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Almanac - Friday 12/21/18

Winter Solstice, by flickr user ullibee

Today is Friday, the 21st of December of 2018.  It is the 355th day of the year. 

There are 10 days remaining until the end of the year.

683 days until Presidential elections Tuesday November 03 2020

(1 year 10 months and 13 days from today)

Winter Solstice at 2:22 this afternoon

In the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 is usually the shortest day of the year and is sometimes regarded as the first day of winter.

In the Southern Hemisphere, December 21 is usually the longest day of the year and occurs during the southern summer.

The sun rises at 7:22 am 

and sunset will be at 4:55 pm.

Today we will have 9 hours and 33 minutes of daylight. Solar noon will be at 12:08 pm.

The first high tide will be at 9:37 am 

The next low tide will be at 4:25 pm.

and the final high tide at the Golden Gate rolls in at 11:36 pm.

The Moon is 98.0% visible; a Waxing Gibbous

Moon Direction: 289.74° WNW↑

Moon Altitude: 4.58°

Moon Distance: 228433 mi

Next Full Moon:Dec 22, 20189:48 am

It will be the 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:Jan 5, 2019 at 5:28 pm

Next Moonset:Today at 6:02 am

Today is…

Anne and Samantha Day

Crossword Puzzle Day

Don't Make Your Bed Day

Forefathers' Day

Humbug Day

International Dalek Remembrance Day

National Flashlight Day

National French Fried Shrimp Day

National Hamburger Day

National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day

National Kiwi Fruit Day

National Look at the Bright Side Day

National Short Story Day

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day

Ribbon Candy Day

Short Girl Appreciation Day

The First Day of Winter

Underdog Day

Today is also…

Armed Forces Day in The Philippines

Blue Christmas in Western Christianity

Dongzhi Festival in Asia

Sanghamitta Day in Theravada Buddhism

Yule in the Northern Hemisphere (Neopagan Wheel of the Year)

Ziemassvētki in ancient Latvia

Forefathers' Day in Plymouth, Massachusetts

São Tomé Day in São Tomé and Príncipe

The first day of Pancha Ganapati, celebrated until December 25 in the Saiva Siddhanta Church

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

1615 – Benedict Arnold, Rhode Island colonial governor (d. 1678)

1795 – Jack Russell, English priest, hunter, and dog breeder (d. 1883)

1804 – Benjamin Disraeli, English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1881)

1911 – Josh Gibson, American baseball player (d. 1947)

1915 – Werner von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (d. 2007)

1917 – Heinrich Böll, German novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1985)

1918 – Donald Regan, American colonel and politician, 11th White House Chief of Staff (d. 2003)

1918 – Kurt Waldheim, Austrian colonel, war criminal, and politician; 9th President of Austria (d. 2007)

1922 – Paul Winchell, American actor, voice artist, and ventriloquist (d. 2005)

1935 – Phil Donahue, American talk show host and producer

1937 – Jane Fonda, American actress, producer, and activist

1940 – Frank Zappa, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1993)

1942 – Hu Jintao, Chinese engineer and politician, 6th President of China

1944 – Michael Tilson Thomas, American pianist, composer, and conductor

1947 – Paco de Lucía, Spanish guitarist, songwriter, and producer (d. 2014)

1948 – Samuel L. Jackson, American actor and producer

1966 – Kiefer Sutherland, British-Canadian actor, director, and producer

…and on this day in history…

1620 – Plymouth ColonyWilliam Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

1879 – World premiere of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1913 – Arthur Wynne's "word-cross", the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.

1919 – American anarchist Emma Goldman is deported to Russia.

1937 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world's first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre.

1965 – International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination is adopted.

1988 – A bomb explodes on board Pan Am Flight 103 over LockerbieDumfries and Galloway, Scotland, killing 270. This is to date the deadliest air disaster to occur in British soil.

1995 – The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.