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Almanac - Tuesday 12/18/18

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Today is Wear A Plunger On Your Head Day.

Today is Tuesday, the 18th of December of 2018.  It the 352nd day of 2018.

3 days until Winter Solstice.  There are 13 days left in the year.

686 days until presidential elections Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 10 months and 16 days from today)

The sun rises at 7:20 am 

and the sun sets at 4:54 pm.

We will have 9 hours and 34 minutes of daylight.

Solar noon will be at 12:07 pm.

The first low tide was at 12:59 am

and the next low tide at 2:24 pm.

The first high tide was at 7:42 am 

and the next high tide at 8:54 pm.

The Moon is 79.0% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction:304.24° NW↑

Moon Altitude:-27.20°

Moon Distance:238832 mi

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

Next New Moon:Saturday January 5, 2019 at 5:28 pm

Next Moonrise: Today at 2:17 pm

Today is…

Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day

Arabic Language Day

Bake Cookies Day

Flake Appreciation Day

International Migrants Day

National Ham Salad Day

National Roast Suckling Pig Day

National Wear a Plunger on Your Head Day

Today is also…

International Migrants Day

National Day in Qatar

Republic Day in Niger

United Nations Arabic Language Day

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

1878 – Joseph Stalin, Georgian-Russian marshal and politician, 4th Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1953)

1879 – Paul Klee, Swiss-German painter and educator (d. 1940)

1886 – Ty Cobb, American baseball player and manager (d. 1961)

1888 – Robert Moses, American urban planner (d. 1981)

1890 – Edwin Howard Armstrong, American engineer, invented FM radio (d. 1954)

1912 – Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., American general and pilot (d. 2002)

1913 – Willy Brandt, German politician, 4th Chancellor of GermanyNobel Prize laureate (d. 1992)

1916 – Betty Grable, American actress, singer, and dancer (d. 1973)

1917 – Ossie Davis, American actor and activist (d. 2005)

1924– Actress Cicely Tyson

1927 – Ramsey Clark, American lawyer and politician, 66th United States Attorney General

1935 – Jacques Pépin, French-American chef and author

1939 – Michael Moorcock, English author and songwriter

1943 – Keith Richards, English singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer

1946 – Steve Biko, South African activist, founded the Black Consciousness Movement (d. 1977)

1946 – Steven Spielberg, American director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded DreamWorks

1950 – Leonard Maltin, American historian, author, and critic

1952 – John Leventhal, American songwriter and producer

1963 – Brad Pitt, American actor and producer

1970 – DMX, American rapper and actor

1978 – Katie Holmes, American actress

1980 – Christina Aguilera, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress

…and on this day in history…

1787 – New Jersey becomes the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1865 – US Secretary of State William Seward proclaims the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment, prohibiting slavery throughout the USA.

1892 – Premiere performance of The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

1917 – The resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress.

1958 – Project SCORE, the world's first communications satellite, is launched.

1966 – Saturn's moon Epimetheus is discovered by astronomer Richard Walker.

2002 – California gubernatorial recall: Then Governor of California Gray Davis announces that the state would face a record budget deficit of $35 billion, roughly double the figure reported during his reelection campaign one month earlier.

2006 – United Arab Emirates holds its first-ever elections.