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KALW Almanac Wednesday January 6, 2016

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January 6 is the sixth day of the year. 

There are 360 days remaining until the end of the year.

 

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:26 am 

and sunset will be at 5:06 pm. 

Today we will have 9 hours and 40 minutes of sun.

 

1.13 inches of rain have fallen on San Francisco in the last 24 hours

over half an inch for many other parts of the Bay Area

 

In the high tide and low tide chart, we can see that the first low tide was at 2:07 am 

and the next low tide will be at 3:20 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 8:25 am 

and the next high tide at 10:24 pm.

 

The lunar phase is a Waning Crescent. 

 

Today is...

 

January 6th is National Shortbread Day.

 

Armed Forces Day (Iraq)

 

Befana Day (Italy)

 

Christmas (Armenian Apostolic Church)

 

Little Christmas (Ireland)

 

Christmas in Ukraine January 6-19

 

Pathet Lao Day (Laos)

 

The beginning of the Carnival period, from Epiphany until Shrove Tuesday. (Roman Catholicism)

 

If today is your birthday, you get to share birthday cake with…

 

1412 – Joan of Arc, French martyr and saint (d. 1431)

 

1872 – Alexander Scriabin, Russian pianist and composer (d. 1915)

 

1878 – Carl Sandburg, American poet and historian (d. 1967)

 

1880 – Tom Mix, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1940)

 

1882 – Sam Rayburn, American lawyer and politician; 48th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1961)

 

1883 – Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American poet, painter, and philosopher (d. 1931)

 

1903 – Maurice Abravanel, Greek-American pianist and conductor (d. 1993)

 

1912 – Danny Thomas, American actor and producer (d. 1991)

 

1915 – Alan Watts, English-American philosopher and author (d. 1973)

 

1923 – Jacobo Timerman, Argentinian journalist and author (d. 1999)

 

1924 – Earl Scruggs, American banjo player (Flatt and Scruggs) (d. 2012)

 

1931 – E. L. Doctorow, American author, playwright, and academic (d. 2015)

 

1944 – Bonnie Franklin, American actress and singer (d. 2013)

 

1945 – Barry Lopez, American environmentalist and author

 

1946 – Syd Barrett, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2006)

 

1947 – Sandy Denny, English singer-songwriter (d. 1978)

 

1953 – Malcolm Young, Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

 

1955 -- Rowan Atkinson, English actor, comedian, and screenwriter

 

1984 – Kate McKinnon, American actress

 

 

On this day in history...

 

 

1907 – Maria Montessori opens her first school and daycare center for working class children in Rome, Italy.

 

1912 – New Mexico is admitted to the Union as the 47th U.S. state.

 

1912 – German geophysicist Alfred Wegener first presents his theory of continental drift.

 

1921 – Formation of the Iraqi Army.

 

1929 – Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta, India, to begin her work among India's poorest and sick people.

 

1977 -- The music publisher EMI ends its contract with the notorious punk rock group after reports of abusive behaviour at Heathrow Airport.

 

1994 -- American figure-skater Nancy Kerrigan is is clubbed on the knee at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit by a man brandishing a metal crowbar.