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KALW Almanac: Wed. Oct. 19, 2016

Today Wednesday, 19th of October of 2016 is the 293rd day of the year 
There are 73 days remaining until the end of the year.
20 Days until Election Day!
5 Days to Register To Vote! 
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:24 am 
and the sun will set at 6:25 pm.
Today we will have 11 hours of daylight. 

The solar transit will be at 12:55 pm.

The first high tide was at 3:03 am 

and the next high tide will be at 2:19 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 8:03 am 

and the next low tide at 8:55 pm.

The Moon is 84.2% illuminated; a Waning Gibbous moon

Moonrise Today: 9:48 PM↑ 67° East

Moonset Today: 11:18 AM↑ 293° Northwest

Last Quarter Moon in 3 days and Saturday 22th of October of 2016 at 12:14 pm

New Moon in 11 days on Sunday 30th of October of 2016 at 10:38 am

First Quarter Moon 7th of November of 2016 at 12:51 pm in 19 days

Full Moon 14th of November of 2016 at 6:52 am in 26 days

Today is Dress Like a Dork Day

Evaluate Your Life Day

Hagfish Day

Medical Assistants Recognition Day

National Seafood Bisque Day

National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day

New Friends Day

Rainforest Day

World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day!  Post on Facebook!  Tweet on Twitter!

It's also...

Constitution Day, in honor of the country's independence (self-governing in free association with New Zealand) in 1974. (Niue)

Mother Teresa Day (Albania)

1720 – John Woolman, American-English preacher, journalist, and activist (d. 1772)

1859  Alfred Dreyfus, French army officer tried for treason in famous trial

1862  Auguste Lumiere, French inventor

1885 – Charles E. Merrill, American banker and philanthropist, co-founded Merrill Lynch Wealth Management (d. 1956)

1898 – Hal B. Wallis, American film producer (d. 1986)

1903 – Tor Johnson, Swedish wrestler and actor (d. 1971)

1913 – Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet, playwright, and composer (d. 1980)

1915 – Farid al-Atrash, Syrian-Egyptian singer-songwriter, oud player, and actor (d. 1974)

1916 – Emil Gilels, Ukrainian-Russian pianist (d. 1985)

1922 – Jack Anderson, American journalist and author (d. 2005)

1931 – John le Carré, English intelligence officer and author

1932 – Robert Reed, American actor (d. 1992)

1944 – Peter Tosh, Jamaican singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1987)

1945 – Divine, American drag queen performer, and actor (d. 1988)

1956 – Grover Norquist, American activist, founded Americans for Tax Reform

1967 – Amy Carter, American illustrator and activist

On this day in history...

1781 – At Yorktown, Virginia, representatives of British commander Lord Cornwallis handed over Cornwallis' sword and formally surrendered to George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau.

1812 – Napoleon Bonaparte retreats from Moscow.

1813 – The Battle of Leipzig concludes, giving Napoleon Bonaparte one of his worst defeats.

1943 – Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University.

1960 – Cold War: The United States government imposes a near-total trade embargo against Cuba.

1969Vice President Spiro T. Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War protesters "an effete corps of impudent snobs."

1987 – Black Monday: the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent – its biggest one-day percentage drop in history.

1988 – The British government imposes a broadcasting ban on television and radio interviews with members of Sinn Féin and eleven Irish republican and Ulster loyalist paramilitary groups.

1989 – The convictions of the Guildford Four are quashed by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, after they had spent 15 years in prison.

2003Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa during a ceremony in St. Peter's Square.

2005A defiant Saddam Hussein pleaded innocent to charges of premeditated murder and torture at his trial in Baghdad.

2006The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 12,000 for the first time, finishing the day at 12,011.73.

2008Retired Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican who was President George W. Bush's first secretary of state, broke with the party and endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president.