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Almanac - Wednesday 9/20/17

Happy Birthday Jay Ward, creator of Natasha, Boris Badenov, Bullwinkle the Moose and Rocky the Flying Squirrel. This image taken by flickr user Jennifer James

Today Wednesday, 20th of September of 2017 is the 263rd day of the year....

There are 102 days remaining until the end of the year.

412 days until mid-terms elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018

1 year 1 month and 17 days from today


1140 days until Presidential Elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

3 years 1 month and 14 days from today

The sun will rise this morning at 6:57 am 

and the sun will set at 7:09 pm.

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

Solar noon will be at 1:03 pm.

The first low tide will be at 5:59 am 

and the next low tide at 6:21 pm.

The only high tide of the day will be at 12:43 pm.

The Moon is only 0.2% illuminated

A Near New Moon, now a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction:↑ 63.94° ENE

Moon Altitude:-26.88°

Moon Distance:238487 mi

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

Next New Moon: Oct 19, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 7:19 am

Today is…

National Gibberish Day

National Punch Day

National School Backpack Awareness Day

National String Cheese Day

It’s also…

Independence Day of South Ossetia

Constitution Day in Nepal

National Youth Day in Thailand

Oil Workers' Day in Azerbaijan

Universal Children's Day in Germany

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

On Sept. 20, 1878, Upton Sinclair, author of "The Jungle" and passionate crusader for social reform, was born. 

1920 – Jay Ward, American animator, producer, and screenwriter, founded Jay Ward Productions, maker of Rocky And Bullwinkle (d. 1989)

1929 – Anne Meara, American actress and playwright (d. 2015) She worked for many years with fellow funny person Jerry Stiller.  She’s also mother to actor Ben Stiller.


1934 – Sophia Loren, Italian actress

1948 – George R. R. Martin, American novelist and short story writer.  He wrote something called A Game Of Thrones.

On this day in history…

1519 – Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe.

1848 – The American Association for the Advancement of Science is created.


1904 – Wilbur Wright, who with his brother Orville, is credited for inventing the first airplane, made a complete circle in 1 minute and 16 seconds on the Wright Flyer II.

1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival is held, having been delayed seven years due to World War II.

1973 – Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome.  Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in a $100,000 winner-take-all tennis match.

1977 --The first wave of Southeast Asian "boat people" arrived in San Francisco under a U.S. resettlement program.

1982 – The National Football League players begin a 57-day strike.

1998 --After playing in a record 2,632 consecutive games over 16 seasons, Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles sat out a game against the New York Yankees.


2011 – The United States military ends its "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, allowing gay men and women to serve openly for the first time.