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Almanac - Wednesday 11/14/18

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Today is Wednesday, the 14th of November of 2018. It is the 318th day of the year.  There are 47 days remaining until the end of the year.  37 days until winter begins.  720 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 11 months and 20 days from today)

the sun will rise in San Francisco at 6:50 am 

and sunset will be at 4:58 pm.

Today we will have 10 hours and 8 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 11:54 am.

The first high tide will be at 5:26 am 

and the next high tide at 3:34 pm.

The first low tide will be at 10:39 am 

and the next low tide at 10:33 pm.

The Moon is 40.0% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 341.29° NNW↑

Moon Altitude: -70.23°

Moon Distance: 251239 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 12:40 pm

Today is…

International Girls Day

Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day

National American Teddy Bear Day

National Educational Support Professionals Day

National Pickle Day

National Spicy Guacamole Day

Operating Room Nurse Day

Spirit of National Speakers Association Day

Today is also…

Anniversary of the Movement of Readjustment in Guinea-Bissau

Children's Day, celebrated on the birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru in India

Day of the Colombian Woman in Colombia

Mobile Brigade Day in Indonesia

World Diabetes Day

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

1719 – Leopold Mozart, Austrian violinist, composer, and conductor (d. 1787)

1805 – Fanny Mendelssohn, German pianist and composer (d. 1847)

1840 – Claude Monet, French painter (d. 1926)

1889 – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian lawyer and politician, 1st Prime Minister of India (d. 1964)

1900 – Aaron Copland, American composer, conductor, and educator (d. 1990)

1904 – Dick Powell, American actor, singer, director, and producer (d. 1963)

1906 – Louise Brooks, American actress and dancer (d. 1985)

1907 – Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author and screenwriter (d. 2002)

1907 – William Steig, American author, illustrator, and sculptor (d. 2003)

1908 – Joseph McCarthy, American captain, lawyer, and politician (d. 1957)

1916 – Sherwood Schwartz, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2011)

1921 – Brian Keith, American actor and director (d. 1997)

1922 – Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian politician and diplomat, 6th Secretary General of the United Nations(d. 2016)

1922 – Veronica Lake, American actress and singer (d. 1973)

1927 – McLean Stevenson, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1996)

1927 – Narciso Yepes, Spanish guitarist and composer (d. 1997)

1934 – Ellis Marsalis, Jr., American pianist and educator

1935 – Hussein of Jordan (d. 1999)

1939 – Wendy Carlos, American keyboard player and composer

1943 – Peter Norton, American programmer and author

1944 – Karen Armstrong, English author and academic

1947 – P. J. O'Rourke, American political satirist and journalist

1947 – Buckwheat Zydeco, American accordion player (d. 2016)

1948 – Charles, Prince of Wales

1954 – Condoleezza Rice, American political scientist, academic, and politician, 66th United States Secretary of State

1954 – Yanni, Greek-American pianist, composer, and producer

1956 – Valerie Jarrett, American government official

1981 – Vanessa Bayer, American actress

…and on this day in history…

1851 – Moby-Dick, a novel by Herman Melville, is published in the USA.

1886 – Friedrich Soennecken first developed the hole puncher, a type of office tool capable of punching small holes in paper.

1889 – Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) begins a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She completes the trip in 72 days.

1922 – The British Broadcasting Company begins radio service in the United Kingdom.

1960 – Ruby Bridges becomes the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana.

1979 – Iran hostage crisis: US President Jimmy Carter issues Executive order 12170, freezing all Iranian assets in the United States in response to the hostage crisis.

1982 – Lech Wałęsa, the leader of Poland's outlawed Solidarity movement, is released after eleven months of internment near the Soviet border.