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Almanac - Wednesday 9/13/17

Today Wednesday, 13th of September of 2017 is the 256th day of the year.

There are 109 days remaining until the end of the year.

419 days until mid-term elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018

1 year 1 month and 24 days from today

1147 days until the next presidential election on Tuesday November 03 2020

3 years 1 month and 21 days from today

The sun will rise this morning at  6:51 am 

and the sun will set at 7:19 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 28 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 1:05 pm.

The first high tide will be at 6:58 am 

and the next high tide at 6:01 pm.

The only low tide of the day will be at 11:41 am.

The Moon is 47.3% illuminated; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction:↑ 117.14° ESE

Moon Altitude:56.88°

Moon Distance:229824 mi

Next New Moon: Sep 19, 2017 at 10:29 pm

Next Full Moon: Oct 5, 2017 at 11:40 am

Next Moonset: Today at 2:37 pm

Today is…

Bald is Beautiful Day

Fortune Cookie Day

International Chocolate Day

Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day

National Celiac Awareness Day

National Defy Superstition Day

National Peanut Day

Positive Thinking Day

Programmers' Day

Roald Dahl Day

Snack a Pickle Day

Uncle Sam Day

It’s also…

International Day of the Programmer,

Día de los Niños Héroes in Mexico

Engineer's Day in Mauritius

Epulum Jovis, celebrated on the Ides of September, during the Ludi Romani. (Roman Empire)

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

1583 – Girolamo Frescobaldi, Italian pianist and composer (d. 1643)

1819 – Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (d. 1896)

1851 – Walter Reed, American physician and biologist (d. 1902)

1857 – Milton S. Hershey, American businessman, founded The Hershey Company (d. 1945)

1860 – John J. Pershing, American general and lawyer (d. 1948)

1874 – Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian composer and painter (d. 1951)

1876 – Sherwood Anderson, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1941)

1903 – Claudette Colbert, French-American actress (d. 1996)

1911 – Bill Monroe, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1996)

1914 – Leonard Feather, English-American pianist, composer, producer, and journalist (d. 1994)

1916 – Roald Dahl, British novelist, poet, and screenwriter (d. 1990)

1918 – Ray Charles, American singer-songwriter and conductor (d. 2015)

1924 – Maurice Jarre, French composer and conductor (d. 2009)

1925 – Mel Tormé, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1999)

1939 – Joel-Peter Witkin, American photographer

1956 – Anne Geddes, Australian-New Zealand photographer and fashion designer

1964 – Tavis Smiley, American talk show host, journalist, and author

1965 – Zak Starkey, English drummer

1969 – Tyler Perry, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1977 – Fiona Apple, American singer-songwriter, producer, and pianist

On this day in history…

1501 – Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David.

1541 – After three years of exile, John Calvin returns to Geneva to reform the church under a body of doctrine known as Calvinism.

1609 – Henry Hudson reaches the river that would later be named after him – the Hudson River.

1743 – Great Britain, Austria and the Kingdom of Sardinia sign the Treaty of Worms.

1788 – The Philadelphia Convention sets the date for the first presidential election in the United States, and New York City becomes the country's temporary capital.

1814 – In a turning point in the War of 1812, the British fail to capture Baltimore. During the battle, Francis Scott Key composes his poem "Defence of Fort McHenry", which is later set to music and becomes the United States' national anthem.

1847 – Mexican–American War: Six teenage military cadets known as Niños Héroes die defending Chapultepec Castle in the Battle of Chapultepec. American troops under General Winfield Scott capture Mexico City in the Mexican–American War.

1848 – Vermont railroad worker Phineas Gage survives an iron rod 1 14 inches (3.2 cm) in diameter being driven through his brain; the reported effects on his behavior and personality stimulate thinking about the nature of the brain and its functions.

1898 – Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film.

1933 – Elizabeth McCombs becomes the first woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament.

1948 – Margaret Chase Smith is elected United States senator, and becomes the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

1953 – Nikita Khrushchev is appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

1956 – The IBM 305 RAMAC is introduced, the first commercial computer to use disk storage.

1971 – Chairman Mao Zedong's second in command and successor Marshal Lin Biao flees the People's Republic of China after the failure of an alleged coup. His plane crashes in Mongolia, killing all aboard.

1985 – Super Mario Bros. is released in Japan for the NES, which starts the Super Mario series of platforming games.

1989 – Largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa, led by Desmond Tutu.

1993 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin shakes hands with Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House after signing the Oslo Accords granting limited Palestinian autonomy.

2007 – The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.