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Almanac - Tuesday 12/5/17

Sachertorte 2, taken and probably eaten by flickr user Desi

Today Tuesday, 5th of December of 2017, is the 339th day of the year.

There are 27 days remaining until the end of the year.

16 days until winter begins

336 days until mid-term elections...

1064 days until presidential elections

The sun will rise at 7:11 am 

and the sun will set at 4:51 pm.

We will have 9 hours and 40 minutes of daylight today.

Solar noon will be at 12:01 pm.

The first high tide will be at 1:06 am 

and the next high tide at 11:55 am.

The first low tide will be at 5:45 am 

and the next low tide at 6:41 pm.

The Moon is currrently 94.5% illuminated; a Waning Gibbous moon

Moon Direction:  261.38° W

Moon Altitude :43.48°

Moon Distance: 222967 mi

Next New Moon: Sunday December 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm

Next Full Moon: Monday January 1, 2018 at 6:24 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 9:10 am

Today is…

Bathtub Party Day

International Volunteer Day

National Blue Jeans Day

National Communicate With Your Kids Day

National Commute With Your Baby Day

National Sacher Torte Day

Repeal Day

World Trick Shot Day

It’s also…

Children's Day in Suriname

Day of the Ninja

Day of Military Honour - Battle of Moscow celebrated in Russia

Discovery Day in Haiti and Dominican Republic

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

Klozum in SchiermonnikoogNetherlands

National Sachertorte Day

Saint Nicholas' Eve in BelgiumCzech RepublicSlovakia, the NetherlandsHungaryRomaniaGermanyPoland and the UK

Krampusnacht in Austria

The King Bhumibol Adulyadej Memorial Birthday in Thailand)

Repeal Day in United States

World Soil Day

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

1782 – Martin Van Buren, American lawyer and politician, 8th President of the United States (d. 1862)

1839 – George Armstrong Custer, American general (d. 1876)

1879 – Clyde Vernon Cessna, American pilot and businessman, founded the Cessna Aircraft Corporation (d. 1954)

1890 – Fritz Lang, Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1976)

1901 – Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (d. 1966)

1901 – Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist and author (d. 1980)

1902 – Strom Thurmond, American educator, general, and politician, 103rd Governor of South Carolina (d. 2003)

1905 – Otto Preminger, Austrian-American actor, director, and producer (d. 1986)

1907 – Lin Biao, Chinese general and politician, 2nd Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China (d. 1971)

1911 – Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and composer (d. 2000)

1912 – Sonny Boy Williamson II, American singer-songwriter and harmonica player (d. 1965)

1925 – Anastasio Somoza Debayle, Nicaraguan politician, 73rd President of Nicaragua (d. 1980)

1932 – Little Richard, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor

1934 – Joan Didion, American novelist and screenwriter

1935 – Calvin Trillin, American novelist, humorist, and journalist

1936 – James Lee Burke, American journalist, author, and academic

1938 – J. J. Cale, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2013)

1947 – Jim Messina, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1947 – Jim Plunkett, American football player and radio host

1960 – Osvaldo Golijov, Argentinian-American composer and educator

1961 – Laura Flanders, British journalist

1963 – Doctor Dré, American television and radio host

1968 – Margaret Cho, American comedian, actress, producer, and screenwriter

1980 – Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-French trumpet player and composer

1986 – Justin Smoak, American baseball player

…and on this day in history…

1831 – Former U.S. President John Quincy Adams takes his seat in the House of Representatives.

1848 – California Gold Rush: In a message to the United States Congress, U.S. President James K. Polk confirms that large amounts of gold had been discovered in California.

1933 – The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.

1952 – Great Smog: A cold fog descends upon London, combining with air pollution and killing at least 12,000 in the weeks and months that follow.

1955 – The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merge and form the AFL–CIO.

1983 – Dissolution of the Military Junta in Argentina.

2004 – The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there