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Almanac - Wednesday 11/7/18

Vegan Chocolate - Orange Torte, by flickr user Sarah R

Today is Wednesday, the 7th of November of 2018 is the 311th day of the year.

There are 54 days remaining until the end of the year.  44 days until winter begins

and 727 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 11 months and 27 days from today)

The sun will rise at 6:42 am 

and sunset will be at 5:04 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 22 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 11:53 am.

The first low tide was at 4:17 am

and the next low tide will be at 5:08 pm.

The first high tide will be at 10:43 am 

and the next high tide at 11:58 pm.

A low-to-medium pollen count today at 3.1, peaking to 4.1 by Friday and dipping to 3.3 by Sunday.

The Moon is only 0.2% visible; a Near New Moon (Waning Crescent)

Moon Direction:88.54° E↑

Moon Altitude:-21.21°

Moon Distance:237776 mi

Next New Moon:This morning at 8:01 am

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

Next Moonrise: Today at 6:33 am

Today is…

Hug a Bear Day

International Stress Awareness Day

Little League Girls Day

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

National Eating Healthy Day

Notary Public Day


Today is also…
Commemoration Day, the anniversary of Ben Ali's succession. (Tunisia)

Hungarian Opera Day (Hungary)

National Day, after Treaty of the Pyrenees. (Northern CataloniaFrance)

National Revolution and Solidarity Day (Bangladesh)

October Revolution Day (the Soviet Union (former, official), modern BelarusKyrgyzstan)

Tokhu Emong (Lotha Naga people of India)

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

13 BC – Emperor Keikō of Japan (d. 130)

1728 – James Cook, English captain, navigator, and cartographer (d. 1779)

1867 – Marie Curie, Polish chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1934)

1879 – Leon Trotsky, Russian theorist and politician, founded the Red Army (d. 1940)

1913 – Albert Camus, French novelist, philosopher, and journalist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1960)

1918 – Billy Graham, American minister and author (d. 2018)

1922 – Al Hirt, American trumpet player and bandleader (d. 1999)

1926 – Joan Sutherland, Australian soprano (d. 2010)

1943 – Joni Mitchell, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist

1952 – David Petraeus, American general, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

1956 – Judy Tenuta, American actress, producer, screenwriter, and accordion player

1969 – Hélène Grimaud, French pianist

1970 – Morgan Spurlock, American director, producer, and screenwriter

…and on this day in history…

1492 – The Ensisheim meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, strikes the Earth around noon in a wheat field outside the village of EnsisheimAlsace, France.

1665 – The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, is first published.

1775 – John Murray, the Royal Governor of the Colony of Virginia, starts the first mass emancipation of slaves in North America by issuing Lord Dunmore's Offer of Emancipation, which offers freedom to slaves who abandoned their colonial masters to fight with Murray and the British.

In 1874, the Republican Party was symbolized as an elephant in a cartoon drawn by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly.

1893 – Women's suffrage: Women in the U.S. state of Colorado are granted the right to vote, the second state to do so.

1908 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are reportedly killed in San Vicente Canton, Bolivia.

In 1916, Republican Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress, winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1917, Russia's Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.

1929 – In New York City, the Museum of Modern Art opens to the public.

On Nov. 7, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in office, defeating Republican Thomas E. Dewey.

1957 – Cold War: The Gaither Report calls for more American missiles and fallout shelters.

In 1962, Richard M. Nixon, having lost California's gubernatorial race, held what he called his "last press conference," telling reporters, "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore."

1967 – Carl B. Stokes is elected as Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, becoming the first African American mayor of a major American city.

1967 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

In 1973, Congress overrode President Richard Nixon's veto of the War Powers Act, which limits a chief executive's power to wage war without congressional approval.

1989 – Douglas Wilder wins the governor's seat in Virginia, becoming the first elected African American governor in the United States.

1989 – David Dinkins becomes the first African American to be elected Mayor of New York City.

1990 – Mary Robinson becomes the first woman to be elected President of the Republic of Ireland.

In 1991, basketball star Magic Johnson announced that he had tested positive for HIV, and was retiring. (Despite his HIV status, Johnson has been able to sustain himself with medication.)

1994 – WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides the world's first internet radio broadcast.

1996 – NASA launches the Mars Global Surveyor.

2000 – Controversial US presidential election that is later resolved in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court Case, electing George W. Bush the 43rd President of the United States.

2000 – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration discovers one of the country's largest LSD labs inside a converted military missile silo in Wamego, Kansas.