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KALW Almanac: Mon. Dec. 5, 2016

Today Monday, 5th of December of 2016 is the 340th day of the year. 
There are 26 days remaining until the end of the year. 
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:12 am 
and sunset will be at 4:51 pm. 
 We will have 9 hours and 39 minutes of daylight Today
The solar noon will be at 12:01 pm.

The first high tide was at 4:11 am 

and the next high tide at 2:52 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 9:17 am 

and the next low tide at 9:28 pm.

The Moon is 31.4% illuminated, a Waxing Crescent

Moonrise Today: 11:37 am↑ 106° East

Moonset Today: 10:46 pm↑ 257° West

First Quarter Moon in 2 days on Wednesday 7th of December of 2016 at 1:03 am

Full Moon in 8 days on Tuesday the 13th of December of 2016 at 4:06 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 15 days on Tuesday 20th of December of 2016 at 5:56 pm

New Moon in in 23 days on Wednesday the 28th of December of 2016 at 10:53 pm

Today is Bathtub Party Day

International Ninja Day

International Volunteer Day

National Blue Jeans Day

National Communicate With Your Kids Day

National Commute With Your Baby Day

National Sacher Torte Day

Repeal Day

It's also...

Children's Day in Suriname

Discovery Day in Haiti and Dominican Republic

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

Klozum in Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands

Saint Nicholas' Eve in Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Germany, Poland and the UK

Krampusnacht in Austria 
(Krampus, a rather scary goat-like devil of a monster who scares kids into being good, just in time for St Nicholas Day)

The King's Birthday in Thailand, which is a National Day and Father's Day

World Soil Day

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

1782 – Martin Van Buren, American lawyer and politician, 8th President of the United States (d. 1862)

1839 – George Armstrong Custer, American general (d. 1876)

1890 – Fritz Lang, Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1976)

1901 – Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company and all that mickey mouse... (d. 1966)

1901 – Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist and author (d. 1980)

1902 – Strom Thurmond, American educator, general, and politician, 103rd Governor of South Carolina (d. 2003)

1906 – Otto Preminger, Austrian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1986)

1907 – Lin Biao, Chinese general and politician, 2nd Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China (d. 1971)

1911 – Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and composer (d. 2000)

1912 – Sonny Boy Williamson II, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (d. 1965)

1925 – Anastasio Somoza Debayle, Nicaraguan politician, 73rd President of Nicaragua (d. 1980)

1932 – Little Richard, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor

1934 – Joan Didion, American novelist and screenwriter

1935 – Calvin Trillin, American novelist, humorist, and journalist

1936 – James Lee Burke, American journalist, author, and academic

1938 – JJ Cale, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

1947 – Jim Messina, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1960 – Osvaldo Golijov, Argentinian-American composer and educator

1961 – Laura Flanders, English journalist radio host

1963 – Doctor Dré, American television and radio host

1968 – Margaret Cho, American comedian, actress, producer, and screenwriter

1980 – Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-French trumpet player and composer

On this day in history...

1848 In a message to the United States Congress, U.S. President James K. Polk confirms that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California.

1932German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa.

1933National Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment.

1955The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO.

1983Dissolution of the Military Junta in Argentina.

2002Senate Republican leader Trent Lott praised Strom Thurmond's pro-segregation 1948 presidential campaign. The ensuing uproar led to Lott's resignation from the Senate leadership.

2004The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.

2006New York became the first city in the nation to ban artery-clogging trans fats at restaurants.