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KALW Almanac: Tue. Nov. 29, 2016

Today Tuesday, 29th of November of 2016 is the 334th day of the year. 
There are 32 days remaining until the end of the year. 
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:06 am 
and sunset will be at 4:51 pm. 
Today we will have 9 hours and 45 minutes of daylight.
The solar transit will be at 11:59 am.

The first low tide will be at 4:39 am 

and the next low tide at 5:26 pm. 

The only high tide of the day will be at 10:45 am.

We're having a New Moon right now, as of 4:18 this morning.  The moon is 0._% illuminated.

First Quarter Moon in 8 days on Monday the 7th of December of 2016 at 1:03 am

Full Moon in 14 days on Sunday the 13th of December of 2016 at 4:06 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 21 days on Sunday the 20th of December of 2016 at 5:56 pm

New Moon in 29 days on a Monday the 28th of December of 2016 at 10:53 pm

Winter Solstice falls on Wednesday December 21 at 2:44 am

Today is Customer is Wrong Day

Electronic Greeting Card Day

Giving Tuesday

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

National Chocolates Day

National Lemon Creme Pie Day

National Square Dance Day

Throw Out Your Leftovers Day

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday to you!  You share this special day with...

1797 – Gaetano Donizetti, Italian composer (d. 1848) writer of many bel canto Operas, including Lucia Di Lammamoor, and L'Eliser De Amore

1832 – Louisa May Alcott, American author and poet (d. 1888) She wrote "Little Women"

1835 – Empress Dowager Cixi of China (d. 1908) She ruled China for most of the 19th Century.

1895 – Busby Berkeley, American director and choreographer (d. 1976)

1898 – C. S. Lewis, Irish-English author, poet, and critic (d. 1963) wrote the Chronicles of Narnia and the Screwtape Letters

1908 – Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., American pastor and politician (d. 1972) he was the first African-American from New York state to serve in the US House of Representatives.  He represented Harlem from 1945 to 1971.

1915 – Billy Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (d. 1967) co-wrote Take The A Train

1917 – Merle Travis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1983) He invented Travis picking on the guitar and wrote Sixteen Tons and Dark As A Dungeon.

1918 – Madeleine L'Engle, American author and poet (d. 2007) author of A Wrinkle In Time

1927 – Vin Scully, American sportscaster and game show host. He called games for both the Brooklyn Dodgers and then the Los Angeles Dodgers.  He just retired after 67 years of broadcasting.

1928 – Paul Simon, American soldier and politician, 39th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois (d. 2003)(not the singer, but he sure rocked a bow tie)

1932 – Jacques Chirac, French soldier and politician, 22nd President of France. He was also Prime Minister and Mayor of Paris.

1933 – John Mayall, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer.  Among many projects, he worked with bands such as Canned Heat, Cream, and Fleetwood Mac.

1939 – Peter Bergman, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2012) known for his work with The Firesign Theater

1940 – Chuck Mangione, American horn player and composer. His big hit was called Feels So Good.

1942 – Ann Dunham, American anthropologist and academic (d. 1995), mother of Barack Obama

1946 – Silvio Rodríguez, Cuban singer-songwriter and guitarist.  His songs include Un Hombre Se Levanta, Playa Giron, La Maza, and Sueño Con Serpientes.

1947 – Petra Kelly, German activist and politician (d. 1992)  She was a founder of The Green Party.

1947 – Ronnie Montrose, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2012) Rock and Roll guitarist, busiest in the 1970s and '80s, born here in San Francisco

1949 – Stan Rogers, Canadian singer-songwriter (d. 1983) Some of his songs include The Northwest Passage, and The Mary Ellen Carter (Rise Again).

1949 – Garry Shandling, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2016). He hosted mock-talk show the Larry Sanders Show

1954 – Joel Coen, American director, producer, and screenwriter.  He and his brother Ethan directed such movies as Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Fargo, and The Big Lebowski.

1955 – Howie Mandel, Canadian comedian, actor, and television host.  He's worked on St Elsewhere, America's Got Talent, and Deal Or No Deal.

1957 – Janet Napolitano, American lawyer, academic, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Homeland Security, and now the President of the University of California.

1959 – Rahm Emanuel, American businessman and politician, 23rd White House Chief of Staff. He's now Mayor of Chicago.

1964 – Don Cheadle, American actor, producer, and humanitarian.  Great movies he's starred include Hotel Rwanda, and Miles Ahead, about Miles Davis, and he's Iron Man.

On this day in history...

1777 – San Jose, California, is founded as Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe by José Joaquín Moraga. It is the first civilian settlement, or pueblo, in Alta California.

1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.

1929 – U.S. Admiral Richard E. Byrd leads the first expedition to fly over the South Pole.

1952 – Korean War: U.S. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower fulfills a campaign promise by traveling to Korea to find out what can be done to end the conflict.

1961 – Project Mercury: Mercury-Atlas 5 Mission – Enos, a chimpanzee, is launched into space. The spacecraft orbits the Earth twice and splashes down off the coast of Puerto Rico.

1963 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

1965 – The Canadian Space Agency launches the satellite Alouette 2.

1967 – Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announces his resignation.

1972 – Atari announces the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game.

2012 – The United Nations General Assembly voted to accord non-member observer state to Palestine.