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KALW Almanac: Wed. Dec. 7, 2016

Today, Wednesday, the 7th day of December of 2016, is the 342nd day of the year. 
There are 24 days remaining until the end of the year.
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:13 am 
and sunset will be at 4:51 pm. 
Today we will have 9 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. 

The solar transit will be at 12:02 pm.

The first high tide will be at 5:44 am 

and the next high tide at 5:20 pm. 

The first low tide will be at 11:42 am 

and the next low tide at 11:20 pm.

We are having the First Quarter Moon of the month right now, as of 1:03 am this morning

The Moon is 51.9% illuminated, a Waxing Gibbous moon

Moonrise Today: 12:49 pm↑ 96° East

Full Moon in 6 days on Tuesday the 13th of December of 2016 at 4:06 pm

Last Quarter Moon in 13 days on Tuesday 20th of December of 2016 at 5:56 pm

Winter Solstice begins 2 weeks from now early Wednesday morning on December 21, 2016 at 2:44 am 

New Moon in 21 days on Wednesday the 28th of December of 2016 at 10:53 pm

First Quarter Moon in 28 days on Thursday 5th of January of 2017 at 11:47 am

Today is…

International Civil Aviation Day

Letter Writing Day

National Cotton Candy Day

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Special Kids Day

It's also...

Armed Forces Flag Day in India

International Civil Aviation Day 

National Heroes Day in East Timor

Spitak Remembrance Day in Armenia

Student Day in Iran

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

521 Columba, Irish missionary, monk, and saint (d. 597)

1863R.W. Sears, American merchant and founder of Sears, Roebuck retail company

1873Willa Cather, the American novelist short story writer, and poet famous for her descriptions of life on the American frontier, was born.  (d. 1947)

1879Rudolf Friml, American operetta composer

1910Louis Prima, American singer-songwriter, trumpet player, and actor (d. 1978)

1923Ted Knight, American actor (d. 1986)

1924Mário Soares, Portuguese historian, lawyer, and politician, 17th President of Portugal

1928Noam Chomsky, American linguist and philosopher

1932Ellen Burstyn, American actress

1938Bud Spangler, American drummer, composer, and producer (d. 2014)

1942Harry Chapin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1981)

1949Tom Waits, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1973Damien Rice, Irish singer-songwriter, musician and record producer

On this day in history...

1732 – The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London, England.

1787 – Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.

1869 – American outlaw Jesse James commits his first confirmed bank robbery in Gallatin, Missouri.

1930 – W1XAV in Boston, Massachusetts telecasts video from the CBS radio orchestra program, The Fox Trappers. The telecast also includes the first television commercial in the United States, an advertisement for I.J. Fox Furriers, who sponsored the radio show.

1941 – World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor – The Imperial Japanese Navy carries out a surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet and its defending Army and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, drawing the United States into World War II. More than 2,300 Americans were killed.  (For Japan's near-simultaneous attacks on Eastern Hemisphere targets, see December 8.)

1949 – Chinese Civil War: The Government of the Republic of China moves from Nanking to Taipei, Taiwan.

1963 – Instant replay makes its debut during the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

1972 – Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, is launched. The crew takes the photograph known as The Blue Marble as they leave the Earth.

1988 – Spitak earthquake: In Armenia an earthquake measuring 6.8 (surface wave magnitude) kills more than 25,000, injures 30,000 and leaves 500,000 homeless out of a population of 3,500,000.

1995 – The Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-34.  A 746-pound probe from the Galileo spacecraft hurtled into Jupiter's atmosphere, sending back data to the mothership before it was destroyed.

1999 – A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc.: The Recording Industry Association of America sues the peer-to-peer file-sharing service Napster, alleging copyright infringement.