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Almanac - Wednesday 10/10/18

Teddy's office tour, taken by flickr user Ted & Dani Percival

Today is Wednesday, the 10th of October of 2018.  It is the 283rd day of the year.

There are 82 days remaining until the end of the year. 72 days until winter begins

27 days until mid-term elections Tuesday November 6, 2018

The sun rises this morning at 7:14 am 

and sunset will be at 6:38 pm.

We will have 11 hours and 24 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:56 pm.

The first high tide was at 12:55 am

and the next high tide at 12:57 pm.

The first low tide will be at 6:27 am 

and the final low tide at the Golden Gate rolls in at 7:06 pm.

A low-medium pollen count of 3.8 going down and up the next few days to a 4.4 this weekend

The Moon is 2.4% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: ↑ 61.07° ENE

Moon Altitude: -44.12°

Moon Distance: 234891 mi

Next Full Moon: Wednesday October 24, 2018 at 9:45 am

Next New Moon: Wednesday November 7, 2018 at 8:01 am

Next Moonrise: Today at 8:45 am

Today is …

Emergency Nurses Day

Hug a Drummer Day

International Stage Management Day

International Top Spinning Day

International Walk to School Day

National Angel Food Cake Day

National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day

National Cake Decorating Day

National Handbag Day

National Love Your Hair Day

National Metric Day

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

National SHIFT10 Day

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National Stop Bullying Day

National Tuxedo Day

Powers of Ten Day

Squid and Cuttlefish Day

Stop America's Violence Everywhere Today

U.S. Naval Academy Day

World Homeless Day

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

World Porridge Day

It’s also …

Arbor Day in Poland

Army Day in Sri Lanka

Capital Liberation Day in Vietnam

Double Ten Day (The National Day of Republic of China), celebrates outbreak of the Wuchang Uprising in 1911 that led to founding of the Republic of China in 1912

Fiji Day, celebrates the independence of Fiji from United Kingdom in 1970

Finnish Literature Day

Independence Day, commemorates the proclamation of Cuba's independence from Spain and the beginning of the Ten Years' War in 1868, the Grito De Yara.

Party Foundation Day in North Korea

World Mental Health Day

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

1813 – Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer and philanthropist (d. 1901)

1900 – Helen Hayes, American actress (d. 1993)

1906 – R. K. Narayan, Indian author (d. 2001)

1917 – Thelonious Monk, American pianist and composer (d. 1982)

1924 – Ed Wood, American actor, director, producer, screenwriter (d. 1978)

1927 – Jon Locke, American actor (d. 2013)

1930 – Harold Pinter, English playwright, screenwriter, director Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)

1941 – Peter Coyote, American actor, director, and screenwriter

1941 – Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nigerian author and activist (d. 1995)

1945 – Headman Shabalala, South African bass singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo) (d. 1991)

1946 – John Prine, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1946 – Ben Vereen, American actor, singer, and dancer

1948 – Cyril Neville, American R&B percussionist and singer

1954 – David Lee Roth, American singer-songwriter and producer

1958 – Tanya Tucker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1959 – Kirsty MacColl, English singer-songwriter (d. 2000)

1963 – Daniel Pearl, American-Israeli journalist (d. 2002)

1967 – Gavin Newsom, American businessman and politician, 49th Lieutenant Governor of California

1971 – Evgeny Kissin, Russian pianist

…and on this day in history …

1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

1845 – In Annapolis, Maryland, the Naval School (later renamed the United States Naval Academy) opens with 50 midshipman students and seven professors.

1846 – Triton, the largest moon of the planet Neptune, is discovered by English astronomer William Lassell.

1871 – Chicago burns after a barn accident. The fire lasts from October 8–10.

1903 – The Women's Social and Political Union was founded by Emmeline Pankhurst

1957 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologizes to the finance minister of GhanaKomla Agbeli Gbedemah, after he is refused service in a Dover, Delaware restaurant.

1957 – The Windscale fire in Cumbria, U.K. is the world's first major nuclear accident.

1963 – The Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty comes into effect.

1964 – The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, is broadcast live in the first Olympic telecast relayed by geostationary satellite.

1967 – The Outer Space Treaty, signed on January 27 by more than sixty nations, comes into force.

1971 – Sold, dismantled and moved to the United States, London Bridge reopens in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

1973 – Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew resigns after being charged with evasion of federal income tax.

1980 – FMLN is founded in El Salvador.

2009 – Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich, Switzerland to open their borders.