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KALW Almanac: Mon. Dec. 12, 2016

Today Monday, 12th of December of 2016 is the 347th day of the year 
There are 19 days remaining until the end of the year. 
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:17 am 
and sunset will be at 4:52 pm.
Today we will have 9 hours and 35 minutes of daylight. 

The solar transit will be at 12:04 pm.

The first low tide was at 3:00 am 

and the next low tide at 4:06 pm. 

The first high tide will be at 9:25 am 

and the next high tide at 11:09 pm.

It's ALMOST a full moon!  It's (94)% illuminated. The lunar phase will be a Waxing Gibbous.

We'll have a Full Moon tomorrow, Tuesday the 13th of December of 2016 at 4:06 pm

Last Quarter Moon of the month will fall in 8 days on Tuesday, the 20th of December of 2016 at 5:56 pm

Winter Solstice occurs the following day, Wednesday December 21, 2016 at 2:44 am 

We'll have a New Moon in 16 days on a Wednesday the 28th of December of 2016 at 10:53 pm

and First Quarter Moon of the new year will happen in 23 days on Thursday the 5th of January of 2017 at 11:47 am

Today is Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts

Gingerbread House Day

Green Monday

National 12-hour Fresh Breath Day

National Ambrosia Day

National Ding-a-Ling Day

Poinsettia Day!

It's also Constitution Day in Russia

Croatian Air Force Day

Feast of Masá'il ("Questions"), the first day of the 15th month of the Bahá'í calendar

Ground Forces Day in Ukraine

Jamhuri Day, celebrates the independence of Kenya from Britain in 1963.

Kanji Day in Japan

Neutrality Day in Turkmenistan

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

1821 – Gustave Flaubert, French author and playwright (d. 1880)

1863 – Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter and illustrator (d. 1944)

1893 – Edward G. Robinson, American actor (d. 1973)

1915 – Frank Sinatra, American singer, actor, and producer (d. 1998)

1923 – Bob Barker, American game show host and producer

1924 – Ed Koch, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 105th Mayor of New York City (d. 2013)

1933 – Manu Dibango, Cameroonian saxophonist and vibraphone player

1940 – Dionne Warwick, American singer

1943 – Grover Washington, Jr., American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and producer (d. 1999)

1957 – Sheila E., American singer-songwriter, drummer, and actress

1969 – Sophie Kinsella, English author and educator

1972 – Hank Williams III, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

On this day in history...

627 – Battle of Nineveh: A Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeats Emperor Khosrau II's Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh.

884 – King Carloman II dies after a hunting accident. He is succeeded by his cousin, emperor Charles the Fat, who for the last time reunites the Frankish Empire.

1787 – Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, five days after Delaware became the first.

1870 – Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the second black U.S. congressman, the first being Hiram Revels.

1897 – Belo Horizonte, the first planned city in Brazil, is founded.

1897 – "The Katzenjammer Kids," the pioneering comic strip by Rudolph Dirks, debuted in the New York Journal.

1901 – Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter "S" [***] in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St John's, Newfoundland.

1925 – The first motel, the Motel Inn, opened, in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

1947 – The United Mine Workers union withdrew from the American Federation of Labor.

1950 – Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leads the congregation in her first services.

1963 – Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom.

1964 – Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta becomes the first President of the Republic of Kenya.

1991 – The Russian Federation gains independence from the USSR.

2000 – a divided U.S. Supreme Court halted the presidential recount in Florida, effectively making Republican George W. Bush the winner.

2009 – Houston became the largest U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor, with voters handing a solid victory to City Controller Annise Parker.