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KALW Almanac: Wed. Nov. 16, 2016

Today Wednesday, 16th of November of 2016 is the 321st day of the year 
 
There are 45 days remaining until the end of the year. 
 
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:53 am 
 
and the sun will set at 4:57 pm. 
 
Today we will have 10 hours and 4 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 11:55 am.

The first high tide was at 1:02 am early this morning.

and the next high tide at 12:04 pm this afternoon 

The first low tide is at 5:51 am 

and the next low tide at 6:43 pm tonight.

The Moon is 94.0% illuminated; a Waning Gibbous moon

Moonrise Today: 7:30 pm↑ 66° East
Moonset Today: 9:04 am↑ 294° Northwest

Last Quarter Moon in 5 days on Monday 21st of November of 2016 at 12:33 am

New Moon in 13 days on Tuesday 29th of November of 2016 at 4:18 am

Today is...

Geographic Information Systems Day

Have a Party With Your Bear Day

International Day for Tolerance

National Button Day

National Educational Support Professionals Day

National Fast Food Day

It's also...

Day of Declaration of Sovereignty in Estonia

Volkstrauertag in Germany

Icelandic Language Day or Dagur íslenskrar tungu

International Day for Tolerance 

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To You!  You get to celebrate with…

1873 – W. C. Handy, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1958)

1895 – Paul Hindemith, German violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1963)

1907 – Burgess Meredith, American actor, singer, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1997)

1915 – Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin, American singer and accordion player (d. 2007)

1916 – Daws Butler, American voice actor and singer (d. 1988)

1930 – Chinua Achebe, Nigerian author, poet, and academic (d. 2013)

1953 – Griff Rhys Jones, Welsh comedian, actor, and author

1964 – Diana Krall, Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist

1967 – Lisa Bonet, American actress and director

1977 – Oksana Baiul, Ukrainian-American figure skater

1977 – Maggie Gyllenhaal, American actress and singer

1993 – Pete Davidson, American comedian and actor

On this day in history…

1849 – A Russian court sentences writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky to death for anti-government activities linked to a radical intellectual group; his sentence is later commuted to hard labor.

1855 – David Livingstone becomes the first European to see the Victoria Falls in what is now present-day Zambia-Zimbabwe.

1904 – English engineer John Ambrose Fleming receives a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube).

1907 – Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory join to form Oklahoma, which is admitted as the 46th U.S. state.

1914 – The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens.

1920 – Qantas, Australia's national airline, is founded as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited.

1938 – LSD is first synthesized by Albert Hofmann from ergotamine at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel.[1]

1940 – New York City's "Mad Bomber" George Metesky places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.

1945 – UNESCO is founded.

1988 – In the first open election in more than a decade, voters in Pakistan elect populist candidate Benazir Bhutto to be Prime Minister of Pakistan.

1990 – Pop group Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award because the duo did not sing at all on the Girl You Know It's True album. Session musicians had provided all the vocals.

1997 – After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People's Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons.