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KALW Almanac: Wed. Dec. 14, 2016

Today Wednesday, 14th of December of 2016 is the 349th day of the year
There are 17 days remaining until the end of the year. 
The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:18 am 
and sunset will be at 4:52 pm. 
Today we will have 9 hours and 34 minutes of daylight. 

The solar noon will be at 12:05 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:02 am 

and the next high tide will be at 10:57 am. 

The first low tide was at 4:43 am 

and the next low tide will be at 5:40 pm.

We just had a full moon yesterday

The Moon is 99.4% illuminated; now a Waning Gibbous moon

Moonrise Today: 6:09 pm↑ 66° East

Moonset Today: 7:45 am↑ 294° Northwest

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 

Today is National Bouillabaisse Day

Roast Chestnuts Day

It's also…

Alabama Day 

Forty-seven Ronin Remembrance Day (Sengaku-ji, Tokyo)

Martyred Intellectuals Day (Bangladesh)

International Monkey Day

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

1852 – Daniel De Leon, Curaçaoan-American journalist and politician (d. 1914)

1896 – Jimmy Doolittle, American general and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)

1897 – Margaret Chase Smith, American educator and politician (d. 1995)

1908 – Morey Amsterdam, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (d. 1996)

1911 – Spike Jones, American singer and bandleader (d. 1965)

1917 – June Taylor, American dancer and choreographer (d. 2004)

1918 – B. K. S. Iyengar, Indian yoga instructor and author, founded Iyengar Yoga (d. 2014)

1920 – Clark Terry, American trumpet player, composer, and educator (d. 2015)

1932 – Charlie Rich, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1995)

1935 – Lee Remick, American actress (d. 1991)

1946 – Patty Duke, American actress (d. 2016)

1947 – Christopher Parkening, American guitarist and educator

1947 – Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian economist and politician, 36th President of Brazil

1970 – Beth Orton, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

On this day in history...

1542 – Princess Mary Stuart becomes Mary, Queen of Scots.

1902 – The Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific telegraph cable, from San Francisco to Honolulu.

1903 – The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

1940 – Plutonium (specifically Pu-238) is first isolated at Berkeley, California.

1962 – NASA's Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.

1964 – American Civil Rights Movement: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Congress can use the Constitution's Commerce Clause to fight discrimination.

1972 – Apollo program: Eugene Cernan is the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt complete the third and final extravehicular activity (EVA) of the Apollo 17 mission.

2012 – Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: Twenty-eight people, including the gunman, are killed in Newtown, Connecticut.