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KALW Almanac: Wed. Nov. 30, 2016

Chocolate Mousse by flickr user Matt (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Today Wednesday, 30th of November of 2016 is the 335th day of the year 
There are 31 days remaining until the end of the year. 
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:07 am 
and sunset will be at 4:51 pm. 
Today we will have 9 hours and 44 minutes of daylight. 
The solar transit will be at 11:59 am.

The first high tide will be at 12:37 am 

and the next high tide at 11:17 am. 

The first low tide will be at 5:14 am 

and the next low tide at 5:59 pm.

The Moon is 1.2% illuminated; now a Waxing Crescent

Moonrise Today: 7:54 am↑ 114° Southeast

Moonset Today: 6:13 pm↑ 246° West

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

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

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

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

Today is Cities for Life Day

Computer Security Day

National Methamphetamine Awareness Day

National Mousse Day

National Stay at Home Because You're Well Day

Perpetual Youth Day

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting


Women Wednesday

It's also...

International Cities for Life Day 

Commemoration Day in the United Arab Emirates

Day to Mark the Departure and Expulsion of Jews from the Arab Countries and Iran, observed in Israel

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Barbados from the United Kingdom in 1966

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of South Yemen from the United Kingdom in 1967

National Day in Benin

Regina Mundi Day in South Africa

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

1667 – Jonathan Swift, Irish satirist and essayist (d. 1745)

1670 – John Toland, Irish philosopher and author (d. 1722)

1810 – Oliver Winchester, American businessman and politician, founded the Winchester Repeating Arms Company (d. 1880)

1835 – Mark Twain, American novelist, humorist, and critic born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Mo.  (d. 1910)

1874 – Winston Churchill, English colonel, journalist, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1965)

1907 – Jacques Barzun, French-American historian and author (d. 2012)

1912 – Gordon Parks, American photographer and director (d. 2006)

1915 – Brownie McGhee, American folk-blues singer and guitarist (d. 1996)

1918 – Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor (d. 2014)

1924 – Shirley Chisholm, American activist, educator and politician (d. 2005)

1924 – Allan Sherman, American actor, comedian, singer, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1973)

1925 – William H. Gates, Sr., American lawyer and philanthropist

1927 – Robert Guillaume, American actor and singer

1929 – Dick Clark, American television host and producer, founded Dick Clark Productions (d. 2012)

1930 – G. Gordon Liddy, American lawyer, radio host, television actor and criminal

1931 – Bill Walsh, American football player and coach (d. 2007)

1931 – Margot Zemach, American author and illustrator (d. 1989)

1936 – Abbie Hoffman, American activist and author, co-founded the Youth International Party (d. 1989)

1940 – Kevin Phillips, American journalist and author

1947 – David Mamet, American playwright, screenwriter, and director

1953 – Shuggie Otis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1953 – David Sancious, American rock and jazz keyboard player and guitarist

1955 – Billy Idol, English singer-songwriter

1957 – Andrew Calhoun, American singer-songwriter

1965 – Ben Stiller, American actor, director, producer and screenwriter

1977 – Steve Aoki, American DJ and producer, founded Dim Mak Records

1978 – Clay Aiken, American singer

1978 – Gael García Bernal, Mexican actor and director

on this day in history….

1782American Revolutionary War: Treaty of Paris: In Paris, representatives from the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain sign preliminary peace articles (later formalized as the 1783 Treaty of Paris).

1786The Grand Duchy of Tuscany, under Pietro Leopoldo I, becomes the first modern state to abolish the death penalty (later commemorated as Cities for Life Day).

1886The Folies Bergère stages its first revue.

1962U Thant of Burma was elected secretary-general of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold.

1979The album "The Wall" by Pink Floyd was released.

1982Michael Jackson's "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time, was released by Epic Records.

1993President Bill Clinton signed into law the Brady bill, which requires a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.

1993Authorities in California arrested Richard Allen Davis, who confessed to abducting and killing 12 year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma.

1995Official end of Operation Desert Storm.

1995U.S. President Bill Clinton visits Northern Ireland and speaks in favour of the "Northern Ireland peace process" to a huge rally at Belfast City Hall; he calls terrorists "yesterday's men".

1999In Seattle, United States, demonstrations against the 135 nation World Trade Organization meeting by 40,000 anti-globalization protesters catch police unprepared and force the cancellation of opening ceremonies.

2005John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York.

2010Pentagon leaders called for scrapping the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" ban after releasing a survey about the prospect of openly gay troops.