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KALW Almanac: Mon. Nov. 21, 2016

Today Monday, 21st of November of 2016 is the 326th day of the year. 
There are 40 days remaining until the end of the year. 
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:58 am 
and sunset will be at 4:54 pm. 
Today we will have 9 hours and 56 minutes of sun. 
The solar transit will be at 11:56 am.

The first high tide will be at 5:56 am 

and the next high tide at 5:10 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 11:37 am 

and the next low tide at 11:32 pm.

We are in the last Quarter Moon of the month…

New Moon in 8 days on Tuesday the 29th of November of 2016 at 4:18 am

First Quarter Moon of the next month will fall in 16 days on Wednesday the 7th of December of 2016 at 1:03 am

We'll have a Full Moon in 22 days on Tuesday the13th of December of 2016 at 4:06 pm

and Last Quarter Moon of the year will fall in 29 days on Tuesday the 20th of December of 2016 at 5:56 pm

Today is…

Alascattalo Day

False Confession Day

National Gingerbread Day

National Stuffing Day

Pumpkin Pie Day

It's also...

Armed Forces Day in Bangladesh and in Greece

Day of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Republika Srpska)

National Adoption Day in the United States

No Music Day (Unofficial)

World Hello Day (Unofficial)

World Television Day

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

1694 – Voltaire, French historian, playwright, and philosopher (d. 1778)

1840 – Victoria, Princess Royal of England (d. 1901)

1852 – Francisco Tárrega, Spanish guitarist and composer (d. 1909)

1898 – René Magritte, Belgian painter (d. 1967)

1902 – Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1991)

1904 – Coleman Hawkins, American saxophonist and clarinet player (d. 1969)

1937 – Marlo Thomas, American actress, producer, and activist

1940 – Dr. John, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1944 – Harold Ramis, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2014)

1945 – Goldie Hawn, American actress, singer, and producer

1948 – George Zimmer, American businessman, founded Men's Wearhouse

1950 – Livingston Taylor, American singer-songwriter and musician

1965 – Björk, Icelandic singer-songwriter

1969 – Ken Griffey Jr., American baseball player and actor

On this day in history…

164 BCE – Judas Maccabeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.

1783 – In Paris, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d'Arlandes, make the first untethered hot air balloon flight.

1789 – North Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution and is admitted as the 12th U.S. state.

1877 – Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.

1905 – Albert Einstein's paper, "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", is published in the journal Annalen der Physik. This paper reveals the relationship between energy and mass. This leads to the mass–energy equivalence formula, E = mc².

1922 – Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office, becoming the first female United States Senator.

1942 – The completion of the Alaska Highway (also known as the Alcan Highway) is celebrated (however, the highway is not usable by general vehicles until 1943).

1945 – The United Auto Workers strike 92 General Motors plants in 50 cities to back up worker demands for a 30-percent raise.

1959 – American disc jockey Alan Freed, who had popularized the term "rock and roll" and music of that style, is fired from WABC-AM radio for refusing to deny allegations that he had participated in the payola scandal.

1969 – The first permanent ARPANET link is established between UCLA and SRI.

1973President Richard Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed the existence of an 18 1/2-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to Watergate.

1985Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested, accused of spying for Israel. (He later pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.)

1986 – Iran–Contra affair: National Security Council member Oliver North and his secretary start to shred documents allegedly implicating them in the sale of weapons to Iran and channeling the proceeds to help fund the Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

1989The proceedings of Britain's House of Commons were televised live for the first time.

1995 – On Nov. 21, 1995, the presidents of three rival Balkan states agreed to make peace in Bosnia, ending nearly four years of terror and ethnic bloodletting that have left a quarter of a million people dead in the worst war in Europe since World War II.  The Dayton Agreement is initialed at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio.

1998 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, one of the most successful and influential video games of all time, was released in Japan.

2000The Florida Supreme Court granted Democrat Al Gore's request to keep the presidential election recount going.

2002NATO invited seven former communist countries to join the alliance: Slovenia, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria.