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Almanac - Tuesday 11/20/18

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Today is Tuesday, the 20th day of November, 2018.  It is the 324th day of the year.  There are 41 days remaining until the end of the year.  31 days until the Winter Solstice, and  714 days until Presidential Elections...

The sun rises at 6:56 am 

and sunset will be at 4:55 pm.

Today, we will have 9 hours and 59 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 11:55 am.

The first low tide will be at 2:31 am

and the next low tide at 3:29 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:04 am 

and the next high tide at 10:01 pm.

The Moon is 91.4% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: 288.37° WNW↑

Moon Altitude: -15.92°

Moon Distance: 239314 mi

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

It will be the Full Beaver Moon.

For both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. This full Moon was also called the Frost Moon.

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

Next Moonrise: Today at 3:48 pm

Today is…

Beautiful Day

Future Teachers of America Day

Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day

Name Your PC Day

National Absurdity Day

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Universal Children's Day

Today is also…

20-N in Spain

Africa Industrialization Day

Black Awareness Day in Brazil

National Sovereignty Day in Argentina

Revolution Day in Mexico

Royal Thai Navy Day in Thailand

Teachers' Day or Ngày nhà giáo Việt Nam in Vietnam

If today is your birthday, Happy Birthday To you! You Share This day with…

270 – Maximinus II, Roman emperor (d. 313)

1900 – Chester Gould, American cartoonist and author, created Dick Tracy (d. 1985)

1908 – Alistair Cooke, British-American journalist and author (d. 2004)

1913 – Charles Berlitz, American linguist (d. 2003)

1915 – Hu Yaobang, Chinese politician (d. 1989)

1921 – Jim Garrison, American lawyer and judge (d. 1992)

1923 – Nadine Gordimer, South African novelist, short story writer, and activist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2014)

1925 – Robert F. Kennedy, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 64th United States Attorney General (d. 1968)

1934 – Paco Ibáñez, Spanish singer and musician

1936 – Don DeLillo, American novelist, essayist, and playwright

1939 – Dick Smothers, American actor and comedian

1942 – Joe Biden, American lawyer and politician, 47th Vice President of the United States

1942 – Meredith Monk, American composer and choreographer

1943 – Suze Rotolo, American artist, and former girlfriend of Bob Dylan

1946 – Duane Allman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1971)

1948 – John R. Bolton, American lawyer and diplomat, 25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations

1956 – Bo Derek, American actress and producer

…And On This Day in History

284 – Diocletian is chosen as Roman emperor.

1695 – Zumbi, the last of the leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares in early Brazil, is executed by the forces of Portuguese bandeirante Domingos Jorge Velho - an event nowadays commemorated in Black Awareness Day.

1789 – New Jersey becomes the first U.S. state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

1805 – Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio, premieres in Vienna.

1820 – An 80-ton sperm whale attacks and sinks the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America. (Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick is in part inspired by this story.)

1910 – Mexican RevolutionFrancisco I. Madero issues the Plan de San Luis Potosí, denouncing Mexican President Porfirio Díaz, calling for a revolution to overthrow the government of Mexico, effectively starting the Mexican Revolution.

1945 – Nuremberg trials: Trials against 24 Nazi war criminals start at the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg.

1947 – The Princess Elizabeth marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, who becomes the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London.

1959 – The Declaration of the Rights of the Child is adopted by the United Nations.

1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis ends: In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of the Caribbean nation.

1969 – Vietnam WarThe Plain Dealer publishes explicit photographs of dead villagers from the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam.

1969 – Occupation of Alcatraz: Native American activists seize control of Alcatraz Island until being ousted by the U.S. Government on June 111971.

1974 – The United States Department of Justice files its final anti-trust suit against AT&T Corporation. This suit later leads to the breakup of AT&T and its Bell System.

1977 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to officially visit Israel, when he meets Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and speaks before the Knesset in Jerusalem, seeking a permanent peace settlement.

1985 – Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.

1989 – Velvet Revolution: The number of protesters assembled in PragueCzechoslovakia swells from 200,000 the day before to an estimated half-million.

1993 – Savings and loan crisis: The United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his "dealings" with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.