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Almanac - Wednesday 11/28/18

Mmm... French toast with blueberries, taken by flickr user jeffreyw

Today is Wednesday, the 28th of November of 2018.   It is the 332nd day of the year.  

23 days until winter begins.

706 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 11 months and 6 days from today)

There are 33 days remaining until the end of the year.

The sun rises at 7:04 am 

and sunset will be at 4:52 pm.

We will have 9 hours and 48 minutes of daylight.

The first high tide will be at 4:16 am

and the next high tide at 2:54 pm.

The first low tide will be at 9:09 am 

and the next low tide at 9:41 pm.

The Moon is 66.8% visible; a  Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction:168.61° SSE↑

Moon Altitude:68.93°

Moon Distance:228979 mi

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

Next Full Moon: Saturday December 22, 2018 at 9:48 am

Next Moonset: Today at 12:07 pm

Today is…

It's Letter Writing Day

Make Your Own Head Day

National French Toast Day

Red Planet Day

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

Turkey Leftover Day

Today is also…

Albanian Flag Day, celebrate the independence of Albania from Turkey in 1912, the first Albanian flag raise by Skanderbeg in 1443, and for the new parliamentary constitution in 1998.

Bedfordshire day is celebrated in the county of Bedfordshire to celebrate the birth of John Bunyan

Heroes' Day in Sri Lanka

Hōonkō in Japan

Independence Day in Mauritania, celebrate the independence of Mauritania from France in 1960.

Independence Day in Panama, celebrate the independence of Panama from Spain in 1821.

Navy Day in Iran

Republic Day in Burundi

Republic Day in Chad

There is a town in Argentina called  28 de Noviembre.

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

1475 – Anne Shelton, elder sister of Thomas Boleyn (d. 1555)

1489 – Margaret Tudor, Queen of James IV of Scotland, daughter of Henry VII of England (d. 1541)

1632 – Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-French composer and manager (d. 1687)

1757 – William Blake, English poet and painter (d. 1827)

1820 – Friedrich Engels, German-English philosopher, economist, and journalist (d. 1895)

1908 – Claude Lévi-Strauss, Belgian-French anthropologist and ethnologist (d. 2009)

1929 – Berry Gordy, Jr., American songwriter and producer, founded Motown Records

1932 – Gato Barbieri, Argentinian saxophonist and composer (d. 2016)

1936 – Gary Hart, American lawyer and politician, 6th United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland

1943 – Randy Newman, American singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist

1944 – Rita Mae Brown, American novelist, poet, and screenwriter

1949 – Paul Shaffer, Canadian-American singer, keyboard player, and bandleader (CBS Orchestra)

1962 – Jon Stewart, American comedian, actor, and television host

…and on this day in history….

1443 – Skanderbeg and his forces liberate Kruja in central Albania and raise the Albanian flag.

1582 – In Stratford-upon-AvonWilliam Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway pay a £40 bond for their marriage licence.

1811 – Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, premieres at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.

1821 – Panama Independence Day: Panama separates from Spain and joins Gran Colombia.

1843 – Ka Lā Hui (Hawaiian Independence Day): The Kingdom of Hawaii is officially recognized by the United Kingdom and France as an independent nation.

1895 – The first American automobile race takes place over the 54 miles from Chicago's Jackson Park to Evanston, IllinoisFrank Duryea wins in approximately 10 hours.

1912 – Albania declares its independence from the Ottoman Empire.

1919 – Lady Astor is elected as a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. She is the first woman to sit in the House of Commons. (Countess Markievicz, the first to be elected, refused to sit.)

1925 – The Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting in Nashville, Tennessee, as the WSM Barn Dance.

On Nov. 28, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began conferring in Tehran during World War II.

1975 – East Timor declares its independence from Portugal.

1990 – British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader of the Conservative Party and, therefore, as Prime Minister. She is succeeded in both positions by John Major.