxer, American journalist and politician
1944 – Chris Smither, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1945 – Daniel Ortega, Nicaraguan politician, President of Nicaragua
1953 – Marshall Crenshaw, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1954 – Mary Gaitskill, American novelist, essayist, and short story writer
1955 – Dave Alvin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Blasters, The Knitters, The Flesh Eaters, and X)
1962 – Demi Moore, American actress, director, and producer
1974 – Leonardo DiCaprio, American actor and producer