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Almanac - Tuesday 9/11/18

Happy Birthday, Mickey Hart!

Today is Tuesday, September 11, the 254th day of 2018.

There are 111 days left in the year.

56 days until Mid-term elections on Tuesday November 6, 2018...

(1 month and 26 days from today)

The sun will rise at 6:49 am 

and sunset will be at 7:22 pm.

Today we will have 12 hours and 33 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 1:05 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:57am 

and the next high tide will be at 1:41 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:58 am

and the next low tide at 7:26 pm.

The Moon is currently 4.5% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction :↑ 52.57° NE

Moon Altitude: -39.58°

Moon Distance: 230263 mi

Next Full Moon: Monday September 24, 2018 at 7:52 pm

Next New Moon: Monday October 8, 2018 at 8:46 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 8:53 am

Today is…

Today is Enkutatash, Ethiopian new year

"I Want to Start My Own Business" Day

Libraries Remember Day

Make Your Bed Day

National Ants on a Log Day

National Day of Service and Remembrance

National Emergency Responders Day

National Hot Cross Bun Day

National No News Is Good News Day

Patriot Day

Remember Freedom Day

Women's Baseball Day

Today is also...

Battle of Tendra Day (Russia)

Death Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Pakistan)

National Day (Catalonia)

Nayrouz (Coptic Orthodox Church), September 12 on leap years.

Teachers' Day (Argentina)

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

Movie director Brian De Palma is 78.

Singer-actress-dancer Lola Falana is 76.

Rock musician Mickey Hart (The Dead) is 75.

Singer-musician Leo Kottke is 73.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is 53.

Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 51.

Rapper Ludacris is 41.

…and on this day in history…

In 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

In 1936, Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) began operation as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam's first hydroelectric generator.

In 1941, groundbreaking took place for the Pentagon.

In 1954, the Miss America pageant made its network TV debut on ABC; Miss California, Lee Meriwether, was crowned the winner.

In 1967, the comedy-variety program "The Carol Burnett Show" premiered on CBS.

On Sept. 11, 2001, on America's single-worst day of terrorism, nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida members hijacked four passenger jetliners, sending two of the planes smashing into New York's World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and the fourth into a field in western Pennsylvania.

In 2003, actor John Ritter died six days before his 55th birthday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. — the same hospital where he was born in 1948.

Ten years ago in 2008:

Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama put aside politics as they visited ground zero together on the anniversary of 9/11 to honor its victims.

Also, ABC News broadcast an interview with John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who said she was ready to be president if called upon, but sidestepped questions on whether she had the national security credentials needed to be commander in chief.

Five years ago in 2013:

More than 1 million people showed their support for Catalan independence by joining hands to form a 250-mile human chain across the northeastern region of Spain.

One year ago in 2017: Authorities sent an aircraft carrier and other Navy ships to help with search-and-rescue operations in Florida, where a flyover of the Keys revealed what Gov. Rick Scott described as scenes of devastation from Hurricane Irma. Irma weakened to a tropical storm, and then a tropical depression, and finally left Florida after a run up the entire 400-mile length of the state. An estimated 13 million people in Florida remained without power.