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Almanac - Friday 11/16/18


You can do it Charlie Brown! (see 1952 below).

Today is Friday, November 16, 2018, the 320th day of the year with 45 days remaining.   35 days until winter solstice.

  • Sunrise: 6:52am     
  • Sunset: 4:58pm

...giving us 10 hours and 6 minutes of daylight.  51% of the waxing moon will be visible, rising at 1:49pm.
Tides at the Golden Gate      

  • High: 7:03am/6:04pm      
  • Low: 12:53pm

Special international celebrations & commemorations today…

  • Anniversary of Huaripampa - Peru
  • Correction Day - Syria
  • Sint Eustatius Day Sint Maarten - St. Martin, St. Eustatius
  • International Day for Tolerance

It’s also…

  • National Button Day
  • Substitute Educators Day
  • Teddy Bear Day
  • National Fast Food Day
  • St. Gertrude the Great, patron of travelers

On this day in…

1776 - British troops captured Fort Washington during the American Revolution.

1885 - Canadian rebel Louis Riel was executed for high treason.

1907 - Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th state.

1915 - Coca-Cola had its prototype for a contoured bottle patented. The bottle made its commercial debut the next year.

1933 - The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations for the first time.

1952 - In the Peanuts comic strip, Lucy first held a football for Charlie Brown.

1957 - Jim Brown (Cleveland Browns) set an NFL season rushing record of 1163 yards after only eight games.

1969 - The U.S. Army announced that several had been charged with massacre and the subsequent cover-up in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.

1973 - Skylab 3 carrying a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, on an 84-day mission.

1973 - U.S. President Nixon signed the Alaska Pipeline measure into law.

1981 - A vaccine for hepatitis B was approved. The vaccine had been developed at Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research.

1985 - Colonel Oliver North was put in charge of the shipment of HAWK anti-aircraft missiles to Iran.

1988 - Estonia's parliament declared that the Baltic republic "sovereign," but stopped short of complete independence.

1997 - China released Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident from jail for medical reasons. He had been incarcerated for almost 18 years.

1998 - It was announced that Monica Lewinsky had signed a deal for the North American rights to a book about her affair with U.S. President Clinton.

1998 - The U.S. Supreme Court said that union members could file discrimination lawsuits against employers even when labor contracts require arbitration.

2000 - Bill Clinton became the first serving U.S. president to visit Communist Vietnam.

2004 - A NASA unmanned "scramjet" (X-43A) reached a speed of nearly 10 times the speed of sound above the Pacific Ocean.

Today’s birthday celebrants include (or included)...

  • Paul Hindemith 1895
  • Burgess Meredith 1908
  • Daws Butler 1916
  • Clu Gulager 1928
  • Hubert Sumlin 1931
  • Elizabeth Drew 1935 - Journalist
  • David Leisure 1950 - Actor
  • Dwight Gooden 1964
  • Diana Krall 1964 - Singer
  • Oksana Baiul 1977
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal 1977 - Actress