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Almanac - Thursday 11/29/18

chocolate!, taken by flickr user LongitudeLatitude

Today is Thursday, the 29th of November of 2018. It is the 333rd day of the year.

There are 32 days remaining until the end of the year..  22 days until winter begins

705 days until Presidential Elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 11 months and 5 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:05 am 

and sunset will be at 4:51 pm.

Today, we will have 9 hours and 46 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 11:58 am.

The first high tide will be at 5:14 am

and the next high tide at 4:09 pm.

The first low tide will be at 10:35 am 

and the next low tide at 10:44 pm.

The Moon is 55.6% visible; a Waning Gibbous

Moon Direction: 142.04° SE↑

Moon Altitude: 60.81°

Moon Distance: 230225 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 12:47 pm

Hanukkah 2018 will begin in the evening of Sunday December 2,

and ends in the evening of Monday December 10.

Today is…

Customer is Wrong Day

Electronic Greeting Card Day

National Chocolates Day

National Lemon Cream Pie Day

National Square Dance Day

Throw Out Your Leftovers Day

Today is also…
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (United Nations)

Liberation Day or Dita e Çlirimit in Albania

Republic Day in Yugoslavia

Unity Day in Vanuatu

William Tubman's Birthday in Liberia

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

1797 – Gaetano Donizetti, Italian composer (d. 1848)

1832 – Louisa May Alcott, American novelist and poet (d. 1888)

1895 – Busby Berkeley, American director and choreographer (d. 1976)

1898 – C. S. Lewis, British novelist, poet, and critic (d. 1963)

1908 – Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., American pastor and politician (d. 1972)

1915 – Billy Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (d. 1967)

1917 – Merle Travis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1983)

1918 – Madeleine L'Engle, American author and poet (d. 2007)

1927 – Vin Scully, American sportscaster and game show host

1928 – Paul Simon, American soldier and politician, 39th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois (d. 2003)

1932 – Jacques Chirac, French soldier and politician, 22nd President of France

1933 – John Mayall, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer

1935 – Diane Ladd, American actress

1939 – Peter Bergman, American comedian, actor and screenwriter (d. 2012)

1940 – Chuck Mangione, American horn player and composer

1946 – Silvio Rodríguez, Cuban singer-songwriter and guitarist

1947 – Petra Kelly, German activist and politician (d. 1992)

1947 – Ronnie Montrose, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2012)

1949 – Garry Shandling, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2016)

1955 – Howie Mandel, Canadian comedian, actor, and television host

1957 – Janet Napolitano, American lawyer, academic, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Homeland Security

1964 – Don Cheadle, American actor and producer

…and on this day in history…

1777 – San Jose, California, is founded as Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe by José Joaquín Moraga. It is the first civilian settlement, or pueblo, in Alta California.

1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.

1899 – FC Barcelona is founded by Catalan, Spanish and Englishmen. It later develops into one of Spanish football's most iconic and strongest teams.

1902 – The Pittsburgh Stars defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 11–0 to win the first championship associated with an American national professional football league.

1929 – U.S. Admiral Richard E. Byrd leads the first expedition to fly over the South Pole.

1972 – Atari releases Pong, the first commercially successful video game.