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KALW Almanac: Thu. Dec. 1, 2016

Today Thursday, 1st of December of 2016 is the 336th day of the year.
 
There are 30 days remaining until the end of the year. 
 
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:08 am 
 
and sunset will be at 4:51 pm. 
 
Today we will have 9 hours and 43 minutes of daylight. 
 
The solar transit will be at 11:59 am.

The first high tide was at 1:16 am 

and the next high tide at 11:51 am. 

The first low tide just happened at 5:50 am 

and the next low tide at 6:34 pm.

The Moon is 4.0% illuminated; a Waxing Crescent moon

Moonrise Today: 8:45 am↑ 114° Southeast

Moonset Today: 7:01 pm↑ 246° West

First Quarter Moon in 6 days on Monday the 7th of December of 2016 at 1:03 am

Full Moon in 12 days on a Sunday, the 13th of December of 2016 at 4:06 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 19 days on a Sunday, the 20th of December of 2016 at 5:56 pm

New Moon in 27 days on a Monday, the 28th of December of 2016 at 10:53 pm

The month of December is…

AIDS Awareness Month

Awareness Month of Awareness Months Month

Bingo’s Birthday Month

National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month

National Human Rights Month

National Tie Month

National Write A Business Plan Month

Operation Santa Paws (1-24)

Quince and Watermelon Month

Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month

Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Spiritual Literacy Month

Take a New Year’s Resolution to Stop Smoking (TANYRSS) (12/17 – 2/5)

Tomato and Winter Squash Month

Universal Human Rights Month

Worldwide Food Service Safety Month

Today is Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day

Christmas Lights Day

Civil Air Patrol Day

Day Without Art

Eat a Red Apple Day

National Pie Day

Wear a Dress Day

It's also…

Damrong Rajanubhab Day in Thailand

Feast for Death of Aleister Crowley

First President Day in Kazakhstan

Freedom and Democracy Day in Chad

Military Abolition Day in Costa Rica

National Day in Myanmar

Great Union Day, the National Day of Romania, celebrates the Union of Transylvania with Romania in 1918

Republic Day in the Central African Republic

Restoration of Independence Day in Portugal

Rosa Parks Day in Ohio and Oregon

Self-governance Day or Fullveldisdagurinn in Iceland

Teachers' Day in Panama

World AIDS Day

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday

1792 – Nikolai Lobachevsky, Russian mathematician and geometer (d. 1856) immortalized in a song by satirical singer Tom Lehrer.

1886 – Zhu De, Chinese general and politician, 1st Vice Chairman of the People's Republic of China (d. 1976)

1913Mary MartinAmerican actress.  Remember The Sound Of Music?

1933 – Lou Rawls, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor (d. 2006)

1934 – Billy Paul, American soul singer (d. 2016)

1935 – Woody Allen, American actor, director, and screenwriter

1939 – Lee Trevino, American golfer and sportscaster

1940 – Richard Pryor, American comedian, actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2005)

1945 – Bette Midler, American singer-songwriter, actress and producer

1946 – Jonathan Katz, American comedian and actor

1946 – Gilbert O'Sullivan, Irish singer-songwriter and pianist

1951 – Jaco Pastorius, American bass player, songwriter, and producer (d. 1987)

1970 – Sarah Silverman, American comedian, actress, and singer

1976 – Laura Ling, American journalist and author

On this day in history...

1824 – Since no candidate received a majority of the total electoral college votes in the election, the United States House of Representatives is given the task of deciding the winner of the Presidential Election in accordance with the Twelfth Amendment to the United States Constitution.  John Quincy Adams was eventually chosen the winner over Andrew Jackson and William Crawford.

1834 – Slavery is abolished in the Cape Colony in accordance with the Slavery Abolition Act 1833.

1862 – In his State of the Union Address President Abraham Lincoln reaffirms the necessity of ending slavery.  In it, Lincoln called for the abolition of slavery.  "in giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free,"  He ordered it ten weeks earlier in the Emancipation Proclamation. 

1865 – Shaw University, the first historically black university in the southern United States, is founded in Raleigh, North Carolina.

1913 – The Buenos Aires Metro, the first underground railway system in the Southern Hemisphere and in Latin America, begins operation.

1913 – Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly line.

1919 – Lady Astor becomes the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. (She had been elected to that position on November 28.)

1955 – In Montgomery, Alabama, seamstress Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man and is arrested for violating the city's racial segregation laws, an incident which leads to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

1959 – Opening date for signature of the Antarctic Treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent.

1960 – Paul McCartney and Pete Best are arrested (and later deported) from Hamburg, Germany, after accusations of attempted arson.

1963The Beatles' first single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," was released in the United States.

1973 – Papua New Guinea gains self-governance from Australia.

1990 – Channel Tunnel sections started from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 meters beneath the seabed.

1991 – Ukrainian voters overwhelmingly approve a referendum for independence from the Soviet Union.

2000Vicente Fox was sworn in as president of Mexico, ending 71 years of ruling-party domination.

2004Tom Brokaw signed off for the last time as anchor of the "NBC Nightly News."

2009President Barack Obama ordered 30,000 more U.S. troops into the war in Afghanistan but promised to begin withdrawal in 18 months.