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Almanac - Thursday 12/6/18

David's gazpacho, by flickr user Jinx McCombs

Today is Thursday, the 6th of December of 2018 is the 340th day of the year. 

There are 25 days remaining until the end of the year.  15 days until winter begins,

and 698 days until Presidential Elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020...

(1 year 10 months and 28 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:12 am 

and sunset will be at 4:51 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 39 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:01 pm.

The first low tide was at 3:55 am

and the next low tide will be at 4:55 pm.

The only high tide of the day will be at 10:12 am.

Moon: 0.7%

Waning Crescent

Moon Direction:101.61° ESE↑

Moon Altitude:-14.25°

Moon Distance:243318 mi

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

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

Next Moonrise: Today 6:25 am

Today is…

Miners' Day

Mitten Tree Day

National Gazpacho Day

National Microwave Oven Day

National Pawnbrokers Day

Put on Your Own Shoes Day

Today is also…

Anniversary of the Founding of Quito in Ecuador

Armed Forces Day in Ukraine

St Nicholas Day, where St. Nicholas/Santa Claus leaves little presents in children's shoes.

Constitution Day in Spain

Day of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Finland from Russia in 1917.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada

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

1642 – Johann Christoph Bach, German organist and composer (d. 1703)

1896 – Ira Gershwin, American songwriter (d. 1983)

1900 – Agnes Moorehead, American actress (d. 1974)

1917 – Kamal Jumblatt, Lebanese lawyer and politician (d. 1977)

1920 – Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (d. 2012)

1924 – Wally Cox, American actor (d. 1973)

1929 – Nikolaus Harnoncourt, German-Austrian cellist and conductor (d. 2016)

1936 – David Ossman, American writer and comedian

1955 – Steven Wright, American actor, comedian, and screenwriter

1955 --  Singer Tish Hinojosa

1956 --  Rock musician Peter Buck (R.E.M.)  

1967 – Judd Apatow, American director, producer, and screenwriter

…and on this day in history…

In 1790, Congress moved to Philadelphia from New York.

In 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery, was ratified as Georgia became the 27th state to endorse it.

1877 – The first edition of The Washington Post is published.

In 1884, Army engineers completed construction of the Washington Monument by setting an aluminum capstone atop the obelisk.

1897 – London becomes the world's first city to host licensed taxicabs.

1912 – The Nefertiti Bust is discovered.

1922 – One year to the day after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Irish Free State comes into existence.

In 1923, a presidential address was broadcast on radio for the first time as President Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress.

1933 – U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that James Joyce's novel Ulysses is not obscene.

In 1947, Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Harry S. Truman.

1969 – Altamont Free Concert: At a free concert performed by the Rolling Stones, eighteen-year old Meredith Hunter is stabbed to death by Hells Angels security guards.

1973 – The Twenty-fifth Amendment: The United States House of Representatives votes 387 to 35 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States. (On November 27, the Senate confirmed him 92 to 3.)

Five years ago, in 2013, The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival was sold at Christie's for nearly $1 million — the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction.

One year ago, in 2017, Time magazine named as its Person of the Year the "Silence Breakers" - those who had shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment.