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Almanac - Monday 12/3/18

Heirloom Apple Pie, by flickr user Elise Roedenbeck www.northriverfood.com

Today is Monday, the 3rd of December of 2018.  It is the 337th day of the year.There are 28 days remaining until the end of the year.  18 days until winter begins, and it's 701 days until the next presidential election on Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 10 months and 31 days from today)

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:09 am 

and sunset will be at 4:51 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 42 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:00 pm.

The first low tide was at 1:37 am

and the next low tide will be at 2:50 pm.

The first high tide will be at 8:23 am 

and the next high tide at 9:17 pm.

Moon: 15.0%

Waning Crescent

Moon Direction: 111.79° ESE↑

Moon Altitude: 16.93°

Moon Distance: 237178 mi

Next New Moon: this Wednesday December 6, 2018 at 11:20 pm.

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

Next Moonset: Today at 3:00 pm

Today is…

International Spirit of the Game Day

Let's Hug Day

Make a Gift Day

National Apple Pie Day

National Green Bean Casserole Day

National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day

The Start of Hanukkah

Today is also…

Doctors' Day in Cuba

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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

1842 – Phoebe Hearst, American philanthropist and activist (d. 1919)

1857 – Joseph Conrad, Polish-born British novelist (d. 1924)

1883 – Anton Webern, Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1945)

1895 – Anna Freud, Austrian-English psychologist and psychoanalyst (d. 1982)

1911 – Nino Rota, Italian pianist, composer, conductor, and academic (d. 1979)

1927 – Andy Williams, American singer (d. 2012)

1930 – Jean-Luc Godard, French-Swiss director and screenwriter

1944 – Ralph McTell, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

1948 – Ozzy Osbourne, English singer-songwriter

1960 – Daryl Hannah, American actress and producer

…and on this day in history…

1800 – United States presidential election, 1800 The Electoral College casts votes for President and Vice President that resulted in a tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.

1818 – Illinois becomes the 21st U.S. state.

1901 – In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt delivers a 20,000-word speech to the House of Representatives asking Congress to curb the power of trusts "within reasonable limits".

1910 – Modern neon lighting is first demonstrated by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show.

1927 – Putting Pants on Philip, the first Laurel and Hardy film, is released.

1960 – The musical Camelot debuts at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. It will become associated with the Kennedy administration.

1964 – Free Speech Movement: Police arrest over 800 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building in protest of the UC Regents' decision to forbid protests on UC property.

1967 – At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carries out the first heart transplant on a human (53-year-old Louis Washkansky).

1979 – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini becomes the first Supreme Leader of Iran.

1982 – A soil sample is taken from Times Beach, Missouri, that will be found to contain 300 times the safe level of dioxin.

1984 – Bhopal disaster: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, kills more than 3,800 people outright and injures 150,000–600,000 others (some 6,000 of whom would later die from their injuries) in one of the worst industrial disasters in history.

1989 – Cold War: In a meeting off the coast of Malta, U.S. President George H. W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev release statements indicating that the Cold War between NATO and the Soviet Union may be coming to an end.

1990 – Mary Robinson is sworn in as President of Ireland, becoming the first woman to hold the role.

1992 – A test engineer for Sema Group uses a personal computer to send the world's first text message via the Vodafone network to the phone of a colleague.

1994 – The PlayStation developed and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment was released in Japan

1997 – In Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, representatives from 121 countries sign the Ottawa Treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines. The United States, People's Republic of China, and Russia do not sign the treaty, however.