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Almanac - Thursday 11/1/2018

Dia de los Muertos. From our collection. Taken by flickr user Ron Frazier

Today is Thursday, the 1st of November of 2018 is the 305th day of the year.

There are 60 days remaining until the end of the year.  50 days until winter.

5 days until mid-term elections Tuesday November 6, 2018....

733 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

The sun rises at 7:36 am 

and sunset will be at 6:10 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 34 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:53 pm.

The first low tide was at 12:15am 

and the next low tide will be at 1:04 pm.

The first high tide will be at 7:45 am 

and the next high tide at 6:43 pm.

There’s a Low-to-medium pollen count of 3.5 going a little up and down the next few days steadying out at 3.7 by next week

The Moon is  40.6% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: 114.88° ESE↑

Moon Altitude: 51.83°

Moon Distance: 230101 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Thursday November 22, 2018 at 9:39 pm

Next Moonset: Today at 3:06 pm

Today is…

All Saints' Day

Give Up Your Shoulds Day

International Stout Day

Latina Women's Equal Pay Day

National Author's Day

National Brush Day

National Calzone Day

National Deep Fried Clams Day

National Family Literacy Day

National Go Cook For Your Pets Day

National Men Make Dinner Day™

National Vinegar Day

Prime Meridian Day

World Vegan Day

It’s also….

Day of the Innocents, The first day of Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos celebration. (Mexico, Haiti)

Anniversary of the Revolution (Algeria)

Chavang Kut (Mizo people of Northeast IndiaBangladeshBurma)

Coronation of the fifth Druk Gyalpo (Bhutan)

Haryana Foundation Day (HaryanaIndia)

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Antigua and Barbuda from the United Kingdom in 1981.

Karnataka Rajyotsava (KarnatakaIndia)

Kerala Foundation Day (KeralaIndia)

Liberty Day (United States Virgin Islands)

International Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Awareness Day

National Awakening Day (Bulgaria)

Self-Defense Forces Commemoration Day (Japan)

The first day of winter observances:

Calan Gaeaf, celebrations start at sunset of October 31. (Wales)

Samhain in the Northern Hemisphere and Beltane in the Southern Hemisphere, celebrations start at sunset of October 31 (Neopagan Wheel of the Year)

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

1880 – Sholem Asch, Polish-American author and playwright (d. 1957)

1920 – James J. Kilpatrick, American journalist and author (d. 2010)

1922 – George S. Irving, American actor (d. 2016)

1935 – Edward Said, Palestinian-American theorist, author, and academic (d. 2003)

1940 – Barry Sadler, American sergeant, author, actor, and singer-songwriter (d. 1989)

1942 – Larry Flynt, American publisher, founded Larry Flynt Publications

1944 – Kinky Friedman, American singer-songwriter and author

1957 – Lyle Lovett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1960 – Fernando Valenzuela, Mexican baseball player, coach, and sportscaster

1964 – Sophie B. Hawkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1973 – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Indian model and actress.

…and on this day in history…

1512 – The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, is exhibited to the public for the first time.

1520 – The Strait of Magellan, the passage immediately south of mainland South America connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, is first discovered and navigated by European explorer Ferdinand Magellan during the first recorded circumnavigation voyage.

1604 – William Shakespeare's tragedy Othello is performed for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London.

1611 – Shakespeare's play The Tempest is performed for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London.

In 1765, the Stamp Act, passed by the British Parliament, went into effect, prompting stiff resistance from American colonists.

1800 – John Adams becomes the first President of the United States to live in the Executive Mansion (later renamed the White House).

1848 – In BostonMassachusetts, the first medical school for women, Boston Female Medical School (which later merged with the Boston University School of Medicine), opens.

1870 – In the United States, the Weather Bureau (later renamed the National Weather Service) makes its first official meteorological forecast.

1897 – The first Library of Congress building opens its doors to the public; the library had previously been housed in the Congressional Reading Room in the U.S. Capitol.

1938 – Seabiscuit defeats War Admiral in an upset victory during a match race deemed "the match of the century" in horse racing.

1941 – American photographer Ansel Adams takes a picture of a moonrise over the town of Hernandez, New Mexico that would become one of the most famous images in the history of photography.

1956 – The Springhill mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia kills 39 miners; 88 are rescued.

1968 – The Motion Picture Association of America's film rating system is officially introduced, originating with the ratings G, M, R, and X.

1982 – Honda becomes the first Asian automobile company to produce cars in the United States with the opening of its factory in Marysville, Ohio; a Honda Accord is the first car produced there.

In 1989, East Germany reopened its border with Czechoslovakia, prompting tens of thousands of refugees to flee to the West.

1993 – The Maastricht Treaty takes effect, formally establishing the European Union.

In 1995, Bosnia peace talks opened in Dayton, Ohio, with the leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia present.