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Almanac - Monday 1/29/18

Carnation, taken by flickr user Jim, the Photographer

Today Monday, 29th of January of 2018 is the 29th day of the year.

There are 336 days remaining until the end of the year.

50 days until spring begins

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

(9 months and 8 days from today)

1009 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(2 years 9 months and 5 days from today)

Today Monday, 29th of January of 2018

the sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:16 am 

and sunset will be at 5:32 pm.

In the high tide and low tide chart, we can see that

the first low tide was at 2:43 am

and the next low tide will be at 3:51 pm.

The first high tide will be at 8:58 am 

and the next high tide at 11:01 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 16 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:24 pm.

Moon: 94.0%

Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: ↑ 291.08° WNW

Moon Altitude: 4.73°

Moon Distance: 223493 mi

The lunar transit is the time at which the moon crosses the local meridian (San Francisco, 122.5° W) at 11:07 pm.

Next Full Moon: Jan 31, 2018 at 5:26 am

Next New Moon: Feb 15, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 5:28 am

Full Moon, and a Total Lunar Eclipse in 2 days, Wednesday the 31th of January of 2018 at 5:27 am

Both A Blue Moon, and a red moon. Blue, because it’s the second full moon in the month of January, and a full eclipse of the moon, when the earth shadows the moon.

Last Quarter Moon in 9 days on Wednesday the 7th of February of 2018 at 7:54 am

New Moon in 17 days on Thursday the 15th of February of 2018 at 1:05 pm. There will also be a Partial Solar Eclipse

First Quarter Moon in 24 days on Friday the 23rd of February of 2018 at 12:09 am

Today is…

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day


Curmudgeons Day


Freethinkers Day


National Carnation Day


National Corn Chip Day


National Puzzle Day


Seeing Eye Dog Day


Thomas Paine Day

Today is also…

Kansas Day (KansasUnited States)

tomorrow is Fat Tuesday

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

919 – Shi Zong, emperor of the Liao Dynasty (d. 951)

1499 – Katharina von Bora, wife of Martin Luther; formerly a Roman Catholic nun (d. 1552)

1688 – Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish-English astronomer, philosopher, and theologian (d. 1772)


1737 -- Thomas Paine, English/American political pamphleteer (d. 1809)

1843 – William McKinley, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 25th President of the United States (d. 1901)

1860 – Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright and short story writer (d. 1904)

1874 – John D. Rockefeller, Jr., American businessman and philanthropist (d. 1960)

1880 – W. C. Fields, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter (d. 1946)

1881 – Alice Catherine Evans, American microbiologist (d. 1975)

1901 – Allen B. DuMont, American engineer and broadcaster, founded the DuMont Television Network (d. 1965)

1913 – Victor Mature, American actor (d. 1999)

1917 – John Raitt, American actor and singer (d. 2005)

1918 – John Forsythe, American actor (d. 2010)

1921 – Geraldine Pittman Woods, American science administrator and embryologist (d. 1999)

1923 – Paddy Chayefsky, American author and screenwriter (d. 1981)

1926 – Amelita Ramos, 11th First Lady of the Philippines

1927 – Edward Abbey, American environmentalist and author (d. 1989)

1939 – Germaine Greer, Australian journalist and author

1940 – Katharine Ross, American actress and author

1941 – Robin Morgan, American actress, journalist, and author

1944 – Pauline van der Wildt, Dutch swimmer

1945 – Tom Selleck, American actor and businessman

1946 – Bettye LaVette, American singer-songwriter

1947 – Linda B. Buck, American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

1954 – Oprah Winfrey, American talk show host, actress, and producer, founded Harpo Productions

1960 – Greg Louganis, American diver and author

1961 – Petra Thümer, German swimmer and photographer

1968 – Susi Erdmann, German luger and bobsledder

1970 – Heather Graham, American actress

1970 – Paul Ryan, American economist and politician, 62nd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

1975 – Sara Gilbert, American actress, producer, and talk show host

1981 – Rachna Khatau, Indian-American actress and singer

1988 – Tatyana Chernova, Russian heptathlete

…and on this day in history…

661 – The Rashidun Caliphate ends with the death of Ali, and the Imamah of the Shia going to the second Imam, Hassan ibn Ali

1790 – The first boat specializing as a lifeboat is tested on the River Tyne.

1845 – "The Raven" is published in The Evening Mirror in New York, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe

1861 – Kansas is admitted as the 34th U.S. state.

1886 – Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.

1891 – Liliuokalani is proclaimed the last monarch and only queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

1907 – Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American U.S. Senator.

1936 – The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced.

1959 – The first Melodifestivalen is held in StockholmSweden.

1963 – The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced.

1967 – The "ultimate high" of the hippie era, the Mantra-Rock Dance, takes place in San Francisco and features Janis JoplinGrateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg.

2002 – In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush describes "regimes that sponsor terror" as an Axis of evil, in which he includes IraqIran and North Korea.

2005 – The first direct commercial flights from mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing.

2009 – Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is removed from office following his conviction of several corruption charges, including the alleged solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the United States Senate as a replacement for then-U.S. president-elect Barack Obama.