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Almanac - Tuesday 12/4/18

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Today is Tuesday, the 4th of December of 2018.  It is the 338th day of the year.

There are 27 days remaining until the end of the year.  17 days until winter begins

700 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 10 months and 30 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:10 am 

and the sun sets at 4:51 pm.

We will have 9 hours and 41 minutes of daylight today.

The first low tide will be at 2:25 am 

and the next low tide at 3:35 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:01 am 

and the next high tide at 10:17 pm.

Solar noon will be at 12:00 pm.

The Moon is 8.0% visible; a Waning Crescent

Moon Direction:114.32° ESE↑

Moon Altitude:12.68°

Moon Distance:239219 mi

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

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

Next Moonset:Today at 3:34 pm

Today is…

Cabernet Franc Day

Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day

National Cookie Day

National Dice Day

National Sock Day

Santa's List Day

Wear Brown Shoes Day

Wildlife Conservation Day

World Trick Shot Day

Today is also…

Navy Day in India

Thai Environment Day in Thailand

Tupou I Day in Tonga

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

1875 – Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian-Swiss poet and author (d. 1926)

1892 – Francisco Franco, Spanish general and dictator, Prime Minister of Spain (d. 1975)

1910 – Alex North, American composer and conductor (d. 1991)

1923  - Charles Keating, American lawyer, businessman

1937 – Max Baer, Jr., American actor, director, and producer

1940 – Gary Gilmore, American murderer (d. 1977)

1944 – Chris Hillman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1944 – Anna McGarrigle, Canadian musician and singer-songwriter

1948 – Southside Johnny, American singer-songwriter

1949 – Jeff Bridges, American actor

1955 – Cassandra Wilson, American singer-songwriter and producer

1964 - Marisa Tomei, American actress

1966 – Fred Armisen, American actor and musician

1969 – Jay Z, American rapper, producer, and actor, co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records

1973 – Tyra Banks, American model, actress, and producer

1973 – Kate Rusby, English singer-songwriter and guitarist

…and on this day in history….

1786 – Mission Santa Barbara is dedicated (on the feast day of Saint Barbara).

1865 – North Carolina ratifies 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, followed soon by Georgia, and U.S. slaves were legally free within 2 weeks

1875 – Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison; he is later recaptured in Spain.

1881 – The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.

1954 – The first Burger King is opened in MiamiFlorida.

1956 – The Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis PresleyJerry Lee LewisCarl Perkins, and Johnny Cash) get together at Sun Studio for the first and last time.

1965 – The Grateful Dead's first concert performance under this new name.

1967 – Vietnam War: U.S. and South Vietnamese forces engage Viet Cong troops in the Mekong Delta.

1969 – Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot and killed during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.

1978 – Following the murder of Mayor George MosconeDianne Feinstein becomes San Francisco's first female mayor.

1980 -- The British rock band Led Zeppelin announced that it was disbanding 12 years after coming on the music scene after the death of drummer John Bonham.

1982 --  The current Constitution of the People's Republic of China was adopted, replacing the Constitutions of 1954, 1975, and 1978.

1991 – Pan American World Airways ceases its operations after 64 years.

1992 – Somali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 U.S. troops to Somalia in Northeast Africa.

2017 – The Winklevoss twins are the first Bitcoin billionaires. They are known for suing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea from their social website ConnectU during 2004, which is now social media site Facebook.