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Almanac - Monday 11/12/18

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The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge An etching from 1935 by Alexander Stern. Photo by flickr user Melinda Stuart.

Today Monday, the12th of November of 2018 is the 316th day of the year.

There are 49 days remaining until the end of the year.

39 days until winter begins

722 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020    

(1 year 11 months and 22 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:48 am 

and sunset will be at 5:00 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 12 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 11:54 am.

The first high tide was at 3:29 am

and the next high tide will be at 1:44 pm.

The first low tide will be at 8:08 am 

and the next low tide at 8:42 pm.

The Moon is 22.6% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction:42.97° NE↑

Moon Altitude:-69.21°

Moon Distance:249524 mi

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

Next New Moon: Thursday December 6, 2018 at 11:20 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 11:18 am

Today is…

World Pneumonia Day

Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

Happy Hour Day

National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

Stanton Day

World Orphans Day

World Pneumonia Day

Today is also…

Birth of Sun Yat-Sen, also Doctors' Day and Cultural Renaissance Day. in Taiwan, the Republic of China

Constitution Day in Azerbaijan

Father's Day in Indonesia

also National Health Day in Indonesia

National Youth Day in East Timor

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

1815 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American activist (d. 1902)

1840 – Auguste Rodin, French sculptor and illustrator, created The Thinker (d. 1917)

1866 – Sun Yat-sen, Chinese physician and politician, 1st President of the Republic of China (d. 1925)

1911 – Buck Clayton, American trumpet player and academic (d. 1991)

1915 – Roland Barthes, French philosopher, theorist, and critic (d. 1980)

1917 – Jo Stafford, American singer (d. 2008)

1919 – Jackie Washington, Canadian singer-songwriter (d. 2009)

1929 – Grace Kelly, American actress, later Princess Grace of Monaco (d. 1982)

1934 – Charles Manson, American cult leader (d. 2017)

1944 – Booker T. Jones, American pianist, saxophonist, songwriter, and producer

1945 – Neil Young, Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1953 – Baaba Maal, Senegalese singer-songwriter and guitarist

1961 – Nadia Comăneci, Romanian gymnast and coach

1962 – Naomi Wolf, American author and activist

1964 – Vic Chesnutt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2009)

1968 – Sammy Sosa, Dominican-American baseball player

1970 – Tonya Harding, American figure skater

1980 – Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor, producer and singer

1982 – Anne Hathaway, American actress

…and on this day in history…

1028 – Future Byzantine empress Zoe takes the throne as empress consort to Romanos III Argyros.

1918 – Austria becomes a republic. After the proclamation, a coup attempt by the communist Red Guard was defeated by the social-democratic Volkswehr.

In 1920, baseball got its first "czar" as Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected commissioner of the American and National Leagues.

1927 – Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Joseph Stalin in undisputed control of the Soviet Union.

In 1936, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in Washington, D.C., giving the green light to traffic.

1954 – Ellis Island ceased operations.

1970 – The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached Sperm whale with explosives, leading to the now infamous "exploding whale" incident.

In 1977, the city of New Orleans elected its first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial, the winner of a runoff.

1980 – The NASA space probe Voyager I makes its closest approach to Saturn and takes the first images of its rings.

In 1998, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley filed a $433 million-dollar lawsuit against the firearms industry, declaring that it had created a public nuisance by flooding the streets with weapons deliberately marketed to criminals. (A judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2000; an appeals court ruled in 2002 that the city of Chicago could proceed; but the Illinois Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit in 2004.)

Ten years ago in 2008: Same-sex marriages began in Connecticut, a month after the state Supreme Court ruled that gays had the right to wed.

2011 – Silvio Berlusconi tenders his resignation as Prime Minister of Italy, effective November 16, due in large part to the European sovereign debt crisis.

Five years ago in 2013: An international panel of architects announced that the new World Trade Center tower in New York would replace Chicago's Willis Tower as the nation's tallest building upon its completion.

One year ago in 2017: President Donald Trump said he believed U.S. intelligence agencies, which concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but that he also believed that Russia's Vladimir Putin felt that Russia did not interfere.

Also, Trump exchanged taunts with North Korea's leader, tweeting, "Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?'"