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Almanac - Thursday 11/2/17

kdka balloon by flickr user Al Q

Today Thursday, the 2nd of November of 2017 is the 306th day of the year.

There are 59 days remaining until the end of the year.

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

(1 year and 4 days from today)

1097 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(3 years and 1 day from today)

The sun will rises this morning at 7:37 am 

and sunset will be at 6:08 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 31 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:52 pm....

The first low tide was at 4:08 am

and the next low tide will be at 4:53 pm.

The first high tide will be at 10:42 am 

and the next high tide at 11:28 pm.

The Moon is 95.9% illuminated; a Waxing Gibbous

Darn near full

Next Full Moon: Friday November 3, 2017 at 10:22 pm

Next New Moon: Saturday November 18, 2017 at 3:42 am


Tomorrow’s full moon is called The Full Beaver Moon

For both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes,

this was the time to set beaver traps

before the swamps froze,

to ensure a supply of warm winter furs.

This full Moon was also called the Frost Moon.

We will have a  “Supermoon” next month in December 2017

Moon Direction: ↑ 270.97° W

Moon Altitude: 2.73°

Moon Distance: 230441 mi

Next Moonset: Today at 5:40 am

Today is…


All Souls' Day


Cookie Monster Day


International Stout Day (“stout” meaning proud)


Look for Circles Day


National Deviled Egg Day


National Men Make Dinner Day


Plan Your Epitaph Day


Practice Being Psychic Day


Today is also…

All Souls' Day  in the Roman Catholic Church and Anglican Communion

Coronation of Haile Selassie for followers of Rastafarianism

Day of the Dead, the second day of Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos celebration in Mexico and the Mexican diaspora

Dziady in Belarus

Indian Arrival Day in Mauritius

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

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

1734 – Daniel Boone, American hunter and explorer (d. 1820)

1755 – Marie Antoinette, Austrian-French queen consort of Louis XVI of France (d. 1793)

1795 – James K. Polk, American lawyer and politician, 11th President of the United States (d. 1849)

1865 – Warren G. Harding, American journalist and politician, 29th President of the United States (d. 1923)

1906 – Luchino Visconti, Italian director and screenwriter (d. 1976)

1913 – Burt Lancaster, American actor (d. 1994)

1924 – Rudy Van Gelder, American record producer and engineer (d. 2016)

1927 – Steve Ditko, American author and illustrator

1936 – Rose Bird, American lawyer and judge, 25th Chief Justice of California (d. 1999)

1938 – Pat Buchanan, American journalist and politician

1942 – Shere Hite, German sexologist, author, and educator

1944 – Keith Emerson, English pianist, keyboard player, and composer (d. 2016)

1947 – Dave Pegg, English bass player and producer

1961 – k.d. lang, Canadian singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

1965 – Shah Rukh Khan, Indian Film actor, producer, television host

1966 – David Schwimmer, American actor

1967 – Scott Walker, American politician, 45th Governor of Wisconsin

On this day in history…

1868 – Time zone: New Zealand officially adopts a standard time to be observed nationally.

1889 – North Dakota and South Dakota are admitted as the 39th and 40th U.S. states.

1917 – The Balfour Declaration proclaims British support for the "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people" with the clear understanding "that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities".

1920 – In the United States, KDKA of Pittsburgh starts broadcasting as the first commercial radio station. The first broadcast is the result of the United States presidential election, 1920.

1930 – Haile Selassie is crowned emperor of Ethiopia.

1936 – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is established.

1936 – The British Broadcasting Corporation initiates the BBC Television Service, the world's first regular, "high-definition" (then defined as at least 200 lines) service. Renamed BBC1 in 1964, the channel still runs to this day.

1947 – In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose or H-4 The Hercules; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.

1959 – Quiz show scandalsTwenty One game show contestant Charles Van Doren admits to a Congressional committee that he had been given questions and answers in advance.

1960 – Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the trial R v Penguin Books Ltd, the Lady Chatterley's Lover case.

1967 – Vietnam War: US President Lyndon B. Johnson and "The Wise Men" conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of the war.

1983 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

1990 – British Satellite Broadcasting and Sky Television plc merge to form BSkyB as a result of massive losses.