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Almanac - Wednesday 12/13/17

Big Sister, Little Sister (2) by flickr user Laura Bernhardt

Today Wednesday, 13th of December of 2017 is the 347th day of the year.

There are 18 days remaining until the end of the year.

8 days until winter begins

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

(10 months and 24 days from today)

1056 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 10 months and 21 days from today)

the sun rises at 7:17 am

and the sun sets  at 4:52 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 35 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:04 pm.

the first low tide was at 1:16 am 

and the next low tide will be at 2:37 pm.

The first high tide will be at 8:00 am 

and the next high tide at 9:05 pm.


The Moon is 19.6%; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: ↑ 116.95° ESE

Moon Altitude: 20.03°

Moon Distance: 246518 mi

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

Next Full Moon:Monday January 1, 20186:24 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 2:27 pm

Today is…

Ice Cream Day

National Cocoa Day


National Day of the Horse


National Violin Day


Pick a Pathologist Pal Day


The Start of Hanukkah


It’s also…

Acadian Remembrance Day (Acadians)

Martial Law Victims Remembrance Day (Poland)

Nanking Massacre Memorial Day (China)

Nusantara Day (Indonesia)

Republic Day (Malta)

Sailor's Day (Brazil)

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

1816 – Werner von Siemens, German engineer and businessman, founded Siemens (d. 1892)

1818 – Mary Todd Lincoln, 16th First Lady of the United States (d. 1882)

1903 – Ella Baker, American activist (d. 1986)

1903 – Carlos Montoya, Spanish guitarist and composer (d. 1993)

1906 – Laurens van der Post, South African-English soldier and author (d. 1996)

1911 – Kenneth Patchen, American poet and painter (d. 1972)

1920 – George P. Shultz, American economist and politician, 60th United States Secretary of State

1925 – Dick Van Dyke, American actor, singer, and dancer

1929 – Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor and producer

1941 – John Davidson, American actor and game show host

1945 – Herman Cain, American businessman and political activist

1948 – Ted Nugent, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1952 – Junkyard Dog, American football player and wrestler (d. 1998)

1953 – Ben Bernanke, American economist and academic

1953 – Jim Davidson, English comedian, actor, and television host

1954 – Steve Forbert, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1957 – Steve Buscemi, American actor and director

1967 – Jamie Foxx, American actor, singer, songwriter, producer, and comedian

1989 – Taylor Swift, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

And on this day in history….

1577 – Sir Francis Drake sets sail from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage.

1769 – Dartmouth College is founded by the Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, with a royal charter from King George III, on land donated by Royal governor John Wentworth.

1928 – George Gershwin's An American in Paris is first performed.

2003 – Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit.