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Almanac - Thursday 11/15/18

Georgia O'Keeffe, Yellow Hickory Leaves with Daisy, 1928, taken by flickr user Sharon Mollerus

Today is Thursday, the 15th of November of 2018, the 319th day of the year. There are 46 days remaining until the end of the year.  36 days until winter begins.  719 days until Presidential Elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 11 months and 19 days from today)

The sun rises at 6:51 am 

and sun sets  at 4:58 pm.

We will have 10 hours and 7 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 11:54 am.

The first high tide will be at 6:17 am

and the next high tide at 4:45 pm.

The first low tide will be at 11:51 am 

and the next low tide at 11:31 pm.

The Moon is 49.4% visible; a Waxing Crescent

Moon Direction: 324.58° NW↑

Moon Altitude: -64.83°

Moon Distance: 250926 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 1:15 pm

Today is…

America Recycles Day

American Enterprise Day

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

George Spelvin Day

Great American Smokeout

I Love to Write Day

International Guinness World Records Day

Little Red Wagon Day

National Bundt Day

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

National Philanthropy Day

National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day

Nouveau Beaujolais Day

Pack Your Mom's Lunch Day

Steve Irwin Day

Use Less Stuff Day

World Pancreatic Cancer Day

World Philosophy Day

Today is also…

Day of the German-speaking Community of Belgium

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Independence Day, unilaterally declared in 1988. (Palestine)

King's Feast in Belgium

National Tree Planting Day in Sri Lanka

Peace Day in Ivory Coast

Republic Proclamation Day in Brazil

Shichi-Go-San in Japan

The beginning of Winter Lent in the Eastern Orthodox church

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

1882 – Felix Frankfurter, Austrian-American lawyer and jurist (d. 1965)

1887 – Georgia O'Keeffe, American painter and educator (d. 1986)

1891 – W. Averell Harriman, American businessman and politician, 11th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1986)

1891 – Erwin Rommel, German field marshal (d. 1944)

1905 – Mantovani, Italian conductor and composer (d. 1980)

1906 – Curtis LeMay, American general and politician (d. 1990)

1907 – Claus von Stauffenberg, German colonel (d. 1944)

1916 – Bill Melendez, Mexican-American voice actor, animator, director, and producer (d. 2008)

1925 – Howard Baker, American lawyer, politician, and diplomat, 12th White House Chief of Staff (d. 2014)

Comedian Jack Burns is 85.

1929 – Ed Asner, American actor, singer, and producer

1932 – Petula Clark, English singer-songwriter and actress

1932 – Clyde McPhatter, American singer (d. 1972)

1933 – Theodore Roszak, American scholar and author (d. 2011

1937 – Little Willie John, American singer-songwriter (d. 1968)

1939 – Yaphet Kotto, American actor and screenwriter

1940 – Sam Waterston, American actor

1941 – Rick Kemp, English singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer

1941 – Daniel Pinkwater, American author and illustrator

1942 – Daniel Barenboim, Argentinian-Israeli pianist and conductor

1947 – Bill Richardson, American politician and diplomat, 21st United States Ambassador to the United Nations

1957 – Kevin Eubanks, American guitarist and composer

1967 – E-40, American rapper and actor (The Click)

1968 – Ol' Dirty Bastard, American rapper and producer (d. 2004)

…and on this day in history…

1532 – Commanded by Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistadors under Hernando de Soto meet Inca Empire leader Atahualpa for the first time outside Cajamarca, arranging a meeting on the city plaza the following day.

In 1777, the Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation.

1791 – The first U.S. Catholic college, Georgetown University, opens its doors.

1806 – Pike expedition: Lieutenant Zebulon Pike sees a distant mountain peak while near the Colorado foothills of the Rocky Mountains. (It is later named Pikes Peak.)

On Nov. 15, 1864, during the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman began their "March to the Sea" from Atlanta; the campaign ended with the capture of Savannah on

1914 – Harry Turner becomes the first player to die from game-related injuries in the "Ohio League", the direct predecessor to the National Football League.

1926 – The NBC radio network opens with 24 stations.

In 1937, at the U.S. Capitol, members of the House and Senate met in air-conditioned chambers for the first time.

1959 – The murders of the Clutter Family in Holcomb, Kansas, which inspired Truman Capote's non-fiction book In Cold Blood.

In 1966, the flight of Gemini 12, the final mission of the Gemini program, ended successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. splashed down safely in the Atlantic after spending four days in orbit.

1968 – The Cleveland Transit System becomes the first transit system in the western hemisphere to provide direct rapid transit service from a city's downtown to its major airport.

1969 – Vietnam War: In Washington, D.C., 250,000-500,000 protesters staged a peaceful demonstration against the war, including a symbolic "March Against Death".

1971 – Intel releases the world's first commercial single-chip microprocessor, the 4004.

1976 – René Lévesque and the Parti Québécois take power to become the first Quebec government of the 20th century clearly in favor of independence.

1979 – A package from Unabomber Ted Kaczynski begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, D.C., forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.

1985 – The Anglo-Irish Agreement is signed at Hillsborough Castle by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald.

2006 – Al Jazeera English launches worldwide

Five years ago in 2013, Dressed in a black Batman costume, 5-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott fulfilled his wish to be his favorite superhero, fighting villains and rescuing a damsel in distress in an elaborate fantasy staged by the city of San Francisco and arranged by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. (The event cost the city $105,000, but the tab was picked up by the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation.)