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Almanac - Thursday 12/20/18

Philo T Farnsworth sculpture (cathode ray tube closeup), by The Conmunity - Pop Culture Geek

Today Thursday, 20th of December of 2018 is the 354th day of the year

There are 11 days remaining until the end of the year.

684 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020

(1 year 10 months and 14 days from today)

1 day until winter begins

December Solstice (Winter Solstice) is on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 2:22 pm in San Francisco.

In terms of daylight, this day is 5 hours, 14 minutes shorter than on June Solstice.

In most locations north of Equator, the shortest day of the year is around this date.

The sun will rise in San Francisco at 7:21 am 

and sunset will be at 4:55 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 34 minutes of daylight.

The solar transit will be at 12:08 pm.

The first high tide will be at 8:57 am 

and the next low tide will be at 3:44 pm.

and the final high tide at 10:46 pm.

The Moon is 93.5% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction:294.15° WNW↑

Moon Altitude:-5.84°

Moon Distance:231531 mi

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


It will be A Full Cold Moon.

This is the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. This full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes.

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

Next Moonrise: Today at 3:33 pm

Today is…

Cathode-Ray Tube Day

Dot Your I's Day

Games Day

Go Caroling Day

Mudd Day

National Regifting Day

National Sangria Day

Sacagawea Day

Today is also….

Abolition of Slavery Day, also known as Fête des Cafres  in RéunionFrench Guiana

Bo Aung Kyaw Day in Myanmar

Earliest date for Winter solstice's eve in th Northern Hemisphere

Yaldā in Iran

International Human Solidarity Day

Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day in Macau

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

1812 – Laura M. Hawley Thurston, American poet and educator (d. 1842)[1]

1861 – Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter (d. 1926)

1865 – Elsie de Wolfe, American actress and interior decorator (d. 1950)

1886 – Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player and businessman (d. 1974)

1890 – Yvonne Arnaud, French pianist, actress and singer (d. 1958)

1898 – Irene Dunne, American actress and singer (d. 1990)

1900 – Lissy Arna, German film actress (d. 1964)

1904 – Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian author (d. 1977)

1911 – Hortense Calisher, American author (d. 2009)

1917 – Audrey Totter, American actress (d. 2013)

1922 – Beverly Pepper, American sculptor and painter

1924 – Judy LaMarsh, Canadian soldier, lawyer, and politician, 42nd Secretary of State for Canada (d. 1980)

1931 – Mala Powers, American actress (d. 2007)

1933 – Jean Carnahan, American author and politician

1939 – Kathryn Joosten, American actress (d. 2012)

1939 – Kim Weston, American soul singer

1948 – Carol Smart, English sociologist and academic

1948 – Mitsuko Uchida, Japanese-British pianist

1951 – Nuala O'Loan, Baroness O'Loan, Northern Irish academic and police ombudsman

1951 – Marta Russell, American author and activist (d. 2013)

1954 – Sandra Cisneros, American author and poet

1956 – Anita Ward, American disco/R&B singer

1957 – Anna Vissi, Cypriot singer-songwriter and actress

1959 – Hildegard Körner, German runner

1959 – Jackie Fox, American bass player (The Runaways)

1963 – Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo

1966 – Veronica Pershina, Russian-American figure skater and coach

1969 – Zahra Ouaziz, Moroccan runner

1972 – Sarah Jones, British politician

1972 – Anja Rücker, German sprinter

1973 – Maarja Kangro, Estonian author and poet

1974 – Jacqui Oatley, British Sports presenter

1981 – Darya Pchelnik, Belarusian hammer thrower

1983 – Lara Stone, Dutch super model

1990 – JoJo, American singer and actress

1991 – Jillian Rose Reed, American actress

1992 – Ksenia Makarova, Russian-American figure skater

1997 – Suzuka Nakamoto, Japanese singer

…and on this day in history….

1606 – The Virginia Company loads three ships with settlers and sets sail to establish Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans.

1946 – The popular Christmas film It's a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City.

1955 – Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales, United Kingdom.

1967 – A Pennsylvania Railroad Budd Metroliner exceeds 155 mph on their New York Division, also present day Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.

1971 – The international aid organization Doctors Without Borders is founded by Bernard Kouchner and a group of journalists in ParisFrance.

1989 – The United States invasion of Panama deposes Manuel Noriega.

2007 – Elizabeth II becomes the oldest monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, seven months and 29 days.