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KALW Almanac: Monday Oct. 17, 2016

Today Monday, 17th of October of 2016 is the 291st day of the year. 
 
There are 75 days remaining until the end of the year. 
 
22 more days until Election Day
 
7 more days left to register to vote!
 
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:22 am 
 
and the sun will set at 6:28 pm.

Today will have 11 hours and 6 minutes of daylight. 

The solar transit will be at 12:55 pm.

The first high tide will be at 1:05 am 

and the next high tide at 12:48 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 6:24 am 

and the next low tide at 7:07 pm.

The Moon is 97.2% illuminated.  Now it's a Waning Gibbous

We just had a full moon on Saturday.

Moonrise Today: 7:20 PM↑ 78° East

Moonset Today: 7:47 AM↑ 280° West

The next phase will be the Last Quarter Moon of the month in 5 days on Saturday the 22nd of October at 12:14 pm

Then we'll have a New Moon in 13 days on Sunday the 30th of October at 10:38 am

The First Quarter Moon of the month will be in 21 days on Monday the 7th of November (the day before Election day) at 12:51 pm

And our next Full Moon will appear in 27 days on a Monday, the 14th of November at 6:52 am

Today is Black Poetry Day

Four Prunes Day

International Adjust your Chair Day

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Mulligan Day

Multicultural Diversity Day

National Boss Day

National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day

National Edge Day

National Pasta Day

Spreadsheet Day

The Start of Sukkot

Wear Something Gaudy Day

World Trauma Day

It's also...

Dessalines Day in Haiti

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Loyalty Day in Argentina

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You share your special day with...

1898Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese violinist and educator (d. 1998)

1903Nathanael WestAmerican author

1912Pope John Paul I (d. 1978)

1914Jerry Siegel, American author and illustrator (d. 1996), a co-creator of Superman

1915Arthur Miller, American playwright and screenwriter (d. 2005), author of such plays as Death Of A Salesman

1918Rita Hayworth, American actress, singer and dancer (d. 1987)

1920Montgomery Clift, American actor (d. 1966)

1923Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist and composer (d. 2004)

1930Jimmy Breslin, American journalist and author

1933The Singing Nun, Belgian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and nun (d. 1985)

1938Evel Knievel, American motorcycle rider and stuntman (d. 2007)

1947Michael McKean, American singer-songwriter, actor, and director

1948Margot Kidder, Canadian-American actress

1951Shari Ulrich, American-Canadian singer-songwriter and violinist. A founding member of the Canadian Folk-Rock Band, The Pied Pumkin

1957Vincent Van Patten, American tennis player and actor

1958Alan Jackson, American Country Music singer-songwriter

1962Mike Judge, American animator, director, screenwriter, producer and actor

1968Ziggy Marley, Jamaican singer-songwriter, guitarist, and voice actor

1969Wyclef Jean, Haitian-American rapper, producer, and actor

1972Eminem, American rapper, producer, and actor

1983Felicity Jones, English actress

On this day in history…

1558Poczta Polska, the Polish postal service, is founded.

1604Kepler's Supernova: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus.

1771Premiere in Milan of the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, age 15.

1888Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).

1907Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland.

1919RCA is incorporated as the Radio Corporation of America.

1931Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was released in 1939

1933Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States.

1945Col. Juan Peron staged a coup, becoming absolute ruler of Argentina.

1957French author Albert Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

1979Mother Teresa of India was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of the destitute in Calcutta.

1979The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services.

1987First lady Nancy Reagan underwent a modified radical mastectomy.

1989The 6.9 (some say a 7.1) Loma Prieta earthquake shakes the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Coast with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). Sixty-three people were killed.

1989Peaceful Revolution: The East German Politburo votes to remove Erich Honecker from his role as General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany.

2003The pinnacle is fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, allowing it to surpass the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 56 metres (184 ft) and become the world's tallest highrise.

2007President George W. Bush, raising Beijing's ire, presented the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal and urged Chinese leaders to welcome the monk to Beijing.